Planning Your Trip
- How do I reserve?
- What should we bring?
- Do we need a fishing license?
- How do we get to Jimmie Jack’s Lodge?
- What about meals?
- What will the weather be like in the summer?
- Do we need to bring fishing gear?
- Do we need waders?
- What is a typical tip for your fishing guides?
- Are there bathroom facilities available?
- What is Jimmie Jack Fishing Company’s cancellation policy?
Fishing at Jimmie Jack’s
- What if some of us have never fished?
- How many anglers are in each boat?
- What are the boats like?
- When is the best time to fish?
- What are the limits for each fish?
- What can we expect for a catch rate with Jimmie Jack Fishing?
- What do we do with the fish after we catch them?
- How many anglers are in each boat?
- What about seasickness?
- 1. You may reserve your spot by booking a SeaScape Lodge Package online. You may also call the office at 907-262-5561. We take a 50% deposit to reserve.
- 2. Items that are helpful: raingear, waders (if you plan on sockeye salmon fishing on your own), waterproof footwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, house shoes, food and drink, and, of course, your camera!
- 3. Yes, you will need an Alaska Fishing License which can be purchased online prior to your trip at http://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license/These can also be purchased at local supermarkets and tackle stores. If fishing for King Salmon, you will need a King Salmon Stamp in addition to your fishing license. See our Regulations & Licensing page for fishing license and king stamp prices.
- 4. You’ll arrive to Alaska by air. Most of our guests fly in to Anchorage and drive the 3 hours south to Kenai. Some of our guest will opt to fly into Kenai and drive 10 min. to the Lodge. You may rent cars at either airport. I will send you a link from our website which will give you Jimmie Jack’s recommended car rental companies.
Rental Cars – Our guests arrive by rental cars, and use their cars to arrive, take care of dinner, and to meet the boats at the launches.
- 5. In our SeaScape Lodge Packages we serve breakfast, a fisherman’s lunch, and our fine-dining dinner event preceded by appetizers. As you finish breakfast, grab a cooler by the lodge door, and fill it up with your lunch for the day’s fishing trip. Relax with appetizers, complimentary wine and drinks after a great day on the water. The Alaska SeaScape Lodge is well known for providing anglers with the kind of Alaska-style dining experience that fuels a great day on the water. Breakfast and dinner are served in the Dining Room with its panoramic views of the Cook Inlet, and all dishes are prepared fresh daily by our SeaScape Chefs.
- 6. The weather will range from 55 F and rainy to 75 F and sunny. We recommend that guests bring layers of clothes because the weather can change fast during a fishing trip. Typically, our guides wear flannel lined jeans, a t-shirt, fleece vest, jacket, hat, and waterproof shoes. We do carry raingear, however, we recommend that guests bring their own as they are usually a better fit.
- 7. No, all of Jimmie Jack’s fishing trips are fully guided and outfitted. You will be using top quality fishing gear. We would like to thank our sponsor, G Loomis fishing rods.
- 8. No, all of our fishing trips are from boats. Occasionally we will fish for red salmon, and waders will be provided. This may occur in August or on a Fly-Out Fishing Trip.
- 9. The fishing guides usually receive tips of $25 per person per trip.
- 10. Yes, there are bathroom facilities available at convenient locations along the Kenai River. Your guide will stop when you are ready. Kasilof River trips will stop at wooded locations along the river. Our saltwater boats have a bathroom on board.
- 11. Jimmie Jack Fishing Co. recommends the purchase of Travel Insurance.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Because of the short season, reservations are necessary to ensure you get the dates you want. A refund of the deposit minus a 10% charge of the total price will be given for cancellations outside of 90 days prior to your arrival date. Cancellations occurring inside of 90 days before arrival will forfeit the full amount. All refund requests must be sent in writing via regular mail. No refunds for non-appearances, early departures or missed trips. Disclaimer of Liability: Jimmie Jack Fishing reserves the right to make changes to itineraries if regulations change in a fishery, or for the safety of their clients. We are always aware of safety, however, outdoor activities in Alaska are not risk free. At times trips in the ocean will be cancelled due to weather conditions. We make every effort to insure our clients safety. However, we do not assume responsibility for injury to clients, personal belongings, or for time and expense incurred. Excessive cleaning or damage fees will be charged if excessive wear is done by guests, or damage occurs to lodge property, or fish are processed in the lodge. Upon making the deposit to Jimmie Jack Fishing the depositor agrees to be bound by this cancellation policy.
- 1. We coach everyone how to fish. Our guides coach experienced fishers and neophytes alike. Every season we introduce non-fishers to the joys of hooking into and landing their first fish.
- 2. Salmon boats will fish four (4) anglers. Halibut boats will fish six (6) anglers.
- 3. We use 20 foot drift boats, 20 foot power boats, and 30-33 foot saltwater boats. We would like to thank our sponsor, Willie Boats.
- 4. What is your definition of BEST? All of our fishing seasons are excellent! June – We will fish for a variety of species under the midnight sun! Fish on a more secluded river, have a fly-in trip, and fish for salmon. We will fish on a drift boat-only river for 20-25 pound king salmon, and be able to continue fishing all day even after catching our limit. July – We will have the opportunity to catch one of the largest king salmon in the world, however, we may have to put some time in on the river. These kings of the Kenai average 40 pounds in July, and it is common to catch 50-70 pound monsters. This is the Kenai. August – We can catch lots of fish every day, and have lots of action. We will catch multiple species of silver salmon, rainbow trout, dolly varden, rockfish, and halibut during the vacation. We will bring lots of salmon and halibut home. September –We will catch lots of fish (silver salmon, dolly varden, and rainbow trout) during our trip, and have the opportunity to catch trophy rainbow trout. We will have the opportunity to fish for halibut, and still get in a fly-in trip. We may even see the northern lights!
- 5. The limits are:
Kenai River KING SALMON – 1 per day. Kasilof River KING SALMON – 1 per day. Kasilof regulations permit the angler to keep a limit and continue fishing catch and release for the rest of the day. Kenai SILVER SALMON – 2 per day in August and three (3) fish per day in September. Kenai PINK SALMON – 6 per day. Seward Combo Trip: LINGCOD 1 per day, SILVERS 2 per day, & ROCKFISH 4 per day. HALIBUT – 2 per day (1 large & 1 under 29″). RAINBOW TROUT – catch and release only. DOLLY VARDEN – catch and release fishery with one fish under 18″ allowed to be kept. For more about limits, see our Regulations & Licensing Page.
- 6. Kenai River King Salmon – Approximately 50%. Kasilof River King Salmon – Approximately 50%. Kenai River Silver Salmon – Approximately 90%. Kenai River Rainbow Trout – Numerous with catch and release, (30-200 fish per boat). Cook Inlet Halibut – Approximately 99%. Halibut fishing is not guaranteed, but guests usually limit out. Seward Combo Trip – Approximately 90% for silver salmon and rockfish, lingcod depending on weather.
- 7. Day charters: Our guides will fillet your fish, then your guide will direct you where to take your fillets. Lodge packages: Our guides will fillet your fish. If you are on one of our Lodge packages which includes a 50 pound box of processed fish, you will drop your fillets off following your charter and they will be ready for you in a 50 pound box upon your departure at the end of your stay. There are 2 ways to get your fish home: One option is to take your fish box on your flight as checked baggage. The other option is to fly home and have your fish box shipped to you by FedEx.
- 8. Our salmon and trout boats fish 4 anglers, and our saltwater boats will fish 6 anglers. Our fly-in trips will have 8 to 12 people in a plane and then four anglers in each boat.
- 9. The rivers are flat and calm, and we have never had a guest become sick on the rivers. Occasionally on the saltwater charters, guests have become seasick. We recommend all guests take precautions against seasickness before boarding the boat.