Alaska Red Salmon (Sockeye)
The Kenai River has one of the most incredible red salmon runs in the world. The red run in the Kenai has both size and numbers, with strains of reds from 7 to 12 lbs. The Kenai has two different runs of reds; the first run begins in the middle of May and will run through June.
The Kasilof River, which is located about 20 miles south of the Kenai, has a run of red salmon that enters about the same time as the Kenai. The Kenai River has its second run of reds around the 10th of July and runs through the middle of August. Both sports fisherman and commercial fisherman heavily target the second run of red salmon that enter the Kenai and Kasilof.
If you don’t like fishing around crowds, you might want to fish the run of reds during the first part of August. Many people love fishing for Sockeye because of how hard it fights and its rich flavor.