05/29/14 - 7:50am
If you stand long enough on the banks of the Kenai River this time of year, you’ll likely notice a ripple in the surface of the water. The curious may choose to stand in the water and feel the tickle of hundreds of tiny hooligan rushing by their legs. At times, they’re in so thick you snatch them out of the water with your bare hands.
They’re eulachon (yoo-luk-kon), or hooligan, and they’re the first major run of fish on the Kenai River each year.