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What anglers said about fishing in Cook Inlet

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
First time salmon fishing and first time salmon fishing on the river. The fishing is sitting right off the bank anchored down while you lure is diving close to the bottom from the current. Just a lot of sitting waiting for a bite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First time salmon fishing and first time salmon fishing on the river. The fishing is sitting right off the bank anchored down while you lure is diving close to the bottom from the current. Just a lot of sitting waiting for a bite.
Christopher  M.
Christopher M. Anchorage, Alaska
Bring a lunch, appropriate shoes and clothing and an eagerness to have fun.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Bring a lunch, appropriate shoes and clothing and an eagerness to have fun.
Glen  B.
Glen B. Kasilof, AK
Don't be disappointed if you don't catch all the fish you expect to. So many variables with weather and conditions. Enjoy the experience of it all. The camaraderie, the scenery is wonderful, being out on the big water. Being able to go fishing in Alaska is a blessing, not a given.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Don't be disappointed if you don't catch all the fish you expect to. So many variables with weather and conditions. Enjoy the experience of it all. The camaraderie, the scenery is wonderful, being out on the big water. Being able to go fishing in Alaska is a blessing, not a given.
Susan  T.
Susan T. Ruth, MI
Being rain grear and waterproof boots, Don’t expect a guarantee to catch salmon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Being rain grear and waterproof boots, Don’t expect a guarantee to catch salmon.
Marie  P.
Marie P. Dalton Gardens, ID
This is surf fishing. We thought it was specific for halibut which is not true. Title of this fishing expedition needs to change. It was a great experience. We caught fish without sea sickness and if you need to go pee there is bathroom :) beautiful scenes to view while fishing. Take your chairs, coolers, relax, enjoy and have good time. My grandsons (10 & 13) recommend and so do we.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is surf fishing. We thought it was specific for halibut which is not true. Title of this fishing expedition needs to change. It was a great experience. We caught fish without sea sickness and if you need to go pee there is bathroom :) beautiful scenes to view while fishing. Take your chairs, coolers, relax, enjoy and have good time. My grandsons (10 & 13) recommend and so do we.
Lynne  K.
Lynne K. La Mesa, CA
Allow enough time to get at least two good fishing days. Be prepared to spend 500.00 to 1000.00 on processing and shipping costs.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Allow enough time to get at least two good fishing days. Be prepared to spend 500.00 to 1000.00 on processing and shipping costs.
Paul  H.
Paul H.
check the dates; mid to late july for reds, mid august for silvers. We went in between and it really didn't work out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
check the dates; mid to late july for reds, mid august for silvers. We went in between and it really didn't work out.
John  C.
John C. Atascadero, CA
Make sure you know what days correspond with the fish you desire to catch. For example, you are not allowed to keep Halibut on Wednesdays.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you know what days correspond with the fish you desire to catch. For example, you are not allowed to keep Halibut on Wednesdays.
John  D.
John D. Newton, AL
Rain gear, be prepared for cooler weather....dont expect 100 pound halibut....take the good normal 30-50 pound ones if you get the opportunity....
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Rain gear, be prepared for cooler weather....dont expect 100 pound halibut....take the good normal 30-50 pound ones if you get the opportunity....
Charles  Y.
Charles Y. Seattle, Washington
Bring warm clothes & a face mask. It turned into a nice sunny day but ride in the boat was chilly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring warm clothes & a face mask. It turned into a nice sunny day but ride in the boat was chilly.
Alicia  M.
Alicia M. Honolulu, HI
July is on and off just like a lot of people talk about. But if you take your crew there and keep lines in the water there's a good chance you'll have Salmon for dinner
Excellent
5.0 / 5
July is on and off just like a lot of people talk about. But if you take your crew there and keep lines in the water there's a good chance you'll have Salmon for dinner
Christopher  B.
Christopher B. Frisco, CO
If you're after Salmon, pay very close attention to the timing of the Runs and what is happening with the Dip Netting. In hindsight, we should have gone to the Kasilof or down to Seward as both had many more fish than the Kenai during the time we had available.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If you're after Salmon, pay very close attention to the timing of the Runs and what is happening with the Dip Netting. In hindsight, we should have gone to the Kasilof or down to Seward as both had many more fish than the Kenai during the time we had available.
Jacob  K.
Jacob K. Stillwater, Minnesota
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
Bring a change of clothes, in case you fall down in the river the current is quite strong.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a change of clothes, in case you fall down in the river the current is quite strong.
Paul  G.
Paul G. United States
Be prepared for cold wet weather. You can always take things off but you can’t put on a layer you didn’t bring.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for cold wet weather. You can always take things off but you can’t put on a layer you didn’t bring.
David  E.
David E. Palmer, AK
Know the regulations, where to go and potential hazards of certain areas- using a guide or going with a local for the first time would be highly recommended
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the regulations, where to go and potential hazards of certain areas- using a guide or going with a local for the first time would be highly recommended
Scott  S.
Scott S. Holiday Lakes, TX
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
Have a plan for your catch. Grocery stores have coolers you can transport fish home in, local processors can freeze and ship them, or you could catch and release. Ask your guides what the nearby options are and the price range for each.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have a plan for your catch. Grocery stores have coolers you can transport fish home in, local processors can freeze and ship them, or you could catch and release. Ask your guides what the nearby options are and the price range for each.
Matt  S.
Matt S. Austin, TX
Make sure to bring rain gear. It wasn’t heavy rain but it was a steady drizzle.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to bring rain gear. It wasn’t heavy rain but it was a steady drizzle.
Ryan  S.
Ryan S. Litchfield, MN