Kenai River Rainbow Trout,

Rainbow trout are by far my favorite species to fish for in freshwater. Rainbows are a great catch for all experience levels! They are well known for jumping and explosive runs. Adult fish are distinguished by a broad reddish stripe along the lateral line, from gills to the tail. fish live their entire life in freshwater gorging themselves on decaying salmon and their eggs. While most places rainbow trout are introduced, they are 100% wild in the Kenai River. Wild rainbows are catch and release only on the Kenai River. Kenai rainbows are some of the largest wild trout in Alaska, they grow very large because of the abundant food source created by the millions of salmon spawning on the river.  Kenai River rainbows can be over 30 inches and up to 20lbs! These fish have been observed spawning up to 11 years old.

I take up to 4ppl a day but if there are two of you I highly recommend hiring me for a private charter.  All you will need to bring is food, drinks, rain gear, a camera, and a fishing license. I will provide all the fishing gear but you’re more than welcome to bring your own. I prefer to fly fish as it can be the most effective technique for catching rainbows but conventional gear can be provided if requested.

With access to about 50 miles of fishable water, it’s important to be flexible to what boat launch we will be launching from. Most likely we will be launching from Bings Landing, in the town of Sterling. We will discuss boat launch location and time a day before the trip. I will send you a detailed map of the location discussed. Make sure to show up to the boat ramp early, and I will be waiting for you with the boat in the water. Be sure to ask for Ian McDonald if you’re having trouble finding me.

Fishing License

Rainbow Trout fishing trips on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Kenai Peninsula Rainbow Trout Quick Facts:

  • Peak Season is Sept through November.
  • We do not offer spring rainbow trips. Fish are busy enduring the end of the spawning cycle.
  • Rainbow Trout fishing is catch and release.
  • There are multiple watersheds we operate on.
  • Both single hand and spey fishing techniques can be effective.