Hunting & Fishing

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

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.  

Kuskokwim Bay will have its third commercial salmon fishing opening of the season for 12 hours on July 8, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Napaskiak fishermen pull a gillnet out of the Kuskokwim River during a fishing opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The entire Kuskokwim River mainstem is open to gillnets until further notice. The change went into effect on July 7 at 12:01 a.m. Gillnets must be 6-inch mesh or less, 45 meshes in depth, and up to 150 feet in length above the Johnson River. Gillnets can be 300 feet in length below the Johnson River.

Yukon Chum Commercial Opener Canceled

Jul 6, 2020
Katie Basile

The Yukon River commercial fishing opening originally scheduled to start in District 1 on Monday, July 6 has been canceled.  

Kuskokwim River Drainage Map

Until further notice, the Eek River is closing to gillnets and fishing with hook and line for king salmon beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. Any kings caught with hook and line in the Eek River will need to be returned to the water alive.