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    I'm coming in July and doing a float trip for a week and then going down to the Kenai for a few days (July 8th - 12th). Was hoping for some tips. Would like to get into the Reds if possible although it looks like the Kenai River will not be good at that time. Any other rivers good at that time? Would also like to do a day of halibut/salmon in the ocean. Any information you could provide would be appreciated.

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    You are about 1-2 weeks early for the really good sockeye fishing. The kings should be good, and the halibut should be great. It is possible to hit some kings in the salt.

    I would concentrate on the lower sections of the Kenai for sockeye, like Eagle Rock, Cunningham Park, Big Eddy Wayside, etc. There will be some early running sockeye but you'll have to work for them.

    For halibut, I recommend Chihuly's Charters out of Deep Creek or Blazing Reels Charters out of Homer. There are an abundance of other charters available and many of them equally good.

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    Default Agreed with AFG

    A bit early for reds but try the lower river like suggested and who know you might hit a school at the right time. Kings in the Kenai a definite try and halibut in the inlet should be top knotch. Do your homework on your charters and you should have a blast
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    Default Kenai...

    If you plan on being on the Kenai Peninsula in June/July, you better make reservations for anything you will need while you are there. That place is crazy in the summer. I would reserve camp sites for pitching a tent and most certainly rent any cabin/motel room. If you are not driving up, you should rent your car NOW. If you take a laid back approach, you will find yourself in a bind for sure. Anything that is important to you, make reservations soon. I would book a sightseeing trip on the NW Fjord near Seward. The link is below (Kenai Fjords site). We went the last week of June two years ago and that was a great 9 hour trip. Tons of wildlife and beautiful coastline scenery. There are many forestry service cabins you can rent that have 3-5 mile hikes in/out. Lost lake or Lower Paradise lake near Seward are tops on my list. Very scenic and good grayling fishing. Also look for cabins at Upper and Lower Russian lakes. There are some there I am believe. But remember, these are not rows of cabins. It is literally A cabin. There are lots of other forestry service cabins as well, cheap accomodations ($40-50/night), great scenery, and fishing of course. Most all the campgrounds will be full of RV's so if you plan on camping in the campgrounds be aware of this. But even just for that you will need reservations. Lots of fishing info on Gwins Lodge site below. I attached some links of some info on the Kenai Peninsula.

    http://www.kenaifjords.com/?utm_sour...mpaign=general

    http://www.kenaifjords.com/545.cfm

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach/cab..._paradise.html

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach/cabins/index.html

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach/cab.../crescent.html

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach/cab...pper_russ.html

    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3Den%26sa%3DN

    http://www.jimmiejackfishing.com/singleCharters.cfm

    http://www.nps.gov/kefj/planyourvisit/exit-glacier.htm

    http://www.alaskasealife.org/index3.php

    http://www.sunnycove.com/

    http://www.millerslandingak.com/

    http://www.akms.com/htguide/

    http://www.soldotnachamber.com/

    http://www.aktroutfitters.com/

    http://www.gwinslodge.com/
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    Silvers were in pony cove around the fist of july out of seward may be able to do a butt silver combo might even get a ling I did well last year at cloudy bay for butt and ling then stoped by pony and picked up a few silvers and yes I released the ling but I did keep the yellow eye.

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    Default Beyond the fish...

    You'll find the locals will do an excellent job in providing you with up-to-date information relative to your trip. Don't forget the guidebooks that are in the bookstore on this site; they are excellent resources and contain many answers to your questions.

    Here's a tip that you might find helpful. Bring amber sunglasses. They will absolutely brighten up any dreary day.

    Also, be careful on the road. A lot of persons unfamilar with wild game sometimes will suddenly stop just to view the critters and then dash out between traffic just to snap a picture.

    Summer is full of distractions. Be ready for them as you wind your way to what eventually will wind up on the end of your line...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskanAuthor View Post
    A lot of persons unfamilar with wild game sometimes will suddenly stop just to view the critters and then dash out between traffic just to snap a picture.

    We call them Targets!

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    Awnswer this
    If we can hunt Bear in bear season and Caribou in caribou season; why can't we hunt Tourists in tourist season!! JK

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    Thanks for the responses. Anyone fish the Anchor river? Looks like may have a shot at Sockeyes down there, plus looks like good Dolly fishing.

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    Talking The reason we can't shoot tourists....

    during tourist season is that too many will be shot across the roads, and everybody knows it's illegal to shoot across a road!!

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    Tip:

    When you look at distances on the map don't assume you can make a 60 mile drive in one hour. With all the traffic in the summer and all the scenery/wildlife it will take 2 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emrdux View Post
    during tourist season is that too many will be shot across the roads, and everybody knows it's illegal to shoot across a road!!

    Tell that to the gunslingers in Anchorage.

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    Default No sockeyes in the Anchor

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeStaten View Post
    Thanks for the responses. Anyone fish the Anchor river? Looks like may have a shot at Sockeyes down there, plus looks like good Dolly fishing.
    Reds are a lake spawner. Target steelhead, kings, pinks and silvers in season. There are dollies too.

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    Though to get to the Anchor you would drive by Kasilof which does have sockeye. Crooked creek campground is a good bet.

    There are a ton of places to fish........what species are you after again? Ask detailed questions and you will get detailed answers! Have fun.

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    Basically, I'll be there from July 9-12. Would like to fit in as much as I can. Thinking of doing one day on the russian, one day for halibut/salmon and the other two days are up in the air. I really would like to catch a few reds and dolly varden on the flyrod. Ideally, I'd like to be able to stay at a campground and then hike in to fish to avoid the combat fishing as much as I can. Also, for the halibut, any major advantage of either Seward over Homer?

    Thanks again,
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    Drifter -

    You have to read the regulations closer. You have to have a bear permit to hunt bear. You have to have a caribou permit to hunt caribou. You just have to get a tourist permit to hunt tourists.

    I have tried unsuccessfully for years to get a colorado people permit - they just won't give me one...............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Drifter -

    You have to read the regulations closer. You have to have a bear permit to hunt bear. You have to have a caribou permit to hunt caribou. You just have to get a tourist permit to hunt tourists.

    I have tried unsuccessfully for years to get a colorado people permit - they just won't give me one...............


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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeStaten View Post
    Basically, I'll be there from July 9-12. Would like to fit in as much as I can. Thinking of doing one day on the russian, one day for halibut/salmon and the other two days are up in the air. I really would like to catch a few reds and dolly varden on the flyrod. Ideally, I'd like to be able to stay at a campground and then hike in to fish to avoid the combat fishing as much as I can. Also, for the halibut, any major advantage of either Seward over Homer?

    Thanks again,
    Mike
    That's the same time frame I was in the Kenai last year. There were some dollies in the Anchor river to be had. If you looked carefully sometimes you could see them laying behind the kings. The kings are strictly off limits on the Anchor at this time but as long as you are using light gear and small flies you may fish for the dollies. If/when you get a king don't take it out of the water. The halibut fishing out of Homer was Fantastic. My arms were sore for a day afterward. I noticed the charter trips out of Seward were doing combo trips for Halibut/Silvers and doing very well on both.

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