Jason’s Guide Service

Jason’s Guide Service provides professionally guided fishing trips that’ll have you reeling in trophy-sized Rainbow Trout and a variety of Salmon in no time. Your guide, Jason Lesmeister, has over 20 years experience providing guided adventures along the Kenai River in Alaska, and prides himself on providing fully-customized trips that are perfectly suited to fit his customers’ needs.

Jason lives where he guides, and spends over 200 days a year on the water, both professionally and for fun. His goal is to provide eco-friendly fishing trips that will provide a lifetime of memories, and protect these rivers and lakes so that they can be enjoyed by future anglers. Jason practices catch and release on all native Rainbow Trout, while Dolly Varden and varieties of Salmon can be caught for both sport and table fare.

You’ll head out onto Kenai River in a 20’ Willie drift boat. Drift boating is perfect for anglers who want a hands-on experience, as it allows you to fish from the boat as well as “beaching up” and wading these productive waters for your catch. It also allows for a peaceful, environmentally-friendly adventure. Jason can accommodate up to 4 guests on each trip, and his drift boat is equipped with all of the necessary navigational and safety gear for a productive day on the water.

Jason prides himself on not only being a year-round guide, but also living and fishing in his guiding area. This means that he is able to keep his finger on the pulse when it comes to the species that travel through this river! He knows the best times to visit for your dream catch. Want to reel in huge Rainbow Trout? Visit during Autumn. If you’re after Sockeye Salmon, join Jason in July. You’ll also have the chance to hook Chinook and Coho Salmon, and plenty more.

You’ll be provided with top-quality G-Loomis, Shimano, and Lamson rods and reels, as well as tackle. All you need to bring is a fishing license. Join Jason’s Guide Service and get ready to reel in your dream catch!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Group Rate
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $979
    up to 3 persons
    + $181
    each additional person
    Spend a full day cruising the Kenai River with your family or fellow anglers! Your guide will use their local knowledge and expertise to fully customize your trip to suit your needs. Want to reel in trophy-sized Rainbow Trout? Book your adventure in the Autumn months. Depending on when you travel, you'll also have the chance to reel in Coho and Chinook Salmon, Dolly Varden, and plenty more. You'll be equipped with top-quality rods, reels, and tackle. All you need to bring is a fishing license and snacks!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Group Rate
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $618
    up to 3 persons
    + $181
    each additional person
    Bring along your friends or family and get ready to reel in your chosen species on this private trip. You'll be exploring the Kenai River for Sockeye Salmon (from mid-July), world-class trophy-sized Rainbow Trout (best in the Autumn months), Silver Salmon, and plenty more. Just talk to your guide and let him know what you'd like to reel in – this trip can be perfectly customized to fit your needs. You'll be provided with top-brand rods and reels, and tackle. Just bring a valid fishing license along.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip – Individual Rate
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $284
    per person
    Spend a full day on the productive waters of the Kenai River alongside an experienced guide and some new angling buddies. On this shared trip, you'll be going after a variety of species, depending on when you visit. If you want to hook a world-class trophy Rainbow Trout, then your guide recommends visiting in Autumn. Other species on offer include Coho, Chinook, and Sockeye salmon, as well as Dolly Varden. Rods, reels, and tackle are included – just bring a fishing license and your favorite snacks!
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip – Individual Rate
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $181
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    Join your guide Jason for a half day trip cruising the Kenai River and meet some new angling buddies, too! Depending on when you visit, you'll be reeling in anything from Lake Trout, to Rainbow Trout, to Coho and Chinook Salmon, and plenty more. Your trip includes top-quality fishing gear, as well as cleaning of your catch, and your guide will provide all the necessary expertise for a quality trip that is tailored exactly to your needs. Please bring own fishing license and refreshments!
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About the Captain

Jason Lesmeister
Cooper Landing, Alaska, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Reports
10 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since March 2016
I grew up in Minnesota, at the age of 20 I came to Alaska to be a guide. 24 years later I'm a Registered Guide/Outfitter and am still a Passionate Angler. I try and fish no less than 200 days a year.

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Targeted Species

Dolly Varden Dolly Varden
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)
Salmon (Sockeye) Salmon (Sockeye)

Boat Specs

Length
20 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Ice Fishing

Amenities

Life Jackets
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 30 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Cooper Landing to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.97
out of 5 stars from 10 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Christopher L.
Houston, TX
 5.00
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Day trip with Jason

VERIFIED   August 13, 2019
We - myself and my 2 boys (17 and 21)  spent the day with Jason along the Kenai river. We are fishing novices and Jason...
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Andrea G.
Anchorage, Alaska
 5.00
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Awesome Half Day Trip with Mike

VERIFIED   July 6, 2019
We booked a trip with Jason’s Guide Service because of the reviews, and it did not disappoint! Our captain was Mike and although...
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John H.
Anchorage, AK
 5.00
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VERIFIED   July 10, 2019
I definitely come back to Jason’s guide service.  We had an awesome time and enjoyed this trip.  I wish we would...
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Christopher J.
Anchorage, AK
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Full trip with a buddy of Jasons

VERIFIED   May 19, 2019
Our guide was very professional and awesome. I booked the trip last minute and it was excellent!! Really fun. If I lived closer...
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Greg O.
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Salmon Fishing with Jason

VERIFIED   July 30, 2019
The morning started out slow but Jason worked hard to find the fish which we eventually did and had a great time catching fish!
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