Kenai River Charters & Packages
We offer 5 full months of fishing on the Kenai River.
Full & Half Day Fishing Charters
Custom Packages are available by special request.
The Fish of the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers
Coho (Silver) Salmon Fishing Trips
In mid May, these 30 to 50 pound monsters start their migration up the major river systems of Alaska. They are available in the Kenai River and the nearby Kasilof River. This Early Run of King Salmon peaks in early June, and continues in strong numbers until July when the second run arrives.
In early July, the second run of King Salmon appears. These are the true giants of the salmon world. Large kings 50 to 70 pounds are common at this time in the Kenai River. We believe a new world record King Salmon will be taken in this river in the near future.
During the spectacular Alaskan summers, Jimmie Jack puts his competitive drive and single-minded determination to work for you in pursuit of world class King Salmon. "On the Kenai," he says, "even a beginner has a chance of getting his name in the record books."
Coho SalmonCoho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) also called silver salmon are one of Alaska's great sport fish. Our Alaska salmon fishing guides will take you fishing on the Kenai River for these acrobatic fighters. In August and September these fish enter the Kenai in the tens of thousands daily; providing the angler with an action packed fishing charter. Alaska fishing for these salmon called silver or coho, is an unforgettable experience. Double up in August and September with our Coho Salmon and Rainbow Trout combo package.
Sockeye SalmonAlaska Record Red Salmon: 32 lbs, caught 1985.
The sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), often referred to as "red" or "blueback" salmon, occurs in the North Pacific and Arctic oceans and associated freshwater systems. This species ranges south as far as the Klamath River in California and northern Hokkaido in Japan, to as far north as far as Bathurst Inlet in the Canadian Arctic and the Anadyr River in Siberia. Aboriginal people considered sockeye salmon to be an important food source and either ate them fresh or dried them for winter use. Today sockeye salmon support one of the most important commercial fisheries on the Pacific coast of North America, are increasingly sought after in recreational fisheries, and remain an important mainstay of many subsistence users.
General description: Sockeye salmon can be distinguished from chinook, Coho Salmon, and pink salmon by the lack of large, black spots and from chum salmon by the number and shape of gill rakers on the first gill arch. Sockeye salmon have 28 to 40 long, slender, rough or serrated closely set rakers on the first arch. Chum salmon have 19 to 26 short, stout, smooth rakers.
Immature and prespawning sockeye salmon are elongate, fusiform, and somewhat laterally compressed. They are metallic green blue on the back and top of the head, iridescent silver on the sides, and white or silvery on the belly. Some fine black speckling may occur on the back, but large spots are absent. Juveniles, while in fresh water, have the same general coloration as immature sockeye salmon in the ocean, but are less iridescent. Juveniles also have dark, oval parr marks on their sides. These parr marks are short-less than the diameter of the eye-and rarely extend below the lateral line.
Breeding males develop a humped back and elongated, hooked jaws filled with sharp caniniform teeth. Both sexes turn brilliant to dark red on the back and sides, pale to olive-green on the head and upper jaw, and white on the lower jaw.
HalibutAlaska Record Halibut: 459 lbs, caught 1996
The Pacific halibut (Hippoglos-sus stenolepis) was called "haly-butte" in Middle English, meaning the flatfish to be eaten on holy days.General description: Halibut are more elongated than most flatfishes, the width being about one-third the length. Small scales are imbedded in the skin. Halibut have both eyes on their dark or upper side. The color on the dark side varies but tends to assume the coloration of the ocean bottom. The underside is lighter, appearing more like the sky from below. This color adaptation allows halibut to avoid detection by both prey and predator.
The halibut taken by sport anglers are generally 15 to 20 pounds in weight; however, fish over 150 pounds are frequently caught.
Rainbow TroutCatch and release trophy rainbows on the upper Kenai River. Research has show that these Kenai rainbows are unusually tough with a low mortality rate. Expect huge 'bows up to 15 lbs. This is fly-fishing heaven with professional guides taking you to the best fishing holes by drift boat.
August and September in Kenai, Alaska is the time to catch big rainbow trout. Don't miss out on some of the finest fishing of the year. Rainbows and Dollies congregate in salmon spawning areas and become ferocious feeders ready to give any angler a run for their money. September is prime time for trophy rainbow fishing. Try any one of the usual late season hot spots for salmon and you will usually find outstanding Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden fishing. Hot spots include: Cooper Landing, Sterling, and Soldotna access points.
The Kenai River produces some of the largest rainbow trout and char in the state. Nutrients provided by the returning salmon runs have developed a healthy food chain and the trout and char benefit from this as well as bears, eagles and sea birds. The Kenai mountains provide a scenic backdrop for a float trip on this beautiful river. This fishery is managed as a trophy class fishery by the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and for a special esthetic experience by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This catch and release fishery allows the use of single hook artificial lures only.
Rainbow Trout: Average 1-5 lbs. with trophies up to 15 pounds. Rainbow Trout season opens June 11 and closes November 1. Trout fishing is good all summer long with June, August, and September being the prime months.
Bag limits: Because the Rainbow Trout is a native breed (there are no stocked trout in the Kenai River) we enforce a policy of catch and release on all Rainbow Trout. Feel free to take as many photos as you can before we slip these majestic fish back into their home waters.
Trout Fishing Techniques: Trout are fished from drift boats, power boats, and from shore with fly rods and spinning rods. Regulations require single hook, artificial lures. Flies, spinners, plugs all can be used to seduce trout into biting. Fly fishing and catering to fly fisher persons is our forte.