Hunting & Fishing

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

Caribou roaming near Denali.

Hunting for Mulchatna caribou is closed on both state and federal lands. Game managers hope that the closure will help the herd grow after years of decline.

Julie McWilliams

Chickens in Bethel, beware. A string of attacks have left dozens of the birds dead in the hub community. Chicken coop keepers are calling it a massacre. 

The opening for federally qualified subsistence users for king salmon will be from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday, June 12.
Dave Cannon

A fishing trawl survey in the Bering Sea appears to have documented some fish stock changes caused by the warming climate. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has been conducting trawl surveys of the northern Bering Sea since 2003. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The low chum salmon run on the Yukon River last summer was foreshadowed by the low number of juvenile chums caught three years earlier in the Northern Bering Sea Trawl survey. That 2017 catch was the lowest since the trawl survey began early this century.  

Yukon summer chum salmon with a radiotag.

Mushers on the Yukon River are struggling to feed their dogs because of weak king and chum salmon runs this year.

Yukon River salmon strips
Courtesy of ADF&G

Organizations representing Yukon River communities are drafting a letter to Gov. Mike Dunleavy seeking a fishery disaster declaration for this summer’s salmon season.

A gillnet on the river
Katie Basile / KYUK

It’s official. The Yukon River’s fall chum salmon run is shaping up to be the lowest run on record. 

Chums Continue Weak In Yukon

Aug 18, 2020
Katie Basile / KYUK

The weak chum salmon run continues on the Yukon River, with managers closing subsistence harvest for salmon to reduce the impact on chum salmon. 

Late And Low Runs On The Kuskokwim

Aug 12, 2020
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Salmon runs continue to be late and low this year. First the kings, then the chums; now the coho appear to be late coming up the Kuskokwim River. Usually Aug. 7 is the midpoint of the coho run, but this year it was not until the Aug. 8 weekend that numbers at the Bethel test fishery increased, and then only modestly. Managers now predict that the final catch will be below average. 

The king, chum, and sockeye runs are mostly over, and the catch per unit effort for all those species was below the 2008 through 2019 average.

Subsistence Fishing For Salmon On The Yukon Closes

Aug 11, 2020
Katie Basile

The fishing has gone from bad to worse on the Yukon River. Fall chum numbers are so low that managers have closed subsistence fishing on the lower Yukon.