Kasilof King Salmon
Tackle and bait
Near the Kenai Peninsula, the awesome Kasilof King Salmon fishing is second only to the Mighty Kenai River. Kasilof Kings are slightly smaller on average than their cousin, the Kenai King Salmon, however typically they're much easier to catch. It's not uncommon to have 10 to 12 fish days. Combine these numbers with drift boat fishing and you'll have an Alaskan fishing trip to remember.
The Kasilof River has two runs of King Salmon, just like the Kenai River, and the majority of fishing takes place during the first run, which occurs May through June. At this time, some wild fish and a large number of hatchery fish are entering the river. The Kings are abundant and weighing 15 to 25 pounds, they're always great fighters. In July, the Kasilof River has a second run of all wild King Salmon that more resemble the Kenai River Kings. It is not uncommon to catch fish weighing 30 to 40 pounds and bigger Kings are caught every year.
Where it's at.
This trip begins and ends in friendly Soldotna, Alaska, home to the Kenai River and the world's largest Salmon catch.
License and stamps
Both residents and non-residents age 16 or older must possess a Sport Fishing License as well as a King Salmon Stamp for this trip. State residents age 60 or older who maintain their residency may participate without a Sport Fishing License, however must possess an ADF&G Permanent ID Card. Permanent ID Card applications are available only at Fish and Game offices. Holders of Permanent ID Cards DO NOT need to purchase a King Salmon Stamp for this trip.
Due to annual harvest limits for King Salmon, Permanent ID Card holders and anglers younger than 16 years must obtain a Free Harvest Record Card for this trip. These cards are used to record the harvest of King Salmon.
This trip is provided by Jim Rusk Fishing. Jim is a native Alaskan who has fished the Kenai and Kasilof rivers since he was a boy. He’s been guiding anglers on these Kenai Peninsula rivers since 1987. You will find guide service reflects strongly his long-lived passion for the area's fishing. Remember, your guide is there to ensure you have a safe fishing trip.
Boat, tackle and bait
Drift fish aboard a 20' hand-crafting Willie Boat. These boats are very wide, making them stable and roomy, so fishing is quite comfortable. You'll enjoy the Bentley seats, diamond plate flooring, plenty of dry storage and other features.
Fish processing and shipment
Your catch is carefully cleaned, filleted and/or steaked, then vacuum sealed for maximum protection against freezer burn. The fish is flash frozen and shipped overnight to your choice location. Up to 50 pounds catch processing and shipping is included in trip price.
Lodging and meals
Make yourself at home in one of four newly renovated cabins on the Kenai River. Each cabin is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, shower and toilet. In addition, there is a fully-equipped community kitchen on the property. A grated walkway provides easy access to fishing and there are cleaning stations and freezer space available. The property is family-friendly and includes a fire pit and several grills.
Things to bring.
More information, coming soon.
More fun to do.
The Soldotna area offers a variety of activities and the people will make you feel right at home. Exploring the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is amazing, whether by hike or a scenic flight. Clam digging along the beaches of Cook Inlet can be fun for the entire family. Wildlife viewing is always an option, whether it is the exhilarating sight of a bear or the relaxing sound of the American Dipper. Also, glacier tours and snow skiing are less than a day away.