In early April we fished the Kenai River for a week straight and caught some beautiful steelhead and rainbow trout. All of the fish we caught were on black leech’s and washed out flesh patterns. By the middle of April we started to see a large number of fish staging up for the spawn. When we see this starting to happen we back off of the rainbow trout on the Kenai River and gear our efforts more towards steel head fishing and lakes that are starting to show open water.
The Kenai River closes to trout fishing starting May first to help protect our resident rainbow trout in their most vulnerable time. Then on June 11Th the river opens back up again to trout fishing. Like any fish during the spawn, Rainbow trout exert a lot of energy and can be easily stressed by poor handling and long battles on hook and line. In the past few years we have noticed a big jump winter/spring trout fishing so it is more important than ever to do our part in protecting our waters.
We are ready for the 2011, South Central Alaska fishing season to get started! Steelhead fishing on the Kasilof River is well under way and King Salmon should show up in fish-able numbers by the middle of May. There are seats available but they are filling up fast. Call today to reserve you seat for salmon or rainbow trout.