Alaskan King Salmon (Chinook)
The Kenai Peninsula has many rivers that have thousands of Chinook entering them every year. Alaskan Kenai River fishing holds 8 out of the top 10 record King salmon in the world, with the world record being 97.4 lbs.
It’s common to catch fish weighing between 60 and 80 lbs., with the majority of the fish averaging 30 to 50 lbs. The Kenai King salmon are some of the hardest fighting fish in the world. Plan on fighting one of these massive fish anywhere from a half hour to an hour when in the tidal waters.
The methods that we use for fishing these monsters are back-trolling and back-bouncing. Both of these methods are very effective for catching monster fish and are easy to learn with a guide.
King salmon have two different times they enter the Kenai River. The first run starts at the beginning of May and finishes at the end of June. The second run begins the first part of July and runs through the middle of August. The Alaskan Department of Fish & Game will close the season down for king salmon on the last day of July.
When you are fishing for massive King salmon, keep one thing in mind: the guide that you’re with deals with these fish everyday and knows what that fish is going to do before you do. It is always good to listen to everything that the guide has to tell you when he gives you instructions.
Don’t miss out on the chance to hook into one of the last breeds of this strain of King salmon found nowhere else in the world.