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Hunting & Fishing

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

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

Thursday on Fish Talk, we talked about the process that the Kuskokwim co-managers think through when they consider opening the Kuskokwim during this season's low king salmon run. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission are co-managing the Kuskokwim from the river’s mouth to Aniak.


Fish from the Bethel Test Fishery bound for the Elder's Home in 2014.
Ben Matheson / KYUK Public Media

Around 2.2 million summer chum salmon are swimming up the Yukon River, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The state is opening various commercial harvest periods targeting the species beginning this weekend.

Salmon caught during the June 24, 2017 gillnet opening on the Kuskokwim.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK Public Media

Anyone hoping to hear good news about the king salmon run on the Kuskokwim is going to be disappointed; the numbers are just not there. No decision on another opening is likely until Friday.


Katie Basile / KYUK

No time to fish? No problem. The green fish bin is back. Starting today, you can begin picking up fish harvested from the Bethel Test Fishery, operated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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

There were lots of salmon caught Saturday on the Kuskokwim River, but not many were kings.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Update 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, June 27: Information about the District 2 commercial openings have been updated with new information from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Nearly two million summer chum are swimming up the Yukon River, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. To give fishermen access to this strong run, the state is opening multiple commercial opportunities this week.

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

This weekend the taste of fresh fish filled the mouths of people who live along the Kuskokwim after the river’s first gillnet opening in two weeks. Fishery managers announced the 12-hour opening on Friday, but with king salmon running low this season, managers have concerns if the species will meet escapement. At Friday's meeting the decision to open the river didn’t come easy or without controversy.

Fish from the Bethel Test Fishery bound for the Elder's Home in 2014.
Ben Matheson / KYUK Public Media

You can get your nets ready. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 24, there will be a gillnet opening on the Kuskokwim main-stem from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River upstream to the Holitna River. The 12-hour opening stretches from noon to midnight. Fishermen are restricted to six-inch mesh or less; nets can be 45 meshes deep and 25 fathoms in length.

Salmon harvest in 2015.
Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

The driving question over the last several years, and the one that’s being asked again as biologists warn that 2017 could be the lowest king salmon run on record, is: why is the king run on the Kuskokwim so low?


KYUK Public Media

Welcome to Fish Talk, a talk show about fish on the Kuskokwim. Because of technical problems we weren’t able to hold a call-in show today like we usually do for Fish Talk. Instead, we’re bringing you an interview we recorded with our guests on the low king salmon numbers on the Kuskokwim.


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