A fisherman soaks a gill net in the Kuskokwim River near Napaskiak on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Find Out Kuskokwim Subsistence Fishing Openings And Regulations

Find out the dates, times, and regulations for subsistence fishing openings along the state and federal waters of the Kuskokwim River.

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A subsistence fisherman harvests a king salmon from the lower Kuskokwim River during a gillnet opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The entire Kuskokwim River is opening on Wednesday, June 26 at 4 p.m. to subsistence fishing. The opening will remain in effect until further notice, and is intended to give subsistence fishermen ample opportunity to harvest reds and chums.

Bethel City Council held a regular meeting on June 26, 2019.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

After all the alcohol-related business died down last night, the Bethel City Council also learned of four new proposed marijuana stores that have provided the city notice of application. One of those proposed stores hopes to operate where the Q2 Laundromat, which closed down Monday, used to be. The state’s Marijuana Control Board does not set any limit on the number of marijuana licenses it can issue, although the City of Bethel could restrict that number itself. 

Bethel City Council chose not to protest the AC Liquor Store, and introduced new restrictions on purchasing and consuming alcohol.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Last night, the Bethel City Council voted not to protest the liquor license transfer from Kusko Liquor to The North West Company, which does business in Bethel as Alaska Commercial Company or AC. The vote was 5-1, with council member Leif Albertson the only member to support the protest. Mitchell Forbes was absent on travel.

Arnold Williams' home next to the eroded riverbank.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Akiak lost a mile-long stretch of riverbank to erosion last month. Six houses are now within 100 feet of the riverbank and need to be moved as soon as possible, but some people don’t want to move. 

Bethel City Council held a regular meeting on June 26, 2019.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

At least one member of the Bethel City Council doesn't want to see AC get another liquor license. Tonight, council member Leif Albertson will push a protest of the liquor license transfer from Kusko Liquor to The North West Company, which does business in Bethel as Alaska Commercial Company or AC. Albertson points to what happened the last time AC had a license to sell alcohol in Bethel.

Yukon Chum Numbers In Basement

Jun 25, 2019

Halfway through the season, a commercial summer chum salmon fishery on the Yukon River now appears unlikely. The summer chum return is both late and weak, and well below predicted. The Pilot Station sonar indicates that 65,177 chums have swum up the Yukon as of June 25. The median data for this date is 550,890 fish, which is a difference of almost a half million fish. Data indicates the return at this point in the season is lower than the very weak returns in 2000 and 2001.

Chums Awaited On Yukon

Jun 23, 2019

Salmon fishing on the Yukon River has slowed as biologists wait for more salmon to swim up the river. They aren’t just waiting for kings, they are also on the watch for summer chums, which have been so few in number that there has been no commercial fishery on the Yukon this year. Managers don’t know whether chums are just late or low, but right now they appear to be both. 

Two fishermen were on the Kuskokwim river on Wednesday below Bethel's Crowley dock, when they saw a body floating near the shore. They called the police.

Mayor of Akiak, Bobby Williams, reels in his net with his daughter Margaret.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Kuskokwim River has now had three fishing openings for drift gillnets, but many people in Akiak are not happy. KYUK went fishing with the mayor of Akiak to find out more about why people’s nets aren’t as full as they want them.

Bethel fire fighters extinguished a YKHC truck set ablaze in the Old Crow sand pit on June 13,  2019.

Remember that truck fire outside Bethel on Thursday, June 13 that was initially reported as a tundra fire? It turns out that the truck belonged to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and the hospital is offering a reward for information on who stole it.


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