The Kenai River area is one of the most popular fishing destinations in the state of Alaska for locals and visting anglers alike. During the summer months the quiet Kenai Peninsula becomes a bustling and vibrant community of visitors and folks from all over the state heading south to take on the salmon runs. The small towns in the area host incredibe lodges, restaurants, shops and more to accomodate thousands of anglers.
Kenai River fishing is world class. The Kenai River is known as one of the best sportfishing rivers around the world. It stretches through 82 miles of the central Kenai Peninsula of Alaska and flows through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Not only does the Kenai River offer world class fishing, there is also scenic hiking, rafting and wildlife viewing to experience. Read more.
The Kasilof River flows 17 miles from the large sockeye spawning lake, Tustumena Lake, out into the Cook Inlet. It hosts multiple species of fish including salmon, Dolly Varden, rainbow trout, and steelhead trout. Although there are many different species of fish in this river, the sockeye are the most popular target.
Anglers have taken up fishing for halibut from the beach. Shore fishing in the salt water near the mouths of the Kenai and Kasilof rivers has gained popularity in recent years too.