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King Salmon Fishing In Alaska

The Chinook salmon, or King salmon, as it’s more colloquially called, is a fish known across the world for its distinctive taste and size—supposedly, Lewis and Clark thought it was the best fish they’d ever eaten. Catch some king salmon with Kenai Kingpin, and let’s see how their recommendation holds up.

What to Know About King Salmon in Alaska

Basic Description: Chinook are a type of anadromous fish native to the North Pacific Ocean. Chinook salmon can be found in rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water all the way from California to Alaska.

They have also been introduced to other parts of the world, including New Zealand, where they are thriving in Lake Michigan Great Lakes of North America and Michigan’s western rivers. Patagonia is another area where Chinook have been introduced and are now thriving.

Physical Description: The Chinook is a salmon that can come in blue-green, red, or purple on the back and top of the head. It has white ventral surfaces and black spots on its tail.

What’s more, the Chinook salmon also have a distinctive feature: a black gum line. Adults range in size from 24 to 36 inches (61 to 91 cm), but can be up to 58 inches (150 cm) in length. The average weight is 10 to 50 pounds (4.5 to 22.7 kg).

Season: From late April to late June.

King Salmon Fishing Charters On The Kenai Peninsula

When it comes to king salmon fishing in Alaska, there’s no better place to fish than the Kenai Peninsula, and there’s no better fishing charter in Kenai than Kenai Kingpin.

With over a decade of experience in the fishing charter industry, Kenai Kingpin is ready to help fishermen, amateurs and pros alike, set out on the fishing trip of their dreams.

With charters through multiple rivers, some of the best fishing guides in Kenai, and nothing between you and the unbroken Alaskan wilderness but the click of a button, what are you waiting for? Experience some of the best fishing in Alaska, or anywhere, you could have, and get in contact with Kenai Kingpin today!

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Kenai Kingpin specializes in family friendly trips for all species of salmon and trout on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. Trips last up to 6 hours or until limits of salmon have been caught. We can accommodate up to 5 anglers per group. Groups with 2-3 anglers may be mixed with other groups.

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Kenai KingPin offers the best fishing charter experience in Soldotna, Alaska. Our crew is family-run and offers local, experienced guides who know the Kenai Peninsula better than anyone. Kenai KingPin specializes in first-time fishers and seasoned veterans alike.

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Lower Kenai River

The Lower Kenai River offers fishermen a variety of fishing opportunities. The fish are so big because of the abundant food there, including rainbow trout, steelhead (ocean-run), and Dolly Varden. These fish gorge themselves on small fish, salmon eggs, and salmon carcasses reaching record sizes!  Don’t miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime catches, and get on board with Kenai KingPin today!

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Middle Kenai River

The Middle Kenai River has become a popular fishing spot. The watershed holds plenty of rainbow trout and steelhead, and there are plenty of stocked salmon too. This section is not just for people who are drift fishing. If you want to use a motor, you can. This river is a great change of scenery, and it’s new territory to explore- after all, the Upper Kenai River is a popular fishing spot as well.

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Lower/Upper Kasilof River

The Kasilof River, meaning “mountain river” in Dena’ina, is a river on the western Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska. This cold, powerful river flows northwest to Cook Inlet near Kasilof. Its upper section is swift and classed as Class II whitewater. It’s not for the faint of heart, but those courageous enough to face its challenge will be rewarded with an adventure unlike any other!