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 800 Salmon in 2019 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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 16 - Sep 30
    $500
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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
13 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
15 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) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)
Salmon (Sockeye) Salmon (Sockeye)

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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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:
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.82
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
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Amazing day with Captain Dean!
Amazing day with Captain Dean!
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83%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Danitra C.
Saratoga Springs, NY
 5.00
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Amazing day with Captain Dean!

VERIFIED   NEW  August 22, 2020
This is our first time to Alaska, and had an excellent salmon fishing experience with Captain Dean and Chad were amazing people!...
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Tom K.
Bellevue, WI
 5.00
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Outstanding Trip with Capt. Dean & Chad

VERIFIED   August 19, 2020
We had an excellent experience with King of the River Powerboat on a 1/2 day am trip.  It could not have been more enjoyable...
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Guadalupe M.
Arctic Village, Alaska
 5.00
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First time fishing and it was amazing!

VERIFIED   August 9, 2020
Captain Dean and Steve we’re so helpful. We are new to fishing and they were so patient and taught us well. We really enjoyed...
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Joshua E.
Kent, WA
 4.00
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Full day floating ‘n flossing Kenai

VERIFIED   August 8, 2020
They know their stuff. I’m new to AK and hadn’t fished the style before so basically paid “tuition” to have a fun day...
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Shaena S.
Eagle Mountain, UT
 5.00
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Did Not Disappoint!

VERIFIED   August 16, 2020
Dean and Chad were fantastic! It has always been our dream to fish for salmon in Alaska, and we could not have asked for better...
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Fishing Reports

Our silver salmon fishing trips!

September 13, 2020

King of the River’s fishing report on September 13th, 2020: Our recently fishing trips for Silver “Coho” Salmon on the Kenai River, Alaska with my clients. Let’s book and fish before I wrap up on September 27th! Contact us!!… Read Full Report →


Silver “coho” salmon is still running!

September 09, 2020

King of the River’s fishing report on September 9th, 2020: Silver “Coho” Salmon fishing on the Kenai River, Alaska is still running well. Don’t miss your fishing trips before I wrap up for the season end of this month!… Read Full Report →