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 seemed to be good despite the run appearing to be late and fishing generally below average. Angler effort appeared to be near average; however, higher than average water temperatures negatively impacted the success rate of anglers.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season

Alagnak River

During the 2018 Bristol Bay Board of Fish meeting, the Sustainable Escapement Goal (SEG) of 2,700 king salmon was dropped and aerial surveys were discontinued. Inseason reports from anglers and guides indicated a fair inriver abundance of king salmon despite the run appearing to be late. Angler effort appeared to be near average and reports on the river indicated a range of success from poor to good by various operators. An onsite angler survey for the 2019 season yielded a high count of 41 anglers on July 9, 2019.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Nushagak-Mulchatna River

The preliminary estimate of king salmon passing the Portage Creek sonar was 47,882 salmon. King salmon are managed to achieve an inriver return of 95,000 fish to provide for 55,000-120,000 spawning salmon.

Commercial, sport, and subsistence catch information indicated a late return that was likely below the historical average. Unprecedented high water temperatures and low water levels were likely key factors affecting fish movement this season. Approximately 20,783 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 an average harvest in the subsistence fishery. The higher than average water temperatures noticeably affected the success rate of anglers; however, effort appeared to be near average.

Management Actions

On July 3, 2019, the limits for king salmon, 20 inches or greater in length, were reduced to one fish per day with an annual limit of two fish in the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage.

On July 10, 2019, the retention of king salmon of any size and the use of bait were prohibited on 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, and angler effort appeared to be average.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Sockeye Salmon

Naknek River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the SEG range of 800,000-2.0 million fish for the Naknek River with an estimate of 2.9 million salmon.

Management Actions

On July 10, 2019, the sockeye salmon limits were increased to ten fish per day and in possession in all waters of the Naknek River drainage.

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 2.3 million salmon.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Alagnak River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the lower bound SEG of 210,000 fish with an estimate of 820,458 salmon.

Management Actions

On July 16, 2019, the sockeye salmon limits were increased to ten fish per day and in possession in all waters of the Alagnak River drainage.

Nushagak-Mulchatna River

The sockeye salmon escapement was within the SEG range of 370,000-900,000 fish with an estimate of 709,349 salmon.

Management Actions

On July 5, 2019, the sockeye salmon limits were increased to ten fish per day and in possession in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna River drainage, excluding the Wood River drainage.

Wood River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the SEG range of 700,000-1.8 million fish with an estimate of 2.1 million salmon.

Management Actions

On July 5, 2019, the sockeye salmon limits were increased to ten fish per day and in possession in all waters of the Wood River drainage.

Togiak River

The sockeye salmon escapement exceeded the SEG range of 120,000-270,000 fish with an estimate of 351,846 salmon.

Management Actions

On July 27, 2019, the sockeye salmon limits were increased to ten fish per day and in possession in all waters of the Togiak River drainage.

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. Higher than average water temperatures noticeably affected the success rate of anglers; however, angler effort appeared to be near average.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Nushagak-Mulchatna River

The preliminary estimate of coho salmon passing the Portage Creek sonar was 51,852 salmon. Coho salmon are managed to achieve an inriver return of 70,000-130,000 fish to provide for 60,000-120,000 spawning salmon.

Sport and subsistence catch information indicated an average to slightly below average return during 2019 despite the lower indication given by the sonar. Approximately 28,195 coho salmon were harvested in the commercial fishery. Commercial fishing in the Nushagak Section of the Nushagak District was closed on July 31, 2019. 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. Higher than average water temperatures noticeably affected the success rate of anglers; however, effort appeared to be near average.

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

Togiak River

Based on reports from anglers and guides, inriver abundance was good to very good for the duration of the run from early August through early September. Angler effort appeared to be near average

Management Actions

No management actions were implemented during the 2019 sport fishery season.

See the printable PDF version, which includes a table of Region II Escapement Goals and Escapements (2010-2019).