Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Fishing

kenai  sockeyeKenai River sockeye are perhaps the Kenai’s most popular salmon with two distinct returns.  The first run or the Russian river run, is relatively small in numbers and is headed exclusively for the Russian Ri9ver, a small mountain tributary of the Kenai River near Cooper Landing.  These fish begin arriving in late May and reach peak strength in the second and third week of June.  The Russian River sockeye are mostly target at and just below the confluence of the Kenai and Russian River and also in the Russian River itself.  Fishing for Russian river sockeye in the main stem Kenai in May and June can be done but it requires a strategic location and lots of time spent fishing to be successful.  This Russian River run normally sees between 25,ooo-60,000 fish.

The late run of Kenai Sockeye occurs in July with the peak of the return historically occurring the second and third week of the month. Typically this run numbers well over one million fish with fresh fish entering the river as late as mid August.  The limit for these fish is three until the run exceeds escapement goals and then the limit regularly is raised to six.   Sockeye fishing is normally full throttle, wide open fishing and pound for pound many believe sockeye are the hardest fighting of all the salmon.  Sockeye are also considered the best eating of all the pacific salmon so for those that would like to take lots of fish home, sockeye salmon are the perfect choice.


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