Alaska ranks as a premier spot for fishers. The state’s oceans, rivers and lakes are teeming with salmon, rainbow trout, arctic char and many other challenging sport fish – it really is an angler’s dream!

While there are many options for exceptional angling, the Kenai River stands out as offering some of the best fishing in the entire state, particularly for salmon and trout.

The best time to visit the Kenai is in the summer, as many salmon species (including king salmon) run from May-September – although you’ll find silver salmon as late as November, and dolly varden and lake trout all year round. Make sure you brush up on local fishing laws before you plan your trip, as you may need specialist licence stamps to fish certain species.

Fishing on the River Kenai

For a truly luxurious and relaxed fishing getaway, consider a lodging holiday. Salmon Catcher Lodge is one of the Kenai Peninsula’s best fishing lodges, offering families and sportspeople comfortable accommodations in the finest handcrafted spruce log cabins – and access to unrivalled fishing. Your trip can be planned around the best species to fish at the time of your visit, and they have expert guides on hand to help you make the most out of the experience.

Fishing packages are available throughout the year; as part of your stay you can enjoy such luxurious touches as saunas, hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, fire pits and fish processing and freezer facilities. Salmon Catcher Lodge also offers options to ‘build your own’ adventure, allowing you to tour the Kenai and its surroundings at your own leisure.