Salmon Fishing
Alaska Salmon Fishing
Kenai Kings 
Mid May-July 31st
Alaska’s Kenai River is host to the largest recreational king salmon fishery in the world. It is also known for producing the world record king salmon, many of which tip the scales at 70, 80, and even 90 pounds! Just imagine the brut power and sheer strength that a seventy pound salmon would posses. Imagine your rod doubled over, straining like it’s attached to a freight train, running straight up river, your reel screaming as line is peeling out at an unimaginable pace. Then… It turns around and comes straight back at you! This can be exactly what you will experience, when you hook into a giant king salmon on the Kenai River. So come, let a friendly, experienced, local guide take you on an adventure that you will soon not forget.

There are two distinct runs of king salmon in the Kenai River. The first run averages about 16,000 fish, and the second run averages about 40,000. The first run of kings generally start arriving in May, and tend to peak in early to mid June. There is plenty of good fishing before and after the peak of the runs as well. First run kings tend to be a little smaller. On average they weigh 20-50 pounds. However, the world record king salmon was caught on the Kenai River (97 pounds 4oz!) on May 17, 1985. The second run of kings is generally a little larger. They begin to arrive around the beginning of July, with the peak of the run usually occurring around mid month, followed by the season closure on July 31.
Kasilof Kings May-July 31st
The Kasilof River is an excellent option if you want to avoid the often overcrowded Kenai. It is located about twenty minutes south of the Kenai River, and also receives a couple very nice king salmon runs. Unlike the Kenai, the Kasilof is a drift only fishery. It sees considerably less pressure, and is known for its higher success rates. Also, unlike the Kenai, you do not have to quit fishing on the Kasilof after catching and retaining a king. This is a bonus for the once in a lifetime angler, and those who wish to fish all day. The Kasilof can also provide great fly-fishing opportunities for those who wish to challenge the almighty king on a fly (dependent upon water conditions). Like the Kenai, the Kasilof sees two distinct runs of king salmon. The first run is a mix of hatchery and wild fish, averaging 15-35 pounds. Though smaller than its Kenai cousin, the Kasilof king should be respected, as it has spooled even the most experienced angler. The second run of kasilof kings arrive in July. This run usually packs in a few fish weighing in at fifty pounds or better. Again, the Kasilof king's average size is a bit smaller than the Kenai, but they boast a much higher catch rate, which equals more fun!
Kenai River Sockeye Salmon (Red Salmon)  June-August
Every summer eager Alaskans count the days, awaiting the arrival of the Kenai River sockeye. Pound for pound the sockeye salmon is the hardest fighting salmon in the state. With powerful steelhead like runs, explosive aerial displays, and the sheer number of fish, it is easy to see why the Kenai river sockeye is the number one favorite of both Alaskans and visitors. Well over one million sockeye salmon enter the Kenai River every summer to begin their journey up river. Like the king salmon, the sockeyes come in two distinct runs. The first fish begin entering the river in mid to late May, and continue until late August. Sockeye salmon generally hug the shore on their long journey up stream, thus creating an excellent fly-fishing opportunity, as well as an action packed trip that everybody can enjoy. The first run of sockeye salmon consists largely of fish headed for the famous Russian River, located about seventy four miles up stream. These first run fish, which average five to six pounds usually charge straight up river to their ultimate destination, and pose few fishing opportunities on the Kenai. A walk-in guided Russian river trip would be more appropriate for the first run sockeyes. The second run of sockeyes is much larger than the first run, with over ten thousand fish pouring into the river daily during the peak of the run. With that many fish in the river, it’s easy to see why the Kenai river sockeye fishery is a favorite of both locals and visitors. Second run sockeyes start entering the river in early to mid July. This run usually peaks towards the later end of the month, and in some years can continue well into August. If you are coming to Alaska to fill your freezer, or in search of non-stop action, this is definitely the trip for you.

Russian River Sockeye Salmon  June 15th-August 
The Russian River is a thirteen mile, fast moving, clear water tributary of the Kenai River. It sees runs of kings, sockeyes, silver salmon, as well as resident rainbow trout, and dolly varden. However, it is the sockeye, and trout fishing that has put this river on the map. This fishery is an excellent adventure for the avid fly-fisherman, and any visitor looking to see beautiful scenery filled with salmon, bears, stunning landscape, and plenty of action on a fly-rod. Like the Kenai, the Russian sees two runs of sockeye salmon, with the later bringing in a majority of the fish. With over two hundred thousand fish flooding this narrow gin clear stream, it’s no wonder this river is a favorite of the locals (humans and bears alike). Our Russian river trips are full day (8-10 hours) or half day (5-6 hours). Both will include a bit of hiking, as well as wading through fast moving water.
Silver Salmon August-September
Early August marks the arrival of the silver salmon on the Kenai Peninsula. The silver salmon on the Kenai average 8-15 pounds, with larger fish caught in the 15-20 pound range. Silvers have proved themselves to be quite a handful. They are very aggressive biters at times, and are known for their acrobatic fights. Fishing for silver salmon usually begins in August, and can remain good thru September. This can be an excellent opportunity for the light tackle enthusiast or fly-fisherman. Fall fishing on the Kenai Peninsula can be one of the most exciting times to fish. During this time salmon, steelhead, dolly varden, and resident rainbow trout are all present, and spread throughout the rivers and streams. Silver salmon trips can be booked on most of the rivers throughout the Kenai Peninsula, and can accommodate people wanting to do trout/salmon combos.