Kenai Fishing Opportunities

Kenai Magic Lodge offers fishing and luxury lodging

Adventure guru and fish guide Bret Wangrud with the catch of the day at Kenai Magic Lodge.

The Kenai Peninsula offers almost unlimited fishing opportunities. Check out the links below for more details on all the opportunities. Make sure you get the most adventure possible on your Alaska trip. From fully-guided river trips and remote fly-out adventures to fabulous deep-sea saltwater excursions, Kenai Magic Lodge offers it all.

More information on fish run timing is available here.

Red Salmon

Red salmon, Reds or Sockeye Salmon are very abundant with 40 to 75,000 per day running the Kenia River. They are a fun fighting fish that lets you reel them in then until they see you, then they run like crazy, dragging line. Then it’s a slow haul back to repeat the crazy line dragging run. The Kenai River boasts over one million per year of sockeye salmon averaging between 8 and 12 pounds. The world record was 16 lb and was caught on the Kenia River. They arrive in late May and continue steadily well into August. With a run total of 3.8 million last year and daily totals 60,000 to 250,000 fish per day you’re sure to have an exciting time.

King Salmon

The Kenai River is known as the home of the World Record King Salmon – 97 lb 4 oz ! They are usually running in the second week of June with the strongest numbers in the toward the last two weeks of June. Kings have been caught as late as August. The most Kings, also known as Chinook Salmon, are usually caught in the month of June.

Silver Salmon

Silver salmon, Silvers or Coho salmon are very common in the Kenai River later in the summer. They are the most popular food fish. They fight hard; they jump wildly and make your reel scream. The Kenai River boasts runs from 25,000 to over 65,000 per day during July through the end of August. The average size is about 10 pounds but they do get over 20 pounds. The word record is 33 lb and 42.75 inches long . They feed heavily and very aggressively in the ocean and will hit lures even after they have stopped feeding in the rivers.

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon, Pinks, Humpbacks or Humpies. There are millions of Pinks that run the Kenia every year, They are a fun fish to catch and put up a decent fight. During their spawning migration, males develop a pronounced humped back, hence their nickname “humpies.” Pink salmon average 4.8 pounds in weight. The record was 30 inches and 15 pounds caught on the Moose River a couple blocks North from Kenia Magic Lodge. The millions of pink or “humpback” salmon fill the river for three weeks in late July through late-August.

Now if world record Salmon isn’t enough. try one or two of these guys for a fantastic day of fishing

Rainbow Trout

These fish are in the Kenai River year round. They average 8 to 12 pounds while many are in the 25 lb range; 31 inches in length is common. This is a very aggressive fish, they hit hard and fight like crazy. These guys just don’t give up. They feast on salmon eggs in late July thru September are commonly a blast to try and land. Regulations are tight. Catch and release is the norm. The State record was caught on the Kenia weighing 42 lb, 3 oz.

Dolly Varden

Another fish that can be found year-round here on the Kenia River. These guys are scrappy, they hit hard. They are feasting on salmon eggs during the late summer months and they average about 9 to 12 pounds with the record being 27 lb 4 oz.

Enjoy the finest world record fishing in Alaska with three of the world record coming from this river from line-stripping silver and red salmon or robust trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing the picturesque Kenai River is a once in a lifetime experience. Our twenty-five years’ experience gives us the know-how and relationships with the best guides in the business and they will get you on the fish. If you can follow their directions, catching fish will be a given and a limit is often the case.

Where the fishing is

Fresh Water Fishing

King, Red or Sockey, Silver or Coho Salmon

Pink Salmon

Trout and Dolly Varden

Salt Water Fishing

King, Red or SilverSalmon


Ling Cod and Rock Fish

 Flyout Fishing

Salmon and Trout