Alaskan Gamefisher

37385 Arctic Tern Rd
Soldotna AK, United States

If you’ve never experienced the mind-blowing fishery and breathtaking views of Alaska, no better time than now to change it! Alaskan Gamefisher with Captain Mel Erickson at the helm will show you a good time and awesome fishing on the waters of the Gulf of Alaska.

Depending on how much time you’ve got, you can spend one or more days in Soldotna, exploring what the productive fishing spots of the area have to offer. If you’re in need of lodging, Capt. Mel can take care of it for you as well, for an additional charge.

Never been on a floatplane? You can book a trip that includes flying out to the Cook Inlet and discovering the untouched beauty of the remote lakes and nature.

But what can you expect to catch? Alaska is famous for its Salmon, and one trip with Capt. Mel will help you understand why that’s the case. Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye Salmon could all easily find their way to your hook, and thanks to their acrobatic tendencies, you’ll have a blast bringing them overboard. You can also chase after Halibut and Steelhead if you want more variety in your cooler, but one thing’s for sure, there won’t be a dull moment during your fishing trip.

If you choose a fishing adventure that doesn’t involve flying, you will be heading out toward the hottest bite on a 30’ Willie Predator. She’s got twin 250 HP Yamaha engines that can take up to 5 passionate anglers to where even the spookiest fish hide. You don’t have to worry about bringing your own fishing gear, Capt. Mel has got rods, reels, and tackle for the most suitable techniques to use while you’re on the trip.

There’s so much to see and do in Alaska, but fishing is by far one of the more engaging activities suitable for the whole family. Spoil your loved ones with awe-inspiring views and memorable fishing trips, there’s nothing better.

Plan your vacation and write in a day of fishing with Alaskan Gamefisher into your schedule, you will be glad you did so!


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 remote waters of the Gulf of Alaska to fish Lingcod, Halibut, Yelloweye, and Black Rockfish. This trip is for the hardcore anglers – it lasts 10 hours, with a long boat ride of 50-60 miles from the shore before you cast your lines. It's an exciting trip that will test your strength and fishing expertise, and having the best time is guaranteed!
  • 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
    Most of Alaska’s most bountiful fishing waters are only accessible via floatplane, so these fly-out trips open up a range of spectacular fishing destinations in the area. A number of these fly-out fishing adventures are available on the west side of Cook Inlet and other remote Salmon fishing rivers. Get ready to fly and catch something worth bragging about!
  • 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
    If you're looking for a mixed bag of catch, this 8-hour trip is just what you need. These saltwater fishing expeditions for Halibut and King Salmon are available for a short amount of time every year, so don't miss your chance to book this trip. Departure time varies daily depending on the tides, and bear in mind that Halibut is strictly catch-and-release on Wednesdays during the entire season.
  • Shared trip
    Halibut Fishing Trip
      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 and let your mind be blown! Travel 15-25 miles offshore and then it's time for some great bottom fishing. These trips are about 6-7 hours in length, and the best part, you catch limits almost every day. Bear in mind that keeping of Halibut is not allowed on Wednesdays on charter boats. Departure times are flexible.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Salmon (Sockeye)

Boat Specs

Willie Predator (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2004. Powered by 2 250HP Yamaha engines.

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

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not 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

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. Capt. Mel is one of very few Alaska fishing guides that personally guide for both Kenai River Salmon and Alaskan Halibut. 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%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.27
out of 5 stars from 5 reviews
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Sockeye salmon
Flight over double glacier
Turbine otter on floats
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3
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Good experience
75%
Friendly captain
75%
Recommend this charter
80%
Appropriate for children
50%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
50%
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Amie Fraughton
United States
 5.00
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Half day trip with Mel & Josh

VERIFIED   June 21, 2018
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...
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Gregory Mark Muirhead
United States
 5.00
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VERIFIED   August 9, 2017
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Sally Pasternack
United States
 4.33
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Half Day Trip - Kenai River Salmon

VERIFIED   July 21, 2017
Enjoyed the trip.  Happy that it was a sunny, dry day.  Lots of fishermen on the river.  We were happy to get...
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Sally Dunkleman
North Pole, Alaska
 4.67
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Kenai river fishing

VERIFIED   August 13, 2016
Found the captain very accommodating and friendly.
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Ross Sipes
Fairbanks, Alaska
 2.33
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Most Miserable day of my life

VERIFIED   July 19, 2017
Fished all day not one bite or a nibble.
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