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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Soldotna, Alaska are: Full list of top fishing charters in Soldotna

The average price for a private 4 hour Soldotna fishing trip is $679, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $852 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Soldotna that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Soldotna provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Soldotna are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Soldotna are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $438
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $317
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $600
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $513

Soldotna is a microcosm of America’s “Last Frontier.” This small river town, located on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, embodies the true spirit of adventure, leaving tourists breathless by her pristine beauty. Visitors from all over the US visit Soldotna to experience some of the best freshwater fishing that this region has to offer. With easy access to Cook Inlet, it also produces excellent saltwater opportunities, putting fishing in Soldotna at the top of every angler’s bucket list.

Top Fishing Spots

This area’s combination of freshwater and saltwater fishing make Soldotna a prime location for outdoorsmen and adventure-seekers of all experience levels. Here’s a quick look at some top picks!

The Kenai River

Soldotna is located on the Kenai River, home to some of the most renowned Salmon fishing in the world. As such, it’s  Alaska’s most popular sportfishing destination and is frequently regarded as one of the top go-to spots for avid fishermen.

In 1985, the world record for King Salmon was caught off the banks of the Kenai River in Soldotna, weighing in at 97 pounds and 4 ounces. On average, Kenai Chinook weigh anywhere between 30–45 pounds, so the chances of catching a big King are pretty good. Other top catches include Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum Salmon, as well as Rainbow Trout.

Lakes

Soldotna fishing guides also have access to some of the most productive lakes on the Kenai peninsula. These lakes are brimming with freshwater species, such as Grayling, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, Northern Pike, and Rainbow and Lake Trout.

Among these lakes is Skilak Lake, a very popular sportfishing destination for many Alaskans. It’s located in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, only about a half-hour drive from Soldotna.

Cook Inlet

Cook Inlet forms a 180-mile stretch of watershed which the Kenai River feeds into. This large basin is home to a wide range of saltwater fish, including all five species of Pacific Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod, Rockfish, Steelhead, and Herring.

Cook Inlet provides excellent inshore as well as offshore opportunities for all types of anglers. Whether you’re looking for a short trip close to shore or a full-day, deep-sea excursion, Soldotna fishing guides will cater your trip based on your preferences.

Types of Trips

Trips vary from 5–10 hours, depending on the travel distance, fishing location, and target species. Shorter trips are a great way for families to introduce their kids to fishing or for beginners to go out and find their sea legs.

Longer trips allow you to cover more water and increase your likelihood of catching something. These trips are a great opportunity for experienced anglers to head offshore and try a few different techniques.

Soldotna fishing guides offer both private and shared trips. Shared trips are a great option if you’re unable to find enough people for a fishing trip, or would like to save some cash. Private trips will give you and your party a more personalized experience so you can enjoy the day with close friends and loved ones.

What You Need to Know

Residents over the age of 18 and non-residents over 16 must purchase either a freshwater or saltwater fishing license. You can buy one online by visiting the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website or at one of their local offices, as well as any local sporting goods or grocery store. Also, please note that if you plan on harvesting King Salmon, you’ll have to purchase an additional stamp as well.

Bait and tackle are usually included in the price, so just be sure to pack some snacks and drinks, as well as extra layers of clothing. We recommend contacting your guide who will provide you with any additional information you may need.

America’s Last Frontier is only one click away, so check out some of Soldotna’s fishing guides, choose your captain, and get ready to experience Alaska’s fishing firsthand.

Soldotna
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 25515 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Cold months require a little more effort if you’re planning to go fishing out at sea, however, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to target freshwater fish on the Kenai River or one of Soldotna’s many lakes. 

February

Snap out of the winter blues and book an ice fishing trip in Soldotna. You’ll have the chance to target Lake Trout, Arctic Char, and Northern Pike on one of the area’s surrounding lakes. While you’re here, be sure to check out Soldotna’s Frozen RiverFest!

March

March produces solid opportunities for freshwater fish, such as Northern Pike and Lake Trout. Peak season for charter fishing is still a few months away but there are chances to target Rockfish and Halibut offshore, just be sure to keep an eye on the weather.

April

April marks the beginning of the Dolly Varden spring run, so get ready to take out the fly gear and head out to the Kenai River to target this elusive species. Steelhead fishing starts to pick up towards the end of the month as well, so don’t put that fly rod away just yet!

May

Spring fishing gets kicked into high gear. Head offshore to target Halibut, Rockfish, and Herring or head down the Kenai River to target King Salmon, Steelhead, Dolly Varden, and Arctic Char.

June

Bottom fishing is known to produce excellent opportunities in June. This is when Halibut and Rockfish are at their peak and start to take the bait much more frequently than any other month. It’s also prime time for Kenai Kings so don’t don’t rule freshwater fishing out either! 

July

Soldotna fishing is excellent in July, in terms of both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Lingcod start to show up in numbers throughout Cook Inlet, as well as Halibut and Rockfish. Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char, and all five types of Pacific Salmon can be targeted throughout July.

August

Happy days continue throughout August as anglers get to enjoy fishing in Cook Inlet as well as the Kenai River. You’ll have a chance to catch all five Pacific Salmon species, so book a full-day trip and head home with delicious fish for the family.

September

Soldotna hosts the Kenai River Women’s Classic in September each year to support habitat restoration and preservation, as well as to promote sustainable fishing practices. This is a great fundraising event and an awesome opportunity to enjoy fishing while supporting a great cause.

October

October is your last opportunity to head offshore to target Rockfish, Halibut, and Lingcod. Be sure to check out Skilak Lake and challenge the Northern Pike bite on light tackle as well. While out there, you might also encounter Trout, Dolly Varden, and Char.

November

Winter is coming! This means ice fishing season is among us. Build a fire, drill a hole, and drop a line in search of Grayling, Arctic Char, and Northern Pike.

December

The winter season is in full swing, which means ice fishing in Soldotna is the name of the game. You can also still book a river guide to take you out looking for monster river fish for some action on light tackle.

Soldotna Fishing Calendar

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Make sure to book during one of the salmon runs. The guide was great but the but the fishing was hard.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Make sure to book during one of the salmon runs. The guide was great but the but the fishing was hard.
Ira  S.
Ira S. Rockwall, TX
Buy your license at Fred Meyer...very easy. If you catch a king salmon you will not be able to fish for the rest of the trip, but you can enjoy the boat ride.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Buy your license at Fred Meyer...very easy. If you catch a king salmon you will not be able to fish for the rest of the trip, but you can enjoy the boat ride.
Dennis  R.
Dennis R. Vancouver, WA
Fishing in June is great because we got there before the big tourist season and didn’t have to fight the croweds.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in June is great because we got there before the big tourist season and didn’t have to fight the croweds.
Travis  B.
Travis B. Homer, AK
book your fishing a bit earlier in the year than we did but don't be afraid of whenever you go. I would probably book more than one day if I were to do this again down the road. Be nice to go after some King Salmon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
book your fishing a bit earlier in the year than we did but don't be afraid of whenever you go. I would probably book more than one day if I were to do this again down the road. Be nice to go after some King Salmon.
Kenneth  J.
Kenneth J. WILIAMSBG Township, ME
Visit the launch area at Centennial Park 11:00am to noon to see and speak to the anglers returning from the early morning half day trips on the Kenai.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Visit the launch area at Centennial Park 11:00am to noon to see and speak to the anglers returning from the early morning half day trips on the Kenai.
Tim  M.
Tim M. Reno, Nevada

Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
The fish may have not been cooperating but Capt Jared didn’t give up. I caught my first salmon in the last few minuted of the day - all thanks to efforts of our guide. What a great way to celebrate my 61st birthday! Both the boat and equipment were very well maintained and I would definitely recommend this excursion to anyone!
Beth  S.
Beth S. Crystal River, FL
D's Fishing Company
D's Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Outstanding guide. He know the Kenai river and where the fish will be. Most importantly, he communicates with other guides to assess the conditions and where the fish are moving. We will be fishing with DUSTIN AGAIN.
Dean  Y.
Dean Y. Renton, WA
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Awesome first salmon trip with my son. Jared was very knowledgeable and helped us catch some big sockeyes.
William  D.
William D. Butler, PA
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
So much fun fishing with Jared! I learned so much. He’s patient and knows just where to go to get the fish. If we’re ever back this way again, he’ll be our 1st call! Caught way more than we could hold for the picture!!!
Michael  B.
Michael B. Auburn, CA
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
John and I just loved the knowledge he has of the fish in Alaska! We do not think we would want anyone else after our experience with Jared! I hope we get to have another amazing experience with him next year!!!
Melinda  M.
Melinda M. Apache Junction, AZ
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Jared did a great job teaching us the flossing technique to catch sockeye salmon in Kenai River. He was very nice and knowledgeable and helped us catch 3 beautiful sockeye each for the stringer. Overall an awesome experience!
Samuel  W.
Samuel W. Irvington, NY
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Jared is an excellent captain. His years of experience make him a fantastic choice to navigate the Kenai. Jared took his time to provide helpful tips and suggestions to improve our techniques. We were both novices and each caught our limit of Red Salmon by about half the day. Highly recommended. When we come back, we’ll definitely go with Jared again!!
Neil  F.
Neil F. Scottsdale, AZ
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Jared worked hard to make sure we were on the fish. Kept the equipment in top condition. Respected the rules, and had a great time!! Will certainly ask for him again.
Stephanie  H.
Stephanie H. Longview, TX
D's Fishing Company
D's Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We went sockeye fishing with Captain Dustin this weekend and had a BLAST! He was knowledgeable, patient with our skill level, and ensured we were having a great time. Before the trip, he made sure we had directions to the launch and was very communicative. Next time we want to fish, I'll definitely be reaching out to Dustin. We couldn't recommend him more for any level of angler looking to have a great time out on the water!
Elizabeth  M.
Elizabeth M. Park Ridge, IL
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Great half days fishing booked with Jared. Plenty of fish, with expert guidance on how to catch Sockeye. Would highly recommend Jared to anyone considering a fishing trip.
Peter  O.
Peter O. Reading, England
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Brutal weather, tough "bite," but Jared kept after it for us to get our fish.
Tyler  S.
Tyler S. Madison, WI
D's Fishing Company
D's Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(35 reviews)
Knows the sport, the law, and the territory well and tries hard to adapt to conditions to get fish in the boat. Could use a little more explanation of what to do and expect up front for young or inexperienced clients and after action comments could be considered a little rushed or critical. He is heavy on the fishing and not as much on everything that goes with it. More experienced anglers would likely consider Dustin a 5 Star guide.
David  G.
David G. Celina, TX
D's Fishing Company
D's Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(35 reviews)
Dustin does a great job trying to find fish. We had a good time and will go back again. Enjoy his energy and experience. Carl Cascio
Carl  C.
Carl C. Waterford, CT
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
My wife and I had a great time with Capt. Jarod. We caught our limits in about 2 hours. Helped with local knowledge of a fish processor. Had a great time and would highly recommend him!
James  C.
James C. Antioch, CA
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Kept 15 nice Sockeye! Should have been more if we could get better hook sets. Jared was awesome. May be a few days for our arms to recover.
Brady  W.
Brady W. Osseo, MN
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kasilof River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kasilof River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Was everything we hoped it would be and more. I highly recommend fishing with Captain Jarred and already looking forward to doing it again.
Rick  C.
Rick C. Flying H, NM
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Jared was fantastic! He was more than accommodating to help us with a last minute trip request. We will definitely be back!!!
Josh  M.
Josh M. Enumclaw, WA
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Jared was awesome and put us on the fish. Thankful to say we hit our limit! Tremendous experience!!
Erik  B.
Erik B. Anchorage, Alaska
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Great fishing trip! Jared was very experienced and the best guide we've had! Caught our limit within an hour. Highly recommend.
Ashley  B.
Ashley B. Somersworth, NH
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
We had a wonderful afternoon with Jared. We all caught fish and the boys didn’t want to leave. Clearly experienced, very professional and just an overall nice person. His first mate Kelsey was a perfect addition to complete our foursome. TY J&K, we will be back!
Jennifer  S.
Jennifer S. Spring Lake, NJ

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