High water temperatures are stalling runs and killing fish in several Alaska regions.

Managers say weeks of record hot and dry weather have pushed water temps to the mid 70s in Prince William Sound and have disrupted normal migration behavior and slowed down the salmon runs.

At Norton Sound, huge numbers of pre-spawned pinks were reported dead in many river systems and blamed on the warm waters. The region is plugged with pinks for the third year in a row.

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And KYUK reports that Kuskokwim salmon dying from heart attacks. Ben Gray is with the AK Dept. of Fish and Game in Bethel.

“Essentially, what could happen is salmon metabolism speeds up to the point that they’re having heart attacks and going belly up and floating downriver.”

At Southeast, the heat is being blamed for bleak salmon fishing so far. Region wide, a catch of 18 million for both pinks and chums was projected. By yesterday, the catch had topped just one half million fish for each.

Kodiak was seeing some record pink catches, the only bright spot there. Likewise, the Alaska Peninsula pink haul topped a whopping 10 million.

Chignik has yet to see an opener and at Cook Inlet, sockeye catches are even worse than last year with just 600,000 reds taken Inlet-wide.

Meanwhile, Bristol Bay was setting records for its sockeye catches which have blown past expectations and nearing 40 million fish.

Icicle Seafoods is the first to post a base price and other Bay processors have yet to follow. KDLG in Dillingham reports that Icicle posted $1.35 for sockeyes, up from an average $1.26 last year.

Kodiak base prices have taken a dip with reports of $1.45 for sockeyes, 27 cents for pinks and 25 cents for chums. That compares to last year averages of $1.56, 39 cents and 51 cents, respectively.

At Cook Inlet, sockeye prices were reported at $1.70, down from $2.25, and sockeyes at $1.25 at the Alaska Peninsula, same as last year. Prices don’t include bonuses for chilling and delivery.