Cook Inlet Salmon Fishing

Booking a Cook Inlet Salmon fishing trip with Discover Alaskan Adventures is unlike booking a charter with other companies. Our goal at Discover Alaskan Adventures is to put you on the fish. To do that we don’t commit to one species,  one departure time or even one river.

What we do commit to is giving you the best possible day out on the river. Fishing conditions out on the river change quickly. Water levels, run timing, run strength, regulations and fishing pressure all impact fishing success. So to increase your chances of success and ultimately your enjoyment you and your fishing guide will talk the night before to make a plan.

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For many anglers catching a King is the realization of a dream. A dream that pits themselves against the biggest and baddest of the salmon around. As guides when we point to our favorite salmon fishing moments they often include stories of kings. When those stories turn to tales of woe about the ones that got away it is almost understood that we are talking about kings.

What makes these fish so special is different for every angler and every fish. For some it is the overwhelming size. With the world record weighing in at over 97 pounds the sight of these large fish is overwhelming. For others its the fight, even the “small” 15 pounders give the even experienced anglers everything that they can handle. Long after other fish have given up kings still scream out line.  And for some it’s the wait, even epic days of king fishing may end without limits, but those willing to put in the time and energy are often rewarded with a truly memorable experience.

Discover Alaskan Adventures offers two exciting ways to target these awesome fish…

Saltwater-In recent years trolling in the saltwater has been our most consistent and productive way to target kings. It is also one of the most exciting. One moment you are trolling around enjoying the scenery or watching otters play and the next the deck erupts into a fury of activity.

Season: Open year-round by regulation. We generally begin our season in May fishing for Halibut and Salmon in the saltwater. We generally stop trolling for Kings the second week of August

Daily limit: 1 per person per day

Annual Limit: 5 kings statewide

Kasilof- There is no finer way to fish for a King than a drift boat. The quiet of the river and the thrill of the fight without a motor make for a sublime combination.

Season: Open January 1st-July 31st by regulation. We generally generally target kings in the Kasilof beginning at the end of May thru the close of the season July 31st.

Daily limit:

  • Thru June 30th- 2 hatchery kings per person per day
  • July 1st-July31st- 1 king per person per day

Annual Limit: 5 kings statewide

August brings silvers and all the fun and excitement that come with them. Many locals prefer silvers to all other types of salmon fishing and we can understand that preference:

  • They are plentiful- While we don’t always limit everyday, there are almost always ample opportunities for fish, doubles and triples are not uncommon.
  • They fightAlmost every silver fight is different, though most start with a few seconds of the fish staying down and then you see that chrome bright tail break the surface. From there it’s on and no two fights are the same! Downstream runs, leaps straight out of the water, tangles, on other lines, and other fish. What silvers lick in size compared to their cousin the king they make up for in enthusiasm.
  • They taste great- While silvers lack the coveted bright red color of the sockeye, their flesh has a beautiful “salmon” color. The taste is mild, without being bland, more king like, than sockeye in flavor. It is my favorite fish to freeze and cook over the winter.

Season: June 30th- November 30th by Regulation. Discover Alaskan Adventures generally starts targeting silvers after the close of king season on August 1st. Silver fishing usually stays consistent thru October.

Daily Limit:

  • 2 Silvers per person per day on Kasilof all season.
  • 2 per person per day on the Kenai until September when the limit goes to three

Annual Limit: No Limit

Prized for their bright red, meaty flesh and mild flavor, sockeye are a lot of fun to catch. Swimming up the Kenai and Kasilof rivers by the millions, sockeye offer plenty of opportunities for the active angler.

Discover Alaskan Adventures offers two ways the fill the freezers and memories with this awesome fish:

Kasilof RiverSockeye fishing on the Kasilof (Ka-see-lawf) river is probably the most beautiful and relaxing trip we offer at Fish AK. Clients meet their guide and drive to the outlet of Tustumena Lake, the headwaters of the Kasilof River. From there clients and their guide will head downstream through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. As we row through the tail out if the lake we almost always see many species of birds including eagles and loons. Sometimes we even see moose eating grass near the banks.  From there you will head to the one of the many gravel bars to fish for Sockeye. After showing you the proper techniques and ensuring everyone is off and running our guides have been known to build camp fires or prepare a shore snack of freshly caught sockeye.

Season: Open year-round by regulation, they generally show up in catchable numbers around the second week of June. For historical run data check out the State of Alaska fish counts for the Kasilof River.

Daily Limit: 3 Sockeye Salmon per person though due to strong returns in recent years Alaska department of fish and game often raises the limit to six. Check the current emergency orders here.

Annual Limit: No limit

Kenai Sockeye – People from all over the world come to witness and participate  in this incredible fishery. During this time frame more than a million sockeye will swim up the Kenai. At public docks and access places like the Russian river ferry, people are lined shoulder to shoulder to get in on this fun and productive fishery. While we can’t promise seclusion, our experienced guide will get you away from some of the crowds and show you the technique, the catching is up to you.

Season: Open year round by regulation, we usually begin targeting sockeye around the second week of July and stop fishing them when they stop running, usually sometime in the beginning of August. Historical run timing data is available here from the State of Alaska.

Daily Limit: 3 Sockeye Salmon per person though due to strong returns in recent years Alaska department of fish and game often raises the limit to six. Check the current emergency orders here.

Annual Limit: No limit

Guided River Fishing: $245 per person

Catching a salmon, be it the mighty king, the rich and beautiful red, or the nimble silver, is something every angler, really everyone, should experience at least once. Most experienced anglers will tell you that there is no better way to fish for salmon than from a drift boat. Call us at (907-567-3220)  to book your customized river adventure.

Included

  • Full Day, 8 hours
  • Professional Guide
  • All tackle and bait
  • Filleting of your catch

Not Included

  • Fishing licenses and king stamp  (get one here)
  • Food and Drinks– be sure to bring your own
  • Gratuities
  • Parking (usually $5)
  •  Vaccuum sealing fillets
Contact Us

Phone:
(907) 567-3220

Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9AM to 5PM AKST

Address:
16867 Sterling Highway
Ninilchik, AK 99639

Fishing Licenses
Alaska State Fish and Game