by Kevin Wells
Thursday, June 25, 2009
RUSSIAN RIVER, Alaska -- When Fish and Game increased the daily bag limit to six red salmon on the Russian River, anglers rushed the area with the enthusiasm of 5th-graders on the last day of school.
A week later, the level of traffic has lowered, but the fish are still coming through.
Consistency and volume makes the Russian a popular fishing spot during the summer solstice period. The elbow-to-elbow nature of the experience begins with a quick ferry ride.
This year, reds are plentiful here, spreading anglers to both banks and the quest for the daily maximum of six is on.
"It's a lot better than last year," said Joe Owens of Seward. "Last year, if you weren't here certain days, you just didn't get it. They just went through real quick -- at least that was my luck. I only caught two fish last year."