Our season at Alaska West on the Kanektok River is only 12 weeks long, but things change quickly during that period.Summer in Western Alaska is short! A lot happens between on the river between May and September – ice goes out, runoff comes and goes, five salmon species enter the river and spawn, rainbows, dollies and grayling have a feast on salmon eggs and flesh and before you know it the days are short and the morning frost has returned.
If you’re planning a trip to the Kanektok, it’s important to understand the river’s run timing.
From mid-June to mid-July, king salmon are the most popular target, with rainbow fishing picking up in July as well. The second half of July provides a shot at the salmon grand slam (all five species, all on flies, in one day), and the most varied rainbow fishing. In August and early September, silver mania sweeps the Kanektok and the trout just keep getting fatter as fall arrives.
It’s at least three fisheries in one – take your pick!