An unseasonable winter has all-but eliminated punchy spring snow and ice shelves along the banks, boosting the opportunities for Alaska rainbow trout anglers to pursue their favorite species until a May 1 closure. 

Joseph Robertia
Whopping, bottom-feeding grayling are not the bright, pretty fish that come from Denali Highway streams. They tend toward gunmetal gray with dull, pinkish spots on the dorsal fin. However, anytime you can catch a grayling over a pound and a half, it is a beautiful fish.John Schandelmeier
From hiking, to riding a zipline to flightseeing to fishing for elusive steelhead or king salmon, it's not too early to start enjoying an Alaska spring and summer outdoors. Lisa Maloney
This group of a half-dozen were not on the trip to make measurements or otherwise perform science. They wanted to see, smell and slide across new country, about 200 miles that included two hot springs with tubs at Serpentine and Pilgrim.Ned Rozell
Volunteers looking for Sarabi, a member of Iditarod finisher Laura Allaway’s team, are focusing their efforts around Mile 100 of the Glenn Highway near the Glacier View neighborhood after a resident took a photo of the dog resting in her yard April 10. Suzanna Caldwell
Winter activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fading in Denali National Park. But more animals – including Dall sheep, moose, caribou, coyote, lynx and golden eagles – have been spotted.Alaska Dispatch News
Several Alaska salmon processors have decided to rejoin one of the world’s best-known sustainable seafood certification programs after breaking away about three years ago.Jeannette Lee Falsey
The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation will host its annual Seaplane Seminar at the Loussac Library in Anchorage on Saturday, April 25, for floatplane enthusiasts and aircraft owners looking forward to the summer flying season.Colleen Mondor

Since the late 1980s, the State of Alaska has acquired six once-private parcels in and adjacent to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through purchases and donations. Several additional parcels were gained in trades with the Mat-Su Borough. A bill winding its way through the legislature seeks to add these parcels, totaling 3,000 acres, to the refuge.

Rick Sinnott
National Park Service regional wildlife biologist Grant Hilderbrand offers tips for staying safer in bear country.Doyle Woody