The Kuskokwim in Aniak (or the rest of the river) isn’t doing much these days; it’s still quite cold for this time of year getting below freezing most nights. That supposedly is supposed to change, however. Here’s the forecast for the next few days. With these cool temperatures, water levels are rising only slightly in Aniak. Mark Leary reports that water in Napaimute rose only 6-inches yesterday but dropped 4-iches overnight (the first time since the thaw began); by noon today the temperature in Napaimute was already 40 degrees. The forecast is calling for a chance of rain in the [Read More...}
For anyone interested – here is an exciting and challenging position with KNA in Aniak. General Description and Responsibilities: This is not your typical Fisheries Biologist position. It combines fisheries research and monitoring with outreach, education, capacity building and cooperation to ensure the sustainability of Alaska Native subsistence opportunities. The job is as much about people and preserving a way of life as it is about fish. You will be working cooperatively with both state and federal management agencies on a variety of fisheries assessment projects in addition to conducting independent projects evaluating water quality and fish habitat. To accomplish this [Read More...}
Mark Leary reports that the water rose 1 foot today in a 22 hour period, which is slower than yesterday due to the cooler temperatures. The water level is also rising in Aniak and it’s been reported that the river in Crooked Creek moved a little today around 3:30, but then quickly ceased moving. Here are pictures of the water conditions in Napaimute as of this afternoon.
The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group met on May 10 to discuss the management of the upcoming fishing season. There were several interesting points brought up at this season’s first teleconference since the Working Group meeting in March in Anchorage – here’s what I found interesting: James Charles feels that the word needs to get out that Working Group members do not get paid for their efforts. He believes that this misconception has arisen since the meetings are now held during the day as opposed to the evening like they were many years ago. And it seems that that misconception [Read More...}
Mark Leary reports that even though it’s cold the water is slowly coming up and the ice is deteriorating. He says it’s time to put the snow gos away. Two sno gos are in the yellow circles next to the water, but last night they were 20 feet from the water’s edge sitting on a high lump of ice. Water all along the south shore should soon cause the main ice to free float pretty soon. As of yet no shore ice is popping up signaling that the main ice is free from the beach.
As you can see by the graphs (compliments of Doug Molyneaux), we’re a week or more late on this year’s breakup…at least according to the average timing of breakup over the years. But, as we all know, averages also include the extremes, or what’s referred to as the tail ends of the statistical bell curve.
The open water sections are rapidly increasing around Aniak. We’ve heard that some people are still planning on traveling to Aniak from Kalskag by sno go on the 12th. Travel on the river is not advised, but if you do please exercise extreme caution and wear a float coat. Boats have been heading up the Aniak River in search of waterfowl since Friday.