Alaskan Gamefisher

37385 Arctic Tern Rd
Soldotna AK, United States

Captain Mel Erickson has been guiding in Alaska since 1989, and specializes in custom fishing packages with flexibility in fishing locations for 5 species of Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod and Rockfish, in both salt water and fresh water.

They have three boats, several locations and also do guided fly out trips to remote streams. Lodging is also available in a 3-bedroom private home.

Fly into Anchorage, rent a car, and drive 150 miles to the Kenai Peninsula, where you will find Alaskan Gamefisher.

In May we fish the saltwater on halibut & king salmon combo trips,  in June and july we fish the rivers for king salmon & sockeye salmon, and the salt for halibut, In august and september we fish for silver salmon in rivers and the salt for halibut.

we also do remote bear viewing trips to Lake clark national park where we see 10-30 coastal brown bears each day.

Captain Mel Erickson has been guiding in Alaska since 1989, and specializes in custom fishing packages with flexibility in fishing locations for 5 species of Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod and Rockfish, in both salt water and fresh water.

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  • Full Day Lingcod/Rockfish/Halibut
    10 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 2400 private charter
  • Bear Viewing
    7 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 475 per person (shared), 2 persons minimum
  • Fly Out Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450 per person (shared), 2 persons minimum
  • Full Day Kenai River salmon fishing
    9 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 295 per person (shared), 2 persons minimum
  • Halibut Fishing
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 295 per person (shared), 2 persons minimum
  • Full Day Trip - Salmon/Halibut
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 285 per person (shared), 2 persons minimum
  • Half Day Trip - Kenai River Salmon
    5 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 200 per person (shared), 2 persons minimum
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About this listing

Boat Specs
Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons
Types of Fishing
River Fishing
Kenai River salmon fishinhg
Offshore Fishing
5-25 miles, halibut only
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Targeted Species
 
Halibut
 
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

 
Salmon (Chinook)
 
Salmon (Coho)

 
Salmon (Sockeye)
Amenities
GPS
Fishfinder
Radio
Air Conditioning
Toilet
Multimedia System
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Spearfishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Ice Box
Ice Box
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 30 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, American Express.

About the Captain

Mel Erickson
Soldotna, Alaska, United States
Member since April 2014
Captain Mel Erickson is the owner and operator of the Alaskan Gamefisher, running trips since 1989 along the Kenai River and out into Cook Inlet. Captain Mel Erickson is one of very few Alaska fishing guides that personally guide for both Kenai River Salmon, & Alaska Halibut. This means you will fish both salmon & halibut with the same fishing guide. He also owns the Dream Raiser, fishing down in Costa Rica for awesome species like Marlin, Sailfish, and Tuna.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4.08 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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Fished August 9, 2017
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Enjoyed the trip.  Happy that it was a sunny, dry day.  Lots of fishermen on the river.  We were happy to get one sockeye, would have been happier with more.  Sam, our guide, was friendly and handled the boat well.

Fished July 21, 2017
Mel Erickson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 23, 2017

Thanks sally,  It was a little slow for kings, glad you enjoyed the trip, we did manage to get 2 that day, Thought i was gonna get skunked today saturday the 22 as at 11am no bites but the afternoon tide brought some fish and between1 and 4, eneded up limiting out with 4 kings.

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Fished all day not one bite or a nibble.

Fished July 19, 2017
Mel Erickson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 21, 2017

Sorry about the poor fishing Ross, but fishing is fishing, and some days are good and some days are bad. All guides including me like to catch fish for our guests just as much as you do.  With 29 years expierience of guiding on the Kenai River our success rates are are very high and while going with a 29 year veteran guide does not guarantee success it gives you the best opportunity.
The heavy rain the day before clouded the water and lowered catch rates. Also to judge any fishing trip on a one day trip is not a fair assessment , most of our anglers fish for multiple days and overall will end up taking home several 50Lb boxes of fish, the day before we had 4 bites and landed 2 kings,  today the day after your trip we hooked 7 fish and landed 3 kings.  Book a 3-5 day fishing package like most of our anglers and you would have caught your seasonal limit of kings. Also I have been fishing since i have been 4 years old and have had lots of days skunked fishing and none of them have been the most miserable day of my life, there is a lot more to fishing than Catching.

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