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Qanirtuuq River Sockeye

Caden Smith, age 13, of Quinhagak holds up his catch  – a red and green sayalleq sockeye salmon – on the Qanirtuuq River. Photo was taken on 8-9-22. Photo by Theodora Smith

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Quyana, Kuskokwim fishermen!

by KRITFC and YDNWR The Kuskokwim Federal In-Season Manager from Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge (YDNWR) released Federal management of Kuskokwim salmon on Thursday, July 21, 2022. This decision was made after several meetings between […]

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Summer Days of Salmon

It was a beautiful day in Goodnews Bay for Jaxson Smith, age 1, to help his mom Renae hang their cut salmon at the fish rack. This photo was taken on June 13th, 2022 at […]

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Sheefish caught in Kipnuk

Carl Paul of Kipnuk caught a sheefish while drifting on the Kugkaktlik River last week, which is a very unusual catch for that river. Carl’s wife Martha cooked it and made delicious blackberry fish akutaq. […]

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In-Season Kuskokwim Fishing Updates

by Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Since Federal salmon management began on June 1, 2022, the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission estimates that about 12,630 king salmon have been caught in the lower Kuskokwim this […]

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Grandma’s Helper

2 year old Amelia Chaney of Napaskiak is happy to be helping her grandparents Joe and Susan Bavilla hang their salmon strips at their family’s fish rack. She is the daughter of  Alex Chaney and […]

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First King Salmon caught in Akiachak

Leonard Wassilie of Akiachak caught this king salmon in his whitefish set net on May 26th, 2022. His family cooked the fresh fish for a late dinner with friends.

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Qanirtuuq River Salmon

Georgiann Small of Quinhagak caught this beautiful king salmon while she was rod and reel fishing on the Qanirtuuq River on July 31, 2021. Photo courtesy of Georgiann Small

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Fish Camp Days

Payton Agathluk learned how to cut her very first red salmon fish, with her mother Suzanne Agathluk’s guidance. She did a very good job for her first time! Picture taken on July 10th, 2021 at […]

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Bristol Bay salmon fishery breaks records

Commercial fishermen urge the EPA to do their job and protect Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon run set a new record with 63.2 million sockeye returning to the Bristol Bay watershed as of July […]

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Salmon success

Eek Island Fisherman: tHere’s a picture of George Dylan Hoffman of Eek, 12 years old subsistence fishing with his Dad during the June 15th opener near Eek Island. (Photo courtesy of George Hoffman)

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Summer Catch

Aubree Nicholson (age 8) with a nice king salmon that her dad caught on the Kuskokwim River in Aniak. Photo by Lenora Nicholson

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Salmon Harvest

1 year old Danica Bavilla of Tuntutuliak is enjoying the sun as she sits at her family’s fish rack that is laden with drying salmon.

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Fish helpers

Colton, age 4 (at left) and Louis, age 8 (at right) are helping Mom and Grandma cut up dried fish at their fishcamp. Colton cutt his first dried fish. Their parents are Daniel and Renae […]

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Kuskokwim Fish Cutter

Kaelyn Tagyartuq Samson of Napaskiak cut her first king salmon this summer. Her mom and grandma taught her how to cut fish for drying on the rack.

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Cutting Fish

Four year old Aria Chaney of Napaskiak – daughter of Leanne Larson and Fredrick Chaney – was busy learning how to cut fish with her family. She cut her first king salmon on June 12th […]

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Murkowski and colleagues stand up for Wild-Caught Salmon

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act, which will allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing salmon. The bill works to ensure that any genetically engineered (GE) salmon products […]

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Herring Helper

5 year old Cameron Brown “Son” is happy to be helping his Dad with herring fish and filling up their tote. He is the son of Theodore and Lorraine Brown of Eek, Alaska. Photo taken […]

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Cutting fish at Yuvv’aq

Danielle Moss of Bethel works on cutting her fish at Yuvv’aq near the mouth of the Johnson River. She enjoyed going fishing and caught 20 total. Photo taken on February 14th, 2021.

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40” Eek River Pike

Nick Carter, age 67, caught this huge 40” pike at Luqruuyagpak 15 miles above his village of Eek. They cut up the fish for drying.

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Baby’s first pike

23 month old Ernie Andrews of Bethel excitedly caught his first pikefish while fishing at the Johnson River on February 6th, 2021. Ernie is the son of Maurice and Wendy Andrews.

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Winter Set Netters

Keo Qerrat Joekay, at right, watches his dad Gabriel as they check their family’s whitefish set net on the Kuskokwim River. The fish go splash!

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Fishing on Ice and Snow

Two year old Liam Carl of Kwigillingok is iqsaking on the Kuigilnguq River. He went ice fishing with his family on a nice day in November hoping to catch tom cod and smelt for dinner. […]

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Baby’s First Fish

It’s ice fishing season with the frozen ice of the Qukaqliq River where  Roselyn Mael, age 2, caught her first smelt. She was very proud of her first fish.

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Kuskokwim Silvers

Aubree Star, age 5, and 3-year old Kaliyah Rae enjoy an evening of silver salmon fishing on the Aniak River. Fishing in the background are Lenora Nicholson (Aubree’s Mom) and Clarissa Morgan (their aunt).

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Qanirtuuq Salmon Fishing

The Smith Family of Quinhagak enjoyed a weekend of fishing on the Qanirtuuq River. In the photo are Patricia, Kenny, Caden, Valerie, Sheen, and Donovan Smith with their fresh catch of silver salmon.

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Tasty Cukpeqs

8 year old Laci’Vonne Kaganak of Scammon Bay cut her first cukpeq on June 30th. She did a very well, good job! Cukpeqs are thee most tastiest dry fish style, said her mom Karen. Photo […]

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Kwethluk River Trophy Trout

Here’s George Andrew, age 6, of Bethel, Alaska with the smallest Rainbow Trout he has ever caught inside the Kwethluk River. George and his family were fishing below Twin Peak Mountain “Qertuqak” when he caught […]

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Salmon Summer

Karmen Cleveland, age 10 from Eek, Alaska has learned to cut fish for drying. She cut lots of pike this spring and now she is helping with the salmon at her Grandma Cindy Cleveland’s fish […]

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Kuskokwim King Kites

Angela Marie of Quinhagak, age 16, helps with cutting King Salmon into kites at her Grandma’s fish cutting area. Her parents are Jeannette Smith and Warren Jones.

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5’ 2” of fresh fish

Marie K. Anthony of Nightmute caught this 5’2” halibut at Ugcirraq on Nelson Island on June 6th, 2020. Helping her hold up her catch is Corey George. Marie said that it was so big and […]

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Smelt Season

Charity Slim-Twitchell who is 2 years old helps clean smelts for the first time on May 20, 2020. She is from Kasigluk, Alaska. Photo by Suzanne Andrew.

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A prized catch

Mr. John P. Charlie and his prize catch of 2020 caught near a hot spot river on May 25 2020. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Virginia A. Charlie.

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Catching Yukon Pike

Logan Larson, age 9 of Russian Mission caught a pike while manaqing with his mom Lianna on a beautiful clear cold day, January 25th. He caught 5 altogether while fishing across from Russian Mission. They […]

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Fresh Silver Salmon

Steven Smith, age 8, from Quinhagak caught his first silver salmon this morning from the Qanirtuuq River, August 8th, 2019.

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Kuskokwim subsistence fishery announcement

This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group were informed of these management actions. Kuskokwim […]

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Kuskokwim commercial fishing openings

This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group were informed of these management actions. Commercial fishing […]

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Making salmon strips

Louis Panigkaq Smith, age 6, is cutting his first King salmon strip in Quinhagak. Louis is the son of Daniel and Renae Smith.

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Yukon King fishers

Linda (at left) and Henriann Nickoli fish for Yukon Chinook king salmon downriver of Russian Mission by 7 Mile. “Our favorite time of the year, Linda was driving the boat while her sister with the […]

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2016 Gulf of Alaska Pink Salmon fishery disaster relief

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska), today (July 2nd, 2019) welcomed an announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the agency approved $53.8 million to restore […]

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Yukon tradition

Here is Martha Chiklak, age 77, of Mountain Village cutting fish this summer. Photo courtesy of her daughter, Marie Chiklak.

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Fish cutter

Nevah Valadez, who is 6 years old, is learning how to cut salmon for drying at fishcamp from her Grandma Ella Nicori of Kwethluk.

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Yukon King Salmon

On June 11, 2019 Cam O’Neill with the Pilot Station Fish and Game test fishing caught the Yukon’s finest mighty king salmon measuring 91.1cm long. Photo and info courtesy of Fish and Game – Kerri […]

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Fishing opportunities on the Kuskowkim River

by USFWS Staff In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (KRITFC), the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge (YDNWR) in-season manager has announced four fishing opportunities within the YDNWR from the boundary at the […]

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Fishing for Herring

by Nicole Charlie It is almost that time of the year where local villages around the Southwest fish for herring. Eating it dry is the traditional way, but herring can be eaten in a few […]

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Yukon Whitefish

This large Yukon Whitefish is almost as big as Louisa Nickoli of Russian Mission. The fish was caught and photographed with Louisa on June 3rd, 2018.

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Kuskokwim salmon fishing update

This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. This subsistence fishery announcement was supported by the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Group at […]

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Red Sockeye Salmon

Kiarrnguacuk Mary K. Anthony with her filet of red salmon. She is getting ready to smoke her fish at the Umkumiut fish camp. This photo was taken on July 4th, 2018 by Isidore Anthony.

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CVRF engages residents with Community Meetings

by CVRF Staff During the last week of June, members of the Board of Directors of Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) visited the communities of Quinhagak, Tununak, Toksook Bay, and Nome to have open-forum discussions […]

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Mending the Net

9 years old Mathew Peterson of Mt. Village is learning how to mend their net. His dad taught him how to mend nets so he too can fish with his own net this summer. “Give […]

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ADFG will manage Kuskokwim River drainage fishery

by ADFG Staff This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. These subsistence fishery management actions were supported by the Kuskokwim River […]

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Herring helper

Elizamarie John, the daughter of Bernie and Alice John of Kipnuk, helps with cutting herring. Photo taken on June 4, 2018.

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Disaster relief for Alaska Pink Salmon Fisheries

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, (all R-Alaska), today (June 20th, 2018) welcomed a funding allocation announcement by the Secretary of Commerce for states and territories affected by recent fishery disasters. […]

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Kuskokwim River Salmon Announcement

by ADFG Staff This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. From the Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Aniak upstream to the […]

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Yukon King Salmon

Henriann Nickoli of Russian Mission holds up a beautiful Yukon Chinook salmon. They caught it right in front of their community while fishing on June 14th, 2018.

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Subsistence King Salmon Fishing Permit

by ADFG Staff This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. Subsistence King Salmon Fishing Permit The Alaska Board of Fisheries […]

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Very First Halibut

6 year old Dallas David from Kongiganak is very excited to have caught his very first halibut on June 7th, 2018 while deep sea fishing with his dad.

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Kuskokwim River Salmon Fishery Announcement

by ADFG Staff This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. Subsistence fishing will be allowed on the Kuskokwim River mainstem […]

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Filleting Yukon Salmon

Gina Minock-Kelly is 7 years old. She learned to cut her very 1st fish on the 15th of June 2017 at her family’s fishcamp, which is a 5 minute boat ride above Pilot Station. “We […]

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Yukon River Fall Salmon Commercial Fishing

Commercial fishing was open for one period in District 2, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 4. This was a 4-hour commercial fishing period with gillnets restricted to 6-inch or smaller mesh size. […]

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Fishing restrictions lifted on mainstem Kuskokwim

This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. Kuskokwim River Drainage: Effective 12:01 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017, the following restrictions to […]

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Growing up at fishcamp

by Madrona Sergie As I was growing up we used to live at fish camp every summer. First, we would go shopping at Bethel, Alaska and get food for what we need for fish camp […]

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Let’s cut fish

Baby Rainier Iyana Leary happily watches his mom Audrey cut salmon by the Kuskokwim River in Napaimute on July 2nd.

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ADFG to manage Kuskokwim River Salmon Fishery

This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area. State Management Effective 12:01 a.m. July 7, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game […]

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Learning at Fish Camp

Devin Alexie, age 6, works on cutting a Kuskokwim whitefish that was caught by his brother Quentin. Devin and his sister and brother were excited to cut fish with their sister’s tiny uluaq at their […]

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Fishing opened on July 1st

The Kuskokwim River from its Mouth to 10 Miles above Upper Kalskag was opened to Gillnet Fishing July 1, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission […]

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Prehistoric Fish Trap and Petroglyphs found

June 23, 2017 Alutiiq Museum archaeologists have located the remains of a stone fish trap and an associated set of petroglyphs on northern Kodiak Island. The features are believed to be prehistoric and reflect Alutiiq […]

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Pacific Bering Sea Halibut

On June 17, 2017 Alicia Ramoth of Scammon Bay reeled in an astounding 74″ halibut to start off the fishing season. With cloudy skies and swells of up to 5 feet it was a perfect […]