Hunting & Fishing

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

The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group has asked for a grace period on the current ban on 4-inch mesh nets the Kuskokwim.

The working group voted for a 72-hour exemption Thursday during a public teleconference and recommended to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that the exemption occur this weekend on the Kuskokwim’s main channel.

Beverly Hoffman, Working Group Chair, talked with KYUK’s Adrian Wagner just minutes after the meeting.

Waterfowl Hunting and Egging Closed in YK Delta

May 25, 2016
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Federal wildlife managers have restricted YK Delta residents from waterfowl hunting and egg harvesting.

The closure runs from May 20 through June 20 during the nesting season. A special closure for Black Brants and Cackling Canada Geese will remain in effect until after July 10. Ray Born with the US Fish & Wildlife Service says the closure is meant to bring geese populations up.


May 24, 2016
Charles Enoch / KYUK

The Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission signed a historic memorandum of understanding, or MOU, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agreement is the first formalization of co-management between the Alaska tribes along the Kuskokwim River and the federal government.

Kuskokwim Salmon Closures Announced

May 17, 2016
Alaska Department of Fish and Game / ADF&G

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced the first closures in the Kuskokwim River this year, and it will come with an additional restriction: no whitefish nets.

Fish and Game is closing the Kuskokwim River and salmon tributaries in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta to all gillnets on May 20.

Smelts Arrive in Napakiak

May 10, 2016
Michael Black

After the earliest breakup on record, the smelts are finally spawning their way into the Bethel area.

Tuesday morning, Napakiak resident Michael Black posted a picture on Facebook of the smelts he caught near Napakiak. He was still smelting when he talked with KYUK.

“Yeah they’re hitting pretty hard, I’m getting like half a net-full each time. Well most of the time I’m getting half a net-full," said Black.

Mike Riley / BSAR

Middle Kuskokwim River villages reported that river ice is beginning to move out in what is expected to be the earliest river breakup on record for those villages.

Kuskokwim Begins Shifting

Apr 18, 2016
Arthur Abalama / Alaska State Troopers

As the Kuskokwim river ice continues to shift and rot Search and Rescue volunteers have suspended recovery efforts for the remains of 26-year-old Tuluksak resident, Dillon Lamont. 

Search Suspended for Tuluksak Man, River Melts

Apr 15, 2016

As the Kuskokwim River ice continues to shift and rot Search and Rescue volunteers have suspended recovery efforts for the remains of 26-year-old Tuluksak resident, Dillon Lamont.

BSAR Advises No More Cars On The Kuskokwim

Apr 8, 2016
John Wassilie

Bethel Search and rescue is cautioning people not to take cars, trucks, or ATV’s on the Kuskokwim River. They say the situation is dangerous enough and that snow machines should also stay off the river as much as possible.