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.
And the season has begun!!! After the longest winter on record all of us in Alaska are very grateful to see what has been an absolutely amazing summer so far. We have been averaging days in the high 70’s into the 80’s which hasn’t happened in many (many) years and you don’t hear any complaints here! As far as the fly fishing season on the Kenai River has been going, we too are being graciously granted a great first run of Sockeye Salmon as well as some nice Rainbow Trout fishing. Current counts of Sockeye past the weir on the Lower Kenai are 9,167 which is over 7,500 more then we were seeing this time last year. We are seeing them come into the Upper Kenai were we are targeting them and are having great success. The water is running quite high at 19 1/2″ so the Sockeye are charging up. With the great weather and fishing being what it is, it’s a great time to get out on the water.