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Alaska Fishing Lodge On The Kenai River

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FISHING

The rod tip jerks and then bends violently as the giant king salmon lunges through the air … and that is only the beginning!! This is salmon fishing on the famous Kenai river!

Let our licensed, professional guides take you on a fishing experience that you won’t have to lie about how big your catch is. Fish for King Salmon, Red Salmon, Silver Salmon, Pink Salmon, Halibut and Trophy Rainbow Trout.

For fishing on the Kenai, guides meet you at our private dock.

We also offer: salmon drift boat fishing on the Kasilof, trophy rainbow trout fishing on the Kenai, fly-out fishing, and saltwater combo trips for halibut and king salmon. Just ask us!

FISHING CALENDAR

May 1 – Sept 30 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Halibut
Year Round ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Saltwater Kings
May 1 – July 31 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Kenai Kings
June 10 – August 15 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Sockeye Salmon
August 1 – October 31 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Silver Salmon
August on even years ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Pink Salmon
June 12 – Oct 31 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Rainbow Trout
Sept – Oct ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Steelhead Trout

HALIBUT and Other Ocean Fishing

Homer, Anchor Point, Deep Creek, Ninilchik, Seward.

So, you have heard about Halibut fishing in Alaska have you!  It doesn’t get any better.  Alaska Fishing Charters will provide you with the best halibut fishing you will ever have. We have experienced captains fishing for “barn-door” halibut in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula: Homer, Anchor Point, Deep Creek/Ninilchik, Seward.

Most of our halibut and other Ocean fishing charters go out of Homer, Alaska.  Homer, Alaska provides excellent fishing for halibut, saltwater King salmon, Ling Cod, saltwater silver salmon, black bass, etc..  After all, Homer is known as the “Halibut Capital of the World” for a reason.  Fish of over 200 pounds are sometimes caught but it is best to release those “barn doors”.  Have you ever tried to need a barn door?  The best halibut to eat are much smaller than that.  Although we try to catch our guests nice 40 to 50 lb. variety, sometimes we do not succeed.  The average Cook Inlet halibut is closer to 20 pounds.  Most halibut fishing is bottom fishing using baited hooks and 2 to 3 pounds of lead.

To complement the halibut, we often recommend a combo that would include fishing for a species of salmon (silver, pink, King) or rockfish (Steve’s personal favorite to eat).  In the case of ocean fishing for salmon, ordinarily we do troll but sometimes we do jig. 

Alternatively, the ultimate combo is for halibut, rockfish and lingcod.  This ultimate combo is only available beginning July 1.  It is also very weather sensitive.  We have to go further to get the lingcod in which case the weather more often prevents us from getting there.  Lingcod are Steve’s personal favorite to catch but now he prefers only to catch and release them.  It is a lot of work to catch a lingcod, jigging is mandatory.  But look out when you hook one of these monsters, they are a blast to reel in.

In addition to the awesome fishing, the scenery in Homer is incomparable.  What a spectacular backdrop to enjoy while reeling in a boatload of great tasting halibut.

King Salmon Fishing

King salmon fishing on the Kenai River, the king salmon don’t get any bigger and fishing doesn’t get any better! Soldotna B&B Lodge and Alaska Fishing Charters can be your next destination for a king, red, or silver salmon fishing tour or vacation. Soldotna B&B Lodge and Alaska Fishing Charters is located directly on the Kenai River. Our lodge has over 300 feet of private River frontage with a private dock for launching our King salmon fishing tours. We also offer King, red, and silver salmon fishing tours in drift boats on the Kasilof River. King, red, silver salmon fishing tours can last from 6 hours to 12 hours long. As part of all of our tours, Soldotna B&B Lodge and Alaska Fishing Charters provides only professional, experienced guides. All bait and tackle is included. Also, filleting, vacuum packing, and freezing of your salmon caught on your tour is also included. Soldotna B&B Lodge and Alaska Fishing Charters also includes complementary use of rain gear and hip boots as necessary for our tours.

There are several techniques used to catch king salmon and most guides specialize in one method but will often use more than one technique if necessary. The three most popular techniques are: back-bouncing (basically, bottom fishing) hooks baited with either King salmon eggs, back-trolling banana shaped plugs (Qwikfish) baited with herring or without, and back-trolling Spin-n-Glo lures (basically, a propeller which spins in the current connected to a hook) baited with King salmon eggs. The technique not only depends upon the guide, it also depends upon: water conditions, tidal conditions, location on the River, time of day, etc.

Although fly-fishing is also an option for King salmon, neither the Kenai nor the Kasilof are the best places to do so. It is best to have clear water for this option.

Silver Salmon Fishing

Silver salmon fishing on the Kenai River and the Kasilof, the silver salmon don’t get any bigger and fishing doesn’t get any better! Soldotna B&B Lodge and Alaska Fishing Charters can be your next destination for a silver salmon fishing tour or vacation. Soldotna B&B Lodge and Alaska Fishing Charters is located directly on the Kenai River. Our lodge has over 300 feet of private River frontage with a private dock for launching our Silver salmon fishing tours. We also offer silver salmon fishing tours in drift boats on the Kasilof River. Silver salmon fishing tours can last from 6 hours to 12 hours long. As part of all of our tours, Soldotna B&B Lodge and Alaska Fishing Charters provides only professional, experienced guides. All bait and tackle is included. Also, filleting, vacuum packing, and freezing of your salmon caught on your tour is also included. Soldotna B&B Lodge and Alaska Fishing Charters also includes complementary use of rain gear and hip boots as necessary for our tours.

There are several techniques used to catch silver salmon and most guides specialize in one method but will often use more than one technique if necessary. The four most popular techniques are: back-bouncing (basically, bottom fishing) hooks baited with salmon eggs, back-trolling banana shaped plugs (Qwikfish) baited with herring or without, back-trolling Spin-n-Glo lures (basically, a propeller which spins in the current connected to a hook) baited with salmon eggs, and spin casting large spinners such as Vibrax. The technique not only depends upon the guide, it also depends upon: water conditions, tidal conditions, location on the River, time of day, etc.

Fly-fishing is also an excellent option for Silver salmon, the upper Kenai famous for its trout fly-fishing, is also an excellent area for silver salmon fly fishing sight casting.

Coinciding with the silver salmon run, there is also an excellent native run of steelhead on the Kasilof River. The steelhead are caught using much the same methods as for silver salmon and King salmon. Steelhead of up to 15-20 pounds have been caught.

There are two different whole-day silver salmon combination charters. One combines awesome silver salmon fishing with Trophy rainbow trout fishing on the Kenai River. The second combines awesome silver salmon fishing with steelhead fishing on the Kasilof River. Both of these are whole-day float trips combining excellent fishing with awesome scenery and wildlife viewing potential.

Red Salmon (Sockeye) Fishing – Fly Fishing Trips

For your next fly fishing trip, our lodge provides access to some of the best salmon fly fishing in the world. The preferred way to catch red Salmon is fly fishing and up to one million go directly past the lodge. Our guides know how to maximize your catch and your enjoyment while flyfishing for red salmon. They supply all the equipment/knowledge and the fish supply all of the fun! Red salmon are amazingly acrobatic and are an absolute blast catch on flyfishing tackle. You need not be an experienced fly fishermen to catch red salmon on the fly. Our guides are accustomed to working with beginners to professionals.

We fly fish for salmon in various rivers on the Kenai Peninsula: Kenai River, Kasilof River, Anchor River, Ninilchik River and Deep Creek. There are other locations where we fly fish for other species such as Grayling, Dolly Varden, and Rainbow Trout.

In your free time, you can also try fly fishing for salmon directly at the Lodge.

In addition to fly fishing for trout and Dolly Varden, in July there is excellent fly fishing directly at the lodge. In this case, we are specifically referring to Red Salmon. The best way to catch red Salmon is using flies. The kind of fly is not critical, the only important thing is that the fly flow with the current near the bottom. Red salmon do not strike a fly, it is up to the angler to get the fly into the mouth of the fish swimming upstream, it does take great technique which must be learned. Once again, you can use either fly fishing gear or spinning gear.

Red Salmon are as acrobatic as can get. These fish which go up to a maximum of about fourteen pounds, routinely break 30 pound test. Last July at the lodge, I hooked 100 of these amazing fishing in one evening in about two hours of fishing. I only landed around 10 (I released most of them) and many times these fish just snapped my 30 pound test. That is Reds fishing! The next evening I hooked about 70. I use a 9 wt. fly rod and a reel with heavy drag. Even then, palming is ordinarily necessary. An 8 wt. rod is a good minimum.

Pink Salmon Fishing

Every even year, the Kenai River and the Kasilof River have a run of pink Salmon.  These aggressive fish, also known as “humpies” because of the large hump males develop along their backs, number in the millions on the Kenai River.  There are days where the Kenai River literally “boils” with pink Salmon.  You can see hundreds of them jumping out of the water at the same time.

Humpies do not discriminate.  Even the most jaded angler will have absolutely no problem catching these fish.  It is not uncommon for anglers’arms to become completely fatigued and sometimes develop carpal tunnel syndrome type symptoms from fighting so many of these fish in one day.  This is definitely one case where it truly is “catching” and there is no fear of only “fishing”.

Humpies are caught using much the same methods as for silver salmon and King salmon.

Rainbow Trout Fishing – Fly Fishing Trips

The Kenai River provides some of the most exciting rainbow trout fly-fishing in Alaska. Throughout the year, Alaska’s Kenai River fly fishing produces trophy rainbow trout (footballs as we call them) and Dolly Varden for anglers of any skill level. Fly-fishing on Alaska’s Kenai river has yielded Rainbow trout of up to 21 pounds. More typical is in the 2 lb. to 6 lb. variety; however, rainbow trout of up to 10 pounds are not uncommon. In Alaska, many locals love fly fishing for rainbow trout. I recently caught a 30 inch rainbow after only a few minutes fly fishing. Rainbow trout of up to 13 pounds have been caught fly-fishing right at our lodge, Soldotna B&B Lodge and Alaska Fishing Charters. However, more productive fly fishing for rainbow trout is available on our charters to either the upper Kenai or the middle Kenai.

For those of you whom are not avid fly fishing people, DON’T FEAR. You need not be a fly fisher to catch these beauties. They will also take flies presented using spinning tackle. The fishing is equally as good using fly fishing gear or spinning tackle. The most popular flies are wet flies: either “flesh” or “egg” patterns or a combination of both. Something in the range of a 6 wt. rod is what most people use.

Once again, in addition to the spectacular trout fishing, you will also get to enjoy some of Alaska’s pristine wilderness. Both the upper Kenai and middle Kenai are part of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Therefore, wildlife viewing opportunities and beautiful wilderness abound.

Salmon Fly Fishing

For your next guided fly fishing trip, our lodge provides access to some of the best salmon fly fishing in the world.  Our area offers great flyfishing for: red salmon, silver salmon, and even pink salmon. 

The best way to catch red Salmon is with fly and up to one million go directly past the lodge.  In June July and August, we arrange guided red salmon charters on the middle Kenai River in the upper Kenai River.  Both of these stretches flow through different parts of the Kenai national wildlife refuge.  Flyfishing for trout and Dolly Varden is also great in these areas.  For red salmon fishing, the kind of fly is not critical, the only important thing is that the fly flow with the current near the bottom.  Red salmon do not strike a fly, it is up to the angler to get the fly into the mouth of the fish swimming upstream, it does take great technique which must be learned.  Once again, you can use either fly fishing gear or spinning gear.

Red Salmon are as acrobatic as can get.  These fish which go up to a maximum of about fourteen pounds, routinely break 30 pound test.  Last July at the lodge, I hooked 100 of these amazing fishing in one evening in about two hours of fishing.  I only landed around 10 (I released most of them) and many times these fish just snapped my 30 pound test.  That is Reds fishing!  The next evening I hooked about 70.  I use a 10 wt. fly rod and a reel with heavy drag.  Even then, palming is absolutely necessary.  An 8 wt. rod is a good minimum.

In fall, flyfishing for silver salmon on the upper Kenai River can be very good.  This section of the Kenai River, the water is a little clearer which allows the silvers to see flies.  The most common flies to use are egg-sucking leeches or other egg patterns.  This is basically sight-casting in areas of slow water flow.

Every even year in August and September, there is a huge run of several million pink Salmon.  Pink Salmon are not as discerning as other species and readily strike flies.  Even the most jaded fly fishermen would have no difficulty catching pink Salmon.

Steelhead

The Kenai Peninsula offers some excellent opportunities for native steelhead fishing.  There are absolutely no stocked steelhead in this part of Alaska.  These lunkers are all natural!

The Kasilof River has the potential for steelhead in both spring and fall.  Since the Kasilof is primarily glacial fed and therefore very silty, this is primarily a bait or lure fishery.

Further south on the Kenai Peninsula, there are three rivers which offer a variety of habitats for steelhead fishing.  These rivers are: Deep Creek, Ninilchik, and Anchor.  All three of these rivers are not navigable by boat; therefore, this is strictly wading fishing.  Also, all three of these rivers are strictly fly-fishing only during steelhead season.  Despite this, it is not unusual for anglers to catch several steelhead or more in a day when fishing is good.  Steelhead fishing in these three rivers is all catch and release!

We offer guided drift boat steelhead fishing charters on the Kasilof River.  We offer guided walk-in steelhead fishing charters on the Deep Creek, Ninilchik, and Anchor Rivers.

Recommended by Alaska’s Best Places, and Frommer’s Alaska tour guides.

“I just wanted to take a minute to thank you and Steve for a fabulous week in the Kenai Peninsula. Your B&B is charming and comfortable, the fishing trips you helped put together exceeded our wildest dreams. Mindi and I felt like we were on the edge of a postcard the entire time. I am sending a photo from her trip. The smile on Mindi’s face tells it all. Thanks again!

Phil Johnson and Mindi Nord

“We all had such a pleasant and exciting stay with over 20 silvers, and a half-dozen kings, beautiful rainbows, fighting dollies, and wonderful wildlife! Steve and Monika provided the ambiance (and fileting) that made everyone at home. The rest of the staff as well as your fun and professional guides (Fred, John/Jughead, Mark, and Joe) added so much to the Alaska experience – WE WILL BE BACK!! ”

Craig, Rich, Steve, Bob

“Steve and Monika: Allen and I wanted to thank you so much for the all too brief stay with you. Joe (one of our guides) was fantastic: fun to be with, informative and best of all helped us catch two King’s, a couple Jack’s (small kings), plus some miscellaneous dolly Varden and rainbow trout. It was a thrill! Lovely place, much too brief a visit, so tell your dad I will fish with him next time. We hope to send friends your way. Thanks for your terrific hospitality!”

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