Monday was another big day for sockeye escapement to the Wood and Nushagak Rivers as both rivers have either met or exceeded their escapement goals. The upper end of the escapement goal for the Wood River is 1.5-million sockeye and Monday’s escapement of 158.5-thousand fish put the season total at over 1.7-million. That means that the Wood River is officially over-escaping.

A judge ruled Wednesday that a commercial fishing group should pay part of the State's cost for the lawsuit regarding management of the Cook Inlet salmon fisheries in 2013.

Alaska Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi issued an order asking Cook Inlet Fisherman's Fund to pay the state Department of Law $12,924. That amount was 20 percent of what the state spent defending itself in the fisheries management lawsuit, according to a Department of Law memo filed with the court June 18.

Abundant fishing time is in the future for commercial fishermen in the Nushagak District. That’s because of the strong push of sockeye through the District and into 2 of the Districts 3 rivers on Wednesday and Thursday. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The hatchery in the southeast Alaska community of Kake is scheduled to close Monday, though it remains possible that a regional hatchery group could still take it over.

Wild salmon capture continues growing in the main fishing districts in Alaska, reaching 5.5 million specimens statewide by 24 June.

Peak harvests may be over for the Copper River District, but that run is way ahead of the forecast, and the catch just keeps on growing for major fishing districts within and for Prince William Sound overall.

As of June 24, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's preliminary Alaska commercial salmon harvest blue sheet showed 2,926 salmon of all species taken in Prince William Sound, including 2.1 million sockeye, 561,000 chum, 198,000 pink, 15,000 coho and 10,000 king salmon.

Tuesday was the first big day of the season for the harvest of sockeye in Bristol Bay. Over 307.7-thousand sockeye were caught commercially to push the season total up to 664.7-thousand fish. Leading the way so far this season is the Naknek-Kvichak District where fishermen caught 250-thousand sockeye on Tuesday to push the District total up to 404.6-thousand. There was no harvest Tuesday in the Egegik District so the District total remains unchanged at 189.5-thousand fish. Tuesday’s harvest in the Nushagak District was 53-thousand sockeye to push the season total up to 59.7-thousand fish.

Despite the name, don't confuse the Pinbone Wizard with the classic The Who song about a pinball phenom.

Although, once you see the machine in action, quickly and efficiently pulling tiny pin bones out of a salmon filet without wrecking the meat, it's hard not to walk away with the descending chord progression of the classic rock 'n roll song stuck in your head.

 

Commercial fishermen across Bristol Bay are waiting on fish and fishing time as the sockeye run appears to be building slowly. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s run summary for Sunday does not note any commercial harvest on Sunday despite the fact that there were setnet openings in the Ugashik District and the Igushik Section of the Nushagak District. In those 2 areas Fish and Game is precluded from reporting the harvest information because of the confidentially restrictions when there are less than 3 processors buying fish.

Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye fishery has been slow to build in recent days but Wednesday’s commercial sockeye harvest topped 81-thousand fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.