- More Info on Kasilof River
First-Run King Salmon Fishing -
- Hear the 'old rumor' that there are
no fish in the Kasilof in July?? We hear it all the time!
We kind of like it that way! That
keeps the river nice & quiet!
- Visit the
Gallery Pages for loads of photos of Kasilof River July King Salmon
And feel free to
contact us for references of
July fishing action!
- Visit our
Packages Page to see available packages that include fishing on
case you didn't believe our comment about watching the thumb! Ouch:)
For many years this was
perhaps the best-kept secret of all of the Kenai Peninsula
fisheries. The second run of kings entering the Kasilof provides Kenai Peninsula anglers
with catches of trophy-class Alaska king salmon without the crowds of the nearby Kenai.
There are roughly a dozen guides that
fish the river on a daily basis through the month of July, compared a few hundred on
Bob himself is one of these
Kasilof-only guides that provide their clients with an intimate knowledge
of the river and its fish that only a few guides possess.
In fact, Bob and our second guide are the two most
experienced Kasilof-only guides currently working the river.
Piscatorial Pursuits' Guests lay claim to 1st and 2nd Place in the 2008
Kasilof River King Salmon Derby!
July (second run) Kasilof River King Salmon
While the next
world-record will not come from its glacial waters, our clients catch 50
to 60 pound class fish nearly every week during the second run of kings.
The second-run kings are native to the
river, with the majority of the fish spawning near the outlet of Lake Tustumena
at the river's headwaters, and a
lesser percentage spawns throughout the remainder of the river, with some fish spawning as
low in the river as just above the river's mouth.
Larger than their June counterparts,
these fish usually average close to thirty pounds with regular catches of trophy class (50
pounds or better) kings.
First rule of Alaska Fishing fellas ... the gals always
|The river in July looks very different
than it does in the May / June fishery. The long, warm(er) summer nights
cause the glacier feeding the lake to melt heavily, raising the river's level by
four feet or more from the early season levels. For a view of the
|This increased flow, coupled with
ocean-fresh, large kings provides some of the most spectacular king salmon battles you'll find anywhere!
It is not uncommon to watch
kings peel off 100-150 yards of line in a matter of seconds ... watch
those thumbs, and hold on!
Our July fishing style changes a
little with the changes in water flow ... we still backtroll jet diver / spin 'n glo / egg
combos in a few areas, but we spend more time anchored in the traveling paths of
tidewater, looking for groups of fish ascending the river with each high tide.
One of the many certified ADF&G
trophies caught aboard our boats!
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