Hunting & Fishing

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

Gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River near Aniak.
Dave Cannon

On Wednesday, the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission is leading a review of the fishing season behind us, and preparing for the one coming next summer.

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

Do the people along the Kuskokwim River want more salmon in its waters? If so, what measures would they allow to make that happen and what would they prohibit? These are questions that regional salmon management and fishing groups are asking the public to answer. Proponents say that doing so will strengthen residents’ control over their fish stocks.

National Park Service

If you prefer paper and pen to computers, then note that Friday, August 25 is the last day that hunters can register for the Kuskokwim’s RM615 moose hunt using a paper application and expect to receive a permit.

Maggie Bobby and Barb Carlson (left to right) have run a fish wheel near Sleetmute since 2015.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

With gillnet fishing limited to only a few days on the Kuskokwim for most of June and July, some people on the river turned to alternative ways of filling their smokehouses. KYUK traveled to Sleetmute this summer where two women were running a fish wheel.

Salmon harvested during the 12-hour Kuskokwim gillnet opening on June 24, 2017.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK Public Media

The state has lifted subsistence fishing restrictions in the Kuskokwim River tributaries. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued the release Wednesday afternoon.

Katie Basile / KYUK

A commercial opening in District 2 of the Yukon River begins today.

The whale killed in the Kuskokwim River was butchered, and the meat and blubber distributed to people from up and down the river on Saturday, July 29, 2017. NOAA is still investigating the whale's death.
Katie Basile/KYUK

It’s been three weeks since a crew of hunters shot, harpooned, and killed a gray whale in the Kuskokwim River, and federal agencies are still investigating the incident.

Warren Jones, the CEO of Qanirtuuq Inc., surveys Quinhagak's defunct processing plant.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Several weeks ago, the financing fell through on a plan to bring the "Akutan," a floating fish processing vessel, to Kuskokwim Bay. For the second summer in a row, fishermen in the coastal community of Quinhagak have nowhere to sell their catch; many in the village are now struggling to make ends meet.

Silver salmon fills the bottom of a boat during a subsistence opening in August 2016 near Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim River is seeing a slow silver salmon run this year, but recent data suggests that the numbers might be building.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Moose season is less than a month away. As hunters begin applying for permits for the Kuskokwim, here are some changes to know about.