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The Main Attraction
Sockeye Salmon Fishing
Helpful Fishing Links

Kenai Living Waters is located in the heart of the Naptowne Rapids approximately one-quarter mile down stream of Bings Landing in Sterling, Alaska. Depending on the time of the year, there are multiple fish species that can be caught right from the bank of our majestic property.

Red (Sockeye) Salmon

Red salmon are the most plentiful fish in the Kenai River. There are multiple times throughout the summer months, you can fish directly off the bank and catch red salmon with ease. Specifically, from mid-June to mid-August. Depending on multiple unpredictable environmental factors (water level, fish quantities, run timing, etc.) some weeks maybe better for producing limits rather than others.  

The first red salmon run in the Kenai, which occurs in mid-June, are primarily fish swimming by our property hoping to spawn in the world-famous Russian River. The Russian River is located in the Upper Kenai area just downstream of Cooper Landing approximately 26 miles from our property, or a 30-minute drive.  Depending on multiple environmental factors, you can catch limits of these reds swimming for the Russian River directly from our bank. However, if you would like to increase the probability of catching these first run reds you can take the short 30-minute drive to the Russian River and return with your limit(s) while relaxing at our stunning private property.

The second red salmon run, which occurs in mid-July through mid-August produces much larger quantities of reds and much larger fish in comparison to the first run. As previously discussed, due to multiple unpredictable factors, the EXACT dates when the second run will show up at our property is unknown. However, if you would like to familiarize yourself with typical run timing, please refer to the fish count links on the left-hand side of this page in order to maximize limit(s) probability. We typically have 3 full weeks where anglers can easily catch their daily limit. Typically for the last several decades, this is the last two weeks of July and the first week of August. Again, mother nature is highly unpredictable; in 2020 the highest quantities of reds of the second run on Aug 14th!  When the daily weir numbers are above 30,000 fish, you can bet you'll get your limit, although it may take some effort. With fish counts over 100,000 you can be done in as little as 10 minutes and onto fileting your limit!  

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