The Kenai River weaves between the Sterling Highway and the mountains on its way to the ocean Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Cooper Landing, Alaska. With bright sunshine and temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s, the snow began to crack on the hillsides and the river flowed freely between the softening ice of Kenai Lake and Skilak Lake. Anglers couldn’t wait to get in the water — more than a dozen were already parked alongside the highway and tossing lines in the water to see what would bite in April. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

The Kenai River weaves between the Sterling Highway and the mountains on its way to the ocean Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Cooper Landing, Alaska. With bright sunshine and temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s, the snow began to crack on the hillsides and the river flowed freely between the softening ice of Kenai Lake and Skilak Lake. Anglers couldn’t wait to get in the water — more than a dozen were already parked alongside the highway and tossing lines in the water to see what would bite in April. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

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The Kenai River weaves between the Sterling Highway and the mountains on its way to the ocean Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Cooper Landing, Alaska. With bright sunshine and temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s, the snow began to crack on the hillsides and the river flowed freely between the softening ice of Kenai Lake and Skilak Lake. Anglers couldn’t wait to get in the water — more than a dozen were already parked alongside the highway and tossing lines in the water to see what would bite in April. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

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