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Fishing & Charters

Alyeska Resort is located at the gateway to the Kenai Peninsula - the home to world-class salmon, halibut and trout fishing. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned fishing guru, heading out with a local fishing guide, outfitter or charter is highly recommended to get the most out of your Alaskan fishing experience. Check out the fishing report and other related resources in the region.

All tours listed below can be booked with Alyeska's Concierge Desk: 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.

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Twenty-Mile River

Located 10 miles south of Girdwood. Twenty Mile River is a motorboat trip with a backdrop of glaciers, and a chance to see bald eagles and other Alaskan animals in their natural habitat. (Minimum of 2 people, maximum 6 people). Full day (6-8 hours), half day (3-4 hours) and sightseeing half day (3-4 hours) options available.

  • Dolly Varden/Trout: May 1- October 31
  • Red Salmon: June 15 - July 31
  • Pink and Chum Salmon: July 15 - August 15
  • Silver Salmon: August 1 - October 31

Available from May 1 to October 31
Licenses: available for an additional $20.00 (cash)
Outfitter provides spin cast and/or fly rods, reels, bait and tackle. Life vests, rubber boots, and rain ponchos available when necessary. Children 12 years old and younger will wear life vests at all times near water. Please wear warm clothes, layered clothing works best. Bring your own lunch and beverages. Don’t forget to bring your camera, all trips offer exceptional views.

Offered by Hope Fishing Charters

Lower Kenai Salmon Fishing

Guided fishing in motorboats along the world famous Kenai River, a spawning area for Silvers, Reds, and the “Kenai King”. All gear provided.  Fly-fishing is also available. Fish cleaning included.  Filleting, packing, and shipping are available at an additional cost.

May – July   King Salmon Season
August – September  Silver, Pink, Red Salmon Season

  • Trip is five hours
  • Available from mid-May to September
  • Departures: 5:15 am and 11:45 am
  • Full wheelchair access with 12 hours notice
  • Fishing licenses are available on site

Upper Kenai River

Operating since 1977, Alaska Wildland Adventures was the first to obtain permits to float the Kenai. They specialize in fishing the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge between Kenai Lake and Skilak Lake and the lower Kenai River. Fly-fishing is excellent through out the summer, peaking in August and September. Fish comfortably from the motorboat or wade from the bank for sockeye or silvers as they fight their way to the upper river to spawn. 

June 11- September 25: Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Sockeye & Silver Salmon

  • Trip is eight hours
  • Departs: 5 am June 11 – August 2
  • Departs: 6 am August 3 – September 13
  • Departs: 7 am September 14 – 25
  • Includes; cleaning, filleting and packing of fish, lunch, waders and tackle

Lower Kenai River

Kenai River Kings are the largest in the world—take your turn at this once in a lifetime fishing experience.  Fishing for silvers offers frequent hookups and fast action on light tackle. The motorboats are equipped with the best and latest fishing gear including depth and fish finders, and top-quality rods and reels.

May 20 – September 25: King Salmon or Silver Salmon

  • Trip is eight hours 
  • Check in: 4:45 am
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays
  • Includes; cleaning, filleting and packing of fish, lunch, waders and tackle

Offered by Alaska Wildland Adventures

Available from May 20 to September 25
Suitable for ages 12 & up
Each boat holds 4 people
A fishing license and appropriate salmon tags must be purchased before going on the tour.

Guided Fishing on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers

Drift Away Fishing provides professionally guided fishing on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, 2 hours driving distance from Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.

Our guests have the choice to spin, float, or fly fish for trophy rainbow trout, silver and red salmon. Conventional gear is used for king salmon fishing. From late May through October 15 the guides at Drift Away will put you in the right spot at the right time. Our goal is to bring our guests a fishing experience that most dream about and only a few experience while preserving the rivers for future generations.

Kasilof River
The Kasilof River is a drift only river located 15 minutes past Soldotna heading towards Homer. Providing more opportunity at catching king salmon, the Kasilof River is a great alternative to the congested Lower Kenai. May, June, and July offer anglers amazing fishing with only a few guides and no powerboats. August is time for fast-paced, hard fighting silver salmon.

King Salmon: May 16 – July 31
Peak times:  June 10 – June 20 and July 10 – July 31
Average Size: 1st run 12 – 25 pounds; 2nd run 25 – 40 pounds, 50+ pounds not uncommon

Silver Salmon: August 10 – August 31
Average Size: 9 – 13 pounds

Middle Kenai River
Skilak Lake to the Soldotna Bridge is a large section (30 miles) of the Kenai known as the Middle River. This segment of river is home to the biggest rainbow trout on the Kenai River, as well as large numbers of red and silver salmon. June 11 – October 15 typically provides epic fishing adventures on this section of river. We use drift or power boats depending on the time of year. *Kenai National Wildlife Refuge permit holder

Rainbow Trout:  June 11 – October 15
Peak Time: June 11 – early July
Average Size: 18”- 24”   28”- 30”+ not uncommon

Red Salmon: July 25 – Aug 10th peak season
Average Size: 8lbs – 12lbs

Silver Salmon: Aug 10 – Oct 30 (combo trout/char trip)
Peak Times: Aug. 10 – Sept. 1,  Sept. 15 – Oct. 31
Average Size: 8lbs – 12lbs

Trips Available:  Full Day (8+hrs) and Half Day (4-5hrs)

Offered by Alaska's Drift Away Fishing 

Please bring: fishing license (with King tab if applicable), sack lunch or snack, beverages, warm clothing, rain gear, fish cooler, personal medications, sunglasses and sunscreen, and a camera

Full Day Halibut and Salmon Charters 

On these full-day ocean trips, the outfitter targets halibut and bottom fish or salmon. With fast, comfortable boats, guests will go far into the wilderness, to some of the best fishing grounds in Alaska. Expect 100% effort with skilled guides whose goal is to get out to the very best fishing area possible.

  • Available from June 1 to September 4
  • Departs: 6:30 am and returns 4 to 5 pm
  • Please bring lunch and drinks, rain coat and pants, sunglasses, hat, fishing license

Half-Day Silver Salmon Charters

There is a huge run of silver salmon that terminates in Resurrection Bay as well as some nice residing king salmon. Salmon are caught about 90% of the time on half-day charters, and guests usually do not catch the limit, as it takes about one hour to get to the fishing grounds and that same amount of time to return, for a total of three hours of fishing. It's common for each fisherman to catch one to three salmon per person.

  • Available from June 1 to August 31
  • Departures: 7am to 12pm (noon) and 1 to 7pm
  • Please bring lunch and drinks, rain coat and pants, sunglasses, hat, fishing license

Exclusive private charters also available, please contact the Concierge Desk for more information.

Offered by Crackerjack Sport Fishing

One Day Fly-In Fishing

Experience some of the world’s best fishing in Alaska’s backcountry, only minutes away from the city by sea plane. This backcountry adventure takes guests to some of Alaska’s finest fishing holes. Fish for king or silver salmon, trout or arctic grayling depending upon the season. Check in to the comfy wilderness lodge to get outfitted for the day’s trip. Meet experienced guide who will take guide guests by riverboat to their favorite fishing spots. Be sure to layer clothing, bring a camera and a desire to catch “the big one”. Everything you need for a successful day of fishing is provided as you go where the fish are and the crowds aren’t.

  • Trip is 10 hours
  • Includes spectacular seaplane flight, fishing gear and boat, hearty lunch with refreshments

Offered by Rust's Flying Service

Ninilchik Charters

Ninilchik Charters offers the most Halibut fishing options of any charter operator on the Kenai Peninsula. Fish the waters of Cook Inlet from either Homer or Deep Creek or fish the waters of Prince William Sound from the Port of Seward. With three locations on the Kenai Peninsula, Ninilchik Charters has a trip that will fit your travel plans, whether just for you or for a large group or corporate fishing trip. The boats are operated by licensed skippers and avid fishermen with a wealth of experience in Alaskan waters.

Ninilchik Halibut
Ninilchik Charters operates from May through September offering scenic and exciting Halibut and King salmon fishing in beautiful Cook Inlet. We are located in Ninilchik, Alaska – a cozy town about a 2.5-hour scenic drive from Girdwood. The boat launch at Deep Creek allows us access to some of the most productive halibut and king salmon fishing in the state.

Homer Halibut
Ninilchik Charters offers Full Day Halibut Fishing Trips out of the port of Homer, at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula. Homer is renowned as the Halibut fishing capital of the world, and offers access to some of the best fishing grounds in Alaska, as well as scenic beauty that abounds. Trips depart from the Homer harbor daily at 6:00 am, and the maximum group size is 16 passengers onboard our 50' Delta Marine vessel the “Sundy”. The annual Homer Halibut Fishing Derby awards prizes each year for the biggest fish, so if you’re feeling lucky be sure to pick up a ticket BEFORE you go fishing with us!

Seward Silver Salmon
During the month of July and August we offer exciting silver salmon fishing out of the picturesque port of Seward, Alaska. This scenic town is about a 1.5- 2 hour drive from Girdwood and host to the annual Silver Salmon Derby, where anglers can fish and compete for cash and prizes. Additionally, the event allows for anglers to fish for a tagged fish worth up to $100,000! The Silver Salmon Derby is a popular event for both Alaskans and visitors to the state. Silver salmon return to Resurrection Bay in late June to feed during the summer months before continuing on their spawning journey. During July and August, the silvers fatten up on baitfish in enormous schools throughout the waters of the bay. Landing a silver salmon can be very rewarding as they are some of the most spirited fish to catch and provide a lively and acrobatic fight. The waters around Seward are also teeming with wildlife and scenic with surprising vistas around each point. It makes for a very full day with fishing, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing all rolled into one delightful experience.

Kasilof River Salmon
A Float Trip Down the Kasilof River - May-July
 Welcome to the Kasilof River, where the kings reign supreme and the sockeyes run free! You will be traveling with your guide down this 4.5 mile journey on a 5 passenger drift boat. You’ll have the luxury of enjoying gorgeous scenery, watch the wildlife in its natural habitat and cruise the river in peace and quiet except for the anticipated almighty yell of “FISH ON!”. And if fishing is not your game, don’t fret, for the ride itself is spectacular on its own and ideal for the camera enthusiast. Nor do you have to worry if you have never fished before, our guides are highly experienced and will help you every step of the way. You never know what you are going to see. Now, just sit, relax and get that camera ready.

Kenai River Salmon Fishing
Different varieties of salmon run through this river, at different times of the year. These are the red salmon, silver salmon, Chinook or King salmon, and the pink salmon. These salmon varieties have two runs a year, with the exception of the pink salmon whose run occurs every other year. The runs for red salmon occur in late in June. Silver salmon return to their spawning grounds at the end of the summer season, specifically the first part of August, and early autumn. Also, they arrive in the latter portion of September. Those wanting to catch larger fish of this variety can do so during the September run. The Chinook or King salmon is the variety that has contributed greatly to the popularity of the Kenai River among sport fishermen. Although not as many of this variety pass through during their runs, they are generally larger than any other King salmon found in Alaska. This variety begins moving up the Kenai River in May, and this continues until the end of July.

Kenai River King Salmon: Half Day (May-July) 
Kenai River Silver Salmon/Rainbow:  (August/September)
Kenai River Sockeye Salmon: (July only)

No transportation provided. Directions provided by Alyeska Resort concierge. Cancellations made with more than 30 days notice will be charged 25% of total fee. Cancellations made within 30 days are non-refundable.

Offered by Ninilchik Charters

Contact Alyeska's Concierge Desk at 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.