We are all happy to be back on the water and enjoying the beautiful Alaskan summer. The joke is the minute the river opens summer ends and it starts raining, but not this year!
Skilak Lake crossing.
The Sockeye Salmon are starting to come in, not in high numbers quite yet, but there are out there and we’ve been catching. It also means that there are just that many more that will be showing up here in the next few weeks.
Father and son spending the day together. Bringing home the Sockeye Salmon!
The Rainbow Trout fishing has been producing as well with plenty of action for everyone.
Mike Evans with Karen and her beautiful Rainbow Trout!
Between the Sockeye Salmon coming in and the Trout fishing, it’s a great time to be out on the water. Come on down, enjoy the sun and let’s get after it!
It’s finally here! We have all worked long and hard to get everything ready on our end so that we can get out there and do what we love to do! And today, we are on the water doing just that.
Our first run sockeye have already started coming in and are into the Russian River already. We are having some luck out there catching then on the Kenai today though you have be willing to put in your time. They are the beautiful little silver bullets we love to see though.
Trout fishing is open of course today though I don’t have a report back on that yet I’m sure after the break the river has seen that too should be great. More on that later when the boats come off the river.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.