Hunting & Fishing

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

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.

Courtesy of Spearfish Research

The state has drawn criticism for allowing the  first commercial sale of king salmon on Yukon since 2011. Subsistence users along the international river phoned in to protest the decision.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fishermen are selling more salmon than the Yukon River’s only buyer can handle. On Monday, record-breaking sales closed a commercial opening for fishermen upriver. Those fishermen spent Tuesday watching tens of thousands of dollars swim by during the river’s first opportunity to sell king salmon this decade.

Shane Iverson / KYUK

The Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers are having opposite experiences with king salmon this season.