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  • I've got a fishing trip planned in late July already. Planning to fish the Kenai River, Russian River and maybe a few other places in that general area on the Kenai Peninsula. Been hearing about the record heat up in Alaska all over the news wondering how that has affected the fishing & salmon runs this season?

    I'm hoping to target salmon & rainbows.



  • Hi Tex,

    With the overly warmer than normal temperatures we have been having, the Kenai is high but fishable. The Kenai being a glacial stream, high temperatures increase the glacial melt, causing the river to increase. The Russian water levels are low but the river is very fishable. So far all salmon run timing has been pretty close to normal. Fishing overall has been good.

    We have cooler temperatures and some rain on the forecast this week, this is desperately needed as wild fires are out of control. We do have a big fire NW of Cooper Landing that has fear of reaching Cooper Landing, this would cause big problems for the residence and business in that area.

    Anything we can do to help, please let us know.

    Thanks - Mike

    Mike Brown - Owner of Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Hey Tex! Late July is shaping up to be on pace for fairly normal run timing for Sockeye Salmon. The biggest effect the heat has had on fishing is the current high water river conditions and lower water temps. The high water has made bank access along the Kenai a little difficult, unless you are accessing one of the many platforms along the middle and lower Kenai River in Sterling or Soldotna/Kenai.

    Expect normal run timing for Sockeye on the Kenai and Russian Rivers, slower catching conditions for Kings on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers and slower trout fishing action (due to colder water).

    I hope this helps and best of luck to you up here!


    Dave Lisi - Owner/Guide for Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC located in the small mountain town of Cooper Landing, Alaska where he is a year-round resident, guide, carpenter and trout bum. On any given day, you will most likely find Dave on the banks of the Kenai swinging for trout with his best friend and future wife, Jackie. Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC was built in early 2017 with the goal of sharing the love and passion Dave and Jackie have for the Kenai Peninsula and the fish that live there.
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