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The Russian River is a clear stream flowing from Upper Russian Lake, through Lower Russian Lake and emptying into the Kenai River at Mile 55 of the Sterling Highway. There is a privately operated ferry at the confluence of the rivers carrying foot-passengers to what is perhaps the busiest fishing spot in Alaska. Always expect a big crowd, and be patient of and courteous to your fellow anglers!

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No one ever said the Russian would be a solitary experience!

There are two distinct sockeye runs that return to this area. The early run usually arrives by June 15th; with an average return of about 70,00 fish, half of which is usually caught by sports anglers.

The second, or late-run fish usually arrive in mid-July and averages about 100,00 fish. These fish, usually a year younger than their first-run cousins, are usually a little smaller, about 5-6 pounds on average.

Many people also visit this area to visit the Russian River Falls and Weir ... watching and photographing the sockeye and other species of salmon that 'leap' the falls on their upstream migration. Others yet, come not to fish, but simply to watch those that are!

Much of this area is designated as 'fly-fishing only' ... but remember, this designation applies to your terminal tackle. Fishing a fly off of a conventional tackle pole and reel is allowed. Like it or not, this is not 'true' fly-fishing, you will not see any graceful, tight loops here ... instead, sockeye are usually 'lined' (snagged in the mouth) using the 'sockeye flip'. Remember, all fish hooked anywhere other than the mouth MUST be released!

The regulations and seasons for this fishery are very complex and often change ... be sure to obtain a Cook Inlet Sport Fishing Regulation Summary and read it closely! Also, make sure to check for any 'Emergency Orders' enacted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) affecting this fishery.


 

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