FAQs

Best time to come for Alaska fishing?
How do we get to Soldotna?
What license’s & stamps do we need?
What do we do with our fish?
What to bring?
What about weather & bugs?
Where do we eat?
What about fishing equipment when not on charters?
Fly out trips & bear viewing?
What about motion sickness?
What else is there to do in the area?
When do we need to book our trip?
Seasons & closed periods?
Do you have references?
What if I am coming by myself?

Best time to come for Alaska fishing?

The best way to answer is that there is no bad time to come. We fish from May 1st to Labor day & you will catch lots of fish anytime in between. However saltwater king salmon & halibut combo trips are in May. Kenai River King salmon is in June & July.
Kenai River silver salmon in August & pink salmon in even numbered years.
Saltwater silver salmon & halibut combo trips are in August. Halibut is excellent all year.

How do we get to Soldotna?

Fly into Anchorage, then rent a car & drive the 3 hour 150 mile scenic paved highway to Soldotna. Your confirmation will have a map on how to get to your accommodations.

What license’s & stamps do we need?

You will need a fishing license for all fishing, anglers under 16 are free.
If you fish for King salmon a salmon stamp is needed. They sell both in 1,3,7 & 14 day periods ranging from $20.00 to $100.00. You can buy those at most gas stations or tackle stores. We recommend Trustworthy Hardware in Soldotna on the main highway.

What do we do with our fish?

Your fish is professionally cleaned & processed, vacuumed packed, & froze. Fish processing is not included in your package. Fish is packed in insulated boxes for transport as luggage or you can ship it. Shipping cost about $3.00 a pound.

What to bring?

Bring warm clothing & dress in layers, hooded sweatshirts are nice. Gloves, wool socks, Camera, jacket, full rain gear. We have rubber boots for you to use. Tennis shoes are not good unless you like cold wet feet. Tempetures may be warm in the day but on the water in the mornings it can be cool. We also provide a cooler for you to use for food & drinks.

What about weather & bugs?

While fishing in boats you will not have a problem with bugs. If you do a fly out or hike in somewhere you will want bug spray. The weather in may thru August is usually nice with tempretures in the 45-65 range at night & 55-80 in the days, Rain & wind can happen anytime.

Where do we eat?

Our Wendy Lane lodge is equipped with full kitchen & all the utensils for you to fix meals there. There is also several fine restrauants, grocery stores, & fast food joints in town. You can by pre made sandwiches & lunch items at the store & bring them on the boat with you.

What about fishing equipment when not on charters?

We provide all equipment while fishing on the boat. If you want to shore fish at other times we do have 4 or 5 extra rods & reels for your use. Buy your own tackle at the local tackle store.

Fly out trips & bear viewing?

We can arrange fly out fishing trips & bear viewing for you if you like. A short ride across Cook Inlet puts you in bear country wher you can watch bears fish for salmon at the same time you fish for them.

What about motion sickness?

Every body reacts differently to the ocean motion, we recommend that you take medication to avoid being sea sick. Get the patch from your doctor. Dramamine does not work

What else is there to do in the area?

There are many other things to do. We recommend the Kenai fjords tour in Seward to see whales, sea otters, sea lions, & calving glaciers. Caribou viewing on marathon road in Kenai. Bear viewing, Golfing, Musuem in Homer, & all the visitor centers.

When do we need to book our trip?

The sooner you book your trip the more dates you will have to choose from. Our heavy booking season is from January to May. However many of our repeat clients book next years trip when they leave each year. If you want a multiple day package & your dates are not flexible then book in the fall.

Seasons & closed periods?

Halibut is open all year, King salmon closes on July 31st, Trout opens on June 11th,
Silver salmon closes November 1st. The Kenai River is closed to guided fishing on Sunday & Monday in May, June, & July. The river is also closed on Mondays in August & September. The river is open for shore fishing year round.

Do you have references?

Give me a call or Email & I can send you a list of references.

What if I am coming by myself?

Lodging prices are based on double occupancy so the individual cost may be more.
We will do our best to mix you in with other anglers for fishing, however you might be in different boats with different captains each day.

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