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King Salmon Fishing

Salmon is King on the Kenai River!  Imaging King Salmon averaging 30-80 pounds.  Kenai River King Salmon are the largest in the world!  The world-record King Salmon was taken just minutes from the resort that weighed in at a whooping 97 lbs and 4 oz.  Anglers from far and near return yearly in search of that King Salmon that will break the record.  Incredible numbers of Kings returning yearly make this the true “King Salmon Capital of the World.”  Each May Kings enter our area and they remain here until the end of July, so whether fishing on the Saltwater, Kasilof or the Kenai River for these giants, get ready for some rod ripping action!

Kenai River…home of the world record King Salmon.  Starting in May we fish this beautiful river in our 20’ Willie Predator Boats powered with Honda four stroke outboards.  The preferred method of fishing is backtrolling K-16 Kwikfish with a sardine wrap and at times in certain areas we will fish salmon egg clusters.  We arm each client with a 9 foot G-Loomis Rod with a Shimano reel filled with state of the art spectra Tuff-Line.  With two distinct runs of King Salmons fishing is excellent all through May, June and July.  Expect Kings on average of 30-50 pounds with many coming in at the 60, 70 and 80 pound class. 

Kasilof River… this pristine river is a drift boat fishery.  Being a shallow river we use 20’ Willie Drift boats, fishing 4 anglers.  Our experienced guides will teach you the preferred method of back-bouncing salmon egg clusters.  Using lighter rods usually 8 ½ foot G-Loomis you will experience the true thrill of fishing, from feeling the bite, setting the hook and battling the fish.  The run starts in May and runs through June.  Average size being a respectable 15-30 pounds.  Awesome fishing and unstoppable action!

Saltwater King Salmon Combo trips…fast becoming a favorite time for many anglers.  Fish King Salmon entering the Cook Inlet in search of their home river.  With hundreds of thousands in the Inlet fishing is awesome.  Trolling herring in depths of 15-40 ft these Kings will take you for a ride in the wide-open ocean.  But don’t leave to early!  But wait, after fishing the tide for King Salmon we take our 28’ Madeira Offshore Cruisers out in the depths for Trophy Halibut.  Fish for Salmon and Halibut all on one trip! 

Kenai Riverbend Resort
P.O. BOX 1270
Soldotna, Alaska  99669
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Phone: (907) 283-9489  Fax: (907) 283-8449