Shoulder to Shoulder Salmon Fishing Experience


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The Russian River flows from Upper Russian Lake and empties into the Kenai River at Mile 55 of the Sterling Highway. This area is one of the busiest fishing destinations in Alaska. A visit to the Russian River is not a solitary experience. Anglers typically gather along the shores of the river for the two main sockeye salmon runs. The first occurs around mid-June with the second usually occurring in mid-July. The fish caught during the second run are usually younger fish weighing between 5 or 6 pounds.

Not everyone who visits this popular fishing spot are anglers. Sightseers interested in witnessing the impressive, upstream migration of the salmon, also flock to the area.

A good portion of this area of the Russian River is limited to fly fishing only; however, conventional fishing tackle can be used if a fly is tied on the end of the line. Anglers are reminded that any fish hooked other than in the mouth must be released. The local fishing regulations and seasons are somewhat complex, so anglers should contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game before venturing out to the River. Visitors won't be disappointed at the splendor of the landscape. Wildlife is plentiful, providing tourists with numerous photo opportunities. Camping and lodging opportunities are located just a short distance away.

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