This fish is the bread and butter of Alaskan commercial salmon operations. And for good reason too. The Sockeye Salmon, also called a "Red" for its bright red color when spawning, comes into the Kenai river in droves. The number of Sockeye forecasted to attempt to make it into the Kenai is 4.9 million, with a range between 1.6 to 8.3 million. That is a lot of fish. The other interesting fact about the Sockeye Salmon is its eating habits while in the river. Basically, once the fish enters the river, it does not eat anything, making catching it quite interesting. Lets just say that, although they do not bite lures, there are enough of them to snag a couple in the mouth. Its a unique type of fishing that you will just have to experience for yourself.
Best time of the year: Middle June, and late July through middle August
Fishing Limits: 3 Sockeye Salmon per day (usually increased to six in good years.)