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Anglers were in thick Friday night on the Russian River as thousands of sockeye pushed up the water to their spawning grounds.

Photos: Sockeye time

Posted: June 23, 2012 - 11:20am  |  Updated: June 23, 2012 - 11:44am
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Anchorage resident Brent Zielinski fights a sockeye salmon near Cottonwood Hole on the Russian River late Friday night.  Brian Smith
Brian Smith
Anchorage resident Brent Zielinski fights a sockeye salmon near Cottonwood Hole on the Russian River late Friday night.

Action on the Russian River was hot Friday night as the largest yet pulse of sockeye salmon moved through the river. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates 1,606 fish moved through the Russian weir on Friday, 859 on Thursday and 1,474 on Wednesday. Last year, the sockeye run peaked on June 30 with more than 2,571 fish pushing through the weir.

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