There are just a handful of days each year when we’re able to target multiple salmon species on the same day of fishing. We are able to do this Kenai River king salmon and Kenai River sockeye salmon for about 4 weeks each summer. We’re also able to do it for Kenai River silver salmon and Kenai River sockeye salmon for about 20 days each summer.
Kenai River Combo King-Sockeye Salmon Guided Fishing
Kenai River Combo Silver-Sockeye Salmon Guided Fishing
Available Aug 1 - Aug 20
For just a few days or weeks each year combination trips, where we target multiple species of salmon on the same day, are possible. One of the trips we’re able to do as we move into the fall fishing season is our Kenai River silver salmon and Kenai River sockeye salmon combo trips.
On these trips we’ll be focused on Kenai River silver salmon for part of the day and at other parts of the day we’ll be focused on the Kenai River sockeye salmon. This means fishing for Kenai River silver salmon from the boat using lures like Luhr Jensen Kwikfish and Spin-n-Glo lures – in sizes a little smaller than we use for Kenai River king salmon. Most of time we’re allowed to use bait in this fishery, although it is sometimes closed to bait during the first parts of August, to help the last remaining Kenai River king salmon make it to spawn. When it’s time to fish for Kenai River sockeye salmon, we’ll find the perfect spot on the river bank to park the boat and we’ll all jump out, wade out about knee deep in the water and floss for Kenai River sockeye salmon.
Kenai River Combo Silver-Sockeye Salmon Guided Fishing - Peak Times
There are only 20 days each year when we can really offer the Kenai River silver salmon and Kenai River sockeye salmon combination trips. Obviously we’re going to need both silver salmon and sockeye salmon in the Kenai River!
The late Kenai River sockeye salmon run are counted by Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Unfortunately it is impractical, if not impossible, to do get accurate counts for the Kenai River silver salmon.
The first run of Kenai River silver salmon will start arriving around August first and will peak about the 3rd week of August. The Kenai River Sockeye remain relatively strong until Around August 20, some years it will extend beyond this.
Which are the best days? The best days to fish for both Kenai River silver salmon and Kenai River sockeye salmon are between Aug 10 – Aug 20.
Kenai River Combo Silver-Sockeye Salmon Guided Fishing - What to Bring
We will provide nearly everything you need on our Kenai River silver salmon and Kenai River sockeye salmon combination fishing trips. We’ll be bringing two different sets of rods and reels, bait for the Kenai River silver salmon, leaders and hooks for the Kenai River sockeye salmon fishing, a single net can handle both sockeye and silvers, and bait for Kenai River silver salmon if bait is allowed at that time.
Part of the day you’ll be in the water with waders and boots, so layers are important. Particularly for your feet. And remember, we’re into August now so fall is in the air and temperatures are getting cooler. The other part of the day we’ll be in the boat fishing for Kenai River silver salmon where layers are still important because we’re relaxed in the boat and sitting on the water.
Here are a few things you can consider bringing in order to make yours fishing with us more comfortable:
- Fishing license
- At this time of year, it’s always a good idea to plan for cooler temperature and plan for rain. Better safe than sorry! Dress in layers.
- Sunscreen – it may be fall but it can still be sunny and warm
- Hat and Gloves
- Sunglasses & eye protection is need sockeye fishing more than any other type of fishing we do
- Lunch, Snacks, and Drinks. Adult beverages are allowed.
- A waterproof cell phone case is always a good idea. We don’t expect your phone to be dropped in the water, but rain is always a possibility
- A great attitude! No one wants to catch fish more than us! We’re in this together.
Kenai River Combo Silver-Sockeye Salmon Guided Fishing - What To Expect During Your Day
We usually like to start off our combination Kenai River silver salmon and Kenai River sockeye salmon fishing trips targeting the silver salmon for a few hours. With the pressure off the fish from the evening before the silver salmon have a chance to relax and group back up together. This makes the early morning fishing more productive.
After fishing for Kenai River silver salmon for a while we like to shift our attention to the sockeye where we can all get out and get involved with the fishing for a bit. We’ll take you to some of our favorite sockeye spots, teach the techniques for catching sockeye salmon, and hopefully we’ll have a few fish in the net in no time. When things go really we’ll we have limits of Kenai River sockeye salmon in no time! Once we’ve got limits of sockeye, or when folks are just ready, we’ll go back to fishing for silver salmon for the remainder of the time left for the day.
Our full day trips are from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Our half day morning trips are from 6:30 AM – 11:30 AM and our afternoon trips are from 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM.