Jason Lesmeister

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Jason Lesmeister moved to Alaska at the age of 21 to be a fishing and hunting guide. 24 years later he’s still there and is one of the busiest guides on the Kenai Peninsula.

In his own words:

“I call Cooper Landing, AK home now. Not only is the Kenai Peninsula my office, it’s my playground as well. I don’t just work on the Kenai River, it’s my backyard.

Being a year round professional guide and living in my guide area gives me an edge. Because guiding is my livelihood I believe in protecting our resources.

I run an eco-friendly guide service and believe it is important to make as small a footprint as possible so we can enjoy our rivers and lakes forever. My beliefs in protecting our resources are put into practice daily on my guided trips.

Jason’s Guide Service practices catch and release on all native rainbow trout while Dolly Varden, char and salmon can be caught for both sport and retention.

When I’m not fishing for work (guiding), I’m fishing on my off time for pleasure and to keep my finger on the pulse for when I am working. I have a few simple philosophies about fishing and guiding. “Control the controllable’s” are words I live by.

Because of my convictions, I will give you the best gear to fish with. On my guided trips you will be using Gore-Tex breathable waders.

Jason’s Guide Service is recognized as a “GREEN ECO-FRIENDLY” business by Adventure Green Alaska

My rods, both fly and spinning, are G-Loomis. My fly reels are Lamson, my spinning reels are Shimano and I also use the best lines money can buy. Royal Wulff fly lines, Power Pro and Sunline’s FC Super Sniper fluorocarbon for spinning reels.

I will not give anyone any gear that I wouldn’t fish with myself, and I like the best.

Having the best equipment doesn’t always make you the best fishermen, but it’s a lot more fun to fish the good stuff, and easier to learn on quality gear. I don’t think you should have to fish average equipment when on a guided trip, you deserve the best and my gear is the best.

All of my fishing trips are done out of a 20-foot Willie Drift Boat. The drift boat is a motor-less boat designed to fish on the drift. Fishing drift-only is a more peaceful and environmentally friendly way to fish.

Fishing on the drift gives you a quiet trip down the river where you flow with the currents fishing the long drift or working smaller features. The drift boat is designed to run in currents and is an ideal way to fish without spooking the fish, or creating bank damage from wakes.

We don’t emit any carbon pollutants into the water, or create any noise pollution. Fishing the Kenai River out of a drift boat is a great way to get lost in the drift waiting for that huge take to happen and the battle to begin.

Everyone who has ever dreamed of coming to Alaska has dreamed of that moment; only it’s better in a drift boat.”


The Kenai River is a complex system and the fishery can take many years to comprehend. If you’re shopping for a fly fishing guide Jason Lesmeister is an excellent choice for your Kenai River fishing experience.

Lesmeister has fished the Kenai River for 20 plus years and has guided it the last 12 years for salmon and trout fishing. His background regarding the Kenai River resource as well as his knowledge and understanding of the salmon fishing and trout fishing on this amazing waterway will ensure your Alaskan fishing trip will create memories that will last a lifetime.

Experience is key when fishing the Kenai River so make sure you choose fishing guides that have the background, knowledge and understanding necessary to ensure a productive Alaskan fishing adventure. You will get that with Jason Lesmeister.

Check out our Braggin’ Board to see the awesome fish we are catching!

The Resource

Alaska is the gold standard when it comes to salmon fishing and trout fishing and kenai river fishing is king. The kenai river flows through 82 miles of the south-central alaskan landscape from it’s start at Kenai Lake through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Skilak Lake to its outlet into cook inlet and the Pacific Ocean near Soldotna and Kenai, Alaska.

One of the most popular fishing destinations in Alaska, the Kenai River deserves it’s reputation. Sockeye salmon, rainbow trout, dolly varden, silver salmon, and more are sought by anglers from all points on the globe. Navigating the Kenai River for a successful fishing trip is dictated by the expertise of the Kenai River guides.

Never rely on the experience of a novice when you can be guided on your Alaskan fishing adventures by the skillful and accomplished experts with years of experience on what can often be a complex fishery.

Fishing the Kenai river should be an enjoyable experience that results in the kind of fishing action a resource like the Kenai river is capable of producing. Choose to encounter the best fishing the Kenai river has to offer by taking a guided trip with Jason’s Guide Service.

Whether it’s Kenai River fly fishing or a using the latest spinning or casting gear you have options with Jason’s Guide Service.

National Geographic’s, The Savage Line

Lesmeister had the privilege of starring in The Savage Line filmed and produced by National Geographic.

“The Savage Line examines the lives of experienced outdoorsmen, Cory Valdes, Jason Lesmeister, Rob Hardy, and Puma Ghostwalker, who traverse the world’s most remote places and work to protect the lives of men and women working in the backyard of nature’s fiercest predators. Their job takes them deep into the wild, demanding strong survival skills and a deep understanding of animal behavior. Utilizing non-lethal techniques, The Savage Line experts must brave both extreme weather and dangerous animal encounters to keep the peace between man and beast.” – National Geographic

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Jason's Guide Service
Mile Marker 48, Cooper Landing, AK 99572
(907) 351-3036
Opening Hours
Monday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

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Jason's Guide Service
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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.

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