Jason’s Guide Service provides professionally guided fishing trips on the Kenai River for trophy rainbow trout, dolly varden, and sockeye and silver salmon.
We fish the Upper Kenai River and Middle Kenai River down to Soldotna. Jason’s Guide Service is permitted through Alaska State Parks, Chugach National Forest, and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to guide on their lands and waters.
Jason’s Guide Service is one of a handful of guides who is permitted to guide in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the Upper Kenai River.
The Upper Kenai River consists of 18 river miles of drift only fishing, this means no motor use in the river, which makes for a magical and quiet fishing trip with no noise pollution from motors. The top 8 miles of the Upper Kenai are managed by Alaska State Parks, and Chugach National Forest, the next 10 miles of river is managed by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and has a limited guide entry.
The Kenai River is a complex system and the fishery can take many years to comprehend. If you’re looking for the top Kenai River fishing guides, Jason Lesmeister, owner of Jason’s Guide Service, is an excellent choice for your fishing experience.
The Kenai River in Alaska is the BEST in the world for fly fishing for rainbow trout, and Kenai River fly fishing is best done with a Kenai River guide. Salmon fishing on the Kenai River is also amazing because the salmon runs start in June and run through the end of October.
There are many options when it comes to Alaskan fishing adventures, but there are none better than a rainbow trout or salmon fishing adventure with Jason’s Guide Service where the fish don’t start biting until you get there.
Jason’s Guide Service’s headquarters are located in Cooper Landing, AK but we fish the entire Kenai River resource from Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling, Skilak Lake, Kenai Lake, and the Cooper Landing area.
Call (907) 351-3036,
book a guided fishing trip, and create memories this year.
We look forward to fishing with you!
Meet Your Guide
Jason Lesmeister has 26 years of guide experience across the state from the bottom of the Alaska Peninsula to the Brooks Range, with his last 14 years guiding on the Kenai River.
After Jason’s first float down the Kenai River in the late 90’s he knew he was hooked on the amazing fishery, in 2006 he took a job as a fishing guide and soon there after bought a home and built a business in Cooper Landing.
Guiding anglers down the Kenai River in his custom built drift boat isn’t a job it’s his PASSION!
Jason believes his Anglers deserve the best of everything period, that is why he outfits his guests with the Gloomis Rods, Lamson, and Shimano Reels and provides Gore Tex breathable waders for everyone who books a trip. You won’t find another guide on the river with Lesmeister’s passion for fishing and love and respect for the resources.
It’s not good enough to be a great fishermen, you have to be able to pass on your knowledge and have the ability to teach others to catch fish. With over 26 years of guiding experience Lesmeister does this with ease and passion, making learning fun and making you want to come back for more.
We Catch Fish
The rainbow trout is appealing to fish for because they readily bite and put up an aggressive fight! The Kenai River rainbow trout are known for their massive size and plentiful numbers. The Kenai River rainbow trout is one of the most sought after fish in Kenai, Alaska and anglers appreciate a fly fishing guide to make their Alaskan fishing adventure complete. Kenai River guides are also well versed in all forms of trout and salmon fishing using every type of rod/reel combination.
Red (sockeye) salmon, silver (coho) salmon, and other salmon species are all migrating up the Kenai River in Alaska at certain periods during the season. Find out when the “run” is on for salmon fishing or when the Kenai rainbow trout are biting and book an Alaskan fishing trip with Jason’s Guide Service.
All gear is provided for anglers to catch some of the hardest fighting and best eating fish that live in Alaska. 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.
We Are Highly Recommended
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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!
4.9 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 starsposted 2 weeks ago
Jason was a spectacular guide! Has tremendous knowledge of the Kenai River landscape. We caught 6 sockeye with his guidance. Great experience!
5 out of 5 starsposted 1 year ago
Better late than never! I had the luxury of Jason guiding me for a day of fly fishing. Fortunately for me, the other party was a no show, so I had the trip to myself. Oh, did I mention that I have never fly fished ever? Jason was EXTREMELY patient and within no time, I was catching fish. He is very knowledgeable, patient, and even if I hadn't caught a fish, it would have been money well spent. Seriously, if you get the chance, take a tour with him... you will not regret it.
5 out of 5 starsposted 11 months ago
Jason’s tour was awesome; hands down I would recommend him if you are looking to do some salmon fishing while in Alaska - whether you are an experienced fisherman or not! We are definitely not experienced; we came to Cooper Landing with our 11 and 13 year old sons on our first trip to Alaska and thought it would be fun to try and catch some “wild caught sockeye salmon” since we love eating it at home. We told Jason we had no idea what we were doing and to give us a “city slicker” tour :) He was super friendly and accommodating - he had the waders and waterproof boots, top-notch equipment, a very nice and comfortable boat; and was very conscientious about keeping all of us safe and making sure we had an awesome time.
He obviously is a talented guide and fisherman, but was so helpful and willing to patiently teach us the basics that we needed to know to get the most out of our 4-hour tour. Out of pure luck (not skill) we caught a huge sockeye which we enjoyed for dinner tonight (amazing!!). He even gutted and filleted the fish for us right on the spot so we could take it back to our cabin ready to eat! But even if we wouldn’t have caught that fish it was a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend. Just the ride on Jason’s boat on the Kenai river was super enjoyable and beautiful; he knew everything about the area and pointed out so many fantastic elements of the wildlife and surrounding environment that really made us and our kids appreciate the entire experience.
A+++ - call Jason if you are looking for any kind of half day or full day Alaskan wilderness adventure; this guy has been doing this for 26 years and is an absolute PRO.
5 out of 5 starsposted 4 months ago
Jason is a great guide with many years of experience under his belt. He will defintiley show you a good time and knows where the fish are.
5 out of 5 starsposted 2 years ago
My son really wanted to fish on our trip to Alaska and not being a fisherman myself, I figured the best option was a guide. Not only did Jason accommodate our last minute scheduling, but he ensured we had a great time, caught the fish, and best of all, made memories that will last a lifetime. ps. Even this "non-fisherman" caught a few! Highly recommend Jason to anyone.