Majestic, beautiful, and hard fighting, Kenai River Rainbow Trout are some of the most rewarding fish you will catch on your trip to Alaska. Each year these Rainbow Trout grow to impressive sizes as they feed on the flesh and eggs of spawning Salmon. Kenai River fly fishing is some of the best in the world and Perry is the Kenai River Guide to help you catch the rainbow of your dreams. Kenai River Trout fishing is a fantastic experience that anglers around the world dream about. Catch yours on an Alaska Fishing Trip today with a knowledgeable Kenai River Guide.
Kenai River Species
Pound for pound, Sockeye Salmon are some of the most exciting fish to catch on the Kenai River. Sockeye Salmon fishing is generally with a fly rod executing what is locally known as the “Kenai Flip”. We will teach you this method and then stand ready with the net. Kenai Salmon fishing is a thrill. Once you hook a Sockeye, be ready for an incredible fight. These guys aren’t as sizable as King Salmon, but any good Kenai River Guide won’t discount how fun they are to catch. Be sure to choose a Kenai River Fishing Guide that knows the best spots to catch Sockeye.
Home to the world’s largest Salmon, Kenai River King Salmon fishing is an experience like no other. Each year thousands of King Salmon enter the Kenai River, making it the ideal destination for big game fishing. In 2017, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game sonar counts estimated over 20,000 large King Salmon. The Kenai River has seen increasing runs of Large (over 34”) King Salmon every year for the past several years. Our Kenai River fishing charters can help you catch your very own Mighty King! Fishing for King Salmon on the Kenai River is a must for any Alaska fishing trip.
One of the most exciting fish to catch, Silver Salmon—also known as Coho Salmon—are acrobatic and versatile and will put even the best anglers to the test. Sportsmen can expect elegant displays and quick spins from these athletic fish which never fail to surprise. Silver Salmon arrive in the Kenai River in early August and continue to increase in numbers throughout the month. Averaging 8 to 14 pounds, and an unlimited amount of energy and aggression, Kenai river fishing for Silver Salmon is some of the most exciting salmon fishing to be had. Both fly fishing and spin fishing is successful for these hard fighting salmon.
Adding to the productivity of the Kenai River system and Kenai River fishing, Dolly Varden are present in large numbers. As the salmon begin spawning, Dolly Varden can often be found schooling behind them waiting for the egg drop. This creates an excellent opportunity for anglers to “match the hatch” with their own egg imitations. Fishing beads under an indicator is great fun and a typical Alaskan fly fishing method. Many Kenai River Guides take great care in painting their own beads and can be extremely protective of their most successful recipes. Dolly’s are plentiful in a variety of waters in the Kenai Peninsula and are the perfect fish to consider when you want to pair your fishing experience with the incredible variety of landscape the region has to offer.
Halibut is the true heavy-weight of the Alaskan fishing world and are known to reach well into the 300-pound range. While the tastier fish are often smaller and far more plentiful, the thrill of angling for a fish in the same weight class as yourself is unparalleled. A flat fish that can live into their 50’s, Halibut are truly a unique species that provide an experience rivaled by no other. Plentiful in the pristine waters of the Kenai Peninsula, these fish will give even a seasoned angler a run for their money and can be found in a variety of waters, giving you the opportunity to create a truly tailored experience. Regardless where you go, it will undoubtedly be a trip you won’t forget and fodder for your best fish stories.
The Kenai River
At the heart of Alaska fly fishing is the Kenai River. Unique in its beauty and abundance of record-setting fish, the Kenai River is quite possibly the world’s best and most accessible location for Salmon and Trout fishing. Beginning its journey from the Kenai Peninsula glaciers, the stunning turquoise waters meander from Kenai Lake down to the Cook Inlet near the small city of Kenai. The Kenai River is made up of three distinct sections, each with its own unique characteristics and opportunities for world-class fishing with an experienced Kenai River Fishing Guide. Just a short distance from Anchorage, the Kenai River is easy to access, making it the best sport fishing and angler vacation destination on earth. Whether you’re looking for Sockeye Salmon, King Salmon, Silver Salmon or a trophy Rainbow Trout, the Kenai River will not disappoint. Your Kenai fishing guide will provide you with the best gear, advice, and a great spot for catching your Kenai River Salmon or Trout.
The Kenai River Guide’s Office
Between Kenai Lake and Skilak Lake is approximately 17 miles known as the “Upper Kenai”. This section is drift only, making it the most peaceful and serene location on the entire river. A fly fisherman’s paradise, this section of the river is where you’ll find Rainbow Trout and even Dolly Varden. Additionally, where the world-renowned Russian River meets the Upper Kenai, you’ll find what some consider the most famous salmon fishing location in the world. Though in recent years, we have had increasingly more success in catching larger Rainbow Trout in the Middle River, the Upper Kenai remains popular with drifters and fly fishermen.
The “Middle Kenai” section of the river is the section that flows from Skilak Lake through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. As the river widens and the gradient decreases, the fish get bigger! With large sections of the Middle Kenai running through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll get the opportunity to view spectacular wildlife in addition to catching the fish of a lifetime. Nearly a million salmon return to this area each year to spawn. You’ll find Sockeye, Silvers, Pinks and Kings here. As this section of the river changes throughout the season, we know exactly where to go for your best chance at catching the monster Trout or Salmon you’ve always wanted.
The “Lower Kenai” section of the river begins at the Soldotna Bridge and continues west about 20 miles until it empties into the Cook Inlet. Power boats are allowed here, and it can get busy during the fishing season, but there’s good reason for that. This stretch of the Kenai River is where you will see most of the Kenai River fishing guides. Depending on the time of year, you may catch King Salmon anywhere from 30 to 70 pounds. At the right time, there are many productive beaches to fish for Sockeye Salmon. Although not as popular a destination for Rainbow Trout, the fishing can be spectacular as the season progresses and big trout move into this area feeding on salmon flesh and eggs.
The Kasilof River, located 11 miles south of the Kenai River, begins at Tustumena Lake and flows 17 miles northwest where it dumps into Cook Inlet. Although overshadowed by the Kenai River because of its close proximity, the Kasilof River is a world class salmon fishing destination. The drift only policy from the Sterling Highway bridge downstream in May, June, and July limits fishing from a boat to drift boats only. However, the Kasilof is also very popular with bank fisherman. Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates that, in recent years, over 50% of the King Salmon caught in the Kasilof River are being caught by bank fisherman. The Crooked Creek Campground is a popular access point for bank fishing and a highly successful location on the river to fish. In the Kasilof, anglers will find King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Silver Salmon, Steelhead and Rainbow trout.
Stretching from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage, where it splits into the Knik and Turnagain arms and eventuates as the confluence of the Susitna and Matanuska River, Cook Inlet is one of the premier destinations for Alaskan fishing. This sandy bottomed area is framed by the magnificent snow capped peaks of the Alaskan and Aleutian Range and offers some of the most spectacular views in the state. Boasting 100,000 + miles of fishable water, Cook Inlet is home to some of the most magnificent Salmon, Steelhead, and Pacific halibut. Besides the appeal of its famous sandy bottom, Cook Inlet is known for its swift tides, which rival major river areas and make fishing the waters here an experience like no other.
Seward is the often-overlooked fishing destination that has it all—without the crowds. Known as the place where much of Alaskan fishing lore has its roots, Seward is a beautiful destination deeply steeped in fishing culture. As one of the top producing ports in the state and hosting some of its most productive long-range fishing grounds, Seward delivers, no matter what kind of experience you are seeking. King Salmon, Silver Salmon, and Halibut are in great abundance in Seward’s waters and there is plenty of trip variety to choose from. If you are looking for an authentic, full range fishing experience in one of Alaska’s most iconic fishing locations, Seward is the perfect place to play.
Your Kenai River Guide
When you choose Perry Corsetti as your Kenai River guide, you’re choosing experience and expertise. We’ve been fishing Alaska for over 20 years. We understand when, where, and how to get exactly what you’re looking for, sending you home with great and lasting memories. Unlike other larger Kenai Fishing guides and lodges, we offer a smaller and more customizable approach for your once in a lifetime angler adventure.
No matter the type of fish or the location on the river you’d like to visit, we can put together an itinerary that will ensure you have a safe, fun and exciting time catching the magnificent Salmon and Trout the Kenai River has to offer.read more
Book your Alaska Fishing Trip
If you are looking for a smaller, completely customized Alaskan fishing experience, Corsetti’s Guide Service is the ultimate fishing guide. We are experts in a wide range of fishing methodologies and are passionate about making each trip unique. We keep our Kenai River guide service small so that every client we take on gets genuine, hand crafted experiences and memories that last. We’ll make sure you get to go after the fish you want but also make it a priority to show you the real Alaska.
Contact us to get started on setting up your perfect Alaskan fishing experience.
Soldotna, AK 99669