Sockeye Salmon
sockeye salmon


Sockeyes aren’t easy to catch, but we’ll show you how.

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Fishing For
Sockeye Salmon
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Sockeye salmon, also known as Red Salmon, are the best to eat and smoke.  When you think of delicious and fresh Alaska salmon, you’re probably thinking of Reds.

Catching your Sockeye can be a bit of a challenge at times though.  We use our boats to find a good bank and then fish in ankle to knee deep water since the Reds are swimming upriver fairly close to the bank.

Be prepared to fish around other fisherman.  Sockeye Salmon are the most popular fish to catch on the Kenai Peninsula.  And when they’re in, so are the crowds!  Having a guide with a boat will give you a much greater chance at securing your own piece of the river.

Fishing for Sockeye can be chaotic, and it’s very frustrating when the person next to you keeps reelin’ them in and you can’t even hit a fish.  But once you get your first fish on the hook, it’s game on!  Fishing for Reds does have a learning curve, but once you figure it out, it won’t be long before you hit your limit.

Reds are also an excellent fish to add to any other trip making it a combo. Want to fish for kings but be able to bring home a full fish box? Start the morning targeting reds from the bank, then head out to troll for some kings. Silver fishing slow? Be able to take a break and flip for some reads to mix the day up! When your talking to us we will let you know the best options and these may be the trips for you!

Sockeye Salmon
fishing peak time

When is the Best time for
sockeye salmon fishing

Early Kenai River Sockeye Run
June 1st to Early July

The first run of Sockeyes on the Kenai River begins in early June and goes until early to mid-July. The size of run can range from 28,000 to 65,000 fish.

Mid-Year Kenai River Sockeye
Mid-July to Early/Mid-August

The second run of Sockeye on the Kenai River begins in mid-July and goes until early to mid-August. The size of run can range from 750,000 to multi-millions of fish.

Kasilof Sockeye Salmon Run
Month of June

If you want to give the Kasilof River a try, we often find great results fishing here as well. In June the size of run can range from 300,000 to 500,000 fish.

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