Fish of the Kenai River

Rainbow Trout

The Rainbow trout is one of the most saught after fish species in the state of Alaska especially here in Alaska.  The Kenai River is home to one of the largest concentrations of large, wild, Rainbow Trout in the state and as such attracts thousands of anglers to our area in search of a 30 plis inch fish.  The largest known Rainbow caught in the Kenai River measured a little over 44 inches and was caught by a King fisherman who thought he had a large King on the end of his line.  The fisherman in question was quated as saying that the fish probably weighed over 40 pounds and faught harder than most of the 60 pound Kings he has landed over the years.  Kenai River Rainbows grow about 4 inches every year until about 14 inches and 2 inches per year thereafter.  Kenai River Rainbows reach spawning age at around 14 inches in length and can live as long as 18 years or even longer. For additional information and the right fishing tackle and knowledge, visit us at the Kenai Cache Outfitters.  Be sure to ask about our Alaska Fishing Trips with our Kenai River Fishing Guides.  We offer a full selection of Alaska Fishing Packages for Alaska Fly Fishing Trips and Alaska Salmon Fishing Trips.  Fish with the Pros at the Kenai Cache Outfitters!


Dolly Varden  

The Dolly Varden is a much loved fish and omni-present through out the Kenai River and its tributaries.  Dolly Varden grow at a similar rate to Rainbows and have been documented frequently at sizes well above 32 inches in the Kenai River.  The Dolly Varden is from the Char family as evidenced by its dark skin and bright spots.  Dolly’s take on a variety of colors from Olive colored to silvery with pink spots.  Many believe the the more time they spend in the salt of in the estuary the more silver they become.  Dollys are Fall spawners and as such many area rivers and tributaries are closed from the middle of September through the middle of November.  For additional information and the right fishing tackle and knowledge, visit us at the Kenai Cache Outfitters. Be sure to ask about our Alaska Fishing Trips with our Kenai River Fishing Guides. We offer a full selection of Alaska Fishing Packages for Alaska Fly Fishing Trips and Alaska Salmon Fishing Trips. Fish with the Pros at the Kenai Cache Outfitters!

 

 


Sockeye Salmon

The Sockeye salmon is the most prized of all the salmon for their wonderful table fare.  The Kenai River alone boast an annual in river escapement of well over a million Sockeye.  As such, limits of these fish especially during the month of July is very common and people travel here from all around the world to partake in this fishery.  Sockeye salmon are usually found on rivers with a lake which serves as a nuresery for the juvenile fish for the first 2 years of their lifes.  Sockeye salmon are easily caught as they are extremely aggressive and particularly find a buck tail streamer in a variety of colors a threat worth attacking.  As such, many fall victim to the stringer which is omni-present throughout the Kenai River during the Summer months.  Sockeye salmon are also known as Reds or blue backs.  For additional information and the right fishing tackle and knowledge, visit us at the Kenai Cache Outfitters. Be sure to ask about our Alaska Fishing Trips with our Kenai River Fishing Guides. We offer a full selection of Alaska Fishing Packages for Alaska Fly Fishing Trips and Alaska Salmon Fishing Trips. Fish with the Pros at the Kenai Cache Outfitters!


Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon or “Silvers” begin to make their presence known in the Kenai every year around the 1st week of August.  The 3 basic Silver runs on the Kenai River peak on the 15th of August, 2nd push around the 15th of September and the 3rd push around the 15th of October.  Silvers are continuosly in the Kenai River Through the 1st of April when the last ones have spawned and make way for the Summer push of Kings and Sockeye.


Chinook Salmon

The Kenai River King Salmon are of legendary proportions boasting more records for King Salmon thn any place else in the world.  The current world record was caught by Les Anderson in May of 1987 which weighed 97.5 pounds in the Kenai River.  The largest King salmon caught on record was 125 pounds caught the Gulf of Alaska.  King salmon also go by Tyee and Black Mouth.  The Kenai River has 2 distinct runs of King Salmon.  The 1st run start to enter the river in April and runs through June.  The 2nd run starts in July and offically ends as of the 1st of August each year.


 

 

Pink Salmon

Pinks Salmon or Humpys are the most abundant salmon in Alaska.  They are are the most heavily fished by the commercial fleet.  The Kenai River has Pinks return every year but even years are the most prolific.  Pink Salmon on even years, return to the Kenai River by the millions.  Bright shiny Pinks make great table fare and are the most canned of all salmon on the open market.  For additional information and the right fishing tackle and knowledge, visit us at the Kenai Cache Outfitters. Be sure to ask about our Alaska Fishing Trips with our Kenai River Fishing Guides. We offer a full selection of Alaska Fishing Packages for Alaska Fly Fishing Trips and Alaska Salmon Fishing Trips. Fish with the Pros at the Kenai Cache Outfitters!


Grayling

The Kenai Peninsula host a healthy population of Greyling and they are typically found high in the surrounding mountains in Alpine Lakes.  Two of the most popular in our area are Crescent Lake and Fuller Lake.  Johnson Lake and Bench Lake are also very popular and are fished more often as a fly-in destination.  Trophy sized Grayling are mainly found in Crescent Lake.  Grayling make great table fare especially when eaten fresh as they do not freeze well.  For additional information and the right fishing tackle and knowledge, visit us at the Kenai Cache Outfitters. Be sure to ask about our Alaska Fishing Trips with our Kenai River Fishing Guides. We offer a full selection of Alaska Fishing Packages for Alaska Fly Fishing Trips and Alaska Salmon Fishing Trips. Fish with the Pros at the Kenai Cache Outfitters!


Lake Trout

Lake Trout can be found in several of our lakes on the peninsula.  Technically a Char, Lake Trout stay in deep water most of the year .  Hidden Lake is one of the most popular in our area for Lakers.  Kenai Lake and Skilak Lake also host a healthy population of these great eating fish.  For additional information and the right fishing tackle and knowledge, visit us at the Kenai Cache Outfitters. Be sure to ask about our Alaska Fishing Trips with our Kenai River Fishing Guides. We offer a full selection of Alaska Fishing Packages for Alaska Fly Fishing Trips and Alaska Salmon Fishing Trips. Fish with the Pros at the Kenai Cache Outfitters!

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