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The Kasilof River

Kasilof River Map

Fish this relatively small, by Alaskan standards, drift only river conveniently located approximately 15 miles south of the town of Soldotna.  The river flows 17 miles, from Tustamena Lake the Kenai Peninsula's largest lake, northwest into the Cook Inlet. The glacial river is broken up into two vastly different float sections. The lower section, from the Sterling Highway bridge to "the cabins" boat ramp, is the popular section to try for the mighty Alaskan King (Chinook) Salmon. This river gets a return of both wild and hatchery fish that range from 15-65 lbs. To target these beasts, we methodically troll using both lures and bait through the productive holes and spots we know to hold fish. 

The upper stretch is quite swift and lies within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. In this stretch, there are numerous gravel bars to try your luck at Sockeye (Red) Salmon during certain times of the year. Shortly after the King season closes on July 31st, the explosive Silver (Coho) Salmon make their run into the Kasilof. These high flying acrobats are fun to target trolling with bait/lures, on a spin rod, or with a flyrod.  Come the middle of September, do not overlook the possibility of catching a wild run Alaskan Steelhead. These dime bright beauties are often caught with sea lice still attached.

Come enjoy the tranquility of a motor-less fishery for a full 8 hour fun filled trip. Start times vary daily, for Kings, due to this tidally influenced river. Minimum of 2 anglers and a maximum of 4. 

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