Hunting & Fishing

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

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

As a result of returning numbers, managers say subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Bay around Quinhagak and Goodnews are now able to fish for king salmon UNRESTRICTED.

State managers say two out of three river areas in the Kuskokwim Bay met their escapement goals for king salmon last year, surveyor’s counted more kings than in previous years.

Kuskokwim River Salmon Managment Working Group has recommended further openers for subsistence fishing starting as early as June 12th. KYUK's Adrian Wagner sat down with the Area Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Aaron Potter, and talked through that proposal. 

US Fish & Wildlife Services

Kuskokwim chum and king salmon fishing is closed to federally qualified subsistence users until further notice.

On June 3, the US Fish and Wildlife YK Delta Refuge Manager Ray Born, closed the Kuskokwim to federally qualified subsistence users, those villages along the Kuskokwim including Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok, and Kongiginak.

US Fish & Wildlife Services

The Federal Subsistence Board has restricted non-subsistence users from harvesting chum and king salmon this summer as the Kuskokwim is closed to all gillnets under a State action.

The special restriction went into effect June 1 in federal waters from Aniak to the mouth of the Kuskokwim.

Request for a 72-Hour Fishing Opportunity Fails

Jun 1, 2016
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group in their Thursday meeting passed a motion to support the Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s request for a 3 day 4-inch set net fishing opportunity in the Kuskokwim despite fishing restrictions in place until after June 11. Managers say it contradicts their mission to provide an equitable harvest up and down the river. 

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.