Kenai River Rainbow Trout & Dolly Varden Fishing

The upper Kenai above Skilak Lake has a remarkable catch and release trout fishery where in-river numbers have been estimated by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to reach as many as 2000 rainbows per mile. Kenai rainbows average a remarkable 20 inches and fish over five pounds are really quite common. The fishing here is good all summer but as salmon begin to spawn in late August the action picks up as big rainbows and dollies feed on the abundant salmon eggs. The upper Kenai River is fished using drift boats as this is a non-motorized section of the river. A day of trout fishing can often be the highlight to a great week of Alaska fishing.

Kenai Trout

Season: Dollies: Year round, Rainbows: June 12 – April 15

Regulations: Single hook artificial on until July 1. July 1 – Oct: Single hook. All catch and release.

Peak time: June 12 – Oct 15