Every June heralds the annual migration of the Sockeye Salmon to the rivers and streams of Alaska. Better known as Reds, these fish are one of the most iconic and important to Alaska’s biodiversity. Reds are a blast to catch! They are born in the river normally very close to a lake. The newly born smolt then spend 2-3 years in the lake before migrating out to the ocean. 1-3 years later they return to the exact location of their birth, Amazing!

The first run of Sockeye Salmon begins to enter the Russian River in early-mid June and the season opens June 11th. Fish during this run average 4-6 pounds with 8-10 pounders being landed often. We are proud to offer anglers excellent opportunities for the best walk-in and drift fishing to be found.

The second run of Sockeye Salmon begins to enter the Kenai River system mid-July and typically run strong into the first week of August. Sockeye during the second run typically average between 6-8 pounds with 12 pounders hitting the net regularly. Toward the end of August and into September you will see these fish in the rivers and creeks turning red with a green head indicating they are spawning.  This is a great time to observe them spawning as well as a great time to observe the Alaskan bears that feed on them.

With over a million Sockeye returning to the Kenai River system annually they are an essential part of our ecosystem and provide a thrill to both anglers and sightseers alike.

Sockeye salmon are probably pound for pound one of the heartiest fish on the planet. These fish swim 82 miles up the Kenai River to reach their spawning grounds. Don’t expect these fish to lose any energy in the process; anglers who target these legendary combatants can expect to have their hands full.

These iconic fish are the ones you see jumping up waterfalls on television and pound for pound are some of the hardest fighting fish that swim our rivers. These powerful fish are known for ripping line, vicious aerial displays, and just an all-around great fish to catch.

Fishing for sockeye salmon is done primarily from the bank and we have access to some of the best fishing spots on the river. Your guide will take you by boat or on foot to one of these prime locations and show you all the tricks and techniques for catching these powerful fish. Kenai River Drifters Lodge is proud to offer all of our client’s triple layered Gore-Tex Simms and Patagonia waders for the duration of your fishing trip. We have spared no expense to ensure you are comfortable while in the water! Trips and availability are limited and fill in quickly so don’t delay, call today to book your Kenai River experience of a lifetime!