The Kenai Peninsula offers a wide range of salmon fishing opportunities throughout the entire season from early May to the end of October. From the Early Kings on the Kenai River to Late Run Steelhead on the Anchor River, and all the Red Salmon, Pink Salmon, and Silver Salmon you can imagine. “The worst day of fishing on the Kenai Peninsula still beats the best day of fishing nearly anywhere else in the world!” The more time you have on your trip, the more fishing for Alaska Salmon you will be able to enjoy! On the other hand, if you’re boxed into a schedule that allows you only one day of fishing on the river, and the run timing turns out to be off, you could go home disappointed.
We encourage you to research the historical fish counts in various Kenai Peninsula waters as well as other areas around the State of Alaska by visiting please visit the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Fish Count page. Here you can query the river, species, and year you are interested in and get an idea of the fish count trends. By factoring in the run timing, historical fish counts, and tide predictions, you can shoot for the best window to focus your fishing. In the end though, remember that it’s fishing, and fish can’t be told what to do or when to do it. With the right attitude, and remembering that the best day of working still pales by comparison to the worst day of fishing, you’ll be sure to have a great time.