Chuck Thomas Sportfishing

Kenai River - Alaska

King and Silver Salmon Fishing Trips and Cook Inlet Halibut

Chuck Thomas Sportfishing has been guiding on the Kenai River for over two decades. The Kenai Peninsula is home to the Kenai River and the scenic town of Homer. Customize your fishing package to include as many king salmon and halibut fishing days as you like, or add a fly-out day to the mix.

Do you want the expertise of a guide service during the day and no set agenda in the evening... then consider a trip with Chuck Thomas. After a day of guided fishing, if you still want to get more fishing in, you can head over to the Soldotna River Walk for some sockeye fishing. The evening is yours. Several package options are available. During the minus tides, you can also dig for tasty razor clams. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Fresh and Saltwater Fishing Options.

Power Boats

The Kenai River is known for its world-record salmon runs. Kings average 30 to 40-pounds, with numerous 60 to 70-pound kings landed each year. The Kenai has two king salmon runs. The first run lasts until the end of June, and the second usually ends around July 31st.
Silver Salmon:  The Kenai also has two runs of silver salmon. The Kenai’s silver run is underway by the first week of August.
Sockeye Salmon  Silvers hit the Kenai in mid-July and run through the second week of August. Kenai sockeye average 4 to 10-pounds. Sockeye is considered, by some, to be the best-tasting salmon.
Kasilof River:  You can also arrange to fish the Kasilof River, a small drift boat river known for its numbers of king salmon that return each year to spawn and a good run of silvers, beginning in August.
Customize your package:  Each package has at least one day of halibut fishing. Book a day trip to Cook Inlet for halibut fishing. Fish for Pacific halibut averaging 18- to 22-pounds (chicken-sized halibut are the best eating), and barndoor-sized halibut, weighing up to 400-pounds.

Kenai River and Cook Inlet Fishing Facts


Season:  The 2023 season runs from May through September.
Guided Hours:  Trips are 6 to 8-hours. Salmon charters start at 6:00 a.m. and halibut charters at 7:00 a.m.
Boats for River Fishing:  20-foot open jet sleds are limited to a maximum of four anglers and a guide.
Halibut Charters:  Each package includes one-day halibut fishing aboard 32' Saltwater cruisers with covered cabins. The boats seat up to six anglers plus Captain and deckhand.
Guides:  are career professionals, each averaging over twenty years of fishing experience in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Equipment:  Fishing gear, tackle, and all the bait needed for your trip are provided.
Fishing License:  Your fishing license and king stamp are not included in the package.
Lunch:  You'll need to bring your own lunch, snacks, and beverages for the boat. An ice chest and cooler are provided on the boats.

Green Two-Story Home

Soldotna Lodging:

You'll stay in the small town of Soldotna, Alaska (approx. pop. 4,163) on the Kenai Peninsula. Lodging options vary from a cabin that comfortably sleeps a group of six to a private condominium for smaller groups. All lodging is double occupancy.

Communications:  Cell phones work well in this area and can be used as a hotspot to access the internet. Many local businesses have free Wi-Fi, including McDonald’s, Safeway, and the local coffee shop.

Meals:  No meals are provided. You’ll prepare or purchase your own meals. There is a Fred Meyer, a Safeway, and a Walmart nearby. There is also a wide choice of restaurants available.

Anglers and a Row of Salmon

Getting Here:

There are several options for getting here.
You can fly to Anchorage—the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. You will need to rent a vehicle and drive the scenic Seward Highway to Soldotna, a two-and-a-half-hour drive. Alternatively, you may fly from Anchorage to the Kenai Municipal Airport, a 20-minute flight, and rent a vehicle and drive 10-minutes to Soldotna.
Ground Transportation: No transportation is provided, so you will need to rent a car. The drive from Anchorage to the Kenai is 2.5 hours. Or you can fly from Anchorage to Kenai, plus a ten-minute drive to Soldotna. On Kenai fishing days, you'll have about a 10-minute drive to the river. On your halibut fishing day, you'll have at least a 90-minute drive from Soldotna to Cook Inlet. From Anchorage to Cook Inlet is a 3.5-hour drive. Anchorage to Homer is a 4-hour drive.

Beautiful Kenai River Rainbow

Female Angler with Large Rainbow

2023 Rates:

4-nights Lodging and 3-days guided fishing
$2,145.00 per person
(2-days salmon fishing and 1-day halibut fishing)

6-nights Lodging and 5-days guided fishing
$3,045.00 per person
(4-days salmon fishing and 1-day halibut fishing)

Customize your fishing package. Flexible trip options are available.
Fly-out day trips can also be arranged for an extra fee.

Package Inclusions and Exclusions

Power Boats

Packages Include:

• Lodging, two guests per room
• Guided fishing
• Use of gear and tackle
• All bait needed for your trip
• Complimentary fish processing (filleting, vacuum packing, freezing, and boxing in airline-approved boxes).

Packages Do Not Include:

• Airfare to Anchorage or Kenai
• Car rentals
• Meals
• Alcohol
• Taxes
• Optional Fly-outs
• Fishing license $45.00 (2022)
• King Salmon Stamp $45.00 (2022)
• Gratuities for guides and staff
• Global Rescue
• Travel insurance
• Anything not covered under inclusions.

King Salmon Fishing

Deposit Policy:

50% of the total is due upon reservation. The final payment is due 90-days prior to arrival. Reservations made less than 60-days prior to arrival must be paid in full.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made 90-days prior to arrival receive a full refund less 10% service fee. Cancellations made 60-days prior to arrival receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made 30-days prior to arrival receive a 25% refund, and any cancellation made less than 30-days prior to arrival is non-refundable.

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