Thinking about June 2016?

by Mysticfish on November 16, 2015

Kenai River Rainbow

June Rainbow Kenai River

Many people want to know when the best time to come fly-fishing on the Kenai River is.  As far as I am concerned, whenever you can come, do it.  Here are some highlights for June.

Our regular season opens on June 11.  It is a great time for a crack at some big post spawn rainbows.  Sockeye Salmon bound for the Russian River are moving through and beginning to concentrate in the Upper Kenai.  The run usually lasts through the month with the peak likely between the 15th and 25th.  The great thing about the early run sockeye is that they all arrive chrome bright, fight like demons, and are exceptionally tasty.

Kenai Russian River Sockeye

Russian River bound Sockeye Salmon

King Salmon are moving through the Lower Kenai and Kasilof Rivers.  They are also typically bright and full of fight.  While we don’t focus a lot of effort fly-fishing for Kings, we do chase them occasionally.  Some of our guests fly fish for trout and sockeye for a few days and then opt for a gear trip to try and land a big King Salmon.

One bonus in June is the long “daylight” days (almost 20hrs on the Solstice).  You can fish a typical full day and have plenty of time for added sightseeing.  You can also fish until you drop.


Sockeye Salmon Forecast 2014

by Mysticfish on February 27, 2014

Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Forecast 2014


The Cook Inlet Sockeye Salmon Forecast 2014 put out by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game can be viewed here.

Kenai River salmon forecast for sockeye salmon abundance is projected to be right on par with the 20 year average.  The only question will be how many make it in river vs. how many are intercepted in the inlet and the river mouth.  Weather and water conditions along with ADF&G management decisions will affect our in river productivity as sport fishers, but if all goes well, there should be plenty of fish for all.

For the Kenai river salmon escapement from years past, follow this link

You will be able to follow the Kenai River late-run sockeye salmon 2014 progress here.

March is usually the month where I run out of the previous years sockeye and my mouth begins to anticipate the first chrome gift of the coming fishing season.  Tight Lines!

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