Fishing Kenai River Alaska
Gear up for trout and salmon fishing on the Kenai River
Alaska trout fishing
Covering 80 miles from
Kenai Lake to the Cook Inlet, the Kenai River is one of the most
popular areas in Alaska for fishing and is also one of the most
plentiful with a diverse bounty of fish.
Fishing the Kenai
River Alaska is truly an amazing experience. Rainbow trout
and four types of salmon, including red salmon,
and king salmon
can all be found in the Kenai River.
During peak fishing
season, many Kenai River fishing spots can be crowded, but the
abundance of fish in this well known area provide something for
The Kenai River
has a history of yielding trophy size fish. In fact, 9 of the
top 10 trophy Alaskan king salmon were caught while fishing in the Kenai River.
The largest recorded king was caught in 1985 and weighed in at just
over 97 pounds. A contest runs each year with $50,000 in award
money to anyone who breaks the 1985 record while fishing in the
Kenai River. Anglers will have the best chance for catching
trophy salmon when they use an experienced fishing guide. A seasoned
guide can help tourist anglers navigate the best fishing spots for
Kenai River Salmon Fishing Tip - Know The Salmon Runs
The Kenai River receives
two distinct salmon runs per species each year. For the first
wave, sockeye salmon and king salmon run in May and June while
silvers come during July and August. For the second wave,
kings and sockeyes return in July and August with silvers returning
in September and October. Knowing these runs will help your
fishing in the Kenai River. Generally, the second run contains
more fish than the first. The two king salmon runs combine to
make the Kenai River one of the largest sport fisheries for this species in
Fishing Kenai River Alaska - Getting There
Only about 50 miles from Anchorage, the Kenai River can be
reached by car and by air. Travel by car is via the Seward
Highway Scenic Byway, a beautiful drive with scenic vistas.
Several air taxi companies offer charters from Anchorage into the
Kenai River area.
Weather For Fishing Kenai River Alaska
Weather varies depending where fishermen are located along the
river, but generally the climate is comfortable and is
especially so in the summer months. The Kenai River area
averages about 19 inches of rain per year. Average
temperatures in the summer are from the mid 60's to the high 40's.
Temperatures for winter months typically range from highs in the
20's and lows in the single digits.