Best Time For Alaska Fishing?

King Salmon– Kenai River, & fly outs to Nushagak River

Sockeye Salmon – Kenai River, Kasilof River, Russian River, and Fly-outs to

wolverine creek or lake Illiamna and Bristol Bay

Silver Salmon – Kenai River (last week of July), Fly-outs Kustatan River

Halibut – Cook Inlet, departs from Anchor Point, Deep Creek or Homer

Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden – Upper Kenai River


July is the busiest tourist month for the whole state, so expect large crowds every where.

July is for freshwater anglers mainly interested Kenai River King Salmon. Anglers spend the majority of their days on the Kenai River, & chase halibut on Sunday & Monday when the river is closed to boat fishing. The second run of Kenai Kings hit the river in late June, & continues to build in numbers thru the last week in July. The total return is 30,000 to 60,000 fish.

The fish average 45-55 pounds with 60-70 pound fish caught regularly. Even though there are more fish in the July run than June, the success rate is about the same due to more boats & anglers on the river. Another factor in July is the commercial gill netting on the ocean intercepting kings as they try to go into the river. Red salmon fishing from shore is popular on the entire river. Halibut fishing is good & many boats are running double trips daily compared to single trips in other months.


July: Kenai River Kings,& saltwater halibut, Majority of time spent king fishing on river.

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