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What we provide: 

We provide all rods, tackle, bait, and equipment needed for the charter. We use top quality gear: G-Loomis rods and Shimano reels.   All boats are equipped with all required safety equipment: life jackets, flares, first aid kits, etc. Fish cleaning is provided for all our clients at the end of each trip.  There is also vacuum packing, smoking, canning, freezing, and shipping available locally. 

What to bring:

 - Fishing license available online at: adfg.alaska.gov/Store or purchase at local sporting good store and gas stations

- King stamp (if fishing kings); Also available online

- Sunscreen, sunglasses, warm coat, rain gear

- Snacks/lunch, camera

 

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Kasilof River

First Run (King Salmon) May-June:

Description of Picture.The Kasilof River is one of our most overlooked fisheries.  It produces an excellent King Salmon run and is located only 12 miles south of the more famous Kenai River.  It's a smaller, shallower river that requires the use of drift boats. This makes it a very quiet and relaxing trip. 

The Kasilof has a very strong 1st run of Kings that begins in early May.  The use of bait is permitted from May 16th on.  This is one of our best, most productive fisheries and it produces very high catch rates.  The average size of these fish are 15-30 lbs, but larger fish are also present.  Fish up to 70 pounds have been caught from late June on.  This is an excellent time to fish as the crowds haven't arrived yet and is possibly our favorite time of the season.  There are no hour restrictions on the Kasilof, so some of our trips start pretty early to take advantage of our 24 hours of daylight.

The Kasilof has an annual bag limit of 5 King Salmon, with both native and hatchery fish being present.  You may only keep native fish on Tuesday's, Thursday's, and Saturday's, the rest of the week is hatchery fish only.  You may retain 2 Kings per day, one of which must to be a hatchery fish.  You may also continue to fish after keeping your limit, but must release all additional fish.  It is also open to guided fishing 7 days a week, so it allows you to fish even if the Kenai is closed.  All regulations are subject to change by emergency closure from ADF&G.

Second Run (King Salmon) July:

Description of Picture.The 2nd run of Kings officially begins on July 1.  Average weights are now 20-50 lbs with larger fish always present.  Once again this is an often overlooked fishery as most people are concentrating on the Kenai River.  Again it produces very high success rates. 

The Kasilof is closed to guide fishing on Sunday's in July.  The limit is also dropped to 1 per day, however, you may still continue fishing after you retain a fish.  You may also keep either hatchery or native fish regardless of the day.  King Salmon season closes on July 31.

August and September Fish Runs(Silver Salmon & Pink Salmon):

Both the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers host a strong run of Silver Salmon (Coho's).  They begin entering the rivers in July and reach catchable numbers by the end of King season (July 31).  We begin fishing Silvers on August 1 and continue through mid-September.  Silvers are a fun, acrobatic fish that can be caught with a number of methods.  Some of these include: back-bouncing, back-trolling, casting spinners, and bobber and eggs.  We typically go back and forth between these two rivers at this time of year following the best action.

We also get a record run of Pink Salmon on every other year (even years).  Pinks come in the same time as the Silvers and are very aggressive, making this an excellent time for families with children.  There is no end to the action while Pinks are in the river.

The limit of Silvers is 2 per day, while the limit of Pinks is 6.  The Kenai River is still closed on Monday's for guided fishing, however the Kasilof is open 7 days a week again.  Bait is allowed on both rivers.

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