National Fisherman


The 2013 commercial salmon fishery in Bristol Bay officially opens up this morning at 9 a.m. in the eastside districts.

Commercial fishermen are free to fish in the Naknek-Kvichak, Egegik and Ugashik Districts beginning this morning at 9, as all 3 districts go onto a weekly fishing schedule to start the season. While fishermen can fish, it's unlikely there are many salmon swimming around as it's very early in the season.

In the Naknek-Kvichhak District both the Naknek and Kvichak Sections are open to setnet effort, while the drifters are limited to just the Naknek Section. The weekly fishing period is from 9-am Mondays to 9-am Fridays beginning this morning at 9. The weekly fishing schedule ends at 9-am Friday, June 21st. At that point the District is under emergency order status and commercial fishing time will be announced by Fish and Game.

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