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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!

Rainbows, Dollies, Sockeye, Oh My!

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)

50,000 strong

Being out on the water the last few days we have continued to have luck with fishing Trout and Dollies as well as catching some of the early second run of Sockeye that is trickling in.  We have seen 49,8979 Sockeye come into the drainage so far which as of now is 7,000 more then this time last year.  Traditionally we tend to see a distinct shut off of Sockeye Salmon between the first and the second run, but not this year.  Anglers have had the luck of being out there “between runs” with decent success!  Last year we saw a little over 1,500,000 Sockeye come into the Kenai River during the second run and with luck we will hopefully see those numbers again.  So now is the time to give us a call and we’ll get you out there swinging for some Sockeye!

Rainbow Trout Anyone?

Though you may be able to go out and swing for a few remaining Sockeye Salmon, we have primarily seen the first run come through and now come to an end.  This places us back onto the river turning our focus back once again to fly fishing for Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden.  We have been out there the last few days fishing for these species and though not like it can be in the fall, we’ve still had some beautiful days on the water catching and releasing some beauties!

With the Sockeye run having been in the waters and many down here catching and filleting ron the river recently we are having success picking up those Rainbows and Dollies on some nice juicy flesh flies.  It’s a time fun time to get back out there and start feeling out where these fish are again after the Kenai River had it’s 50 year flood last fall and our focus being mainly on Sockeye for the past few weeks.

Current water levels on the Kenai are sitting at 13″

photo courtesy of Maiya Hill

Sockeye Slowing Up Some

We are starting to see the first run Russian River Sockeye slowing up a bit on us.  With enough dedication we are still coming off the river with some fresh Sockeye just not in the numbers we were able to catch previously.  There have still been a few thousand passing by the weir in the last few days, but it appears the run is coming to an end.  We are seeing the water levels dropping with it now reading 14″.  With our current weather cooling off a bit and the sun moving behind the clouds we should see this trend continue.

Thought the Sockeye fishing may be slowing up we have still had some great days on the water.   The Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden fishing has been picking up nicely so we are seeing the ability to have a nice day out in our scenic surroundings fishing for a mixed bag of fish. From harvesting a few Salmon to catching and releasing some beautiful Rainbow Trout, it’s a great way to spend the day!