Hunting & Fishing

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

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. 

Not Enough Chums In Lower Yukon To Fish

Aug 7, 2020
Katie Basile

So few chum salmon are swimming up the Yukon River this summer that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has cancelled the 18-hour subsistence fishing period originally scheduled to start Saturday, Aug. 8.

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

With king salmon having largely reached their spawning grounds, gillnet restrictions on the Kuskokwim are lifting.


Managers will open the Mulchatna caribou hunt on state and federal lands Aug. 1, despite a steep drop in the herd’s population in recent years. 

Poor Chum Numbers In Yukon River

Jul 29, 2020
Katie Basile

Subsistence fishing openings in the lower Yukon River are being cut in half to help more fall chum salmon swim into Canada.