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- More Info on Kenai River Silver &
Sockeye Fishing -
- Visit our
Packages Page to see special August packages for silver fishing
and how you can choose to partake in one of sockeye salmon trips!
- Visit our Run Timing Page
to see the best times to fish the Kenai River!
- Keep track of the fisheries in-season by visiting
our River Reports Page where you can
find updates sonar information for Kenai River sockeye counts.
- Visit our Videos Page to
see several videos of sockeye salmon action on the Kenai!
Kings don't provide the
only excitement on the Kenai! Beginning around the second week of July, huge
numbers of late-run sockeye return to the Kenai. In most years, over 750,000
sockeye make it back into the Kenai, some years, that number exceeds one million! This huge run provides the
basis for the largest recreational sockeye fishery in Alaska!
While this fishery is one that many
anglers choose to try on their own, more and more anglers are choosing to partake a
guided trip for these richly fleshed, speed demons that average about eight pounds and
often run into the low teens.
Flippin' for reds!
With the increasing popularity of the
fishery in recent years, many large stretches of the Kenai shoreline have been closed to
fishing due to erosion concerns ... as a result, anglers without access to private
boardwalks or docks have been forced into a few public access areas ... creating a new
meaning of 'combat fishing' in some areas.
Traveling by boat to some open bank areas, our charters are designed to allow you to enjoy this fast-paced fishery
working some of the best waters in relative solitude. New to the game, we
can take a day to teach you what has become known as 'the sockeye flip', the shortlining
method utilized to catch them.
Sockeye fishing charters usually begin in the second week of July and run through
about the end of the first week of August ... although in some years, the fishing has
remained very good through the end of the third week.
In early August, the
silvers begin returning to the Kenai. Many anglers choose to fish the Kenai for silvers
during this time when the river is a little quieter than the busy king and
sockeye season. This is especially true in even-numbered years when millions
of pink salmon flood into the Kenai; with both species present, there is
loads of action!
Both silvers & reds love to go
August silvers run about the same size
in the Kenai and Kasilof, with most fish around ten pounds and fish in the low
teens not at all unusual. Feisty and acrobatic, silvers also make great table fare ...
offering a firm, mild flesh.
Most of our silver fishing on the
Kenai takes place in the lower river near tidewater backbouncing eggs, although anglers
have the opportunity
to fish hardware in the middle and upper river at times when there are decent numbers of
fish present in these stretches.
Be sure to check out our
rates page and / or our
Page for special discounts in effect during August silver season!
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