Above: Frank Gurske of Palmer cleans the five red salmon he caught while dipnetting at the mouth of the Kenai River on Saturday as gulls swarm the leftovers. Saturday was the first day of the Alaskans-only personal-use fishery that runs through July. Reports from the river were that action was slow, but that could change any day. Typically, the peak is July 16-25.
Left: Jorcyn Caldwell rests her head on the net handle and closes her eyes as she and Katie Sanders of Eagle River wait for a red to hit.
Gulls and fishermen gathered at the mouth of the Kenai River Saturday for the opening of the Alaskans-only, personal-use fishery for red salmon. Dipnet fishing is open for the rest of the month with the usuall peak around July 16-25. Pickings were slow at the start Saturday.