The Kenai River has 4 of the 5 Pacific Salmon species. The below chart shows an example of when each of the 4 species run in the Kenai.
Chinook (King) - Kenai and Kasilof
King Salmon are the largest of the Pacific Salmon and the most sought after. The Kenai River has some of the larges Kings in the word. They can be anywhere from 15 - 90 pounds. The World Record King was caught on May 17, 1985 in the Kenai.The Kasilof Kings tend to be smaller but there are more and they can be easier to catch. King fishing is done by back trolling from the boat using bait casters. We fish both the Kasilof and Kenai River for Kings.
Sockeye Salmon are our favorite to eat and are the most plentiful in the Kenai River. They range from 4 -15 pounds. During July and August there can be over 1 million in the river system. When it's on, it's really on! Catching these fish can be very exciting. Sockeye fishing is primarily done from shore using fly rods or spin gear.
Silver Salmon tend to weigh 8 - 12 pounds, with some getting as large as 15. Anglers enjoy their aggression. Silvers are caught by back trolling, spin fishing, and fly fishing - my favorite.
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