Hunting & Fishing

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

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. 

Not Enough Yukon Kings Swim To Canada

Jul 28, 2020
Katie Basile

The number of king salmon on the Yukon River this summer has gone from bad to worse. 

Silver salmon fills the bottom of a boat during a subsistence opening in August 2016 near Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim Bay commercial fishery has been operating for nearly a month. It moved to 12-hour openings every other day, beginning last week.

Fishing Restrictions Reach Further Up Yukon River

Jul 22, 2020
Katie Basile

The king salmon on the Yukon this year were late and low. Genetic data indicates that the king salmon stocks spawning in the U.S. are coming in lower numbers than those headed to Canada.  

National Park Service

Moose hunting in Zone 2 of the RM 615 hunt in Game Management Unit 18 will have a longer season this year. 

Salmon belly strips hang to dry on a fish rack along the lower Kuskokwim River.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

The mood was happy, even relieved, as the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group met this week. The group of river users advise the state on managing the fishery. Last week, subsistence fishermen reported empty or partially-filled fish racks. The next day, the state opened the main stem of the river to gillnets full-time. A week later, on July 13, some fishermen reported nearly full racks for the season.

More Subsistence Openings On Yukon River

Jul 8, 2020
Katie Basile

Enough king salmon have entered the Yukon River drainage system to meet escapement, but not enough to support harvest levels as high as last year’s.