Alaska Salmon Fishing

The Kenai River fishery consists of all five Pacific salmon species. The most targeted salmon are the King (Chinook), Sockeye and Silver strains. Species that are less desirable are the pink and chum salmon.

Jason’s Guide Service does not fish king salmon on the Kenai River due to low numbers and poor returns. The Chum salmon return in such small numbers that we don’t choose to target them either.

The species we seek are the Sockeye, Silver, and Pink salmon.

Sockeye salmon are the first salmon to come into the river in any abundance and are a hard fighting, delicious fish to catch. The sockeye are caught from the bank with fly rods or in a boat back-trolling crankbaits.

The traditional way is to fish from a bank with a fly rod doing what we call, The Sockeye Swing. The sockeye salmon will also hit crankbaits when fishing the right water.

The best times for sockeye are between July 10 – Aug 10. The average sockeye salmon weighs between 7-10 pounds and is hard fighting fish, great for sport and the dinner table.fishing with jason guide service

The second run of salmon coming into the river signifies fall, and that strain is the silver salmon or coho. The silver salmon can provide explosive action, and this species of fish is either very aggressive or extremely shy. You never know if you’re going to be stripping a big fly at mach speed or finessing a micro jig to catch these chrome beasts.

Fly rods, spinning rods, casting, or back trolling; it all works for silvers. The silvers get into the Middle River section of the Kenai in abundance by the third week of August and run through October. The average fish weighs between 9-12 pounds. Silver salmon can be the hardest hitting highest jumping salmon there is. Like the sockeye, they are a great fish for both sport and table fare.

Pink salmon, or humpy, are a fish that is loved for it’s crazy look and aggressive nature. Humpy’s are not often targeted for consumption but are excellent sport on lighter gear. A big pink salmon on a five or seven-weight fly rod or a med-light float rod can make for an epic battle.

Pink salmon come into the river every year with the even years being their big number years.

Pink salmon weigh between six and nine pounds on average, and are known for their hard hitting and ferocious fighting abilities.

Kids also love pink salmon! Whether you’re using light fly rods or ultra-light spinning gear, pink salmon are a great sport fish for everyone to try.

Silver Salmon fishing with jasons guide service

As always, all necessary fishing gear is provided for anglers to catch some of the hardest fighting and best eating fish that live in Alaska. Jason’s Guide Service only uses the best equipment possible from G. Loomis, Shimano, and Lamson.

While many fish make the run up the river to spawn, it takes a certain skill to locate the perfect spot and use the right technique to ensure success.

When it comes to Kenai River fishing for salmon,  Jason Lesmeister is one of the top fishing guides and he shortens the learning curve so anglers can master the right presentations.

Are You Ready To Fish?

Give Us A Call At (907) 351-3036, 

We’re happy to answer any questions you might have.

We look forward to fishing with you!

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Oscar de Rojas
Oscar de Rojas

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

I had an outstanding time! Jason took the time to show how to cast and present. As a result I caught a lot of fish! Like he said, "make a rainbow catch a rainbow". He wanted me catch fish as much as I did.

I travel to Anchorage at least once a year due to work. Next time, I will definitely hire Jason for his services and you should too!

P. Schumacher
P. Schumacher

5 out of 5 stars

posted 9 months ago

Jason is a really amazing guide. He took his time to show us all of the necessary steps and explain everything along the way. Jason is not only very knowledgable about fishing and the river, he's a fun person to be around and exciting to talk to. He really wants everyone who comes along to have a great time and catch as much fish as possible. Jason was also very quick to share any knowledge he has to give us the tools to continue exploring fishing as a great hobby. We're already looking into coming back to Alaska and booking Jason's services again!

Stephanie Fischer
Stephanie Fischer

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

I have had the privilege of being able to hunt and fish with Jason! He is a great guide with integrity and has always put all of his effort into making sure his clients have the best experience possible!! Looking forward to the next trip!

david wagoner
david wagoner

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

Best guide service on the Kenai River. Very knowledgeable guide that can put amateur to professional fisherman on the fish. Awesome supporter of all American Veterans.

Alejandro Beltran
Alejandro Beltran

5 out of 5 stars

posted 11 months ago

I highly recommend Jason for your future fishing and hunting experience in Alaska.

My son and I are inexperienced fishermen, and we wanted to have the opportunity to go out, enjoy nature, and do some recreational fishing.

I could tell that Jason is very professional. From the very beginning, he always made himself available and answered all my questions prior to my trip. Then, while in Alaska, he proactively reached out to me to make sure all the logistics were in place.

Most importantly and even though we are inexperienced fishermen, I could see that Jason knew his business. He had the necessary patience to teach us and has all the best gear and a super attitude .I could see that Jason really displayed a genuine interest for us to have a great experience.

At the end, Jason also was very helpful in assisting us to degut our rainbow trout, which ended up being one of the best meals we had during our trip.

For a true Alaskan experience and a real outdoor fishing adventure , Jason will make it a very personal time in your fishing experience .

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