Upper Kenai River Salmon Fishing

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When it comes to salmon fishing on the Kenai River, there’s no better place to be than the Upper Kenai River. This section of the river is a hotspot for salmon fishing, particularly Sockeye salmon, which stack up near the Russian River confluence. If you’re looking to book a fishing trip, we offer a range of options to suit your needs, including full-day, 3/4 day, and half-day charters.

During the salmon season, which runs from May to September, we focus on catching Sockeye salmon, which are known for their fighting spirit and delicious taste. In the early part of the season, large numbers of Sockeye salmon come through the Upper Kenai River, making it an exciting time to fish. As the season progresses, we shift our focus to other species like Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden.

When booking a trip with us, we provide all the necessary fishing gear, including rods, reels, and tackle. We also provide waders for your comfort, although they’re not required. We encourage our guests to bring their own fishing gear if they prefer, and we can accommodate both fly fishing and conventional gear.

We believe in fishing for the future and sustainability, and we practice catch and release for all Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden caught on our trips. We also adhere to all regulations regarding bag limits and size limits for salmon fishing on the Kenai River, ensuring that we protect the fishery for generations to come.

Whether you’re an experienced angler or a first-time fisherman, we welcome you to join us on the Upper Kenai River for an unforgettable fishing experience. Book your trip today and let us show you why the Kenai River is one of the best salmon fishing destinations in the world.


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!


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