FISHING SEASONS BY SPECIES.*

*The following information is subject to change by emergency orders, but will give you a good idea of the best times to target specific species on your guided fishing trip.

 
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Rainbow Trout/Dolly VArden

Prime Dates: June 11th-July 1st & August 10th-Oct 31st

Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden are the most sought-after catch and release sport fish in Alaska and a popular fish for Kenai River Guides to chase! Known for their fight and strength, Rainbows and Dollies are an absolute blast to pursue on guided fishing trips! Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden feed heavily on salmon eggs and flesh and can grow to Jurassic proportions!


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sockeye/red salmon

Prime Dates: July 15th-August 10th

Truly the most important salmon species to the peninsula, Sockeye Salmon literally feed the entire system with oceanic nutrients. A migratory fish, most guided fishing trips take place on the shore, wading in shallow water as Sockeye travel very close to the shore. Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden rely on their eggs and their flesh to survive.  Sockeye are an abundant and prized delicacy.


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silver/coho salmon

Prime Dates: September 1st-October 31st

Hard fighting and super aggressive, the Silver Salmon, also known as Coho Salmon, will readily take a fly on the swing and flies that are cast and strip-retrieved. Silvers will also take spinners, plugs and spin-n-glos. They seemingly attack out of nowhere and are a ton of fun on the fly. Guided fishing trips are usually done via drift boat, but some shore fishing does occur.


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KING/CHINOOK SALMON

Prime Dates: May 15 - July 31st

King Salmon are the quintessential "Alaskan" Fish. The state fish of Alaska, the Chinook or King Salmon is a legendary fish that put Kenai River Guides on the map! King Salmon, also known as Chinook Salmon, can reach gigantic proportions and fight like a freight train! We offer guided fishing trips on the swung fly and back trolling for King Salmon. These guided fishing trips are on a first-come, first-serve basis. We strongly encourage the catch and release of wild King Salmon. There are opportunities to harvest hatchery Kings on the early first run on the Kasilof River.