In 2015, 1,709,053 Kenai River late-run reds entered the Kenai River, 470,697 reds entered the Kasilof River, and 96,449 reds entered the Russian River. Red salmon return to the Kenai River beginning in late May. These early run fish are bound for the Russian River drainage, but prior to arriving at the Russian River, the only area where these fish concentrate is at the confluence of the Moose and Kenai Rivers in early June. From mid-June to early July, red salmon can be harvested at the confluence of the Russian and Kenai River. Both of the areas are designated "fly-fishing-only" areas, which means that the terminal gear must be an unweighted fly and not specifically that a fly rod must be used.
The late run of red salmon enters the Kenai River in early July, peaking in late July, and is finished by early August. These fish are bound for numerous tributaries throughout the Kenai River System including the Russian River, as well as the mainstream Kenai River from the outlet of Skilak Lake to Kenai Lake. The entry pattern is gradual until approximately July 20th, when it peaks for about one week to ten days, after which the abundance of red salmon rapidly declines. The late run may be harvested at the Russian River from about July 20th through the close of season on August 20th.
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