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Alaska Fishing Lodge
Kenai River, Alaska
King Salmon - Silver Salmon - Sockeye- Halibut - Rainbows - Lingcod
  • Trip Advisor "Certificate of Excellence"
  • Celebrating 20 Years in Business
  • Over 10,000 Happy Guests Since 1995
  • 70+ Years of Guide Experience Combined
  • Spectacular Beachfront Location
  • Safest and Most Modern Boats

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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.

Successful Silver Salmon trip
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Frequently Asked Questions

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 – Approximately 30%
Kasilof River King Salmon – Approximately 50%
Kenai River Silver Salmon – Approximately 90%
Kenai River Rainbow Trout – Numerous with catch and release, (30 -200 fish per boat per day).

Cook Inlet Halibut – Approximately 99.9%.  Halibut fishing is not guaranteed, but guests usually limit out.

Seward Combo Trip – Approximately 90% 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, waders (if you plan on sockeye salmon fishing), 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!

Jimmie Jack’s Lodge from Kenai Airport (10 minutes)

From the Kenai Airport right onto Willow Street, then take a left at the fire station. Travel through the next light and continue straight on Bridge Access Road. Cross the bridge over the Kenai River. Take a right at the next intersection onto Kalifornsky Beach (K-Beach) Road. Drive 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!

Q. What about meals?

In our packages we offer a continental breakfast. Our guests are on their own for lunch and dinners but we are close to town and many markets. Our guests have the use of full stocked kitchens to store and cook meals.  As you finish breakfast, grab a cooler by the lodge door, and load it up with your own snacks and lunch for the day’s fishing trip.  For dinner, you may use the stocked Lodge kitchens and barbecues or you may go out to eat at one of our local restaurants. We have placed a list of the best restaurants in the area located by the Lodge main door.

The main lodge has a large kitchen that is shared by the 3 rooms surrounding the main lodge area. There is also a full kitchen in the McKinley Cabin, Trapper’s Cabin, Miner’s Cabin, and the Latin Pousada.

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

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?

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?

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 are the limits for each fish?

The limits are: Kenai River KING SALMON – one (1) fish per day. Kasilof River KING SALMON – two (2) fish per day. Kasilof regulations permit the angler to keep a limit and continue fishing catch and release for the rest of the day. Kenai SILVER SALMON – two (2) fish per day in August and three (3) fish per day in September. PINK SALMON – six (6) fish per day. HALIBUT – two (2) fish per day. RAINBOW TROUT – catch and release only. DOLLY VARDEN – catch and release fishery with one fish under 18″ allowed to be kept. For more about limits, see our Regulations & Licensing Page.

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

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?

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.

Q. What is Jimmie Jack Fishing Company’s cancellation policy?

CANCELLATION POLICY Because of the short season, reservations are necessary to ensure you get the dates you want. A refund of the deposit minus a 10% charge of the total price will be given for cancellations outside of 60 days prior to your arrival date. Cancellations occurring inside of 60 days before arrival will forfeit the full amount. All refund requests must be sent in writing via regular mail. No refunds for non-appearances, early departures or missed trips. Disclaimer of Liability: Jimmie Jack Fishing reserves the right to make changes to itineraries if regulations change in a fishery, or for the safety of their clients. We are always aware of safety, however, outdoor activities in Alaska are not risk free. At times trips in the ocean will be canceled due to weather conditions. We make every effort to insure our clients safety. However, we do not assume responsibility for injury to clients, personal belongings, or for time and expense incurred. Excessive cleaning or damage fees will be charged if excessive wear is done by guests, or damage occurs to lodge property, or fish are processed in the lodge. Upon making the deposit to Jimmie Jack Fishing the depositor agrees to be bound by this cancellation policy.