The Kenai River is a river in the Kenai Peninsula of south central Alaska. Kenai1jpg|thumb|Kenai Peninsula Outer Coast]]The Kenai Peninsula is a large Peninsula jutting from the southern coast of Alaska in the United States. Alaska ( Аляска Alyaska) is a state in the United States of America, in the northwest of the North American continent It runs 132 km (82 miles) westward from Kenai Lake in the Kenai Mountains to its outlet into the Cook Inlet of the Pacific Ocean near Kenai, Alaska. The Kenai Mountains are a Mountain range in the US state of Alaska. Cook Inlet stretches from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage in south-central Alaska. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth 's Oceanic divisions Kenai (ˈkinaɪ is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U
The Kenai River is the most popular sport fishing destination in Alaska. Recreational fishing, also called sport fishing, is Fishing for Pleasure or Competition. Each year there are two runs each of king salmon, silver salmon, red salmon, plus a run of pink salmon every other year. The Coho salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch, (from the Russian кижуч kizhuch) is a Species of Anadromous Fish Sockeye salmon ( Oncorhynchus nerka) also called red salmon or blueback salmon, is an Anadromous Species of Salmon Pink salmon or humpback salmon, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, (from a Russian name for this species gorbuscha--горбуша is a Species of anadromous The world record king salmon, which weighed about 44 kg (97 lb), was caught in the Kenai River in 1985. The Kenai is also the home of trophy size rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. The rainbow trout ( Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a species of Salmonid native to tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America Stretching to sizes over 76. 2cm (30 inches). Fall fishing is very exceptional for fishing of Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. Occasionally there will be reports of catching of "Steelhead"(Sea-run Trout) .
The king salmon fishery is not as prolific as in other Alaskan rivers, but the Kenai is known for its large fish. A typical king in the second run, beginning in mid-July, weighs 40–50 pounds (18–23 kg), with considerably larger specimens not uncommon. The "Lower Kenai" is notorious for its run and sizes of its king salmon.
The silver salmon runs occur in early August and late September. The September run is favored by local anglers due to the larger size of the silver salmon.
The red salmon runs are in mid-June (bluebacks) and mid-July. Reds are considered the premier salmon for eating, canning, and smoking.
The pink salmon run occurs in even numbered years only. These fish are considered pests by many anglers because they interfere with catching other species and because, by the time they reach inland freshwater, their meat may be soft and oily compared to other species. Nevertheless, using super-light tackle (e. g. , 4-pound test), angling for pinks can be a real treat. On a heavy day, even a casual fisher might catch several dozen of the species.
Along with Kenai's fish, the Kenai River area is home to other wildlife, including moose, bears, and multiple species of birds. In the spring, Beluga whales will travel as far as a mile upstream from the mouth of the river to feed on schools of spawning Hooligan fish. The eulachon, also hooligan, ooligan, or candlefish, is a small anadromous ocean fish Thaleichthys pacificus, a Smelt