The Best Time to Fish the Kenai River in Alaska

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The Kenai River in Alaska is known for its world-class fishing, but when is the best time to fish? The answer depends on the species of fish you’re targeting. For example, if you’re looking to catch king salmon, the best time is May to June, while sockeye salmon can be caught in June and July. Silver and pink salmon are most commonly caught in July and August, and chum salmon can be caught in late August and September.

It’s also important to consider the weather conditions when planning your fishing trip. Summer is generally the best time to fish the Kenai River as the weather is warmer and more stable, but it’s also the busiest season. If you’re looking for a less crowded experience, consider fishing in the spring or fall.

Regardless of when you choose to fish, Kenai Fly Fish is here to help you plan the perfect fishing trip. Our guides and charters have years of experience fishing the Kenai River and are dedicated to ensuring that you have the best fishing experience possible. Don’t wait, book your trip now with Kenai Fly Fish and experience the thrill of fishing the Kenai River in Alaska.


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