Frequently Asked Questions About Guided fishing in Alaska
Where is Kenai/Soldotna, Alaska?
Kenai and Soldotna are located about 2 & 1/2 hrs south of Anchorage, Alaska. They are located along the banks of the Kenai River and basically separated by a sign, Kenai being at the mouth and Soldotna located about 15 miles upstream.
How big is the area?
The greater Kenai/Soldotna area is home to about 30,000 year round residents between the two towns, Sterling and outlying areas
What should I bring?
Everyday you should come prepared, dressed in warm layers, rain gear, fishing license and any food or drink you want during the day.
What type of weather should I expect?
A low of mid to high 40’s and a high of mid 60’s are typical temperature ranges for most of the summer. Often it will either be 50 and rainy or 65 and sunny. During the shoulder session we can see lows in the 30’s, dressing warm in layers is the easiest way to prepare for anything mother nature throws at us, and predicting that is more difficult then picking the winning lottery numbers once a month.
What type of boots/shoes should I wear?
A classic hiking boot is just fine to wear on the boat, often times you can even get away with tennis type shoes. You will see virtually every Alaskan wearing their classic tennis shoes, otherwise know as Xtra Tuff boots. These are calf high rubber boots made with a uniques sole designed for wet weather and work on boats. While boots of this type are perfect for fishing and wearing around town, they are not mandatory.
How do I obtain a fishing license?
You can pick up your fishing license and King Salmon stamps at virtually every gas station or grocery store from Anchorage to Homer. Very easily obtained or you can visit and print out prior to your arrival via the Alaska fish and game portal at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=home.main
What type of license do I need?
For each day of fishing one must have a valid resident or non resident license for that day. If you are chasing King Salmon as part of your trip you must also have a King Salmon stamp valid for that day. License and stamps are sold per day, 3 day, week or year round. Based on the amount of time you are fishing will dictate as to which license you will need.
How do I take my catch home?
At the end of the day your guide will fillet your catch for you. From there you can take it back to your lodging and cook fresh on the bbq or to one of the many local processors who will vacuum pack, flash freeze, and box it up for you at the end of the day. If fishing multiple days they will store your fish for you and add to it each day. Most people will then take a box, of up to 50lbs per box, with them on the plane back home and just pay the extra baggage fee. You may also arrange with the processor to have your catch shipped home on a specific date of your choosing, common for those who embarks on other adventures after spending time with us on the Kenai.
How do we know where and when to meet?
Meeting times and destinations change often, I advise everyone to call or test me a day or two in advance of their departure date to confirm. The fish will dictate where and when we fish, so staying flexible will give everyone the best opportunity to stay on top of the best fishing. All boat ramps/meeting places are easy to find, typically google maps will take you right there without incident.
How do you pronounce Kenai or Kasilof?
I hear the two pronounce a hundred different ways or more each season. Kenai is pronounced Keen Eye, Kasilof is pronounce Ka C Lof "like loft” Ka C lof
Why does everyone call it the lower 48?
Alaskans are very proud to be Alaskan’s, we live in an isolated state separated by Canada from our relatives and friends down south. Therefore the contiguous states of the union south of us here in the far North are commonly referred to as “the lower 48”. We also take great pride in that we are larger in land mass then Texas, which has always been a classic joke/jab to our friends in the lone star state.
What is the elevation?
Kenai sits on at the mouth of the Kenai River along Cook Inlet which puts it at sea level, or Zero. The mountains around us, as steep as they appear. are mostly all under 3,000’. The Volcanoes you will see across the inlet are the highest of the surrounding peaks and come in around 10-12,000’ above sea level
What are winters like?
I grew up in SE Idaho and honestly winters there were often worse or just as “bad” as they are here. While we experience winter like weather longer than a typical lower 48 state we really do not have it all that bad. Being close to the ocean keeps most temperatures somewhat modest. While we can experience lows in the negative 20 range or so most of our weather hovers in the mid teen to high 20’s with around 40 inches of annual snow a year.