Small Stream Fishing

Kenai Peninsula Steelhead FishingAre you ready to think out of the boat and lace up your waders?  Before you answer, remember that much of the wade fishing on the Kenai Peninsula involves considerable effort.  While it certainly can pay off with solitude and superior fishing it can also be a huge disappointment and even overwhelming when you consider the terrain, unfamiliar water, weather and bears.  That said, there are definitely a number of small stream fishing options on the Kenai Peninsula that are well worth investigating.

Early in the summer, most of the smaller rivers and steams, especially the tributaries to the Kenai, are closed until mid June.  This is done to protect spawning populations of resident rainbows.  The smaller rivers south of the Kenai are open to fishing for king salmon beginning memorial day weekend and then only on weekends (Fri-Sun) for the next month. These rivers include Deep Creek, Ninilchik and the Anchor and even though one can throw a rock across all of these rivers, they do see kings as large as thirty pounds on a regular basis. We fish these rivers in late May and June with light tackle and have had some incredible success in recent years.

Another early season small stream option is the infamous Russian River, a tributary of the upper Kenai.  The Russian sees a considerable return of sockeye salmon in early to mid June and its clear, fast moving water is challenging, yet fun to fish.  While this is one of the most reputable Alaska combat fishing locations, it also holds great promise for those willing to hike away from the the crowds and find undisturbed pockets of fish.  The Russian is also a great trout fishery for those wanting to entice big rainbows with both top water flies (caddis) and flesh/egg patterns.

As fall descends on the Kenai, many of the lower Kenai Peninsula Rivers see great returns of silver salmon in mid to late August.  This is followed by the much anticipated run of steelhead trout which arrive in late August and run well into October/November.  This is a very challenging fishery where weather, river conditions and run timing all play huge role.  But, when you hit things right…hawwwww!!!!

This only covers a few of the many Kenai Peninsula small stream fishing options. If you are looking to explore the Kenai and are willing to fish with a guide a day or two, we will assuredly show you exactly what you need to not only be successfully with us, but also on your own. The Kenai Peninsula holds so much untouched water and incredible fishing potential that its fair to say the angling opportunities are truly unlimited.

Small Stream Fishing Rates:

  • Full Day Small Stream Fishing ((May/June/July/Aug/Sept, 2 person min.): $250 per person: Book Now!



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