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Alaska Fishing Lodge
Kenai River, Alaska
King Salmon - Silver Salmon - Sockeye Salmon - Halibut - Rainbow Trout
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Successful Silver Salmon trip
Successful Silver Salmon trip

Looking for more information? We've included pages on planning your trip and when to fish.

For species information, check out our page on the Alaska fish of the Kenai River system. We've also included information about our lodging and our packages.

Want to know more about our professional and experienced guides? Team Jimmie Jack has bio's and photos.

Still need to know more? We look forward to hearing from you! Contact us with your questions.


Frequently Asked Questions


Fishing with Jimmie Jack
About the fishing trips, charters and packages.
Planning Your Trip
What you need to know before you arrive.
The Lodge
Questions about our beachfront lodging.

Fishing with Jimmie Jack

Q. What if some of us have never fished?

We coach everyone how to fish. Our guides coach experienced fishers and neophytes alike. Every season we introduce non-fishers to the joys of hooking into and landing their first fish.

Q. How many anglers are in each boat?

Salmon boats will fish four (4) anglers. Halibut boats will fish six (6) anglers.

Q. What are the boats like?

We use 20 foot drift boats, 20 foot power boats, and 30-33 foot saltwater boats. We would like to thank our sponsor, Willie Boats.

Planning Your Trip

Q. What is the best time to fish?

What is your definition of BEST? Click on the link that best describes your answer? All of our fishing seasons are excellent!

A) We can catch lots of fish every day, and have lots of action. We will catch multiple species of silver salmon, rainbow trout, dolly varden, and halibut during the vacation. We will bring lots of salmon and halibut home.

B) We will have the opportunity to catch one of the largest king salmon in the world, however, we may have to put some time in on the river. These kings of the Kenai average 40 pounds in July, and it is common to catch 50-70 pound monsters. This is the Kenai.

C) We will catch lots of fish (silver salmon, dolly varden, and rainbow trout) during our trip, and have the opportunity to catch trophy rainbow trout.

D) We will fish on a more secluded river, have a fly-in trip, and fish for salmon.

E) We will fish on a drift boat-only river for 20-25 pound king salmon, and be able to continue fishing all day even after catching our limit.

F) We want the kids to catch lots of fish, and have a wonderful experience.

Q. What can we expect for a catch rate with Jimmie Jack Fishing?

Kenai River King Salmon (bait) - Approximately 50%
Kenai River King Salmon (no bait) - Approximately 30%
Kasilof River King Salmon - Approximately 50%
Kenai River Silver Salmon - Approximately 90%
Kenai River Rainbow Trout - Numerous with catch and release, (30 -100 fish per boat per day).
Cook Inlet Halibut - Approximately 100%
Seward Combo Trip - Approximately 100% for silver salmon and rockfish, lingcod depending on weather.

Q. What do we do with the fish after we catch them?

Day charters: "Our guides will fillet your fish. They will then give you a brochure to the local processor near the Lodge. We recommend our guests use Snug Harbor Seafoods near Jimmie Jack's Lodge."

Lodge packages: "Our guides will fillet your fish. If you are on one of our Lodge packages which includes a 50 pound box of processed fish, you will drop your fillets off following your charter and they will be ready for you in a 50 pound box upon your departure at the end of your stay."


Q. What about seasickness?

The rivers are flat and calm, and we have never had a guest become sick on the rivers. Occasionally on the saltwater charters, guests have become seasick. We recommend all guests take precautions against seasickness before boarding the boat.

Q. What should we bring?

Items that are helpful: raingear, waterproof footwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, house shoes, food and drink, and, of course, your camera!

Q. Do we need a fishing license?

Yes, you will need an Alaska Fishing License which can be purchased online prior to your trip at These can also be purchased at local supermarkets and tackle stores. If fishing for King Salmon, you will need a King Salmon Stamp in addition to your fishing license. See our Regulations & Licensing page for fishing license and king stamp prices.

Q. How do we get to Jimmie Jack's Lodge?

Most of our guests fly to Anchorage and drive 3 hours south to the Kenai Peninsula. Some guests fly to Anchorage, and then fly to the Kenai Airport (with Grant Aviation or ERA Aviation), and then drive 10 minutes to the lodge.
































































Jimmie Jack's Lodge from Anchorage International Airport (3 hours)

From Anchorage, take the Seward Highway south, 3 hours. Go South on the Seward Highway 95 miles to the Sterling Highway turnoff. Take a right at the turnoff and drive 45 miles to Soldotna. Go straight through the town of Soldotna and cross the bridge over the Kenai River. Take a right at the next intersection onto Kalifornsky Beach (K-Beach) Road. Drive 9.3 miles on K-Beach to Karluk. Turn right, and take an immediate right onto Reef Drive. Look for our sign. We are your third driveway on the left, 36065 Reef Drive. Welcome!