As we approach the mid point of July, fishing on the Kenai River has been very good for sockeye salmon as well as rainbow trout. King fishing opened up on July 1 and was very slow but more kings are entering the river daily and fishing success is improving. As always, we have been advising our guests that if they want a lot of action and nice fish to take home: sockeye is the definitely the best option. We have taken many nice sockeye limits on the Kasilof and the Kenai rivers. The Kenai run seems early this year and we have already seen several 20,000 fish days which is more than we normally see for this early in the run. Hopefully this is just the beginning of what will be a long lasting sockeye return with many great days to come! As of July 11, we have just over 150,000 sockeye in the river compared to last year when we saw just over 100,000 by this date. To keep track of daily sockeye salmon counts please see: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCounts/index.cfm?ADFG=main.displayResults&COUNTLOCATIONID=40&SpeciesID=420
For king salmon counts, please see:
With sockeye fishing beginning to ramp up so has the number of fresh fish carcasses in the middle river and all this meat is attracting roving packs of hungry rainbow trout. Fishing for trout will only improve by the week as more and more of the river’s trout population converges on the more concentrated sockeye salmon fishing areas. This is one of my favorite fisheries as the potential grows greatly for landing true world class rainbows. We look forward to putting our hands on many monster rainbows in the coming weeks!
Halibut fishing in nearby Cook Inlet has been outstanding with a number of larger fish coming to the boat. Many thanks to our captain Hunter Keogh for his outstanding work on the salt water.
Below, please see a number of great pictures from the last week to ten days! We have had some amazing trips so far this July and we are not even half way through the month. Stay tuned for more great pictures and we will keep you posted on the fishing as the season progresses.