I fished for many years before asking myself any hard questions. A few years ago, I finally asked, "What's fun about getting the best of a fish?" I had no good answers, which probably explains my hesitation to ask.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The National Park Service is not against changing Mount McKinley's official name to Denali, but Alaskans continue to be in a battle with Ohioans over the name of North America's tallest mountain.
As of Wednesday morning, anxious anglers had already started to converge on the Russian and upper Kenai rivers in anticipation of today's opening. And early reports indicate there will be some fish there, too.
Elodea, the first nonnative submersed freshwater plant to invade Alaska, was discovered on the Kenai Peninsula in late 2012. We now know that a hybrid Elodea species, common in the aquarium trade, infests Beck, Daniels and Stormy Lakes north of Nikiski.
Anglers on the central Kenai Peninsula have been pleasantly surprised with opportunities to catch a king salmon.
"We're still right at beginning stages on the Kasilof, but things have been really consistent," said Mark Wackler of Fishology Alaska.