Under the waxing May sun, the rivers of Alaska fill once again with the silver bounty of fish, including the return of King Salmon as our season typically starts around May 20th. In May, we fish for Kings primarily on the Kasilof River. Drift boats are used to cover large sections of the river, allowing us to stop and take advantage of some of Alaska’s best fishing holes.
The first run of King Salmon average 12 to 25 pounds, with an occasional 30-pound fish. Hunting 1st run Kings on the Kasilof is truly one of our favorite ways of celebrating the return of summer, fish, and friends. Halibut fishing out of Homer or Deep Creek is in peak season and if interested you can tie in a king salmon / trolling combo this time of year as well.
Fishing in Alaska in May is a great way to get a jump on filling the freezer and enjoying the river before the crowds and chaos of July descend upon this tranquil environment.
Springtime in Alaska is truly spectacular. Areas that were brown and dusty weeks earlier explode into lush green speckled with spring flowers. Snow banks melt and drain into the tributaries feeding the mighty Kenai as well as the Kasilof, Ninilchik and Anchor Rivers.
May on the Kenai Peninsula, can mean only one thing: fishing hooks are sharpened, reels are oiled and spooled with fresh fishing line. Boats and trailers are prepared to take eager fishermen after their prize.
From the docks and fish processing plants to every sport-fisherman pulling tackle from the closet, the entire Kenai Peninsula is buzzing in eager anticipation of the arrival of the fishing season.