Fall fishing!

The crowds have wained, it was hard to believe it was Saturday at Sportsman’s Boat Launch today.  The Salmon madness has come to an abrupt stop, the weather has been kind, and it’s an all around nice time to be on the water.

Gene Bern on his first day out catches a nice Dolly Varden

Gene Bern on his first day out catches a nice Dolly Varden

We’ve been seeing some great dry fly hatches going on as well as the usual flesh and beads have been working their magic for fly fishing for both Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden.  The small creeks are a great alternative for some wade fishing as well.  Out on the big river it is quickly becoming everyones favorite time of year to be out fishing for the Trout and Dollies and right now on the Upper Kenai there are also a sprinkle of Silver Salmon starting to show in the eddies. If this is your main target it sounds like below Skilak as well as going out on the salt out of Seward is the way to go.

It’s fall, it’s time to sit back and relax and take your time out there.  Happy fishing!

Tony and his son enjoyed a day together out on the water.

Tony and his son enjoyed a day together out on the water.

Welcoming August

As it turns out it’s August! We’ve all made it through another big July push and the weather makes it feel like fall is breathing down our necks. With that being said, bring on the Trout fishing!!!

We are still seeing a surprising strong run of Sockeye coming up the river and though you may need to be patient and pick and choose which ones you are keeping, it’s still been worth the time and effort to be out there.  There are still quite a few chromers in the Upper Kenai River.  We are currently up to 1,339,876 second run Sockeye in the drainage and are seeing a pretty consistent ~ 8-9,000 nosing up daily.

The Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden fishing has been picking up nicely as they set up waiting for the Sockeye spawn to turn on.  We’ve had some amazing days out on the water lately fishing a “mixed bag” of both Sockeye and Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden.  It’s a nice time to be out on the water with the number of people slowing down, you can feel the ease of fall setting in.

A Million Strong

Fresh Sockeye

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.

Sockeye Salmon

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

Sockeye Salmon lined up ready for cleaning

Oh what a hard day of work!

Days work!

Sockeye Fever!

Sockeye Salmon ready to filet

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.

Glen from Texas enjoying his day on the Kenai River with a days catch of Sockeye Salmon caught on a fly rod.

700,000 and change

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!