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Jose Fernandez holds a small salmon he caught in a creek in Pulaski. He's been fishing in the area for 30 years. Photo: Joanna Richards
Jose Fernandez holds a small salmon he caught in a creek in Pulaski. He's been fishing in the area for 30 years. Photo: Joanna Richards

Salmon, and fishermen, school in Pulaski

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Each fall, thousands of salmon swim upstream along the Salmon River and nearby creeks, trying to return to the state's Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar, where they were born.

The fish head home to spawn. But they face a gauntlet of fisherman in the waterways around Pulaski, drawn by the fishes' large sizes and numbers.

In this Heard Up North, Joanna Richards spoke with local Pulaski resident and 30-year-fisherman Jose Fernandez along a small stream, where he was stalking salmon and escaping the crowd.

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Jose Fernandez pulls a salmon he caught from a net, as his daughter, Olivia, watches. Photo: Joanna Richards One of Jose Fernandez's relatives holds a brown trout the family caught in a Pulaski creek. Photo: Joanna Richards Jose Fernandez shows his daughter and mother-in-law the salmon he's just netted in a Pulaski creek. Photo: Joanna Richards

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Joanna Richards
Watertown Correspondent

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