Preparing for King Salmon Season: Tips and Tricks (2024 Edition)

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As the arrival of King Salmon season on the Kenai River draws near, anglers are eagerly gearing up for the opportunity to reel in these prized fish. With the season typically starting in May, now is the perfect time to start preparing for a successful fishing adventure. Here are some essential tips and tricks to help you make the most of King Salmon season on the Kenai River in 2024.

  1. Know the Regulations:
    • Familiarize yourself with the latest fishing regulations issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). Regulations regarding bag limits, size restrictions, and fishing methods can vary, so it’s important to stay informed to ensure compliance.
  2. Gear Up:
    • Invest in high-quality fishing gear specifically designed for targeting King Salmon. This includes sturdy rods, reels, lines, and terminal tackle capable of handling the powerful runs and aggressive strikes of these fish. Consider bringing backup gear in case of breakages or malfunctions.
  3. Scout Out Prime Fishing Spots:
    • Research and scout out prime fishing locations along the Kenai River where King Salmon are known to congregate. Look for areas with deep pools, strong currents, and underwater structure where King Salmon are likely to hold.
  4. Perfect Your Techniques:
    • Practice your casting and presentation techniques to maximize your chances of hooking into a King Salmon. Experiment with different lures, bait setups, and retrieval methods to determine what works best in varying water conditions.
  5. Stay Flexible:
    • Be prepared to adapt your fishing strategy based on changing weather conditions, water levels, and fish behavior. King Salmon can be unpredictable, so having a flexible approach will increase your chances of success.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle King Salmon season on the Kenai River and increase your chances of landing the trophy fish of a lifetime. Tight lines and happy fishing!


Kenai River Fish Species

Rainbow Trout

Kenai River rainbows can be well over 30 inches and up to 20lbs!

Dolly Varden Char

Dollies range of all sizes and can reach up to about 12 lbs.


Steelhead are very uniform in shape and average around 28 inches. These amazing, acrobatic fish are often a fly fisherman’s favorite to target.

King Salmon

The Kenai River is open to motorized boats, allowing us chase the bite, and stay on the fish!

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye salmon (also called red salmon) are the most popular salmon to catch on the Kenai Peninsula.

Coho Salmon

Ranging anywhere from 5-20lbs, coho are acrobatic and are probably the most aggressive salmon out there.

Pink Salmon

Pinks are completely underrated, they are extremely aggressive to catch and come in by the millions!


Guided ocean fishing on the world-famous Kenai Peninsula