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To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Kenai Lake costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $649, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $989. 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 Kenai Lake is 20 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

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

Jason’s Guide Service and Alaskan Angling Adventures received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Kenai Lake.

The best way to experience fishing in Kenai Lake 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 Kenai Lake.

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 jigging. River fishing, backcountry fishing, and lake fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Close to the end of the month, you can expect amazing King Salmon action in the Kenai River. Be sure to check if the season is officially open, since this changes every year.   Check availability for local fishing charters in Kenai Lake.

Fishing in Kenai Lake isn’t reserved for hard-core anglers. Anyone in need of an exciting adventure far north is welcome to come fishing on these mesmerizing glacier waters. Does the thought of cold winters in Alaska immediately give you chills? Don’t worry. The fishing season is open during summer, so you can leave your snowsuit at home.
 
The lake and its tributaries are home to a variety of game fish. You can expect great King Salmon fishing in late May and early June. In July, Sockeye Salmon take the spotlight, followed by Coho Salmon in August. Coho is the most aggressive type of Salmon and a real treat for every angler willing to put up a fight. September brings fly fishing adventures and trophy-sized Rainbow Trout. The end of the season is marked by stunning, color-changing Dolly Varden.
 
These waters hold some of the largest King (Chinook) Salmon in the area, and there are several IGFA records to prove it. If you’re after Salmon specifically, however, look for a guided trip downstream to the lower parts of the Kenai River, since Salmon fishing is off limits in the lake.
 
Trips vary from four to nine hours, depending on how much time you want to spend on the water. The best departure point for Kenai Lake is Cooper Landing, but if you want to fish downstream, look for guides around Soldotna. 
 

Rules & Regulations

A freshwater license is needed for all non-resident anglers over 16 and resident anglers over 18. You can get your Alaska fishing license online. If you intend to catch and keep King Salmon, you need a special stamp. 
 
Kenai Lake
Excellent
4.1 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
The beginning of the year is not an ideal time for a trip because fish barely move. You’re better off making plans for the summer season.
 
February
Some Trout can be found in the lake this time of year, but you’ll hardly find a guide willing to take you out in the cold!
 
March
Interested in catching a trophy King Salmon? Head to Homer for the Winter King Salmon Tournament. Meanwhile, the action on Kenai Lake won’t be picking up anytime soon. 
 
April
Rainbow Trout show up in larger numbers come April, but the fishing season has yet to begin. You might find a guide who’s willing to take you out on the water early.
 
May
Close to the end of the month, you can expect amazing King Salmon action in the Kenai River. Be sure to check if the season is officially open, since this changes every year.
 
June
King Salmon rules the local fishing scene in June. If you decide to stay on the lake, you can target Dolly Varden and Trout.
 
July
The King shares the throne with Sockeye Salmon in July. Sockeye is usually found in the upper part of the river, which is closer to Kenai Lake.
 
August
In August, another Salmon joins the game – Coho. This acrobatic fish is not easy to catch. Are you ready for a challenge?
 
September
You can still find lots of Coho Salmon in the river. If staying on the lake sounds better, target Trout and Dolly Varden.
 
October
This is the last chance for a great fishing trip before the season ends. Catch a trophy Trout! Even better, land it on a fly!
 
November
Most fishing guides and boats are out of the water. If you find someone to take you on a trip, you can target Steelhead and Dolly Varden.
 
December
The end of the year doesn’t bring much in the way of fishing adventures. You can enjoy the holidays and attend festive events if you’re in the area.
 

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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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Very good
4.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
19 year old guide with one year experience. Personable seemed knowledgeable and pleasant. Fishing at the tome of year we fished ( August) was drift style. Not my favorite style but we caught a few a d the scenery was wonderFil. Would recommend if angler enjoys this style of fly foshing
James  Y.
James Y. Conway, SC
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(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
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
A great trip, didn’t catch a ton of trout, but a few. Floating down the river was great and the scenery was awesome. Caleb has a great personality, was very attentive, and rowed like crazy
Rick  M.
Rick M. Lincolnton, GA
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(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
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(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
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Knows the river extremely well. Limited out before 10AM. Helped the handicapped old guy best I've seen.
Douglas  K.
Douglas K. Sierra Vista, AZ
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Jason was amazing! He is very good at what he does, he makes the trip a ton of fun and very memorable. He is a great guide and very passionate about what he does. We truly enjoyed the fishing trip with Jason and highly recommend him!
Alice  S.
Alice S. Seward, Alaska
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(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
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
One of the best fishing trips up here in Alaska. Capt Jason’s instruction was spot on. Took me a while after been 20 yrs of of fishing but it started slowly coming back, at end i caught fish and had a memorable time in birthday. Highly recomended for newcomers and veteran fisherman alike. Jason knew all the righr spots and left experience with desire for to come back since I live here as well.
Rob  G.
Rob G. Juneau, AK
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
What an amazing trip! Highly recommend captain Mike. He did not disappoint.
Roberta  K.
Roberta K. Eagle River, Alaska
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Jason is definitely the guide you want to be with if you want to have a fantastic time. We cught lots of fish. Highly recommend his service!
Orville  D.
Orville D. Mumbai, Maharashtra
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
We - myself and my 2 boys (17 and 21) spent the day with Jason along the Kenai river. We are fishing novices and Jason was quite firm but patient with our skill level. The boys absolutely loved the fishing, scenery and Jason's fishing wisdom. Great trip, great fishing and a wonderful time was had by all. We would definitely recommend Jason and hope to visit again soon.
Christopher  L.
Christopher L. Houston, TX
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
The morning started out slow but Jason worked hard to find the fish which we eventually did and had a great time catching fish!
Greg  O.
Greg O. San Francisco, CA
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Knowledgeable, friendly, professional, funny. If the fish are running, Jason is going to put you on them
Josh  L.
Josh L. Clintonville, WI
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Alaskan Angling Adventures
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(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
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
I definitely come back to Jason’s guide service. We had an awesome time and enjoyed this trip. I wish we would of done a full day! Maybe even 2. Thanks you Jason it was great. Enjoyed seeing the bears also. John
John  H.
John H. Anchorage, AK
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
We booked a trip with Jason’s Guide Service because of the reviews, and it did not disappoint! Our captain was Mike and although fishing was slow, we had the best time and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. He was very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions, and was super nice. 10/10!
Andrea  G.
Andrea G. Anchorage, Alaska
Jason’s Guide Service
Jason’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Our guide was very professional and awesome. I booked the trip last minute and it was excellent!! Really fun. If I lived closer I would fish Kasilof more.
Christopher  J.
Christopher J. Anchorage, AK