Fishing the Kasilof
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The Kasilof River, Alaska, is an amazing fishery. Overshadowed by the world famous Keani River, the Kasilof offers just as good fishing without all the hustle and crowds. It is located thirteen miles south of the Kenai River and the town of Soldotna. Its glacial blue water runs west from Tustumena Lake and drains into Cook Inlet and the chilled waters of the north Pacific. The Kasilof is a drift boat only river and because of this it is a quiet, peaceful float, allowing you to relax and immerse yourself in the landscape and sounds of nature. If this wasn’t enough, it also has great runs of king, silver, and sockeye salmon. The season starts in late May and runs through September. Fishing in May can be good, especially toward the end of the month. June, July, and August are the peak months for salmon fishing on the Kasilof River. During June and July we target either king or sockeye salmon. In August we are fishing for silver salmon until September.
We run a four-passenger drift boat and fish for king, silver, and sockeye salmon, depending on the time of year and current fishing regulations. I have been guiding on the Kasilof over sixteen years and elsewhere for over twenty years. I personally do all of my own trips (no subcontracting). I also have top-of-the-line equipment, private free parking, private boat launch, complimentary filleting of your catch, and on-sight rental cabins. I pride myself on my work; I truly want you to have the best time you can have, and I will do everything I can to make sure that happens. Don’t chance your once-in-a-life-time trip to a big booking agency; come fish with a professional who cares about you and the experience you have!
We are currently booking trips from May 20th through September. Days tend to book up fast so if you are looking to fish on the Kenai Peninsula and the Kasilof River, check my fishing calendar for open dates and give me a call, or text for a faster response.
Capt. Mark Ledden