Jim Rusk Fishing

41677 Kalifornsky Beach Road
Kenai AK, United States

Jim Rusk Fishing offers guided trips on Kenai River, Alaska. The company prides itself in having over thirty years of experience on the local waters. Captain Jim Rusk specializes in catching Salmon and Trout and knows all the hottest spots where the fish are hiding. When you hook up on one of those monsters, there is nothing like it. Join Jim Rusk Fishing and enjoy the thrill of catching the fish of a lifetime!

Enjoy your ride with Jim Rusk Fishing aboard a Willie boat, which is a fishing machine with twin 50 HP Mercury engines that can get up to four anglers to the fishing grounds in style and comfort. Originally built in 1995, the vessel was restored in 2015 and is equipped with all the necessary safety equipment. Children are also welcome to join the adventure!

Jim Rusk Fishing runs the King Salmon, Silver Salmon, and Sockeye Salmon trips May through September with the peak season in July. A nine-hour trip for trophy Rainbow Trout will be the best choice for those who want to land a delicious fish from May until the end of October. The Kenai River King Salmon is one of the largest Salmon species in the world, and the local waters are renowned for many world records.

Captain Jim is very familiar with the best methods to catch the fish, such as light tackle, spinning, trolling, fly fishing, drift fishing, and jigging.

A trip with Jim Rusk Fishing comes inclusive with fly fishing equipment, as well as the highest quality rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and lures. If you decide to keep the catch, it will be cleaned and filleted for a ride home, so that you could try it for dinner later or just fill the freezer.

For Captain Jim, fishing is not just a pastime, it’s something that gives him precious memories that will never fade.

Jim Rusk Fishing offers guided trips on Kenai River, Alaska. The company prides itself in having over thirty years of experience on the local waters. Captain Jim Rusk specializes in catching Salmon and Trout and knows all the hottest spots where the

Select date to see available trips and rates:

Trip Date:
  • Peak Season - King Salmon Fishing
    9 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 275 per person, 2 persons minimum
  • 9 Hour Trip - Trophy Trout
    9 hour trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    US$ 250 per person, 2 persons minimum
  • Kenai and Kasilof River Salmon
    9 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 185 per person, 2 persons minimum

About this listing

Boat Specs

Willie boat (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 1995, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 50HP Mercury engines.

20 ft
4 persons
Types of Fishing
River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Targeted Species
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Sockeye)
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 60 days before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

25% 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

Jim Rusk
Kenai, Alaska, United States
Member since March 2017
I was born in Soldotna Alaska in 1966, my parents homesteaded in Alaska in 1953 before Alaska was a state. As a young boy, I spent my summers fishing on the banks of the Kenai River and became an avid fisherman at a very young age. When I was a teen, I often worked in the summers as a bait boy on some of the first charter boats in this area. So by the time I had graduated from High school and was old enough to get my guide license, I knew that was what I wanted to do and in 1987 started Jim Rusk Fishing. As a fisherman, I enjoy all types of fishing and will always use whatever technique I feel is best to give my customers the best chance of success.
Response time: 14 hours
Response rate: 67%

Customer Reviews

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Went fishing in 1990 with Jim for the first time, had a wonderful experience, he has very good professional experience on the Kenai and other waters, he is more than a guide he is a fisherman and he takes you to catch fish not to just put in his time. Some days are slower fishing than others, but he always finds some fish. I have fished almost every year since with Jim and he never lets me down, he lives in Alaska and studies the river each spring, he is not from somewhere else and just comes there to guide during season, you won’t be disappointed fishing with Jim, can’t say enough how much he works for you to catch fish, Good luck give him a try you won’t regret it, Brian w

Fished July 26, 2016
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