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!
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!
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!
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″
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!