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Kenai Trout Fishing

Date: June 28, 2011

Rainbow Trout

Year-round residents of the Kenai River, rainbow trout are abundant from upstream of the Soldotna Bridge to Skilak Lake. The Kenai River does not have a natural run of steelhead trout, but it boasts trophy size rainbows throughout the river system. Good fishing occurs from Moose River to Skilak Lake and from Skilak Lake to Russian River. The area from Kenai Lake downstream to and including Skilak Lake within one half mile of the Kenai River is managed as a“catch and release” area. In this area only single hook, artificial lures may be used and all trout must be released.

Dolly Varden

Both resident and anadromous populations of Dolly Varden are supported in the Kenai River System. Available throughout the entire year, preferred fishing areas are from Naptowne Rapids upstream to Skilak Lake and from the inlet of SkilakLake upstream to Kenai Lake. As with rainbow trout, Dolly Varden are conservatively managed in the upstream area of the river. Anadromous Dolly Varden begin to enter the river in early July and continue into September. These fish spawn in the falland over winter in the rivers and lakes. In spring (April-May) they are intercepted by anglers in the lower river below Soldotna as they return to Cook Inlet. 

Always check regulations closely before fishing.