A woman fends off gulls during the first day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, on Kenai Beach, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A woman fends off gulls during the first day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, on Kenai Beach, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Welcome, dipnetters!

By ERIN THOMPSON

Peninsula Clarion

Tents stand on Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, during the first day of the dipnetting season. Alaskans from around the state travel to Kenai to participate in the three-week season, which allows residents to harvest salmon and flounder for personal use. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Tents stand on Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, during the first day of the dipnetting season. Alaskans from around the state travel to Kenai to participate in the three-week season, which allows residents to harvest salmon and flounder for personal use. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchorage resident Colton Herman drags his catch onto Kenai Beach during the opening day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Herman has come to Kenai to participate in dipnetting every year since he was a child. He said the catch had been slow so far, but would continue fishing until he got his quota. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchorage resident Colton Herman drags his catch onto Kenai Beach during the opening day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Herman has come to Kenai to participate in dipnetting every year since he was a child. He said the catch had been slow so far, but would continue fishing until he got his quota. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaina Hager shows off her catch on Kenai Beach during the first day of the three-week dipnetting season on July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Hager, who was dipnetting for the first time, had caught two salmon and a flounder by mid-afternoon Tuesday. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaina Hager shows off her catch on Kenai Beach during the first day of the three-week dipnetting season on July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Hager, who was dipnetting for the first time, had caught two salmon and a flounder by mid-afternoon Tuesday. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters as seen from the Kenai bluffs on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters as seen from the Kenai bluffs on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A gull inspects a discarded fish head on Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A gull inspects a discarded fish head on Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A young dipnetter plays in the sand on Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A young dipnetter plays in the sand on Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Fishermen ready their nets for dipnetting on Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Fishermen ready their nets for dipnetting on Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters wade into the Cook Inlet in hopes of catching salmon on the first day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters wade into the Cook Inlet in hopes of catching salmon on the first day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters wade into the Cook Inlet in hopes of catching salmon on the first day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters wade into the Cook Inlet in hopes of catching salmon on the first day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchorage residents Herb Morgan, left, and Tek Kniaziowski take a break on the beach on opening day of the three-week dipnetting season in Kenai, Alaska. The two, who were camping on the beach, travel to the peninsula annually to participate in the fish harvest. Kniaziowski said the fishing was slow going so far — by mid-afternoon the two had caught six flounders, but no salmon. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchorage residents Herb Morgan, left, and Tek Kniaziowski take a break on the beach on opening day of the three-week dipnetting season in Kenai, Alaska. The two, who were camping on the beach, travel to the peninsula annually to participate in the fish harvest. Kniaziowski said the fishing was slow going so far — by mid-afternoon the two had caught six flounders, but no salmon. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Derrick Milburn shows off a salmon on Kenai Beach on the opening day of the dipnetting season on July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Milburn traveled with his two sons from Fort Richardson to attend the opening day of the season. Milburn said the catch was less bountiful this year than in years past, but had snagged two salmon and six flounder by mid-afternoon Tuesday. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Derrick Milburn shows off a salmon on Kenai Beach on the opening day of the dipnetting season on July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Milburn traveled with his two sons from Fort Richardson to attend the opening day of the season. Milburn said the catch was less bountiful this year than in years past, but had snagged two salmon and six flounder by mid-afternoon Tuesday. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters carry their dipnets to the water at Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. Tuesday marked the opening of the three-week dipnetting season, during which Alaska residents can harvest salmon and flounder for personal use. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters carry their dipnets to the water at Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. Tuesday marked the opening of the three-week dipnetting season, during which Alaska residents can harvest salmon and flounder for personal use. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Fred, right, and Bob Kring show off their catch on Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. The two, who regularly travel to Kenai to participate in the dipnetting season, said the fishing had been “terrible” so far this year. Even so, they had snagged two salmon and a flounder by mid-afternoon Tuesday. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Fred, right, and Bob Kring show off their catch on Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. The two, who regularly travel to Kenai to participate in the dipnetting season, said the fishing had been “terrible” so far this year. Even so, they had snagged two salmon and a flounder by mid-afternoon Tuesday. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Youth play on the beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, during the first day of dipnetting season in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Youth play on the beach on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, during the first day of dipnetting season in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Lorna and Alissa Brotherwood, right, carry a dipnet on Kenai Beach during opening day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. The family travels from Wasilla annually to participate in the harvest. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Lorna and Alissa Brotherwood, right, carry a dipnet on Kenai Beach during opening day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. The family travels from Wasilla annually to participate in the harvest. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters wade into the Cook Inlet in hopes of catching salmon on the first day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters wade into the Cook Inlet in hopes of catching salmon on the first day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchorage resident Colton Herman displays a recently caught salmon on Kenai Beach during the opening day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Herman has come to Kenai to participate in dipnetting every year since he was a child. Herman said the catch had been slow so far, but would continue fishing until he got his quota. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchorage resident Colton Herman displays a recently caught salmon on Kenai Beach during the opening day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Herman has come to Kenai to participate in dipnetting every year since he was a child. Herman said the catch had been slow so far, but would continue fishing until he got his quota. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters as seen from the Kenai bluffs on Tuesday, July 10, 1018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters as seen from the Kenai bluffs on Tuesday, July 10, 1018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters stand in the shallows where the Kenai River meets Cook Inlet on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska.

Dipnetters stand in the shallows where the Kenai River meets Cook Inlet on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska.

A young girl takes shelter from the rain on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, during the first day of dipnetting season in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A young girl takes shelter from the rain on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, during the first day of dipnetting season in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Wasilla resident Alissa Brotherwood preps a dipnet on Kenai Beach during opening day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 11, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Brotherwood said coming to the dipnetting opening in Kenai is a family tradition. The family smokes and jars salmon caught during the dipnetting season for subsistence. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Wasilla resident Alissa Brotherwood preps a dipnet on Kenai Beach during opening day of dipnetting season on Tuesday, July 11, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Brotherwood said coming to the dipnetting opening in Kenai is a family tradition. The family smokes and jars salmon caught during the dipnetting season for subsistence. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A young boy distracts himself in the Kenai Beach sand on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, during the first day of the dipnetting season. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A young boy distracts himself in the Kenai Beach sand on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, during the first day of the dipnetting season. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A man surveys the water on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, as dipnetters try their hand at catching salmon during the first day of dipnetting season in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A man surveys the water on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, as dipnetters try their hand at catching salmon during the first day of dipnetting season in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A dipnetter makes his way to the water on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Tuesday marked the opening of the three-week dipnetting season, during which Alaska residents can harvest salmon and flounder for personal use. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A dipnetter makes his way to the water on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. Tuesday marked the opening of the three-week dipnetting season, during which Alaska residents can harvest salmon and flounder for personal use. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

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