If anyone ever said that there was anything sweeter than catching a trophy trout on the Kenai River, we just might have to object. But this time of year, with our “eye on the prize,” we are certainly not shy to admit that we are overly partial to this species. If you are looking for a challenging yet extremely rewarding and “on your toes, out of your seat” type of thrilling angling experience, Rainbow Trout fishing on the Kenai River is definitely for you. Because of the large number of salmon that swim through the Kenai River every summer, the environment that is created is perfect and incredibly favorable to the Rainbow Trout species. Rainbow Trout tend to flood in and fatten up on the flesh and eggs of spawning salmon. These fish can eat with the best of em’, and the prominent anglers… they know it. And now that you do to, make sure to set your sights high for a big, fat, beautiful “trophy” to call your own.
Bonus! For those that simply enjoy a great dose of beautiful colors and glorious sight seeing, Rainbow Trout are some of the most gorgeous fish! With coloring and patterns that vary widely depending on habitat, age, and spawning condition. They are torpedo-shaped and generally blue-green or yellow-green in color with a pink streak along their sides, white underbelly, and small black spots on their back and fins.
Here are a couple “up close & personal” shots to show you just how vibrant the colors of a Rainbow can be (the swimming rainbow, that is…)
They are members of the salmon family and, like their salmon cousins, can grow quite large. They average about 20 to 30 inches (51 to 76 centimeters) long and around 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms), but can grow as long as 4 feet (1.2 meters) and weigh up to 53 pounds (24 kg).
They prefer cool, clear rivers, streams, and lakes, though some will leave their freshwater homes and follow a river out to the sea. These migratory adults, called steelheads because they acquire more silvery markings, will spend several years in the ocean, but must return to the stream of their birth to spawn.
Rainbow trout survive on insects, crustaceans, and small fish. Their populations are healthy worldwide and they have no special status or protections.
We have some business listings below (per town) to get you started, but remember that we have ton’s and ton’s of recommendations for amazing guides and fishing outfits across the entire Kenai Peninsula to make sure that you are set-up in style and ready to rumble. Don’t waste another minute trying to find the hot spots to wet a line and get on some pigs. Check out the options below, or give us a call/shoot us an email and we will play “genie” to your every wish and command!
Cooper Landing, Alaska: Kenai Riverside Fishing offers world-class fishing on the Kenai. All-inclusive packages include cozy cabins, delicious meals, expert guides, gear & processing. Day trips also available!
Sterling, Alaska: Great Alaska Adventure Lodge offers world class sportfishing & nature safaris from their lodge and wilderness out-camps. A great group of salmon, halibut, & trout anglers that are avid nature lovers.
Soldotna, Alaska: Big Sky Charter & Fishcamp is a family owned lodge and guide service that has been providing authentic Alaskan fishing experiences for more than 50 years! They fish all species, all season!
Kenai, Alaska: Alaska Fish On Charters! offers affordable & quality services with lots of great package options! Over 25 years of experience fishing the waters’ of the Kenai Peninsula for trout, salmon, and more!
And when should you go? Well here is super-sweet, uber-convenient Rainbow Trout Calendar for your reference. Like we said, 15 days and counting until June 11th rolls around… get ready!
Oh, and we can’t forget to mention… Rainbow Trout fishing is very, very family friendly. Leave it up to our friend and incredible angler/guide Mr. Mark Glassmaker with Alaska Fishing with Mark Glassmaker to teach young (and obviously very smart) Caleigh Glassmaker to reel in a beamingly beautiful Rainbow Trout. We aren’t gamblers, but we are convinced that she probably had the best catch on the boat that entire day. 😉
So beautiful, so delicious, and such a super-fun & totally rewarding challenge… even the bears can’t resist a good Rainbow Trout!
This summer, don’t settle for anything less than the best. Reward Yourself with the colors of the Rainbow. Why? Because you deserve it. And you’re overdue for a well deserved gift to yourself. FISH ON, dear friends!