Alaska Fishing Seasons

Alaska Fishing Seasons

Alaska Fishing Seasons

Alaska Fishing Seasons

Alaska Fishing Seasons

Alaska Fishing Seasons

Alaska Fishing Seasons
Species by species breakdown

Take a look at our Seasonal Alaska Fishing Calendar. If you have any questions, please reach out to us...we are here to help.

Great Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula is famous for it's fishing variety. With 2 home rivers, (The Kenai river and Kasilof rivers) along with 4 others streams for fly fishing wade fishing trips, plus 2 separate saltwater locations ( for Halibut, Cod and Salmon,) there is a lot of information to keep track of! This page is designed to make it easier. Remember this chart is created by me, and there are never absolutes when it comes to fish and game. These are generalities based on 35 or so years of guiding these amazing waters.

Alaska Fishing Seasons

Alaska Salmon Fishing
2 runs of Kings & Silvers

King Salmon: (Great Alaska is catch and release only on native, Kenai King salmon). 1st run of kings on the Kenai enter mid May and can be in fishable numbers by the last week of May. Typical peak of early run is 5-15th of June but that has been very different from year to year. 2nd run begins in July with the peak typically being between 15th and 30th.

Silver Salmon: We have two great runs of Silver salmon. The first run begins late July or early August and the 2nd run begins late august or early September. Silvers run all the way into October and November. Silvers are great on Spinning rods but also are fun on fly rods as well.

Red Salmon and Pink Salmon

The Red (Sockeye) Salmon are the protein engine that drives the Kenai river ecosystem. Every year, 2 separate runs of Reds enter the Kenai. the 1st run average 5 or pounds and mostly spawn on the Russian river system. Brown Bear, Eagles, Seagulls and of course Rainbow Trout survive mainly by feasting on the reds. As guides, we don't target them much except off the beach at the lodge in the first run (June) of the season. The second run (July) is entirely different. The fish are robust and average 8+ pounds and are incredible fighters and table fare. Run peaks typically July 15-31st.

Pink Salmon are the Rodney Dangerfield of Alaska salmon. They are incredibley numerous on EVEN YEARS only, beginning early august and peaking around the 15th. Run is over about the 25th of August. Perfect for fly or spinning rods, they are not as popular for eating but when fresh they are a nice mild fish.

Offshore Halibut, Salmon and Cod
Cook Inlet and Seward

We are fortunate to have two separate, amazing locations to target Halibut, Cod and salmon offshore. Cook Inlet is Halibut fishing dream, with shallow water, short runs and big fish.

Cook Inlet is a Beach - Launch fishery. With no marina to depart from, we launch off the beach huge tractors, that back the boats into the water. It's a great, one of a kind way to start and end a day on the water. The fishing begins mid May and peaks immediately, and typically remains great all the way through July. If the weather remains good (we can't beach launch when the weather kicks up) we can catch great fish in Cook Inlet all the way into August.

Regulation note: Halibut is closed on all Wednesdays throughout the season, plus 5 additional Tuesdays 7/16 - 8/13. (note- regulations can change at any time Great Alaska is not responsible for regulation changes that may affect a trip).

Seward-Resurrection Bay

Seward and Resurrection Bay is the entrance to Kenai Fjords National Park, and Prince William Sound. Our locally made, 30 foot Glacier Craft charter boat will ply the beautiful waters in search of Halibut, Cod, Silver and King Salmon. Halibut are available all season long, along with True cod and black rockfish. King salmon are generally available in June and into July, and Silver Salmon begin early July and peak late July and into early August.

Rainbow Trout and Char
Steelhead

The Kenai's Rainbow Trout have been second to none for many years. While the size of the fish doesn't quite match our catches of 10 years ago, we still enjoy fantastic spin and fly fishing for Rainbow all over the Kenai river and the occasional really giant fish.

Rainbow Trout are available all season long on the Kenai - restricted to below the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (below Skilak Lake) for May and June, but open up after that all the way into the end of September.

Steelhead are available in May on the Kasilof river, but we don't target them until September when we have outstanding wade fishing on a number of small local streams.

Trout Fly afficianados tend to focus on the mid August to the end of the season. September trips can combine both Trout, Silves and Steelhead, so they make for some of the most memorable trips of the year.

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