Alaska Fishing

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King Salmon Fishing
May 10 – July 31

The King Salmon season on the Kenai River beginning around May 20th. The May and June first run king salmon average 35 pounds with some fish in the 50 to 80 pound class not uncommon. We have a slot limit on the Kenai River in May and June. Any king salmon between 46 and 55 inches must be released. Trophy fish and eater fish may be retained. The fishing in May and June is excellent. Our second run of king salmon enter the Kenai around July 1st and the numbers build as the month moves on. Fish in the 50 pound class won’t turn any heads on the Kenai. We land fish in the 70 and 80 pound class each year. Quick fish and roe are the preferred baits. Trophy salmon are the rule in July.

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Saltwater Halibut Fishing 
May 15 – September 30

Beginning in mid May we begin Halibut charters out of Anchor Point, Alaska. Anchor Point is a small fishing community south of the town of Soldotna where Moose Creek Lodge is located. The drive will take our guests forty five minutes on a good paved highway. Our halibut trips run from May 25th through September 7th. In May and early June we offer saltwater king salmon and halibut combo trips. Starting June 8th we concentrate on halibut only. The halibut in our area average 30 pounds with many fish in the 100-200 pound class landed each season. The best tasting halibut run 20-40 pounds. Our halibut boats are 32′ six person maximum fishing vessels complete with cabin and head.

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Rainbow Trout Fishing 
May 15 – September 30

The Kenai River produces some of the best trout fishing on the planet. This river has millions of salmon returning to spawn that produces an incredible food source for these native monsters. Kings, Sockeye, Pinks, and silvers all flood in to lay there eggs and reproduce. Then these same fish die and return their [flesh] to the river as food for the Rainbows and Dollies. Through the years we have caught and released hundreds of fish over 30 inches and some in the 32 to 34 inch class with girths of over 18 inches. Most of the fish you see in these pictures have come from the Kenai River. Our fishing on the Kenai is done in two very different ways. We fish early on [June and July] with flies that imitate the smolt headed to the ocean with a stripping action from our drift and power boats. A simple roll cast is very effective. We also use beads size 6-12 to imitate the early run sockeye egg patterns. Later in the season August-October we switch to larger beads and single hinged flesh flies. We fish from power boats with a roll cast and wade fish this time of year. On a typical day you can expect to catch and release 10-30 rainbows with one or two over 27 inches. There are four distinct areas of the river to fish. The Upper Kenai is where the kenai Lake empties into the Kenai River. With many braids and back channels this is a perfect area for a wade and ambush type of fishing. This is a drift boat only area. The Upper Kenai River Canyon is where the Kenai empties into Skilac Lake. With breathtaking scenery and many braids and shoots this stretch of river is legendary for fish in the 15-20 inch range. The Middle Kenai River flows out of Skilac Lake and winds it’s way down through Rainbow alley to the Naptown Rapids. This section of the river runs a little slower and deeper with most fishing done from boats. We do wade fish some sections. This section has produced some of our Monsters over 30 inches each year. The Russian River is a major tributary of the Kenai and with it’s many riffles and pockets it is a great dry fly fishery starting around June 15th. Lots of Dollies too!

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Sockeye Salmon Fishing
June 1 – August 15

WOW! FISH ON! THAT’S CRAZY!
Pound for pound the hardest fighting and best tasting salmon of them all. The first run of sockeye salmon enter the Kenai River the first week of June and head to the Russian River. There the fish stack up in great numbers and the fishing can be fantastic. Then around July 18th the second run of sockeye salmon hit the Kenai River in large numbers. These second run salmon average ten pounds and some tip the scales at fifteen pounds. We have both drift and power boats ready for your sockeye salmon experience. We supply all of the fly rods, flies, and conventional gear. Our guides through the years have found the gravel bars where the sockeye are concentrated. If you have never fished for sockeye salmon before, be prepared for some action packed fishing. Our guides are courteous, patient, and have grown up on the Kenai River.

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Silver Salmon Fishing
August 1 – September 15

Beginning in early August our Silver Salmon enter the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers in great numbers. These fish average 10 pounds with some fish tipping the scales at 20 pounds. We use drift boats on the Kasilof River and power boats on the Kenai River. The silver salmon are great fighters and are easy to catch. We target the hard fighting silvers from early August through September.

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Fly Out Salmon Fishing / Bear Viewing
May 1 – September 15

Moose Creek Lodge offers daily flyouts for King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, and Silver Salmon. Join us for the trip of a lifetime on your flight across Cook Inlet in either a Twin Otter or Beaver on floats. Experience breathtaking scenery, fabulous fishing, and occasionally fishing alongside Brown Bears.

Awesome Fishing By Day, Luxury Lodging By Night!

Moose Creek Lodge
Contact Ron Fay
Phone: 1-907-260-3380
Cell Phone: 1-907-252-6069
Email: fish@moosecreek.com

 

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