Cooper Landing

12 Fishing Charters

Cooper Landing Fishing Charters

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Cooper Landing: 12 fishing charters available

Jason’s Guide Service

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Cooper Landing
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trips from $700

Kenai River Trout Anglers

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (39)
Cooper Landing
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trips from $200

Alaskan Angling Adventures

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (25)
Cooper Landing
trips from $201

Fantasea Charters

4.5 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (60)
Seward
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trips from $250

Anchor Down Sportfishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (125)
Seward
trips from $245

D's Fishing Company

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (25)
Soldotna
trips from $175

Alaska Dream Charters

4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (30)
Seward
trips from $345

Alaskan Widespread Fishing - Power Boat

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (55)
Soldotna
trips from $185

Alaskan Widespread Fishing Adventures - Hike

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Soldotna
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Chasingtales Alaska

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (4)
Sterling
trips from $200

A Cooper Landing fishing experience is nothing short of incredible. Known as the gem of the Kenai Peninsula, these emerald waters have a lot to offer anglers. Cooper Landing is located at Kenai Lake, where the famous Kenai River begins. It may be small, with just 300 people living there, but the options for world-class fishing are huge. In the fall, the number of anglers triples here, with over 1,000 coming to fish these waters during the area’s annual Salmon run.

Cooper Landing Fishing Spots

If you’re fishing in Cooper Landing, chances are you’ve come for the Salmon run along the Kenai River. When this gets too crowded, remember, you’ve also got the Russian River very close. The Salmon run is from late summer into the fall. Yet the action doesn’t stop during the winter – this is the perfect time to go ice fishing at one of the many local lakes, such as Juneau Lake, Watson Lake, or Skilak Lake.

In the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll find four of the top Salmon species – Sockeye, Humpback, Coho, and Chinook (also called Red, Pink, Silver, and King respectively.) Although delicious, to maintain the high quality of fishing opportunities here, catch and release is highly recommended.

Upper Kenai River

Kenai River is the reason this area is on the map. Near Cooper Landing, you have Kenai Lake and the Upper Kenai River. These waters are home to Sockeye Salmon, Dolly Varden, Rainbow Trout, and Coho Salmon. The Kenai River is more shallow and swift than the lower sections, making it perfect for drift fishing. A lot of anglers ride out to the hot spots then jump in and wade fish. During the Salmon run, be careful you don’t get knocked down by this powerful, single-minded fish!

Russian River

This beautiful water is well worth visiting even if you choose not to fish – although, with the best population of Dolly Varden around, that’s unlikely! You’ll also fish Rainbow Trout and Sockeye here – from the shoreline, these can even be seen jumping out of the water, so have your camera ready. This is one of the main rivers that Sockeye spawn in, so there are regulations and seasons for fishing here. Your Cooper Landing fishing guide will let you know when the waters can be accessed, and how many fish you can take home.

Fishing Tips

  • Ask your guide to teach you the “Sockey Swing,” the best technique for reeling in Sockeye Salmon. These bad boys need a completely different approach compared to Coho and Chinook. For best results, use small hooks baited with worms, eggs, small flies, or small spoons. Try to get your lure right in front of the fish to provoke a reflexive strike – remember, when spawning, these guys are not hungry, so traditional lures won’t work.

  • For Chinook and Coho Salmon, the presentation of the lure is vital. Position the lure directly ahead of the fish so they can’t miss it, with a good sinker to get it to the right depth. Lures that work well include eggs, spoons, spinners, and wobbling plugs

Need to Know

When out and about, remember to take your bear spray with you – this can be bought in most stores once you land in Alaska. Where there are fish, it’s likely there will be bears. Read up on bear protocol before you head out.

Rules and Regulations

It’s best to check the regulations for limits and other restrictions that apply during the season you’ll be fishing. These change regularly and vary from river to river. Your fishing guide is the best source to inform you what you can fish for and when. Emergency regulations can be put into place at any time to protect the productivity of the rivers.

You’ll need to buy a fishing license before your first line is cast. These can be purchased in most places – a day license will cost around $25 (price subject to change). If targeting King Salmon, you’ll need an additional King Salmon stamp to go after them legally.

Budget

Fishing trips in Cooper Landing generally cost around $175 per person for a half day trip, and $275 per person for a full day trip.

Getting There

Cooper Landing is 2 hours south of Anchorage International Airport. From here, a two-hour drive along the Sterling Highway can get you to Homer. You’ll notice that main roads are few and far between – it’s much easier to fly between towns.

A vacation in Cooper Landing fishing is fabulous – you’ll have a stunning backdrop to fish against, a huge range of Salmon to fish, and a choice of lakes and rivers that offer year-round fishing.

Cooper Landing
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January

Ice fishing for Burbot is great at Juneau Lake Cabin, found at the south end of the Resurrection Pass Trail. You can snowshoe or cross country ski to get there – it's well worth the journey.

 
February

Head one hour to Soldotna for the annual Frozen RiverFest. Live music, bonfires, food, and a beer garden await you. Temperatures can dip as low as 19° F, so dress in layers.

March

Head to Homer and join in the Homer Epic 100K. Ski, cycle, or run the trails in 24 hours. Only 100 participants allowed, so book your place early.

April

Fishing is quiet this month. If you’re lucky, you can catch Dolly Varden at the Russian River.

May

Chinook begins to heat up – this is the fish that put the Kenai River on the map! Keep an eye out for emergency fishing regulations for this species.

June

From late June, Humpback Salmon begin their journey into Cooper Landing. This is great till the end of July. Dolly Varden is hot till July too.

July

If you’re going after “Humpies,” this is the last opportunity you’ll get this year. Temperatures reach 68° F with very long days. Sockeye heats up this month.

August

Sockeye continue to be great. Dolly Varden comes back into the river, and Coho action is fantastic. This is a great month for fishing.

September

Drive one hour to Seward for the Music and Arts Festival, for plenty of art, live music, dance performances, and food.

October

This is the last month for Dolly Varden. Last chance to catch Salmon, as they start to die off after breeding. The rivers become less crowded, but it becomes harder to get a bite overall.

November

This is the beginning of the ice fishing season. Winter months are also a great chance to book a trip to northern Alaska to see the aurora borealis.

December

There are plenty of Christmas activities to keep you feeling festive and warm this month. The lakes are usually frozen enough to ice fish safely now.

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Check the Alaskan wildlife site to see which fish are running or if they have closed the season for certain fish.
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Check the Alaskan wildlife site to see which fish are running or if they have closed the season for certain fish.
Dustin  J.
Dustin J. Herndon, VA

Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
My son and I had an awesome day with Mike Adams on the upper Kenai River. Mike was very patient with us teaching my son and I how to use the fly rods. We had an amazing float and I highly recommend Mike Adams! Dan and Brent from Michigan
Dan  Z.
Dan Z. Portage, MI
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
Mike was very knowledgeable about how to catch sockeye salmon and he took us to the right place in the Kenai River.
Hoyt  S.
Hoyt S. Tulsa, OK
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
We had a great day fishing with Captain Mike! He was prompt, prepared and patient as we learned the dynamics of river fishing. Thank you for wonderful day and for the experience of fishing in the beautiful Kenai River! Highly recommend Captain Mike if you are looking for a fishing experience!
April  R.
April R. United States
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
Overall had a great experience. I think it would be nice to have the option to bring more fish home; perhaps that was something I misread ahead of time but otherwise no complaints. Sounds like we just missed out on catching lots of salmon during a salmon run.
Yoni  S.
Yoni S. Denver, CO
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
What a day! My son and I went out with Captain Mike and had the time of our lives. Knowledgeable and skilled at finding the best places and explanations of what to do. Additionally, there was an incident with another boat on the river, who needed assistance. Mike was quick to help and handled the situation with thoughtful professionalism.
Shaun  D.
Shaun D. Atlanta, GA
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
Excellent day of fishing with Mike Adams. Caught lots of trout and salmon. Mike was very knowledgeable on different fishing techniques and where the fish were in different parts of the river. He put us on fish right away. I would definitely fish with him again
Kathleen  C.
Kathleen C. Seward, Alaska
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
What an amazing trip! Highly recommend captain Mike. He did not disappoint.
Roberta  K.
Roberta K. Eagle River, Alaska
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
My father, brother and I had a great half day trip with Mike! He definitely knows the river and had us on fish all the time. We just showed up and all the gear was in the boat and ready. All we had to do was get in our seats and wait for him to give us our poles. Then we were off on the most beautiful river ever. Even though we had limited fishing knowledge or experience, with Captain Mike's help, we each caught many fish! If you can get on Mike's schedule, do it!
Jason  K.
Jason K. Winterset, IA
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
My Dad and I booked a day river cruise with Mike and had a great time fishing. Mike was very responsive and easy to work with prior and during the trip. He really worked the river making sure we had a chance to fish all areas and taught us various techniques for river fishing. I would recommend Mike to others and look forward to booking again with him.
Dustin  J.
Dustin J. Herndon, VA
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
Mike spent every minute to make sure our float/drift fishing trip was a success. Detail was put upon safety & locating the kings ! You will not get a better guide to fish Alaska !
Randy  C.
Randy C. Indianapolis, Indiana

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Cooper Landing

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Cooper Landing costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $570, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $963. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Cooper Landing is 20 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

According to customer reviews, Jason’s Guide Service, Kenai River Trout Anglers, and Alaskan Angling Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Cooper Landing, Alaska. Full list of top fishing charters in Cooper Landing.

Jason’s Guide Service, Kenai River Trout Anglers, and Alaskan Angling Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Cooper Landing.

The best way to experience fishing in Cooper Landing is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Cooper Landing, Alaska.

The most popular fish species you can target are Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Dolly Varden, and Salmon (Coho). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, fly fishing, and spinning. River fishing, backcountry fishing, and lake fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Ice fishing for Burbot is great at Juneau Lake Cabin, found at the south end of the Resurrection Pass Trail. You can snowshoe or cross country ski to get there – it's well worth the journey.   Check availability for local fishing charters in Cooper Landing.