Jimmie Jack Fishing

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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.

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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 is the best time to fish?

A. 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 scenic drift boat trip, and come home with a limit of silver 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?

A. Kenai River King Salmon (bait) - Approximately 75%

Kenai River King Salmon (no bait) - Approximately 65%

Kasilof River King Salmon - Approximately 100%

Kenai River Silver Salmon - Approximately 100%

Kenai River Rainbow Trout - Numerous with catch and release, (50 -100 fish per boat per day).

Cook Inlet Halibut - Approximately 100%

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

A. Your fish will be filleted by the guide. Most of our guests will take their fish to a local fish processor. We recommend Ed's Kasilof Seafoods (just past the bridge on the right as you are heading into Soldotna). Their website is http://www.kasilofseafoods.com/. At the processor you may choose to have your fish vacuum-sealed and frozen, smoked, or made into lox. You may then leave the fish there, and have them shipped to you via FEDEX when you return home. Or you may take the fish in a waxed box, and check it as luggage with your airline.

Q. What if some of us have never fished?

A. 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?

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

Q. What are the boats like?

A. 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.

Q. What are the limits for each fish?

A. The limits are: KING SALMON - one* (1) fish per day. * Kasilof River regulations permit the angler to keep a king salmon, and continue fishing, catch and release for the rest of the day. SILVER SALMON - two (2) fish per day. PINK SALMON - six (6) fish per day. HALIBUT - two (2) fish per day. RAINBOW TROUT - catch and release only. DOLLY VARDEN - catch and release only.

For more about limits, see our Regulations & Licensing Page.

Planning Your Trip

Q. What about seasickness?

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

Q. What should we bring?

A. Items that are helpful: raingear, sunscreen, sunglasses, food and drink, and, of course, your camera!

Q. Do we need a fishing license?

A. Yes, you will need an Alaska Fishing License which can be purchased online prior to your trip at http://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license/ 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. Non-resident fishing license prices: 1 day - $10, 3 day - $20, 7 day - $30, 14 day - $40, 1 year - $50. Non-resident king salmon stamp prices: 1 day - $10, 3 day - $20, 7 day - $30, 14 day - $40, 1 year - $50.

For more about licenses, see our Regulations & Licensing Page.

Q. What will the weather be like in the summer?

A. The weather will range from 55 F and rainy to 75 F and sunny. We recommend that guests bring layers of clothes because the weather can change fast during a fishing trip. Typically, our guides wear flannel lined jeans, a t-shirt, fleece vest, jacket, hat, and waterproof shoes. We do carry raingear, however, we recommend that guests bring their own as they are usually a better fit.

Q. Do we need to bring fishing gear?

A. No, all of Jimmie Jack's fishing trips are fully guided and outfitted. You will be using top quality fishing gear. We would like to thank our sponsor, G Loomis fishing rods.

Q. Do we need waders?

A. No, all of our fishing trips are from boats. Occasionally we will fish for red salmon, and waders will be provided. This may occur in August or on a Fly-Out Fishing Trip.

Q. What can non-fishers do in the area?

A. Many non-fishers prefer to fish after their first experience. Fishing on the rivers can be a great experience because the scenery is beautiful, the boat rides are fun, and the fishing is not challenging, until the fish bites! There are many sights to see and things to do in the area: walk the boardwalk at nearby Kenai Landing; drive to Homer for the day and take the boat, Danny J, to Halibut Cove for lunch at the Saltry; go shopping in Soldotna; drive to Captain Cook State Park (north of Kenai) for a picnic; hike the Skyline Trail near Cooper Landing; go horseback riding near Ninilchik; walk on the miles of beach in front of Jimmie Jack's Lodge; build a campfire and visit with your friends and relatives; relax at the lodge and enjoy the view. Book a Scenic Float Trip with Jimmie Jack's Lodge.

Q. Are there bathroom facilities available?

A. Yes, there are bathroom facilities available at convenient locations along the Kenai River. Your guide will stop when you are ready. Kasilof River trips will stop at wooded locations along the river. Halibut boats are equipped with portable facilities.

The Lodge

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

A. 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.

Directions: 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. We are your third driveway on the left, 36065 Reef Drive. Welcome!

Q. What about meals?

A. If you have reserved a package that does not include meals, there are kitchens available for your use. The main lodge has a large kitchen that is shared by the 5 rooms surrounding the main lodge area. There is also a full kitchen in the McKinley Cottage. Most guests will visit one of the local grocery stores for food for breakfast and lunch. Most fishing trips begin early in the morning so guests will eat a small breakfast, and load a cooler (provided) with snacks to bring on the boat. In the evenings, guests will either grill some salmon on the barbecues at the lodge or go out to eat at one of the local restaurants.

Jimmie Jack's Lodge offers all-inclusive (breakfast and lunch / fishing / lodging) packages. Jimmie Jack's chef prepares the best of Alaskan cuisine.

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