When professional anglers think of world-class fishing, two words come to mind: Kenai Peninsula. Go there and try it yourself with an experienced team that has been fishing these waters for decades.
Road Accessible Fishing on the Kenai Peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula is one of best places in Alaska—and the world—to go fishing. And you can try it in rivers right off the road system in the towns of Kenai and Soldotna, about a 3-hour drive (or 30-minute flight) from Anchorage. Depending on the season, you may be fishing for King salmon, silver salmon, sockeye salmon, rainbow trout, or steelhead trout; they all run in the shimmering waters of the famous Kenai River and nearby Kasilof River.
Experienced Guides and Custom Charters
Mark and his team bring over 30 years of fishing experience and a lifetime of passion for the sport, plus they’re meticulous about every detail. Trips are carefully planned and adjusted for each client depending on their experience and expectations. All of the guides are true professionals, and their gear is top of the line. Expect personalized service and excellent communication from the team, both when it comes to understanding what you want and where to find the best fishing—which can vary on a weekly or even daily basis.
Spend a Day or Stay a Week
Mark and his team can recommend and even book accommodations that are perfect for you and your travel companions. When it’s time to fish, count on an 8-hour day that may begin as early as 3 a.m., in order to secure the best spots on the river. (Not an early riser? No problem. There are multiple outings per day.) You’ll board a riverboat to reach exclusive banks in productive areas and have most of the riverbank to yourself.
Plus, Mark and his team scout every day for where the fish are running, so put yourself in his hands and he’ll take you to the best spots. If the King salmon are slow in one area on one day, for example, he’ll suggest a different species in a different area.
All of the gear is included. So whether you’re an experienced angler or a newbie who just wants to give fishing a shot, Mark and his team of pro guides know how to make your Alaskan fishing dreams a reality. And anyone can go—even kids as young as 5–7 will have a great time.
Want to go farther afield? Mark can arrange for that too—doing remote, fly-out fishing on the west side of Cook Inlet on day trips where you can return to your cabin on the Kenai Peninsula each night.
Trips & Lodging
Day Charter Options
When you call for a day trip, Mark will recommend options based on what fish are running where. And the evening before your trip, you’ll pin down the final details of where the best fishing is the following day. Day trips are available based on season for King salmon, sockeye salmon, silver salmon, rainbow trout, steelhead, and halibut.
Mark manages a variety of cabin and vacation rentals on the Kenai River, with options to suit your group size and personal preferences whether you’re just one person, a couple, a small group of friends, a family, or a corporate group. It might be self-contained vacation home with full kitchens and outdoor BBQs (on the river or within walking distance of it), or it could be a large home and cabin complex (for larger groups).
If you’re fishing for more than just a day, Mark will help you put together lodging and fishing into a convenient package. There are no hidden fees, just the lodging rate plus the day’s fishing rate. Most guests stay 5–7 days and usually fish each day.
What to Bring
- Fishing gear, rain gear, and lunch are provided.
- License is not included, Mark can recommend where to purchase.
- Dress in warm layers to go beneath the fishing gear.
- Snacks / lunch
Soldotna, AK 99669
Approximately a 3 hour drive from Anchorage. Head south on the Seward Highway (1), stay on (1) at junction with (9). From there, it’s a little over an hour to Soldotna. Turn left onto E. Redoubt Ave. Continue on Keystone Drive and the destination is on your left. (Directions may vary if you’ve booked lodging.)
Prices & Dates
|Season||Mid-May through mid-to-late September|
|Duration||Half-Day to Multi-Day|
|Rates||King Salmon Fishing // $225 Half-Day, $275 Full-Day|
|Sockeye Salmon Fishing // $275 Full-Day|
|Silver Salmon Fishing // $225 Half-Day, $275 Full-Day|
|Trout Fishing // $275 - $295 Full-Day|
|Silver / Trout Combo Fishing // $275 Full-Day|
|Halibut Fishing // $295 Full-Day|
|Stillwater Multi-Species Fishing // $450 Full-Day|
|Situk River Steelhead Fishing // $2800 5 nights / 3 days fishing|
|Lodging // From $150 per night for 2 people | $200 per night for 4 people|
|Packages // Call for a custom package Including lodging & fishing|
|Rate Notes||Age Limits: Everyone age 5–7 and older is welcome|