Hunting & Fishing

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

King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting a similar Chinook run size in the Kuskokwim as last year.

Part of that prediction is based on a recent report from the Department measuring how many Chinook returned to the Kuskokwim last summer.

Ice Fishing with the Gill-man

Apr 21, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

Spring is around the corner, if not here already and it is time to head down the frozen Kuskokwim River highway to your favorite ice fishing spot to jig for pike fish otherwise known as Luqruuyiit, the Yup’ik word for pike fish.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Conservation and stock rebuilding will once again be the path forward this summer for salmon management, with managers making decisions during the season, based on how many fish show up.  


Salmon drying on a Kuskokwim fish rack.
Shane Iverson / KYUK

Tuesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hear what you want federal managers to do about the Kuskokwim salmon fishery this summer. At the Bethel Cultural Center from 6 to 8 p.m., the federal agency will listen to public input on management requests it’s received for the coming fishing season.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will close the entire Kuskokwim River drainage, including all tributaries, to sport fishing for king salmon from May 1 through July 25.

King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

Kuskokwim river subsistence fishermen should receive more fishing openings for chinook salmon this summer than they had last year.

Salmon drying on a Kuskokwim fish rack.
Shane Iverson / KYUK

Last week the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group unanimously passed recommendations to state and federal managers for the 2017 summer fishing season.

Emperor Goose in Gibson Cove
Lisa Hupp / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The subsistence emperor goose hunt expected to open April 2 will bring more than meat and a resumed tradition to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In some communities, it will also bring jobs.

Eric Taylor with the USFWS Division of Migratory Bird Management addresses the AVCP Waterfowl Conservation Committee on March 20, 2017 on the coming Emperor Goose hunt.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

After 30 years of waiting and conserving, residents of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta will be able to hunt emperor geese again next month. Wildlife managers and hunters are standing by for the federal government to release the official notice. Then residents will continue a tradition that’s skipped a generation.

New Generation May Taste Emperor Goose

Mar 17, 2017

The Association of Village Council Presidents begins a co-management meeting today, March 20, in Bethel to discuss the upcoming harvest season for ducks and geese. Along with more than a dozen community representatives, biologists and managers from the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge will be here to put together recommendations for the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-management Council.