With long hours of fishing and early morning starts, I highly recommend finding a place to stay overnight while visiting the Kenai Peninsula. I highly recommend Aspen Hotel Soldotna, booking.com , Airbnb and VRBO. I am more than happy to help you find a place to stay, so feel free to give me a call at any time. Please be sure to book far in advance as prime summer dates book up fast!
If you haven’t been to the Kenai Peninsula before, it’s important to understand how far the Kenai is from Anchorage. Once you arrive in Anchorage, you can rent a car and drive the scenic Seward Highway South for about 2.5 hours to Soldotna. You can also fly straight into Soldotna on a small plane from Anchorage, but you will still need a rental vehicle to get to the boat launches. Please keep in mind that the traffic will be slow on Alaskan highways in the summer because of the short construction season and heavy tourism traffic, you may want to add an hour or two to your expected drive time. I highly recommend driving the Seward Highway!
Unless we have other arrangements, please bring lunch, snacks, and specialty drinks for every day that you are on the water. Hydrating is extremely important so I will be providing enough water for everyone on the boat.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Please eat before you arrive or grab something to eat on the boat. Cooks Corner is a convenient place to stop for breakfast in the morning. They have breakfast burritos and sandwiches and it’s about a five-minute drive to Bing’s Landing (one of the main boat launches). Keep in mind, early morning start times are often earlier than open hours for most restaurants, so plan meals the night before.
I’ll contact you a couple of days before your trip and we will decide what boat launch and what time we’ll be meeting in the morning. Depending on the species of fish we’re targeting, the best fishing can be early in the morning, so be prepared for an early start. Make sure to arrive at the launch early and give yourself time to pay boat launch fees. Be sure to purchase an accurate Fishing License before your arrival. If you are fishing for King Salmon you will need a King stamp in addition to the regular license. The King stamp can be purchased from the same link provided above. The regulations for fishing can change constantly and I will educate the group pre-trip.
I’ll contact you a couple of days before your trip and we will decide what boat launch and what time we’ll be meeting in the morning. Depending on the species of fish we’re targeting, the best fishing can be early in the morning, so be prepared for an early start. Make sure to arrive at the launch early and give yourself time to pay boat launch fees. Be sure to purchase an accurate Fishing License before your arrival. If you are fishing for King Salmon you will need a King stamp in addition to the regular license. The King stamp can be purchased from the same link provided above. The regulations for fishing can change constantly and I will educate the group pre-trip. The trip will start at the guides pre-discussed time.
Catch and release is a common practice here in Alaska. Our fisheries are some of the best in the world and we still have almost 100 percent native fish. Alaska Department of Fish & Game does a great job managing the runs. There are limits in place to make the future of our runs sustainable. I prefer to release trout, but when the salmon are fresh and running strong there will be a great opportunity to take home your limit. If you are interested in taking salmon home make sure you have a good plan to get them home. It can be very expensive and time-sensitive to get your daily limits home, especially if you live out of state. At the end of the charter, I will filet your fish and put them in bags. Please have a cooler ready with ice so the fish doesn’t spoil; it can’t sit without ice for very long. Below is a list of a few local processors that can vacuum seal and FedEx your freshly caught salmon. This is the best way to get your fish home safely if you will be traveling around Alaska after your fishing trip.
Each fishing trip rate includes tackle, fishing gear, waders, and filleting of your catch. Breakfast and cold sandwiches can be provided if requested. We can refer you to nearby fish processing if salmon were kept on your charter.
The weather is always changing in Alaska, so when you arrive make sure that you have layers and warm enough clothes for the worst conditions. Always bring a rain jacket even if the forecast doesn’t call for it. Try not to wear cotton unless it’s one of those hot sunny July days. Bring sunscreen for the really hot days. I will have some extra layers in case of an emergency but feel free to bring a dry bag with your extra basic layers. Be strategic about what you bring if you are fishing on the drift boat because the space is limited. You will most likely be on a powerboat, on the powerboat I have plenty of room for everything you would like to bring.
We reserve the right to cancel the charter, for and of the following reasons: mechanical issues, extreme/bad weather, or any other unsafe reasons. We will try to rebook your trip for another day or connect you with another charter boat captain, but if none of the above is possible you will be refunded the full amount.
Canceling your trip outside of 30 days will result in a full refund minus a 5% processing fee. Canceling within 30 days will result in full payment forfeited.
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