The Kenai River is the most popular sport fishing destination in Alaska - famous for chinook (king) salmon and trophy size rainbow trout. It also features four other types of salmon (sockeye, coho, chum and pink), dolly varden and steelhead.
The Kenai River is the longest river in the Kenai Peninsula of south central Alaska. It runs 82 miles westward from Kenai Lake through Skilak Lake to its outlet into the Cook Inlet of the Pacific Ocean in the town of Kenai.
For the best deep-sea fishing in the area, fishermen head to the west side of Kenai Peninsula for halibut. Additionally, trolling for chinook (king) salmon with bottom fishing is also available throughout the season.
The Cook Inlet stretches 180 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage in south-central Alaska.
Like the Kenai, the Russian River (13 miles) is famous for its fishing, especially for salmon. There are two runs of sockeye salmon each year, in mid-June and mid-July.
For those wanting to fly fish, the Russian River has rainbow trout that can be targeted with dry flies, nymphs and beads.
Bear viewing also attracts visitors to the area.
While salmon fishing is not permitted in Quartz Creek, anglers can target dolly varden and rainbow trout during the salmon spawn. Quartz Creek flows into Kenai Lake and is located adjacent to Cooper Landing.
The Anchor River (30 miles) is a popular spot for camping and fishing when there are salmon runs, and catch-and-release steelhead fishing.
Deep Creek, located almost halfway between the towns of Kenai and Homer, offer another chance for visitors to catch-and-release steelhead in the Fall.
Prince William Sound is off the Gulf of Alaska, located on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula. It's accessible through the town of Seward from the Kenai Peninsula.
Sport fisheries in Prince William Sound target five species of Pacific Salmon, several species of groundfish (halibut, rockfish and lingcod), shrimp and clams, as well as cutthroat trout and dolly varden.