1. What make and size is your boat, how many seats does it have, and how many clients can you take out at one time?
Our boat for the Kenai is a comfortable and spacious 21 foot custom Willie Predator; it is the largest boat on the Kenai with 4 stroke Yamaha motor (quiet and less carbon monoxide) and with 4 custom seats and a deckhand seat with arm rests. We can accommodate 4 clients. Our drift boat for the Kasilof is a Willie; it is the largest drift boat on the Kasilof and also accommodates 4 clients with a deckhand seat.
2. What do you provide on your trips, how long are they and how many trips per day can you doing?
We provide top quality gear consisting of Gloomis rods and Ambassadeur 7000 C3 reels we fish from Tuesday to Saturday on the Kenai and provide one morning trip from 5:30 am until 11am and one afternoon trip from 12:30 pm until 6pm or one full day trip consisting of 10 hours. One trip per day is permitted on the Kasilof which is open either a half day (5 to 6 hours) or all days (8 to 9 hours) except for Sunday in July. Kasilof fishing gear: Top quality Okuma Cedros CJ-400P and CJ-250P for silver salmon on the Kenai/Kasilof Rivers. High Performance and Gloomis rods. We fish the Kasilof in July on Mondays only.
3. What is the difference between a motorized trip on the Kenai and a drift/float boat (non motorized) experience on the Kasilof?
Many people have a personal preference so we offer both options. The Kenai is a motorized experience and this is the traditional method that most fisherman like to experience because of the challenge and accessibility of covering more of the Kenai and having the option of catching the worlds largest Kings. Others prefer a more tranquil and natural experience of having the guide row while drifting on the Kasilof. In June this may be the preferred method of fishing for Kings as clients are allowed to use bait on the Kasilof. And many take advantage of booking both rivers to take advantage of both experiences.
4. What is the daily limit for Kings and silvers and what days can I fish?
Five Kings are permitted per year. One King per day with a total of two for the season is allowed from the Kenai. Kasilof River: May 16th to June 30th, 2 per day/2 in possession, only 1 may be a wild salmon recognized by the presence of the adipose fin (fish with an adipose fin may be kept only Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays). July 1 to July 31, 1 per day/1 in possession. Wild/Hatchery kings can be kept in July. The limit for silvers is 2 per day in August and 3 per day in September (no limit for the season). The limit for pinks is 6 per day in August and September (only on even year for pink) (no limit for the season). The Kenai is closed to guides on Sundays and Mondays except for Memorial Day and red (sockeye) salmon fishing. In July, the Kasilof is closed on Sunday to guides except red (sockeye) salmon fishing but open 7 days in May, June, and August and September. Silver season opens on the 1st day of August on the Kenai and is open all days except for Mondays except red (sockeye) salmon fishing to guides.
5. What method do you use for fishing for Kings from your boat on the Kenai?
Our method is back trolling while the motor is running. Anchor is prohibited between May 15th and July 31st except drift boats on the Kenai. It is a similar method as Kasilof River with drift boats (non motorized), anchor is allowed. I use either anchor or rowing while back trolling fishing. I use Spin & Glo and Kiwkfish plugs with baits on both rivers.
6. When is the best time to fish for Kings?
The true fisherman will say there is no bad time to fish for Kings, but traditionally the prime times are in July during the second and fourth weeks when the second run is usually in. But many large Kings are caught in June and the world record was caught in May. Each month brings a different set of rules to the challenges of fishing.
7. Where can I get my fish processed and how do I get it home?
We offer our fish processing. Check our website: www.kingoftheriver.com/fish-processing-kenai/ A fish processing will Fed Ex your fish for you after it is processed or you may take it home as baggage on your flight. You are allowed to bring your catch in a box or two to the airport. Alaska airlines allow only one checked bag now (which can be a fish box) and charges an additional $25.00 for another box or bag.
Rate per box is range from $25 to $50 depends on number of box and weight. Please read your flights policy (all airlines policies are not the same) before you transport your frozen fish on plane. Your package will stay frozen in your boxes for up to 24-36 hours.
8. How far are you from Anchorage?
We are approximately 3 hours south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. This drive has been designated one of the most scenic drives in the United States. Be on the look out for mountain goats and sheep, whales, moose, bear, and American eagles.
9. Do I need travel insurance?
We believe that your upcoming trip a significant investment and therefore highly recommend travel insurance. This policy will cover your investment in the event unforeseen circumstances or medical problems cause you to cancel your trip. We also know that you will need to make sure you have the proper Medical and Emergency Medical Transportation coverage in the event of an accident or illness, or for any existing medical conditions. We recommend AIG Travel Guard’s Comprehensive Travel Insurance or their Sportsman’s Travel Insurance. If you choose to decline this valuable protection, you are assuming any financial loss associated with your travel arrangements. Visit www.sportsmanstravelinsurance.com or www.travelguard.com within 15 days of your initial deposit date to purchase a policy. Or call them at 1-800-826-4919.