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Trout Fishing For Hogs


Trout Fishing is Impossible?

Trout fishing on the Kenai Peninsula is immensely popular, due to the accessibility and the hogs available in some watersheds. The Kenai River boasts many humongous rainbows and dolly-varden. 

Trout fishing is done in rivers, lakes, and creeks on the Kenai Peninsula. Lakes are typically less-regulated, allowing the use of bait. Creeks and rivers are a popular spot for anglers to fly fish, throw hardware, or drift beads. 

Trout tackle is widely available at the many tackle shops and sporting goods stores dotted across the peninsula. Having a solid five or six weight fly rod is ideal, and for spinning rods, a sensitive six-foot rod is sufficient when paired with a proportional reel. 

ADF&G stocks many lakes around the Kenai Peninsula with trout. Stocking increases the numbers and makes it easier to slay trout. The regulations on those fisheries are looser, due to them not being a natural population.

Bait is a favorite, due to its raw effectiveness; however, you can still glean fish on hardwear, flys, and other methods. The bait I found to be most effective for stockers is cured salmon skeins, and popcorn shrimp that is cured. The cure I use was given to me by my neighbor, but any cure you buy at a tackle shop should work. 

I find that my secret spots I fish bobbers are not viable, due to wind and precise fishing technique needed. I prefer to run a three-foot leader tied to a swivel and then a slip sinker above the swivel. One eighth-ounce weights are about perfect for most lakes.

For creeks and rivers, I am a big advocate of fly fishing due to the effectiveness. I like imitation mosquitoes and flesh flies. I tied a million flesh flies a few years back, so I have a lifetime supply. I know other folks have great success with beads that match the hatch. 

I love nothing more than to spend a Saturday afternoon trout fishing. Immense success can be found when you focus on a single fishery for a while and get it dialed in.

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