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No perfect answer
Posted by Bob Ball - Piscatorial Pursuits on Apr 17 2006
It all depends ...
For sheer numbers of kings to the boat, as far as all the primary Peninsula fisheries go, it's pretty hard to beat the first two weeks of June on the Kasilof.
The fish aren't big, with most between 15-20 lbs, and a pretty big one pushing 30 lbs.
This is primarily a hatchery-enhanced run of fish, with wild kings only available for harvest on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Over 2/3 of the fish landed last year on our boats were legal for harvest 7 days a week (clipped). Because you are not forced to drop your rod like you are on the Kenai, anglers may continue to catch-and-release and it's not uncommon to see the boat landing 15-20 fish per day.
If you wish to fish the Kenai, June is usually not considered primetime, but offers anglers a chance to fish it w/o quite the madness of the latter part of July. There are slot limits and a bait ban in effect (usually through most of the month) ... so not every king will be legal for retention there either. Of course, anytime throughout the season, one may encounter the "big 'un" there :) Hours per fish are higher than the latter part of July, but the crowds reflect that and for anglers wishing to put their time in, it can be a nice time to fish it.
No perfect answer that applies to all, it all depends upon what you're looking for out of your trip ;)
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