Jim Rusk Fishing

45703 Paulk Avenue
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.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    King Salmon Trip - Late July
      FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 16 Jul - 31 Jul
    US$ 275
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    This is our top trip for catching King Salmon, when they are in peak season!
  • Private trip
    King Salmon Trip - Early July
      FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 15 Jul
    US$ 250
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    Chase King Salmon with one of the best guides in the area. This package is ideal for any angler, as long as you have the desire to catch fish. All the gear and tackle will be provided for a successful trip.
  • Private trip
    Trophy Trout Trip
      FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 250
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    If you feel like dedicating your time on the water to chasing Rainbow Trout, this trip is the best choice. Bring your family or friends and enjoy the thrill of catching trophy Trout.
  • Private trip
    King Salmon Trip - May-June
      FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 30 Jun
    US$ 200
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    This is the beginning of the King Salmon season, when they are not in their biggest numbers but can still make for a great catch!
  • Private trip
    Salmon Trip - August-September
      FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Aug - 30 Sep
    US$ 200
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    This is the end of the King Salmon season, which means you will be focusing on Silver Salmon. You can still have a good chance of catching a nice fish, although they are not around in such large numbers as they are in July.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Salmon (Sockeye)

Boat Specs

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

Length
20 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Life Jackets
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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

Jim Rusk
Kenai, Alaska, United States
Member since March 2017
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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.
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Customer Reviews

4.17 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

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We were pawned off to another fishing agency by this one. We did not catch any fish and he was on his phone the whole time. My sweet wife and I were very disappointed in the whole experience. My advice: Pay the extra money and use someone else.

Fished June 22, 2018
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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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