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Alaska Trout Fishing on the Kenai River

Date: December 1, 2011

Guest post provided by Mike Robertson.    

Alaskan trout fisherman.

The journey to one of the world’s most special places on earth begins with a plane ticket and a strong desire to fish all day – to use your camera as much as your fishing rod.  One sometimes does not know which to hold in their hands, the rod or the camera.  The scenery can overwhelm you into snapping breathtaking images including bears, moose and multiple species of birds.  Remote wild terrain, pristine landscapes and bald eagles soaring overhead will leave you speechless.  Silence and tranquility awaits you here.Unspoiled rivers and lakes beg you to fish.  Reel-screaming runs of salmon and trout await you.  Bears compete for your quarry but leave you alone; they come for what you are here for – big fish.

Alaskan Rainbow Trout.

The Kenai River is home to trophy size Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden.  Keep your camera ready for these beautiful fish as there are colorful rainbows lurking below the cerulean blue surface.  The Kenai River boasts hard fighting trout and steelhead, some over 30 inches in length.  When you have one of these fish on the end of your line, you will be in for one heck of a battle.  Fishing for rainbows and steelhead is usually best at the start of August until the end of October.  In the fresh water streams – look for these fish concentrated in undercut banks, pools and slack water breaks behind rocks and other obstacles.  Fishing a Spin-N-Glow with a three way swivel weight will work excellent.  For spin fishing anglers, a Blue Fox Vibrax, large #15 Panther Martins, Rapala’s and mid-sized William’s spoons work well.

Trophy salmon from 1985.

It is advised to aim your lure upriver of your target and let your lure bounce along the rocks with a tight line.  A ten to twenty pound test line is advised, as you will encounter larger fish other than rainbows on your voyage.  Remember the world record King Salmon was caught on the Kenai River and breaking off a world record would surly leave you feeling distraught and empty.  The Kenai River has produced four of the top ten trophy rainbows in Alaska and the biggest fish weighed over 22 pounds.  It is also agreed by locals that the Kenai Peninsula has the finest fishing for this species.  Alaska and the Kenai River have become thepremier destination for serious anglers!

Whether you are here for a world record fish or just the world’s most beautiful eye candy, at Alaska Denise Lake Lodge you are considered special.  Each and every one of you are treated like family.  Relax, unwind and take in the view.  You owe it to yourself to book your Alaska dream adventure of a lifetime now!


Great post – we appreciate your generosity Mike! 

Mike Robertson
Bow River Blog Guided Fishing Tours
Calgary, Alberta