Area Sport Fishing Reports
Bristol Bay

fish Scales Season Text
Bristol Bay Sport Fish Management Area
King Salmon
Naknek River

Based on inseason information from anglers and guides, the inriver king salmon abundance appeared to be fair with the run appearing to be late and fishing generally being slightly below average. Effort appeared to be well below average, with state and local travel restrictions over the summer greatly reducing the number of anglers traveling to Bristol Bay.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season

Alagnak River

Inseason reports from anglers and guides indicated a fair inriver abundance of king salmon with the run appearing to be late. Effort appeared to be well below average, with state and local travel restrictions over the summer greatly reducing the number of anglers traveling to Bristol Bay.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Nushagak-Mulchatna River

The preliminary estimate of king salmon passing the Portage Creek sonar was 43,032 salmon. King salmon are managed to achieve an inriver return of 95,000 fish, to provide for a sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 55,000 - 120,000 spawning salmon.

Commercial, sport, and subsistence catch information indicated a late return that was below the historical average. Approximately 6,826 king salmon were harvested during the sockeye salmon commercial fishery. Harvest estimates for the sport and subsistence fisheries are not currently available. Reports from anglers, guides, and subsistence users suggest a below average harvest in the sport fishery and subsistence fisheries. Effort appeared to be well below average, with state and local travel restrictions over the summer greatly reducing the number of anglers traveling to Bristol Bay.

Management Actions

On July 10, 2020, the limits for king salmon, 20 inches or greater in length, were reduced to one with an annual limit of two in the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage

Togiak River

Based on inseason reports from anglers, guides, and subsistence users, inriver king salmon abundance was good for the duration of the run from late June through late July. Effort appeared to be well below average, with state and local travel restrictions over the summer greatly reducing the number of anglers traveling to Bristol Bay.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Sockeye Salmon

Naknek River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the Sustainable Escapement Goal (SEG) range of 800,000 - 2.0 million fish for the Naknek River with an estimate of 4.1 million salmon.

Management Actions

On July 11, 2020, the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon was increased from five fish to ten fish, in all waters of the Naknek, Alagnak, Nushagak-Mulchatna, and Wood rivers drainages.

Kvichak River

The sockeye salmon escapement was within the SEG range of 2.0 - 10.0 million fish for the Kvichak River with an estimate of 4.0 million salmon.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Alagnak River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the lower bound SEG of 210,000 fish with an estimate of 2.4 million salmon.

Management Actions

On July 11, 2020, the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon was increased from five fish to ten fish, in all waters of the Alagnak, Naknek, Nushagak-Mulchatna, and Wood rivers drainages.

Nushagak-Mulchatna River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the SEG range of 370,000 - 900,000 fish with an estimate of 1.2 million salmon.

Management Actions

On July 11, 2020, the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon was increased from five to ten fish in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna, Naknek, Alagnak, and Wood rivers drainages.

Wood River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the SEG range of 700,000 - 1.8 million fish with an estimate of 2.2 million salmon.

Management Actions

On July 11, 2020, the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon was increased from five fish to ten fish, in all waters of the Wood, Naknek, Alagnak, and Nushagak-Mulchatna riversdrainages.

Togiak River

The sockeye salmon escapement was within the SEG range of 120,000 - 270,000 fish with an estimate of 261,126 salmon.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Coho Salmon

Naknek River

Based on reports from anglers and guides, inriver abundance of coho salmon was good for the duration of the run from late July through early September despite the run appearing to be slightly late. Effort appeared to be well below average, with state and local travel restrictions over the summer greatly reducing the number of anglers traveling to Bristol Bay.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Nushagak-Mulchatna River

Sport and subsistence catch information indicated an average to slightly below average return during 2020. Approximately 76,388 coho salmon were harvested in the commercial fishery. Harvest estimates for the sport and subsistence fisheries are not available; however, angler, guide, and subsistence user reports suggest an average to below average harvest in the sport and subsistence fisheries. Effort appeared to be well below average, with state and local travel restrictions over the summer greatly reducing the number of anglers traveling to Bristol Bay.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

Togiak River

Based on reports from anglers and guides, inriver abundance was good for the duration of the run from early August through early September. Effort appeared to be well below average, with state and local travel restrictions over the summer greatly reducing the number of anglers traveling to Bristol Bay.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2020 sport fishery season.

See the printable PDF version, which includes a table of Region II Escapement Goals and Escapements (2010-2020).