Fishing Report for the Central Kenai Peninsula for Salmon, Halibut and Trout

This has been an exciting week of fishing on the waters of the Kenai Peninsula. The king salmon runs continue to build, the waters continue to rise, and the fishing continues to heat up. Consequently, the fishing effort continues to increase as well.

I want to take a moment in particular to thank those who participated in the Take a Veteran Fishing event on June 1. This was a HUGE success with over 100 wounded vets participating in, for some, a trip of a lifetime. This is a very small way of saying a huge THANK YOU for your service and sacrifice.

Kenai River

The early run Kenai River Chinook continues to build on schedule or even maybe a bit ahead of schedule. As of the end of the day on Saturday, May 31, Alaska Department of Fish and Game recorded a total of 2,590 fish past the sonar. This is on par with an expected return of around 16,000 fish. With these numbers, the managers have elected to open the Kenai River to bait beginning June 1.

While the effor has increased on the Kenai over the last week, so has the harvest. Reports are mixed from fair to moderate success. On the Sunday Take A Vet Fishing event, there was reported approximatly 20% success rate. That is very good for this time of year.

There have been several reports of slot fish being caught on the Kenai as well. The present regulations impose a slot limit on king salmon on the Kenai River for the months of May and June. This mandates that all chinooks between 46" and 55" must be immediately released.

It seems that the majority of the fish caught so far have been at or below Fall-In hole.

Kasilof River

The Kasilof River king salmon fishing also continues to build. While recent reports are mixed, some days are good and others not as good, overall the reports are as expected for this time of year. If things go according to historical schedule, we should see the peak of the Kasilof king salmon fishing toward the end of this week.

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