Chuck Thomas Sportfishing
The Kenai Peninsula is home to the Kenai River and the scenic town of Homer. The region is known for its king salmon and halibut fishing.
Kenai River King Salmon
The Kenai River is known for its world record salmon runs. Each year there are numerous 60 to 70-pound kings taken from this beautiful river.
Average kings weigh 30 to 40 pounds. There are two runs on the Kenai. The first one lasts until the end of June, and the second one ends at the end of the season, usually July 31st.
The Kenai also has two runs of silver salmon. The Kenai’s silver run is underway by the first week of August. The red or sockeye salmon run is considered, by some, to be the best eating of the salmon.
These fish hit the Kenai in mid-July and run until about the second week of August.
You can also arrange to fish the Kasilof River, a small river known for its numbers of king salmon that come back to spawn each year. The average king here weighs 15-to 25-pounds with a few in the 45-to 60-pound range. The Kasilof is a drift-boat-only river with a good run of silvers, beginning in the month of August.
Chuck Thomas Sportfishing
Chuck Thomas Sportfishing has been offering flexible fishing packages in the Kenai Peninsula for over two decades. The season runs from May through September. Salmon charters are limited to a maximum of four anglers per guide, and halibut charters accommodate no more than six anglers per guide and deckhand. Their guides are career professionals, each averaging over twenty years of fishing experience in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. River boats are 20’ aluminum open sleds that comfortably seat up to four. Saltwater boats are 32’ cruisers with covered cabins and a capacity for up to six anglers. All ages and levels of skill are welcome. Fishing gear, tackle, and all the bait needed for your trip is provided.
Soldotna Lodging and Meals:
Your home base will be in Soldotna, Alaska. Lodging options vary from a cabin that comfortably sleeps a group of six or a private condominium for smaller groups. All lodging is double occupancy.
Meals: 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. This is the option for anglers who want the expertise of a guide service during the day and no set agenda in the evening. Relax over a grill with a beverage in hand, head over to the Soldotna River Walk for some sockeye fishing, the evening is yours.
You can fly into the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska. Then, rent a vehicle, and drive the scenic Seward Highway to Soldotna, Alaska, a two-and-a-half-hour drive. Alternatively, you may fly from Anchorage to Kenai Municipal Airport, a 20-minute flight, and rent a vehicle and drive ten minutes to Soldotna.
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing
(2-days salmon fishing and 1-day halibut fishing)
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing
(4-days salmon fishing and 1-day halibut fishing)
Create a custom package – flexible trip options are available. Please call for rates.
Deluxe lodging, a licensed professional guide, use of gear and tackle, all bait needed for your trip, and complimentary fish processing (filleting, vacuum packing, freezing, and boxing in airline-approved boxes).
Packages do not include:
Airfare, meals/food, alcohol, taxes, fly-outs, fishing licenses, a King Salmon Stamp, gratuities, and anything not covered under inclusions.
Cell phones work well in this area and can be used as a hotspot to access the internet. There are also many local businesses that have free Wi-Fi, including McDonald’s, Safeway, and the local coffee shop.