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.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Lingcod/Rockfish/Halibut
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 4 Sep
    US$ 2400
    up to 4 persons
    head out the the remote waters of the Gulf of Alaska to fish ling cod, halibut yellow eye, and black rockfish, this trip is for the hardcore angler is a very long day with a long boat ride of 50-60 miles, fishing with Jigs drifting over the rock pinnicles. Halibut cannot be retained on Wednesdays through the whole season
  • Shared trip
    Bear Viewing
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 5 Sep
    US$ 475
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    World class bear viewing in lake clark national park in Chinitna bay, on Cook Inlets remote west side, Hour and half boat ride across the inlet once in bay we get out of boat walk a short distance to the National park's viewing stations. We see 10-20 bears per day, digging clams, fishing, breeding, sows with cubs, big boars, Juvinile bears playing.
  • Shared trip
    Fly Out Trip
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 5 Sep
    US$ 450
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    With over 90% of Alaska’s fishing waters only being accessible via floatplane, these Fly Out trips open up a range of spectacular fishing destinations in the area. A number of Fly Out fishing trips are available to the west side of Cook Inlet and other remote Salmon fishing rivers.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Kenai River salmon fishing
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 16 May - 4 Sep (Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US$ 295
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    fish the Kenai River for King salmon mid may to july 31, fish for silver salmon in august, may june and july no fishing from guide boats on sunday and monday, in august no fishing on mondays, 6am- 3pm
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip - Salmon/Halibut
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 13 Jun (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    US$ 295
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    our Saltwater King salmon / Halibut trips rune from may 1 to June 5th, after June 5th all our saltwater trips are halibut only trips, maximum of 6 anglers per boat. departure time varies each day depending on tides Retention of halibut is not allowed on wednesdays all season.
  • Shared trip
    Halibut Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 4 Sep (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    US$ 295
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    fish for Halibut In cook inlet off anchor point near homer, 30 foot 6 pak boat, travel 15-25 miles offshore bottom fish for halibut, these trips are about 6-7 hours in length, we catch limits most every day retention of halibut are not allowed on wednesdays on charter boats. departure times varies by time of tide.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip - Kenai River Salmon
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 16 May - 5 Sep (Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US$ 200
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    we fish for Salmon in Kenai river, mid may to end of July is king salmon august and september is silver salmon., may not fish on charter boat on sunday and monday in may june and july, in august only monday is closed half day is from 6am to 11:30, we do full day from 6am to 3pm for additional fee
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Halibut
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Sockeye)

Boat Specs

Length
30 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Toilet
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

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

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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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
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Checks

About the Captain

Mel Erickson
Soldotna, Alaska, United States
Member since April 2014
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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: 1 hour
Response rate: 97%

Soldotna Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.27 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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Mel and Josh were awesome! Took us on a float plane to catch sockeye salmon, we limited out in 30mins! They took us sight seeing and we saw a brown bear, black bear and several eagles. Flew over a glacier on our way back. This trip definitely exceeded expectations!!

Fished June 21, 2018
Mel Erickson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 22, 2018

Thanks Amie, it was a fun day

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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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