Sockeye (Red) salmon have proven to provide the bulk of the action during much of the Alaskan summer months. Sockeye begin to show up in fishable numbers on the Kenai River around mid- May and will span until the first few weeks in August. There are 2 main runs with a lag of about two weeks between runs, but groups of fish are always moving through the system. The first run will typically consist of between 30 and 60,000 fish, while the second and larger run is estimated to exceed 1 Million.
Sockeye have commonly been named the best eating fish in the world; and with numbers in the millions, Sockeye are what you want to fill your freezer with. Not only are they great eating, sockeye also offer anglers an extraordinary experience. With their blistering runs, dazzling acrobatics, and brute strength, fishing for Sockeye will prove to be epic. Usually these fish weigh between 7 -12 lbs. The biggest Sockeye Salmon in Alaska was caught on the Kenai in 1974 weighing in at 16 pounds.
In addition to the two runs of sockeye salmon in the Kenai River, there is one run of sockeye salmon in the Kasilof River that we fish for. The run starts around the 20th of June and usually peaks between the last week in June and first week in July. They weigh anywhere between 3-10 lbs. The Kasilof sockeye salmon run averages 300,000+ fish annually.