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  • We are planing a trip in June 2024 to get sockeye in the Seward and Cooper Landing area, What week would be the best for both areas? Where would the best place to get them in Seward?

    - Bonnie

  • Hey Bonnie!

    That can be a little difficult to time up, but the Seward usually tapers off around the time the Kenai River opens for Sockeye Salmon fishing on June 11th, so the week of June 11th would be the best to try to do both. If you come earlier, the run in Seward would be better, but the Kenai River would be closed (usually the 1st week of June is the peak in Seward). You would have to fish the ocean at McDonald's spit. You have to fish for them (snag) in the ocean, not moving water. In the creek, you will have to catch them in the mouth (i.e. flossing). Hope this helps! Under no circumstances can you snag fish in the Kenai River or Russian River. All fish hooked anywhere other than the mouth must be immediately released.


    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.
  • Bonnie,

    Congratulations on your trip to Alaska! Seward is beautiful! For time frame, the later in June you can schedule your trip will ensure greater chances to more Sockeye. In Seward there are snagging options in Resurrection bay both from shore and hiring a fishing charter. The same is true in Cooper Landing. Here you have the same options either from the bank of the river or hiring a fishing guide and floating. Good luck!

    Cheers - Adam

    Adam Cuthriell - Part owner of FishHound Expeditions. His wife Kathryn Cuthriell and business partner Dave "Reps" Repta make up the rest of the company as well as their dogs Hatch, Rado, and Pike. They fish, live, and guide in Alaska year-round. When not guiding on the rivers they guide ice fishing on Alaska's numerous lakes. Originally from Colorado, he began guiding at the age of 19 while receiving a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. Adam is also a current state of Alaska EMT.
  • Hi Bonnie,

    Seward starts to get Sockeye’s a little bit before the Kenai reopens on June 11th. I would say from June 11th for a couple after should be good if the runs are typical (which is impossible to guarantee). In Cooper Landing you would fish the Russian River and in Seward, Resurrection Creek.

    Thanks - Mike

    Mike Brown - Owner of Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska
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