Kenai Lake

6 Fishing Charters

Kenai Lake Fishing Charters

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Kenai Lake: 6 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(59 reviews)
Cooper Landing
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trips from $800
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(24 reviews)
Cooper Landing
trips from $200
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(66 reviews)
Cooper Landing
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $200
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(18 reviews)
Cooper Landing
trips from $200
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(30 reviews)
Cooper Landing
trips from $235
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Cooper Landing
trips from $201

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Kenai Lake

According to customer reviews, Jason’s Guide Service, Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River, and Kenai River Trout Anglers are some of the most popular fishing charters in Kenai Lake. Full list of top fishing charters in Kenai Lake.

The average price for a private 4 hour Kenai Lake fishing trip is $616, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,007 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Jason’s Guide Service, Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River, and Kenai River Trout Anglers all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Kenai Lake.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolly Varden, Coho Salmon, and Sockeye Salmon. Top fishing techniques include Fly Fishing, Light Tackle, and Drift Fishing. River fishing, backcountry fishing, and lake fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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
4.4 / 5
Based on 27695 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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Make plans with your guide before booking your room. They may be able to help you find a good place and a better deal right in Cooper landing. I booked a room in Soldotna before I made fishing plans and spent a little extra time traveling. It wasn't too bad, but it would have been nicer to be right there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make plans with your guide before booking your room. They may be able to help you find a good place and a better deal right in Cooper landing. I booked a room in Soldotna before I made fishing plans and spent a little extra time traveling. It wasn't too bad, but it would have been nicer to be right there.
Kevin  G.
Kevin G. United States
Book with Mike, excellent experience , even though in between Salmon runs he took us rite to where he thought fish might be hanging. We limited out in several hours. Thanks Mike, Rick and Tina
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Mike, excellent experience , even though in between Salmon runs he took us rite to where he thought fish might be hanging. We limited out in several hours. Thanks Mike, Rick and Tina
Rick  L.
Rick L. Washington, NJ
Great river to fish. When I was there the river was high, so it will always depend on the conditions at the time of your planned trip. Beginning of July 2023.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Great river to fish. When I was there the river was high, so it will always depend on the conditions at the time of your planned trip. Beginning of July 2023.
Matthew  H.
Matthew H. Manassas, Virginia
It was cold, we fished on June 2 before salmon season was open. None the less,we had fun and caught 10 fish in half a day. Dress in layers then add an extra one.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was cold, we fished on June 2 before salmon season was open. None the less,we had fun and caught 10 fish in half a day. Dress in layers then add an extra one.
Deborah  S.
Deborah S. Tice, FL
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

Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(24 reviews)
Capt. Ron is an excellent guide and has a great command of the oars as well as the best trout spots on the Upper Kenai. We had a great time.
Clayton  B.
Clayton B. Sterling, Alaska
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Ron is a truly excellent guide and excellent conversationalist. He has a fantastic knowledge of the river and has a fishing technique for every aspect and area to ensure that there never a dull moment.
Chad  L.
Chad L. Tacoma, Washington
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Had a great day of fly fishing from boat and shore. Had a variety of gear to use. Was an excellent time. Would do it again.
Rebecca  V.
Rebecca V. Harrisville, UT
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
For My wife and I, this was our first time fly fishing and captain Ron was great with explaining and showing us what to do, what to use, where to do it and why. He knows where all the best areas in the river are, we had a great day with him. Thanks Captain Ron
Ron  A.
Ron A. Washington, MI
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Only regret was not booking a full day. Would highly recommend: 10/10 experience.
Nicholas  T.
Nicholas T. Charlotte, NC
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Great trip...Ron was very patient and helpful withe boys 13 & 11...they thought it was awesome! Would definitely recommend Ron as your fishing guide.
Donna  G.
Donna G. Lakewood, CO
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Had an awesome day out on the Kenai with Ron. Was incredibly helpful with us being novice fly fisherman.
Chase  B.
Chase B. Anchorage, Alaska
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Ron was awesome. Was very professional, patient and friendly. I would highly recommend the charter... it was a great experience and my daughters loved the memory.
Sean  S.
Sean S. Tampa, Florida
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Had an awesome time on our daddy/ daughter trip and my best friend! Captain Ron was an amazing guide full of knowledge, fun facts, stories, advise m and the best fishing holes. 100% would do this trip again and hope I can before leaving back to Tennessee.
Ginny  K.
Ginny K. Anchorage, Alaska
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Ron was great to spend the day with. He used several different fishing techniques to put us on the fish. Highly recommended!
Allan  C.
Allan C. Anchorage, AK
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Despite the rainy, wet weather Ron made the trip so enjoyable with my kids.
Mike  W.
Mike W. Nampa, ID
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Hopefully we’ll get there during the salmon run next time. Did get one on the line just couldn’t reel it in. Had a nice experience learning how to fly fish. Recommend Ron if you have a small group.
EDWARD  Y.
EDWARD Y.
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Ron Doebler Fly Fishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(24 reviews)
Ron was a great guide and individual. Good equipment and knowledge. Patient with low skill fisher people. River was real high and resulted in no take of fish. Would use Ron again, with normal river levels
Mark  M.
Mark M. Ingram, TX