Michael Black

Smelts caught just below the Napakiak airport. Photo by Michael Black.

Smelts caught just below the Napakiak airport. Photo by Michael Black.

After the earliest breakup on record, the smelts are spawning their way into the Bethel area.

Tuesday morning, Napakiak resident Michael Black posted a picture on Facebook of the smelts he caught near Napakiak. He was still smelting when he talked with KYUK.

“Yeah, they’re hitting pretty hard. I’m getting like half a net-full each time. Well, most of the time I’m getting half a net-full,” Black said.
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