Alaska Silver Salmon (Coho)
The silver salmon is one of the best fighting salmon for its size in the salmon species they have an awesome way of tearing up your fishing tackle. The silver salmon is one of the most acrobatic salmon that I have come across in the 35 years of fishing. Many people say that the red salmon is the best fighter but I disagree you have to snag a red salmon in the mouth to catch them in the Kenai River so that is why they fight so good. The silver salmon is much like the king salmon when it comes to taste. I like the silver for eating the best as it is loaded with omega 3 and is a moist fish when you cook them right.
The Kenai River will get somewhere around 100,000 silvers up it every year this is not a exact number because Fish & Game does not count them. I can assure you that there will be enough of them in the river to wear you out in the time that you spend catching them. We will be fishing these fish down low on the river most of the time and when the tide is just right the fishing will be none stop action. Some of the methods that you will be using to catch silvers are back bouncing, running plugs out the back or a diver and eggs. Most of the time the boat will be anchored up so you will be able to get up and move around in the boat.
There will be a lot of times that we will fish a combo trip for our clients, which consist of trophy trout & silvers. If you want some great action this is the way to go, with the combo of trophy trout and silvers. The silver salmon & trophy trout fishing on the Kenai River is nothing short of spectacular with trout catches of 20 to 30 per person when fishing at the right time of the year. The Kenai River holds 2 different runs of silvers that enter it at different times of the season. The first run will start in at the end of July and run through the month of August with these fish averaging from 7 to 12 lbs with an occasional fish close to 20lbs.
The one that I get all excited about is the second run that starts in the beginning of September and runs all through the winter into February. When the river gets low in late September the fishing gets good for trout and silvers in fact we will fish for them right up until the end of October when Fish & Game closes the season. The silvers on the late run will average 10 to 15 lbs and you will catch many close to 20 lbs. If you want some of the best trout and silver fishing then you have ever seen you need to try this late season trip.
September Silver Salmon Fishing on the Kenai River is Outstanding.