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Below is a general table of when certain species of fish arrive. Early season (e.g. April and May) is always difficult to predict since the weather, severity of winter, and a number of other factors affect early season fish availability. Salmon tend to be more consistent in their return times and are rarely off more than a week.

The key to understanding flyfishing in the Kenai Peninsula Region is to understand the behavior of anadromous fish. Anadromous fish spend the majority of their life at sea and are only accessible to anglers for a limited time when they return to freshwater streams. In short, timing is everything.

These run-timing tables indicate the presence of fish in the area but do not indicate the legal fishing season. Some areas may be closed so be sure to check a current regulation summary before planning your trip.

P = PRIME FISHING

A = AVAILABLE

X = NOT AVAILABLE

WHAT/WHEN  APR
MAY
JUNE
JUL
AUG
SEPT
OCT
 KING XXXX
XXAA
APPP
PPPP
AXXX
XXXX
XXXX
COHO XXXX
XXXX
XXXX
XXXA
APPP
PPPP
PPPP
SOCKEYE  XXXX
XXXX APPP PPPP
PPPA
AXXX
XXXX
PINK  XXXX
XXXX
XXXX
XXAA
PPPA
AAXX
XXXX
STEELHEAD  AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAP
PPPP
PPPP
RAINBOW TROUT  AAAA
APPP
PPPP
PPPP
PPPP
PPPP
PPPP
DOLLY VARDEN  XXXX
AAAA
AAAP
PPPP
PPPP
PPAA
AAAA
LAKE TROUT   AAPP PPAA
AAAA  AAAA
AAAA
AAPP
PPPP
NORTHERN PIKE AAAA  PPPP
PPPP
AAAA
 AAAA APPP  PPPP
GRAYLING   AAAP PPPP
PPPA
AAAA  APPP
PPPP
PPAA
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