The Kenai River begins near the Chugach Mountains, right where Kenai Lake is located. From there, the river flows all the way to Cook Inlet. The distance the Kenai River covers is eighty miles, and there are times you can be traveling along the water and never see another person for miles.
Fishing on the Kenai River
While you can easily go fishing on the Kenai River on your own, it is usually best to go out with a tour guide. The guides know the intricacies of this river and where the fish will most likely be swimming around on any given day. Plus, they can share information about all the different attractions you see in between the fish you are catching.
Fish You Will Catch While Fishing the Kenai River
- King Salmon
- Sockeye Salmon
- Rainbow Trout
- Dolly Varden
- Silver Salmon
What to Pack When Fishing on the Kenai River
The weather in Alaska can be slightly unpredictable, so you will want to be prepared when you are out fishing on the Kenai River. I recommend dressing in layers, so you can go from the colder parts of the day to warm and back again easily.
You should never wear cotton clothes when fishing because it they get wet, they will never dry. You should also have rain gear, so you can avoid getting wet as much as possible.
Best Places to Fish on the Kenai River
Bing’s Landing can be found to the north of Sterling. This area is a prime boat launch location, but it is also an excellent spot for catching sockeye. The Soldotna River Walk can be very busy, especially during the sockeye season. But it is worth it due to the easy accessibility and shallow grade.
The tide is always changing at Cunningham Park, so you will need to adjust your bait accordingly. While this can be frustrating to some, you may find it a challenge you are willing to accept. One of the best places to fish is the Moose River Confluence. This is where the Kenai and Moose Rivers join, and the pace of the two different rivers offers a unique fishing experience.
When you are vacationing in Alaska, you must do a little fishing on the Kenai River. This is one of the best ways to spend time outside while enjoying the views and catching a few fish at the same time.
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