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Kenai Pennisula Prime Salmon Fishing Times     open as .pdf

KING FISHING – Chinook or King Salmon is one of the premier fish of the Kenai Peninsula due to their large size. In the Kenai River they can vary from 20 to almost 100 pounds (the record is 97 lbs. 8 oz.). Due to their size and their fighting strength, it is almost impossible to land a King from the river bank, thus hiring a guide with a boat is a must.
On the Kasilof River, the first run Kings are mostly hatchery fish that range from 15 to 35 pounds, thus they can be caught from the bank. However, there

landing 40 lb. King Salmon
are plenty of guides with drift boats (no motors allowed) to increase your chances of landing a King salmon. As the second run of larger (30 to 60 pounds) Kings enter the Kasilof, a guided drift boat is a necessity. The limit is two hatchery Kings or one hatchery plus one native on certain days.

LOCATION DATES FISH TYPE
COOK INLET & HOMER SPRING through JULY OCEAN KINGS
KENAI RIVER MAY-JUNE 1ST RUN KINGS (20 to 100#)
KENAI RIVER JULY 2ND RUN KINGS (40 to 100#)
NINILCHIK & ANCHOR RIVERS,
DEEP CREEK
MEMORIAL WEEKEND
PLUS TWO WEEKENDS
1ST RUN KINGS
KASILOF RIVER Mid-MAY to mid-JUNE 1st RUN KINGS (15 to 35#)
KASILOF RIVER JULY peaks @ 20th 2nd RUN KINGS (20 to 60#)


RED FISHING
– I consider Sockeye or Red Salmon to be the best table fish. The Alaskan Wild Red Salmon has bright red meat and rich flavor which is high in Omega 3 oils. Plus it is one of the most exciting fish to catch. The red salmon doesn’t eat once it re-enters fresh water. To catch them, you must drag a fly-hook through their mouth hooking them, not an easy task and very exciting when you hook them in the fin or tail. Many a rod has been broken or rod & reel lost when a 8 to 12 pound red takes off across the river after being hooked in the tail.

Tom and Red
LOCATION DATES FISH TYPE
RUSSIAN RIVER JUNE 15TH 1st RUN KENAI REDS (6 to 8#)
KENAI RIVER LAST 2 WEEKS IN JULY 2nd RUN REDS (8 to 12#)
KASILOF RIVER MAY through JUNE 1st RUN REDS (6 to 8#)
KASILOF RIVER JULY 2nd RUN REDS (6 to 8#)


SILVERS & HUMPY FISHING
– Silvers (Coho) and Humpies (Pink) Salmon come into the rivers at the beginning of August. However the Pinks only come into the Kenai River on even years. There are two runs of Silvers in the Kenai River, but only one in the Kasilof. Both species feed in the river and spawn in the river and side creeks; therefore, both baits (cured salmon eggs) and lures will attract the fish. Silvers tend to

Ann with Silver Catch
feed only in early mornings and evenings on sunny days, Pinks feed any time and will strike at about anything. Silvers are more oily than reds and have orange meat, Pinks tend to have pink, mushy meat (especially the males).
LOCATION DATES FISH TYPE
KENAI RIVER AUGUST & SEPTEMBER SILVERS (8 to 20#)
KENAI RIVER AUGUST EVEN YEARS PINKS (4 to 6#)
KASILOF RIVER
NINILCHIK & ANCHOR RIVERS,
DEEP CREEK
AUGUST SILVERS (8 to 20#)
PINKS (4 to 6#)

TROUT & DOLLY VARDEN FISHING – Rivers, creeks and lakes on the Peninsula are normally open to
trout and Dolly Varden fishing all year round except for closures in specific areas on certain dates. Be sure to check the fishing regulations concerning the closure dates, limits and where they have to be released when caught.

* I have personally collected this information over the years fishing on the Peninsula.
The dates vary due to changes in the weather, water temperature, etc.

 click here to open a .pdf of the Kenai Prime Salmon Fishing Times

 
Ted fishes Tolvana
King catch
Big Red Catch
Kenai Reds
Combat Fishing
Tom and his King
Deb catches a Pink
Reds
Coleman and his Red
Sara's halibut
Cary's Silver catch
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