Hunting & Fishing

Stories related to subsistence/commercial/sport: hunting, fishing, gathering activities.

Drying salmon strips

Most subsistence users in the Middle Kuskokwim did not get the amount of salmon they were hoping for this season. That’s according to fish surveys conducted by the Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC). They talked with nearly 80 fish camps from early June through last week about their experience fishing on the Kuskokwim River this season.

From left to right, Avery Hoffman, Anna Pavila, and Janessa Esquible spent the summer conducting fish surveys for ONC. Today they share what subsistence users told them about fishing on the Kuskokwim this season.
Katie Basile / KYUK

From early June until last week, Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) surveyors visited fish camps in the Middle Kuskokwim. They talked with subsistence users about their experience fishing this season, asking how many fish they were catching, how many were caught, if users were harvesting as much as they had planned, and more. Responses varied. ONC has been conducting these surveys for about 15 years. This seaspn, many of the surveyors were local youth. We discuss how youth can get involved with this work, and what they gain professionally and personally when they do. John Active translates the show into Yup'ik.



The question has been out there all season. Will there be enough king salmon arriving at their spawning grounds this summer? A state biologist says that he thinks so.

Gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River near Aniak.
Dave Cannon / KYUK

At noon on Thursday, the state will be lifting fishing restrictions on the Kuskokwim River main-stem. 

Gillnets of any size mesh can now be used in these waters but are limited to 50 fathoms in length and 45 meshes in depth. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Commercial fishermen in the Yukon River's District Two will have another opening to sell fall chum salmon on Wednesday, July 26. The four-hour opening is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fishermen are restricted to six-inch or smaller mesh gillnets.

Bethel firefighters put out a fire on Sixth Avenue that destroyed the Prince's family's summer subsistence harvest of fish and berries.
Dean Swope / KYUK

After a summer of what some are referring to as the most restrictive fishing the Kuskokwim has ever seen, many freezers are finally full for the winter. That was the case for the Prince family in Bethel until they woke up to find it all lost in a fire. KYUK talked with the family at their home just hours after the firefighters left.

Summer chum salmon drying on a fish rack.
Matthew Smith / KNOM

After their first commercial fishing opening of the fall season was canceled, fishermen in the Yukon River’s District Two will have a chance to sell their fish.

Kyle Claton / KYUK

While many Kuskokwim fishermen voiced frustration with only a few gillnet openings this summer, other fishermen used dipnets to keep fishing through the closures. Two dipnetters called into KYUK’s weekly fish talk show to share tips that they’ve learned this season.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Welcome to Fish Talk, a talk show about fish on the Kuskokwim. Today on Fish Talk we invited you to call in and share your experience fishing this summer.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The state has reversed its decision to allow Yukon River fishermen to sell king salmon.