June is a great month to be in Alaska enjoying the GREAT weather and variety of fishing. The days are getting longer allowing you plenty of time to do a guided fishing trip and still do some Alaska Sightseeing.
Alaska Fishing in June
The Kenai Peninsula comes to life in June offering many day trip options while reaping the benefits of being in front of the peak tourist time! Salmon fishing in Alaska in June offers anglers the first chance at filling the freezer. The Kasilof River King Salmon fishery is about to peak, which greatly increases your chance of success. Fly in fishing trips and bear viewing for Red Salmon is a highlighted trip for the month as well. Rainbow Trout fishing on the Kenai River is ramping up, and a trip that you have to try! Halibut fishing in Cook Inlet is in peak season!
Rainbow trout fishing is our favorite and it is EXCELLENT from opening day (June 11th annually), all the way thru the end of June! This time of year we are either swinging streamer patterns OR dead drifting flesh flies and painted beads. You have the chance to test your skills while doing some Alaska Fly Fishing OR float fishing with spin gear. This time of the rainbow trout season we are catching a number of quality fish daily with the chance to hook the fish of a lifetime on any cast.
The King (Chinook) salmon is the most sought-after of Alaskan salmon. We target the Kasilof King Salmon 1st run during June. This fishery is drift boat only offering a quiet and relaxing experience. The strong numbers of returning King Salmon offer several hookups on an average day. Peak time is June 5-15th.
In mid-June, the first run of Red (Sockeye) Salmon begins making its way up the Cook Inlet to the Kenai, Kasilof, and small tributaries that only a fly in fishing trip will allow. Reds average 6 – 10lbs in June but display a fight and voracity of a larger fish. The bear viewing is also a great trip that you can do by itself OR do a bear viewing / red salmon combo trip.
June on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
The Kenai River weaves its way through the Kenai Peninsula. After years in the open ocean, June is the time when spawning salmon return to its swift cold waters. Its shores and riverbed offer pristine habitat for the returning fish, as well as their offspring.
June also ushers in an explosion of green in the Alaskan wilderness. Long summer days invigorate every aspect of the forest. Alder and cottonwood trees have filled out; berry bushes and wildflowers rise to meet the summer sun.
The summer solstice, on June 21st, brings about twenty hours of daylight to the Kenai Peninsula.