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Middle Kenai River Rainbows

The middle section of the Kenai River on the Kenai Peninsula, is seemingly in another world, away from the popular lower Kenai, where hundreds of boats filled with anglers pursue trophy king salmon, and the upper Kenai River, where you find anglers standing shoulder to shoulder combat fishing for red salmon.The views from the middle Kenai River while floating are breathtaking, and it's not uncommon to have loons diving and resurfacing right next to the boat, while calling out to their mate with the haunting sounds only a loon can make. You might also see bears and coyotes scavenging on decaying salmon carcasses on the shoreline. But, the main reason why anglers in the know fish the middle section of the Kenai River, is because they know that this area consistently produces some of the largest rainbows in the state.

Both trophy sized Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden inhabit this nutrient rich watershed, and during the fall months, these trophy-sized trout feast upon the decomposing carcasses of spawned out salmon and the remnant eggs of Sockeye and King Salmon. As a result from this rich nutrient source, these trout grow to enormous sizes.

Anglers fishing the middle Kenai River watershed, can expect football-shaped trout averaging from (2-10 lbs). And it’s not uncommon to see fish landed over 20 lbs! Either fly-fishing or spin tackle are equally effective, and it's your choice on how you want to pursue these magnificent wild fish.

These trips with D-Ray Personal Guide Service, are drift boat based. This allows our clients to fully enjoy the surreal surroundings of the upper stretches of the middle Kenai River while floating, and still access the more productive gravel bars. Although these trips target trophy-sized trout, clients may also encounter both Sockeye and Silver Salmon fishing as well during certain timeframes. Clients may retain these salmon within the regulations of the Department of Alaska Fish and Game. On the other hand, all trout are strictly catch-and-release only. Space and availability are limited.

June – October


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