The Kenai River is the crown jewel of all of the streams located here in Alaska. This world famous river hosts all five species of salmon, as well as most resident species native to Alaska. Known most famous for the world record King Salmon weighing in at 97 pounds. This river is also known for its large run of Sockeye Salmon, as well as its trophy Rainbow Trout. Each year thousands of residents and tourists flock to this river for a chance at its summer runs of Salmon. Don’t be intimidated by the amount of people you see on these river banks as the fishing everyone is doing flipping for Sockeye Salmon. Many call it controlled chaos, we call it meat fishing. While there are many streams in Alaska that are great places to fish, but the Kenai is a must on every fisherman’s bucket list.
The Russian River is a tributary of the world famous Kenai River. It is often the first place a lot of people fish during the busy summer months. This river generally opens up to fishing during the second week of June and receives two healthy runs of Sockeye Salmon. Easily wade able, this river generally runs gin clear which makes it a favorite to sight fish. These Salmon Slayers generally avoid the mass crowds in favor of the tremendous trout fishing it hosts during the months of August and September. During the third week of August, this river opens up to bead fishing which offers fisherman a definite chance at landing a nice Rainbow Trout or Dolly Varden. It’s not unheard of to land 30 fish a day on this stream while bead fishing, which makes it a favorite among all trout fisherman.
Resurrection Creek / Hope
Resurrection Creek host a great run of pink salmon. The creek mouth empties into Turnagain Arm near the town of Hope. This popular fishery and adjacent community is family friendly, and the Home of the Humpy has a pink salmon derby every July. Resident dolly varden can be found in the creek also. The pink salmon will take hardware (spinners and spoons) or if your fly fishing try drifting egg sucking leech paterns for best results. King salmon are slowly being reintroduced into this creek and one day may provide a sustainable population that can be targerted for sport fishing.
A quaint town nestled on the shore of Kachemak Bay offering breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains and wildlife. Homer is known for halibut fishing and a great silver salmon during the summer. There is a fishing lagoon on the spit which also offers an opportunity for hatchey king and silver salmon, or try "lands end" for some flounder or an ocean dolly varden. Winter time also highlights a local winter king slamon derby.
Seward Alaska is a nice town on the eastern edge of the Kenai Peninsula. This fishing town has many things going for it in terms of fishing and local attractions. All the varieties of Salt Water species can be caught out of this town and it boasts a very popular Silver Salmon Fishery each July and August. The Resurrection River also hosts a hatchery enhanced Sockeye Salmon fishery that is popular amongst fisherman early each summer. If you ever get the chance to fish this spectacular area, don't hesitate to make the drive. The scenery and wildlife alone are worth visiting.