Kenai River Steelhead,

Steelhead fishing is an extra special bonus on the Kenai River. While fishing for Rainbows/Dolly Varden, Steelheads are caught occasionally.  Steelheads are a kind of ocean-going rainbow trout.  Steelheads typically migrate back to freshwater after 3 years in the saltwater. 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 rainbow trout, but with a trained eye, the difference is distinguishable. Steelheads are very uniform in shape and average around 28 inches. These amazing, acrobatic fish are often a fly fisherman’s favorite to target.

Steelhead fly fishing trips on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Kenai Peninsula Steelhead Quick Facts:

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