While the Kenai may be famous for its world record king salmon, the Kenai has also earned a world-class reputation for monster sized trout. With a robust diet of salmon by-product, Kenai River rainbows stay very well fed for nearly 12 months of the year. The result is a high density and healthy resident trout population that contains above-average sized fish and offers a true shot at a 30 inch+ wild rainbow.
Rainbow Trout fishing on the Kenai River is truly world class. Since most of the anglers that visit the Kenai are pursuing salmon, trout fishing can often be overlooked. We always recommend at least one day of trout fishing as Kenai rainbows are extremely plentiful and they are indeed the most wild and beautiful fish you will ever see. Since rainbow trout are one of the river’s year-round inhabitants and not a harvest species, we do our best to return them all to the river unharmed.
Trout fishing on the Kenai River opens river wide on June 11 and extends well into late fall. We see exceptional trout fishing in July and early August when the peak of the sockeye salmon fishery is occurring and throughout August, September and October when the silver salmon move up-river to spawn.
The Kenai River has an abundant population of Dolly Varden, one of the most diverse sportfish in all of Alaska and includes both resident species as well as the sea run variety. Technically, Dolly Varden are not a trout but are a subspecies of Arctic Char. These popular sportfish spawn in the late fall and exhibit some of the most spectacular spawning colors on any fish in the state. Anglers target dolly varden with many of the same techniques and methods used to catch rainbow trout and the two are often caught in the same areas.