Friday, June 26, 2009

Millions of sockeye already netted at Bristol Bay

The fishing is heating up at Bristol Bay, the Big Daddy of Alaska salmon fisheries.

Nothing compares to the bay — not the Copper River, not Cook Inlet, not Kodiak or the rest of the world, for that matter — when it comes to sockeye wealth.

State biologists expect a commercial catch of about 24 million reds this season, with the peak of the fishery to come around the Fourth of July.

We're seeing some considerable fireworks already, with close to 4 million fish caught through Thursday.

Should be interesting to see what kind of price fishermen get this year, what with the global recession and all.

If you'd like to follow the daily catch totals at Bristol Bay, click here.

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