Hunting & Fishing

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

Boats in Quinhagak
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

This will be the second year that Seattle-based E&E Foods is purchasing salmon from local fishermen in Kuskokwim Bay. Fishermen and fish buyers are optimistic that the Kuskokwim Bay commercial fishery will build on the success of last year. 

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

It is still very early in the season, but so far the Kuskokwim River king salmon run appears to be either late or low.

A boat rides down a river near Quinhagak.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is extending its ban on sport fishing for king salmon along the Kuskokwim River and its tributaries for most of the summer. The sport fishing ban will last through July 25 to cover the length of the king run. The ban originally ran from May 1 to June 11. 

Petra Harpak / KYUK

On June 10, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced drift net openings on the federally managed portion of the Kuskokwim River for the same dates as the federal openings. Both state and federal openings are on June 12 and 15.

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

On the Yukon River, subsistence salmon fishing is being closed to protect king salmon as they migrate upriver.

Kuskokwim king salmon caught near Bethel, Alaska on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Beginning June 12, subsistence fishing will be allowed anytime in the upper region of the Kuskokwim River north of Aniak, which is managed by the state. Fishermen will need to obtain a state subsistence permit, which allows them to catch up to 10 king salmon for their households.

Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Comission

On June 2, federal waters from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River to Aniak will be open for set net subsistence fishing.

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

It looks like another tough year for salmon fishing on the Yukon River. The king salmon run on the Yukon is expected to be smaller than last year’s, which failed to meet minimal escapement goals.


Spring waterfowl hunting in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is ending Memorial Day weekend. Starting Tuesday, June 1, the waterfowl season will be closed for 30 days to allow migratory birds to nest.

Quinhagak, Alaska
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Commercial fishing will return to Kuskokwim Bay this summer for the second year in a row.