Float-Fishing Trips on the Kenai River

At All Alaska Outdoors you’ll find a dedicated guide staff with years of experience fishing the mighty Kenai River. Our custom 20-foot river boats put you in the thick of the “runs,” whether you’re seeking trophy Kings, Sockeye, Silver Salmon or Giant Rainbows. Don’t worry about having the right gear, our guides will provide you with premium equipment and tackle to land your catch. All that’s left for you to do is sit back and enjoy the day. We offer 5-and-a-half hour trips where you may target one species. For the diehard angler, consider a full day trip targeting monster Kings. Another option is to combine Kings or Silvers with Sockeyes or Rainbows depending on the timing of your stay. We make every effort to help you reel in that trophy catch you’ve only ever dreamed of landing, but keep in mind that target species are subject to change with prevailing conditions. No matter what season, our expert guides will help you make the catch of a lifetime at All Alaska Outdoors.

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  • Two fishermen hold up a gargantuan king salmon.
  • A man smiles with a large king salmon in his fishing net.
  • Two anglers pose with massive salmon caught from a boat.
  • Two men in caps present their large salmon.
  • Two anglers pose with a large king salmon caught from a boat.

King Salmon On The Kenai River

King Salmon runs on the Alaskan Kenai River come in three distinct phases. The May
run is low in numbers but receives the least fishing pressure, and by mid-May fishing can be very good. Fish tend to run between 30 to 50 pounds — but remember, the world record King Salmon was caught here on May 17th, so the big guys are out there! The June run has good numbers of fish in the 15 to 40 pound range with the occasional 50 to 70 pound class fish to be found. During May and June, only fish under 36 inches are allowed for retention, but the run strength is constantly evaluated by the fishery’s managers and liberalized when appropriate. July is when the largest number and largest average size fish return. Guests of All Alaska Outdoors have landed fish in the 80 pound class in July, which makes this time of year your best chance to catch a fish over 50 pounds! The biggest fish often return early with the best numbers usually arriving from the middle of the month to the end.

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  • Two anglers show a monster rainbow trout caught on the Kenai River.
  • A man holds up a large char caught from a motor boat.
  • A fisherman holds a rainbow trout above the water in his hand.
  • A fisherman holds up a giant rainbow trout caught on the Kenai River.

Kenai River Rainbow Trout

When it comes to fast fishing action from mid-June through September, our guests have often landed rainbow Trout in the twenty pound range, and fish over ten pounds are even more common. The best time to target Rainbow Trout on the Kenai River is generally around the opener on June 11th through early July, and the fishing tends to pick up again in September. This is a strictly catch-and-release fishery, and we can arrange light tackle for spin fishing or fly fishing depending on your preference.

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  • Four anglers and their dog pose in front of many sockeye salmon caught from the Kenai River.
  • Lots of sockeye salmon hang from an All Alaska Outdoors sign.
  • Two young anglers hold up salmon almost as large as they are!
  • A group of fishermen pose in front of their many catches.
  • A group of anglers show off their many fish.
  • A large group of fishermen pose with many sockeye salmon caught on the Kenai River.

Kenai Sockeye Salmon

Kenai Sockeyes return in good numbers by early July and remain fishable for 3-6 fish limits depending on run strength through early August. These fish are acrobatic reel-smokers and the most valued Alaskan salmon on the table! This is our ace-in-the-hole fishing target for those times when river conditions, escapement or fishery closure limits targeting other species. Snagging Sockeyes is the fastest way to fill that fish box with prime salmon fillets!

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  • Two anglers pose with a large silver salmon from the Kenai River.
  • A fisherman holds up a large silver salmon.
  • An angler shows her silver salmon caught from the Kenai River.

Silver Salmon On The Kenai River

Kenai River Silvers provide great sport on light tackle during August and September. Silver salmon are famous battlers and aggressive biters. The current daily limit is two fish in August and three fish in September. Limit catches are the norm and at times the fishing is good enough to allow for some catch and release salmon fishing before you keep your last fish.

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