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Kenai sockeye, rainbow trout best options

Posted: July 12, 2012 - 9:04am

Kenai River sockeye: Steady, increasing.
Sockeye continue to flow into the Kenai River. So far 56,190 have come through the river -- 6,470 on Monday, 6,744 on Tuesday.

Kenai Peninsula lakes: Decent.
Try Hidden Lake, Kelly and Peterson Lakes or Rainbow Lake near Cooper Landing at the end of Snug Harbor Road. Fish early morning or late evening with natural patterns such as leeches or smolt.

Kenai River rainbow trout: Fair.
Water levels are still high but starting to decrease. Trout action is good between Bing's Landing and Skilak Lake. Flesh flies and leeches remain the best options, however some guides are reporting early success on beads. Dry fly fishing on the Russian River is still an option.

Russian River sockeye: Poor.
The early run is over with only 83 fish through the weir on Monday. Late run Russian sockeye action should resume in mid-August.

Kenai River king salmon: Poor.
Action on the Kenai River for king salmon remains slow, but there are three weekends left to fish. The river is open to artificial lure, single hook fishing from the mouth to markers located 300 yards downstream from Slikok Creek. Only fish less than 20 inches in length or greater than 55 inches may be retained. The daily DIDSON sonar passage estimate of king salmon for July 8 was 131 fish. The cumulative estimate is 911.

Kasilof River king salmon: Slow.
King salmon fishing on the Kasilof River is limited to catch and release only.

Clamming: Bad tides.
The next round of good clamming tides for the Deep Creek district will start July 17 and end July 23.

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