Ask the Pro's: Sockeye Salmon Fishing on the Kenai Peninsula in Late July
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We will be on the Kenai Peninsula the last week of July, where would be the best place to fish for Sockeye Salmon? And any other species or areas on the Kenai Peninsula you would recommend targeting that time of year besides Sockeye?
Steve, congrats on your upcoming trip to Alaska! There will still be the second run of Sockeye present in the Kenai River as well as some early arriving Silver Salmon. Silvers are by far one of the most fun salmon to fish for as they are extremely aggressive and fight hard! The Russian River that feeds into the Kenai River offers great bank access. There are also many spots along the Kenai that are easily identifiable to pull over and fish as well. As always consult regulations and emergency orders before fishing as species and fishing for them can change quickly here. Good luck!
Cheers - AdamAdam 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.
Your best option for Sockeye the last week of July will be the Lower Kenai River, in the town of Soldotna (Swift Water, Morgans, or Cential Camp Grounds) or Bings Landing in Sterling. For trout I would fish the Russian River or the Upper Kenai River in Cooper Landing.
Thanks - MikeMike Brown - Owner of Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska
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