As summer nears, eager anglers from across the globe turn their attention to the upcoming Kenai River fishing season here at All Alaska Outdoors Lodge. Our particularly beautiful slice of Soldotna, AK, is one of the most versatile outdoor and angling pursuits in The Last Frontier. While we offer a wide variety of fly-in Alaska fishing trips, pulse-pounding saltwater excursions, and wilderness adventures, we fully understand if the teal waters of the Kenai are calling your name this year. As with any fishing destination, we adapt our Alaska fishing trips to what’s open and working each season, but we generally target four species during the summer months: kings, sockeyes, silvers, and rainbow trout.
Two Distinct King Salmon Runs
Two of the most popular Alaska fishing trips here at All Alaska Outdoors Lodge are the king salmon runs in mid-May thru June and July. While the May-June run is lower in numbers in comparison to mid-July, there’s no pressure during this tranquil season, and kings typically weigh in up to 50 pounds. By emergency order, this year no kings can be retained during May and June, making July the month of choice for many anglers. The largest kings of the year typically arrive in early July, weighing upwards of 80 pounds, and in a good year, they’re absolutely swarming in the Kenai River during the middle of the month.
One of the many reasons to seriously consider an Alaska fishing vacation during July is that the king’s return coincides with the sockeyes! Sockeye salmon make delicious table fare, which is a big reason that we target them from early July through early August. Limits vary depending on run’s strength, but the escapement typically welcomes over 1 million fish per year. If one of your goals is to return home with a full box of vacuumed-sealed salmon fillets, you’ll undoubtedly want to spend an entire day targeting these red beauties.
Late-summer Alaska fishing trips are typically centered around the best pound-for-pound fighters in the Kenai River: feisty silver salmon. Silvers usually weigh in around 10-12 pounds as the Kenai River remains one of the largest recreational freshwater silver fisheries in Alaska. Many anglers are pleasantly surprised to discover that silvers are quite delicious as their rich meat has a higher oil content than pink or chum salmon.
Catch-and-Release Rainbow Trout
Last but certainly not least, is the 15-week, catch-and-release rainbow trout season. While you cannot keep your trophy catch, the non-stop rainbow fishing action here on the Kenai River provides many thrills and magnificent photo opportunities. Rainbow trout that are caught from opener through early July, as well as the entire month of September, can weigh over 10 pounds. Many of our visiting anglers have even hooked 20-pounders! Summertime Alaska fishing trips are filling fast as we approach June. Give us a call today at 1-907-953-0186 to book a well-deserved Kenai River fishing excursion, or browse through our accommodations, rates, and ecotourism options by visiting us at AllAlaska.com. And don’t forget to read our Fishing Forecast to learn more about the upcoming season!