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!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Lingcod/Rockfish/Halibut
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 4
    $2,400
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 5
    $900
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 13 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $590
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 4 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $590
    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.
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About the Captain

Mel Erickson
Anchor Point, Alaska, United States
1 Fishing Report
25 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
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. 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.

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Targeted Species

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

Salmon (Sockeye) Salmon (Sockeye)

Boat Specs

custom built (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2004. Powered by 2 250HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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
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

Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
88%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
63%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Fred B.
Soldotna, AK
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VERIFIED   Halibut Fishing Trip on June 15, 2020
The boat and captain showed up a little late, but the captain had mentioned running a little behind when I had called him. ...
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Longmont, CO
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Great day with Captain Josh!

VERIFIED   Halibut Fishing Trip on July 31, 2020
Josh worked very hard to keep our six person trip running smoothly and we all limited with good fish.  Nothing huge but still...
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United States
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VERIFIED   Halibut Fishing Trip on July 18, 2020
We had an absolutely wonderful time with capt Mel and his deck hand we highly recommend this boat to anyone can’t wait for...
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Hollidaysburg, PA
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VERIFIED   Halibut Fishing Trip on August 4, 2020
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Half day trip with Mel & Josh

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Kenai River Salmon on 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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FAQs about Alaskan Gamefisher

Alaskan Gamefisher offers the following trips to customers:
  • $295 per person - Full Day Trip - Salmon/Halibut (8 hours)
  • $295 per person - Halibut Fishing Trip (6 hours)
  • $450 per person - Fly Out Trip (6 hours)
  • $2,400 per group - Full Day Lingcod/Rockfish/Halibut (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Alaskan Gamefisher, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with Alaskan Gamefisher include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

Alaskan Gamefisher offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Kenai River salmon fishinhg)
  • Offshore Fishing (5-25 miles, halibut only)

Alaskan Gamefisher offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Fly Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Alaskan Gamefisher include:
  • Halibut
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Salmon (Sockeye)