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Hunting & Fishing

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

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

How you fish on the Kuskokwim River depends on where you are. According to local fishermen, how you fish near Upper and Lower Kalskag is unlike anywhere else on the river. Fishermen in these communities claim that their unique situation requires unique fishing regulations and are meeting with tribal, federal, and state managers Tuesday, June 19 to negotiate a solution.


A gillnet stretches across the Kuskokwim River near Napaskiak on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

State waters of the Kuskokwim River will have a gillnet opening on Tuesday in Section 4 of the river from Aniak upstream to the Holitna River mouth.

This Week's Yukon Commercial Chum Openings

Jun 16, 2018

Commercial fishing for chum salmon on the Yukon River continues this week in Districts 1 and 2. There is a 72-hour opening in District 1, which begins at noon on Saturday and continues until noon on Tuesday. The allowed gear is dipnet and beach seine.  

NORTH PACIFIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

Restrictions will likely tighten next year on the amount of salmon that the Bering Sea pollock fishery is allowed to incidentally catch, but the restrictions are not expected to have a big impact on Kuskokwim salmon returns. The offshore pollock fleet has been harvesting below the lower limit of its bycatch cap for years.


A king salmon is harvested during the Kuskokwim's gillnet opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim River has entered is fifth year of fishing restrictions because of low king salmon returns, and many people along the river are urging their fellow residents to support each other during this changing time when everyone is under difficult constraints.


A gillnet soaks in the Kuskokwim River during the opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The federal waters of the lower Kuskokwim River will have another gillnet opening on Saturday, June 16 to target salmon. The regulations will be the same as the previous 6-inch opening. The next gillnet opening in state waters will be Tuesday, June 19.


Commercial Chum Opening On Yukon

Jun 12, 2018

There is a commercial chum salmon opening on the lower Yukon River tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13. The 12-hour commercial fishing period begins at noon on Wednesday and runs until midnight in District 1 of the Yukon River. The areas in the commercial opening include the North Coastal district, the Black River, and the communities of Nunam Iqua, Alakanuk, Emmonak, and Kotlik. Subsistence fishing is closed during the commercial fishing period and all king salmon caught in this opening must be released alive immediately and recorded on the fish ticket.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Today is the Kuskokwim River’s first 6-inch gillnet opening of the season. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., fishermen can drift and set net along the entire main stem and most tributaries. In many lower river communities, when fishermen bring their harvests to camp or to the harbor, surveyors will be there to ask questions about their catch. The surveys are anonymous and are conducted by people who live in the community. Surveyors will be in Tuntutuliak, Napaskiak, Napakiak, Kwethluk, Akiachak, and Akiak.


Kuskokwim King Nets Go In At 10 a.m. On Tuesday

Jun 11, 2018

The first gillnet opening of the season targeting king salmon on the Kuskokwim River begins Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

The 12-hour opening runs from the river’s mouth on the coast, to Aniak in federal waters inside the Yukon Delta National Refuge, and upstream in state waters to the Holitna River mouth.

In state waters outside the refuge, subsistence fishing with 6-inch mesh must use nets no deeper than 45 meshes and no more than 150 feet in length.

Investigation Closes On Kuskokwim Gray Whale Killing

Jun 8, 2018
Katie Basile / KYUK

The final enforcement outcome was a slap on wrist nine months after a gray whale swam up the Kuskokwim River and was killed. The whale was killed by local hunters after it was discovered swimming in the river near Bethel and was later retrieved and butchered. Those involved received letters from the Federal government explaining that gray whales are protected and that it is illegal to kill one.  

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