The Kenai Peninsula is considered one of the premier salmon fishing sites of the world. It boasts two major salmon rivers. One of which, the Kenai, holds the world record for the largest King Salmon (98 pounds) rod caught by a fisherman. It has two runs of the delicious Sockeye (Red) salmon, a Coho (Silver) salmon run and in even years millions of pink salmon. Then there is the Kasilof River with it’s early runs of Kings, both natural and hatchery, followed by a growing Sockeye (Red) salmon run and a big Coho (Silver) salmon run. In addition, King salmon can be caught on Deep Creek, Ninilichik Creek and Anchor River on Memorial weekend and the following two weekends, then Coho (Silver) salmon in the fall.
Early May also starts the entrance of Kings into the Kenai River and the guide boats fill the lower river. Combat fishing at the Russian River starts around the end of June bringing in fishermen and women from all over the world for the annual event (more detail in the fishing section).
The middle of July brings the second run of Reds into the Kenai with the big males up to 12 pounds. For two weeks, the river is full of reds and the banks are lined with fishermen.
Starting the 1st of August the Coho (silver) salmon enter all the rivers and creeks on the peninsula and the annual Silver Salmon derby starts in Seward. Is it any wonder that the Kenai Peninsula is considered: ‘THE SALMON FISHING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD’
The Kenai Peninsula also boasts the ‘HALIBUT FISHING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD’ in Homer, Alaska. The Cook Inlet is salt water and provides easy access to some of the largest Halibut in the world. Guides with large boats can take fishermen and women on daily trips to the fishing grounds from Ninilichik to Homer. Some guides offer both Halibut and King salmon fishing on the same trip.
The beaches of the Cook Inlet also offer the fun of digging for the famous and delicious Alaskan Razor Clams. The beaches at Coho, Ninilichik, Deep Creek, Clam Gulch and Whiskey Creek are always crowded at the low tides with people digging for the elusive clams. Come and enjoy the fun and then having the pleasure of eating the fresh clam strips, clam fritters and delicious chowder.
And don’t let us forget the fun for the entire family of fishing for Rainbow trout in Johnson Lake. Each year the Alaska Fish and Game stock Johnson Lake with Rainbows. They are a delight to catch and good to eat.
IT IS EASY TO SEE WHY SUMMERS IN ALASKA ARE A FISHERMAN’S PARADISE
|Digging for clams|
|Clamming group after digging|
|Good halibut catch|
|Raking for steamer clams|
|Good catch of Reds|