King of the River – Powerboat

Explore the world-famous Kenai River aboard “King of the River”! This Alaskan hotspot is a haven for Salmon and you’ll hook everything from Chinook to Sockeye and Coho. Head out with Captain Dean Schlehofer, he hooked over 900 Salmon in 2020 alone and has been guiding in these waters for over 3 decades.

Capt. Dean has 2 20’ Willie powerboats. Each one can fit up to 4 anglers who can all fish at the same time. These spacious beauties have enough sitting and standing room to ensure you won’t bump elbows while reeling in your fish. GPS and Fish Finder keep you top of your targets and the live wells keeps your bait fresh to entice the bite.

The Kenai River is home to Chinook (King), Coho (Silver), Sockeye (Red), and Pink Salmon which return every year in record numbers. Locals and visitors alike flock here to hook King Salmon weighing between 30 and 70 lbs on average! Alaska Red Salmon makes its charge up the River from mid-June to mid-August giving you the opportunity to hook fish weighing up to 12 pounds!

Capt. Dean provides top-notch G Loomis and Tekota rods and reels. He can even bring along fly fishing gear if you’re going after Red Salmon, just let him know ahead of time. He has deckhand on board with him on all trips to help out with everything fish related. If you’re happy with the service, tips between 10% and 20%  are appreciated.

At the end of the trip, your catch is cleaned and filleted. Capt. Dean can also set up special perishable packaging of your catch through FedEx for an additional $25. It’s then mailed to your home address or packaged safely for your flight.

Be sure to bring along any drinks and snacks you’d like to enjoy throughout the trip. Most importantly remember to pick-up a valid Alaska fishing license beforehand. Get your fish on in the productive Kenai River with King of the River!

Please note there is a sales tax, about 6%, that is not included in the trip prices.



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  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 16 - Sep 30
    $500
    Make the most of your time on the Kenai River on this 8-hour fishing adventure! Hook King, Silver, Red, and Pink Salmon in this hotspot that draws tons of anglers every year. Top-notch gear awaits on board and your catch is cleaned at the end of the trip. Bring along drinks, snacks, and a valid fishing license and you're all set! This is a shared trip so you'll head out with other likeminded anglers.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 16 - Sep 30
    $350
    Head out bright and early to explore the Kenai River with other passionate anglers on this shared trip! You'll spend 5-hours going after delicious King, Red, Silver, and Pink Salmon. Capt. Dean and his deckhand provide all of your gear and are happy to clean your catch at the end of the trip. Bring along drinks, snacks, and a valid Alaska fishing license before setting off!
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 16 - Sep 30
    $350
    Explore the Kenai River with other like-minded anglers on this 5-hour afternoon trip! You'll go after all the Salmon you can imagine, including King, Silver, Pink, and Red. Capt. Dean provides you with all the necessary gear and has a deckhand on board on all trips. Bring along any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy and don't forget to pick up a fishing license beforehand!
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About the Captain

Dean Schlehofer
Kenai, Alaska, United States
Angler's Choice
21 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
91 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2020
I have been fishing the Kenai River since 1986. Growing up in Connecticut, I often saw magazines writing about giant King Salmon in the Kenai. It was my dream to one day go to Alaska and catch one of those Kings. In 1981 my family and I miraculously moved to Alaska. I always seemed to fish north of Anchorage but in 1986 I went south to the Kenai with my friend Charles on his 16' aluminum boat. My first King weighed in at 37 lbs. A few weeks later I bought my first boat. On July 28, 1986, I landed an 80 lbs King Salmon. My dream of landing a trophy King had come true. I was the one who was hooked.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Boat Specs

Willie (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2006. Powered by 2 50HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
8 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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:

Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

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Silver salmon fishing at the Kenai
Captain Jason was great!
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Friendly captain
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93%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Full day king salmon fishing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 2, 2021
Amazing day on the Kenai with Dean and Grant. Dean put us on a jack within 30 mins and a huge rainbow (released) shortly after....
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 15, 2021
Had awesome memorable trip to Alaska. My daughters and I had wonderful time. The experience was one of the best start to end. ...
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Half day with Captain Dean and deck hand Grant

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 10, 2021
We met them at the boat launch. They had texted us ahead of time to get our shoe size for waders, since we were fishing for...
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Half Day Trip with Bass

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 30, 2021
We absolutely loved our half day trip with Jason aka Bass. He was super cool and made sure we got the experience we wanted...
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Half Day morning trip with Captain Dean

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 31, 2021
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FAQs about King of the River – Powerboat

King of the River – Powerboat offers the following trips to customers:
  • $175 per person - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $175 per person - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $250 per person - Full Day Trip (9 hours)

When you book a trip with King of the River – Powerboat, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with King of the River – Powerboat include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Gloomis rods, Tekota 500LC reels, Tekota 300LC )
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Deckhand, tips between 10-20% appreciated)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Only for Red Salmon, request in advance)

King of the River – Powerboat offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing (Red Salmon)

King of the River – Powerboat offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing (Optional )

Top targeted fish species with King of the River – Powerboat include:
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Salmon (Sockeye)