The second run of Sockeye Salmon are now in numbers of over a million strong in the Kenai River. If fresh Alaskan Salmon is something that you’ve been craving, now is the time to get out there after it. The run is already making a huge push up into the drainage and pushing towards those spawning ground, word is the large majority has already moved up past the lower Kenai.
We are seeing the masses coming into the Middle and the Upper Kenai. Cooper Landing is the place to be right now between the beautiful scenery surrounding you, the gorgeous weather Alaska has been kind enough to offer this summer and the plentiful supply of Sockeye that we are seeing up here. It’s a great time to come out and play!
Sockeye Salmon lined up ready for cleaning
Oh what a hard day of work!
We are sitting at just a few hundred shy of a million Sockeye Salmon in the Kenai River as of yesterday. Add what will have been counted by the end of today and we are looking at not only over a million Sockeye in the drainage but also at some good odds out there! The middle has been productive and with the bag limit at 6 per person/day and the upper, though not teeming with the numbers that are soon to come the Upper Kenai has also been very productive. From Skilak into the upper Kenai we are still looking at limits of 3 per person/day so please be aware of the differences in regulation while out there. If getting out on the river and catching yourself some fresh Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is what you desire, now is the time to do it!
Glen from Texas enjoying his day on the Kenai River with a days catch of Sockeye Salmon caught on a fly rod.
As of now we are looking at 704,347 Sockeye Salmon in the Kenai River drainage. At this point that is a little over 200,000 more then we had in the system this time last year. Yesterday we saw 214,410 come in the river and 246,396 the day before. Needless to say, the fishing is picking up out there nicely and will only continue to improve. If Sockeye is on your mind then now is the time! Remember Outfitters are booking up quickly so if a guide is something that is of interests to you, give a call!
With Sockeye counts over 90,000 yesterday we are eagerly awaiting the presence of them in the shear numbers on the Upper Kenai. Despite the numbers not being what they eventually will be the salmon fishing still continues to be steady and productive as does the Rainbow Trout and Dolly Fishing. Alaskans are out in abundance enjoying all that this great state has to offer.
It’s still just a fine time to be out there fishing on the river for a mixed bag of species. What better way to spend a day then playing on the water spending a little time here and there fishing for multiple species of fish enjoying what has been one of the nicest summers we have seen in Alaska in years?!
Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden fishing has continued to be productive with plenty of carcass floating around in the water from folks properly filleting their Salmon and disposing of the remains in the water. Using flesh has continued to be the mainstay, what a tasty treat to these fish.
Sockeye Salmon are still coming into the river, though the number have slowed a bit in the last few days we still expect to see a great run this year. On the 11th we saw a push of 33,702 hit the river and as of yesterday another 20,000 have come in as well. This have brought the grand total up to 127,765 which is about 30,000 more then we had seen this time last year. And remember, this is just the beginning!! When you are talking a total of around 1.5 million, we have a ways to go. It has been a nice treat to be out there this year with the constant trickle of Sockeye Salmon coming though though giving us the ability to fish a little of everything.
Weather is predicted to be nice and sunny for us for the rest of the week, it’s time to get out and enjoy it while it’s here. Come join us on the river and marvel in the beauty of our backyard.
(Yes, we know we’re spoiled)