King Salmon

Lower Kenai River and Resurrection Bay
Available: Early Run (Late May-June 30), Late Run (July 1-31) 
Average Size: 15-25 lbs. 
Limit: 1 per day, 2 per season on the Kenai; 2 per day and no annual limit in Resurrection Bay
Fishing Techniques: Powerboat, Backtrolling, Back Bouncing 

King salmon fishing on the Kenai River is world-famous, and for good reason -- it produces the largest king salmon in the world! The Kenai River is home to eight king salmon world records, including the impressive title of world's largest sport-caught king salmon weighing in at 97 lbs 4 ozs! Fishing for these king salmon will undoubtedly thrill even the most accomplished anglers. The Kenai River yields two distinct runs of king salmon each summer: the early run and the late run. Early run kings begin making their way into the river in May, peak toward mid-late June, and dwindle in numbers as they overlap with the start of the late run in July. The early run fishery sees far less fishing pressure than the late run due to the smaller overall size of the run as well as the no-bait-allowed restriction during this time. Regardless of run size and regulations, there's still plenty of great king salmon fishing (without the crowds).

Alaska Wildland Adventures and Kenai Riverside Fishing strictly adhere to all regulations pertaining to restrictions, harvest, and catch and release limits of all fish species as mandated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. From time to time, we may establish even stricter company policies with regard to catch limits and catch and release if it is deemed to follow best practices for the continued sustainability of certain species. In these situations, company policy shall supersede state regulations, and these policies may be implemented at any time, even during the course of the current season, depending upon the species and the situation.

We believe this approach is in the best interest of the conservation and perpetuation of Alaska's fish populations and the surrounding ecosystem upon which fish species depend. Upon booking a fishing trip with us, you agree to comply with these policies.

Update as of March 1, 2019:

In the spirit of protecting the wild and critically important natural resource that is Kenai River king salmon, Kenai Riverside Fishing will be practicing catch and release fishing only for Kenai kings during the 2019 summer season. As stewards to the beautiful turquoise waters of the Kenai and all life forms the river supports, we're proud to uphold regulations outlined by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regarding early run king salmon and extend those guidelines throughout the entirety of our summer season.

You can learn more about forecasts for returning Kenai king salmon and the importance of protecting, supporting and helping to resurrect healthy populations of this amazing species of fish at Fish for the Future and Cook Inlet Keeper, two amazing organizations we trust and are inspired by.

As in past years, our experienced and knowledgeable crew of professional fishing guides will be leading king salmon day trips in Resurrection Bay, near Seward, this summer. Resurrection Bay king salmon populations have been supported by a decades-long statewide stocking plan, and - presently - guests of Kenai Riverside Fishing will be able to catch and keep limited numbers of Resurrection Bay kings. Based on current 2019 regulations, non-residents may keep up to two Resurrection Bay-based king salmon per person, per day. Kenai Riverside Lodge fully respects and follows all regulations from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and limits on any species of Alaskan fish are subject to change by the State and will be upheld by our program.

Our reservations team looks forward to customizing your Kenai Riverside Fishing package to best meet your specific fishing goals, so please call or email us today. If any last-minute regulation changes occur during your trip, our talented team will work diligently to arrange an alternative day of fishing for similar species.