Kenai River Steelhead, Mid August-November

Steelhead are an extra special bonus on the Kenai River. While fishing for rainbows/dolly varden, steelhead are caught occasionally.  Steelhead are a kind of ocean going rainbow trout.  Steelhead typically migrate back to fresh water after 3 years in the salt water. They are the only pacific salmon that will survive after spawning and head back to the ocean for potentially another spawning cycle. They look a lot like a rainbow trout, but with a trained eye, the difference is distinguishable. Steelhead are very uniform in shape and average around 28 inches. These amazing, acrobatic fish are often a fly fisherman’s favorite to target.