Jim Rusk Fishing

“Jim Rusk Fishing” offers guided trips on Alaska’s famous Kenai River! With over 30 years of experience in these waters, Captain Jim Rusk can easily call himself an expert in hooking Salmon and Rainbows. After you experience the thrill of hooking into one of these epic fish, you’ll realize there’s nothing like it!

Hop aboard Capt. Jim’s 20’ Willie aluminum fishing boat. She’s the ideal choice for up to 4 anglers and gets you to the good spots fast, thanks to twin 50 HP Mercury engines. She features all the necessary safety equipment and has enough fishing space for you to get your hands dirty going after your trophy.

The Kenai is well-known for its incredible Salmon fishery and you’ll go after everything from King Salmon to Silver, Coho, and Sockeye! These trips take place from May through to September, with peak season hitting in July. In the spring and fall, add delicious Rainbow Trout to the mix and now you’ve got a true Alaska fishing adventure on your hands!

All the gear you need to successfully spin, troll, drift fish, and jig already awaits on board. Capt. Jim even brings along fly fishing gear if you’re up for a challenge! Any catch you choose to keep is cleaned and filleted at the end of the trip for easy transport home.

For Captain Jim, fishing isn’t just a pastime, it’s something that gives him precious memories that will never fade. Join him and see why!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Peak Salmon
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 16 - Jul 31
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    If you're looking for certified catches – late July is your best bet for bringing massive King Salmon onto the boat! Spend a full day in the Kenai River and make good use of Capt. Jim's gear and guidance. Bring along any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy, as well as an Alaska fishing license, and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Early July Salmon
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Jul 15
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    It's almost peak King Salmon season and you're fishing with one of the best guides in the area on this full-day adventure! Hook big fish and catch your limits with relative ease. Capt. Jim provides all the gear you need for a successful day so all you need to bring are drinks, snacks, and a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Rainbow Trout
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Rainbow Trout is not be overlooked when it comes to tastiness or it's incredible game qualities! Spend 9 hours cruising the Kenai River and hook a monster fish to brag about. Drinks, snacks, and a valid Alaska fishing license are all you need to bring on this adventure!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Late Summer Salmon
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Sep 30
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Get your hands on the last of King Salmon and switch your focus to hooking equally delicious Silver Salmon! It's a great way to get out for 8 hours in breathtaking nature and go home with some delicious fish. Capt. Jim provides all the gear you need for a successful day. Just remember to pick up a fishing license beforehand and pack any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Spring Salmon
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 30
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Avoid the big summer crowds by heading out at the very beginning of King Salmon season to get your hands on the delicious fish! You'll spend 8 hours in the stunning Kenai River and have a good shot at hooking your limits. No need to worry about gear – Capt. Jim brings along everything you need. Pack drinks, snacks, and a fishing license and you're all set!
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About the Captain

Jim Rusk
Kenai, Alaska, United States
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 11 hours
Member since March 2017
I was born in Soldotna Alaska in 1966, to parents who have homesteaded in Alaska since 1953. 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. By the time I graduated from high school and was old enough to get my guide license, I knew that was what I wanted to do. In 1987 I 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 at success.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Salmon (Sockeye) 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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 60 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 60 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 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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.44
out of 5 stars from 6 reviews
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This absolutely was the best day I had fishing! Captain Jim was an amazing guide and instructor. We had so much fun and caught our limited in less than 3 hours. Captain Jim fillet the fish and recommended where we could get it processed for shipping home.
This absolutely was the best day I had fishing! Captain Jim was an amazing guide and instructor. We had so much fun and caught our limited in less than 3 hours. Captain Jim fillet the fish and recommended where we could get it processed for shipping home.
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Good experience
80%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
67%
Appropriate for children
83%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
80%
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Grady M.
Chandler, AZ
 5.00
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Day trip with Jim

VERIFIED   June 26, 2019
We are here at a time when the Salmon isn’t the best of the season. Jim offered any kind of Salmon fishing we wanted and...
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Park City, Utah
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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...
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Eagle River, Alaska
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Bayside, NY
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Half day silver salmon with Jim Rusk

VERIFIED   August 15, 2018
Great experience and learned 2 new salmon techniques
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Yoshi S.
Fort Payne, AL
 3.33
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That was a part of fishing.

VERIFIED   June 30, 2019
First, we did not catch any fish. That is the reason of two stars for experience point. I know that King salmon is not...
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