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Bristol Bay run timing chart

Below is a general table of when certain species of fish arrive. Early season (e.g. April and May) is always difficult to predict since the weather, severity of winter, and a number of other factors affect early season fish availability. Salmon tend to be more consistent in their return times and are rarely off more than a week.

The key to understanding flyfishing in Bristol Bay is to understand the behavior of anadromous fish. Anadromous fish spend the majority of their life at sea and are only accessible to anglers for a limited time when they return to freshwater streams. In short, timing is everything.

These run-timing tables indicate the presence of fish in the area but do not necessarily indicate the legal fishing season. Some areas may be closed so be sure to check a current regulation summary before planning your trip. Many rivers in Bristol Bay are closed to sport fishing from April 10-June 7.

P = PRIME FISHING

A = AVAILABLE

X = NOT AVAILABLE

 

WHAT/WHEN
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEPT
OCT
KING
XXXX
XXXX
XXAP
PPAA
XXXX
XXXX
XXXX
COHO
XXXX
XXXX
XXXX
XXXA
AAPP
PPAA
XXXX
SOCKEYE XXXX
XXXX
XXAP
PPAA
AAAA
XXXX
XXXX
PINK
XXXX
XXXX
XXXX
APPP
PPAA
AXXX
XXXX
CHUM
XXXX
XXXX
XAAP
PPAA
AAAA
XXXX
XXXX
RAINBOW TROUT
XXXX
XXXX
XAPP
PPPP
PPPP
PPPP
PPAX
DOLLY VARDEN
XXXX
XXXX
AAAA
AAPP
PPPP
PPAA
AXXX
GRAYLING
XXXX
XXXX
XAAA
AAAA
AAPP
PPAA
AAXX
NORTHERN PIKE
XXXX
XXXA
PPPP
PPAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAX
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