you've booked or are thinking about booking your trip with us, you're asking
yourself: what are all the logistics involved? Anything
that I need to know?
While most of this information is found
within pages on the site, we've complied a list of things that people seem
to frequently miss and ask us about. This is our page focusing on such questions, call it a FAQ page regarding our Alaska fishing.
These are the things you
need to know about planning your trip and what to expect:
Getting There ... First off, you have to get to Alaska if you're not
already there. Generally, your first step is get to Anchorage (a number
of major airlines fly
in to Anchorage). From there, the Kenai / Soldotna area is about 150
miles south. Guests rent a car in Anchorage and drive down the Sterling
Highway, or catch a commuter flight to Kenai and rent a car there. Most
guests choose to make the drive as the scenery is breathtaking and is
often listed in lists of the Nation's Top Ten Scenic Highways.
Check our Alaska travel Page for more
You can visit our
Accommodations Page to check out what we have to offer. There are literally hundreds of
places to stay on the Kenai Peninsula ... if we don't offer what you're
looking for, just tell us what you'd like and we'll get you
Most of our customers choose to
dine out. There are nearly fifty restaurants in the Kenai / Soldotna
area. Ranging from most major fast-food operations to some of the the
best steaks & seafood you'll find! We're always happy to provide you
with a list of recommendations based upon your dining preferences /
Some guests choose to cook some of their
own meals (fresh salmon or halibut is hard to beat!) when staying at
cabins with kitchens. Let your guide or captain know and he / she will
be happy to send a nice fillet back to your cabin with before taking
your fish in for processing.
... Easy to obtain! There are a number of local tackle shops and variety stores that sell
licenses, even all of the local 2Go Marts (Alaska's version of a 7-11) sell them,
most 24 hours a day. They may also be obtained online at:
For more information on licenses, check
Alaska licenses and regulations page.
Some people, especially our
Anchorage clientele, choose to do their own processing, in which case we
will be happy to fillet your fish for you at no charge
after your trip. Many of our lodging facilities have freezer space
Most people, however, choose to have their fish commercially
processed. We do not include processing charges into our packages . This way, you pay for only what you choose to take
home (there is a growing trend to let more and more of the fish go) and you'll have full freedom to choose how your fish will be processed.
Take as little or as much as you like home with you.
Processing options range from
standard vacuum-packing and freezing to many varieties of smoked salmon
or halibut, or even canned! Processed fish can either be packaged to
take home on the airplane with you, or can be sent to you after you get
home ... you choose! Beware of operations / lodges that include
processing and then "pool" your fish. We only work with processors that
give you back YOUR fish.
What time do
trips start? ...
This varies by the trip. Many of the fisheries are influenced by the
area's famous large tides swings (30-40 feet change at times) and fishing times
are based upon the ever-changing time of these tides. Since the timing of
these tides vary by locale, some trips may start very early in the
morning, some might depart as late as mid-afternoon. Being flexible is the
key to success!
are the trips? ... Trips lengths also vary based upon a number of
factors. As a general rule, this is what you can expect: halibut trips
generally around 8 hours - sometimes longer when tides are favorable and
weather conditions allow long runs, shorter if good bite produces good
early limits or tide swings "shorten fishing window"; Kasilof River king
trips are normally 8-10 hours, silver
salmon trips usually 6 hours (or
earlier if limit is reached as silvers do not fare well in
catch-and-release fisheries); Kenai king trips are dictated by
state-mandated fishing times of 6 AM to 6 PM and half-day trips are no
more than 6 hours due to these restrictions, full days are available
which are 12 hour days here, silver trips are similar to Kasilof trips
(state law requires cessation of fishing on the Kenai after retaining
Upper Kenai rainbow trips are normally 8 hours, Seward combo trips are
8-10 hours in length; fly-outs vary by locale and trip type, but are
usually 6-8 hours in length for basic fly-out options.
Equipment ... On all of
the trips, all necessary bait and tackle is provided at no charge.
Simply bring appropriate clothing, your fishing license, any food or
drink you wish to have (alcoholic beverages are okay), and the desire to
have some fun and catch some fish!
Clothing ... expect just about
anything in the Alaska summer. We recommend dressing in layers, and
raingear is a VERY good idea. Usually the high temperatures are in the
55-65 degree range, although sometimes in early or late season, it can be
at or below freezing early in the morning!
On the other hand, it can be 80
degrees or more on some of the warm afternoons. So layering is key.
Waterproof footwear is recommended, although not necessary. Many people
buy an inexpensive pair of knee high rubber boots, they work great! If
you're bringing along some waders or hip boots to wear if you're doing
some fishing on your own, they are fine too and will also double as
raingear for your bottom half!
... Alaska's famous for them! Fortunately, our trips are not! Actually, on most trips on the Kenai
Peninsula (unlike many of the inland locales) they are not much of a
problem. The Kenai and Kasilof trips see just a few of them 'skeeters! We occasionally run into gnats in July, but not too many of the bird-sized
blood-thirsty critters that you've probably seen a depiction of on a
postcard. The fly-outs will expose you to a few more bugs, but usually nothing that requires bug netting or the
like. We usually keep some repellant on board for those drizzly, calm days where we
can see a few bugs.
... Ahh, the important things in life! A 50% down payment is required to
reserve your dates. We accept cash, checks, all major credit cards and
are also happy to set up corporate accounts. The balance of your trip
payment is due when you arrive and any applicable taxes are added to the
total at that time. When you book your trips, we'll send out a packet in the
spring (or immediately if you're a late booking) with all the
information you'll need to make your trip an angling experience that
you'll cherish forever!
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