Common Questions

Get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions

Do I need a fishing license?

Anyone over the age of 16 is required by law to purchase an Alaska fishing license. If you are fishing for king salmon you will also need a king salmon stamp. One-day licenses cost $20 per person and one-day king stamps cost $10 per person. Anyone under the age of 16 is not required to purchase a fishing license, but will need a free harvest record card. Licenses are not included in our trip costs and must be purchased prior to your fishing trip. If you'd like to purchase your license in advance, you may apply online at www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license (note: for online purchases please allow at least two weeks to receive your license in the mail). Fishing licenses and king salmon stamps are also available for purchase at most gas stations and convenience stores here in Alaska.

What equipment is provided?

We provide all tackle, top-notch fishing gear, rain jackets, rain pants, hip waders and U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices. If you prefer, you are also welcome to bring along your own favorite fishing tackle, waterproof rain gear and waders. Please contact us for tackle and gear recommendations.

Are there bathroom facilities along the river?

On the upper Kenai, we'll be fishing through some undeveloped wilderness areas with enough trees for everyone. On the lower Kenai, restroom facilities are always available within a short boat ride.

Can I bring my camera and binoculars on the boat?

Definitely. You will want to take many pictures of your fish, magnificent scenery and wildlife along the river. Your gear will remain relatively dry in the boat storage spaces, and we provide waterproof bags for protection from the occasional splash.

Can I keep what I catch?

You can keep king, sockeye and silver salmon within the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations. The bag limits set forth by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are subject to change at any time to protect the viability of each species. We'll clean, cut, bag, and vacuum seal any kept fish. 

The current limits are as follows:
  • King Salmon: 1 per day, 2 per season (Kenai River)
  • Sockeye Salmon: 3 per day
  • Silver Salmon: 2 per day (Kenai River); 6 per day (Resurrection Bay)
  • Rainbow Trout: Catch and release, no retention
  • Dolly Varden: Catch and release, no retention

Note: You may catch and release king salmon until you retain a "keeper." However, by state regulation, once you retain a king salmon from the Kenai River, you are no longer allowed to fish in that same water for that day.

Can my family fish with me?

We often guide groups or families with various ages and fishing abilities. Children over the age of 12 are able to handle the Alaska fishing challenges and frequently catch the largest fish in the group! There's usually enough fishing adventure and wildlife sightings to keep the entire family entertained.

How many people are in each fishing boat?

Our boats comfortably fit up to four anglers. However, if you prefer a more intimate fishing experience, we are happy to accommodate a private boat, based on availability and at an additional cost.

What can I fish for?

We will do our best to provide the most exciting fishing available on any given day. June and July, we’ll fish for king salmon where regulations allow on the lower Kenai River or Resurrection Bay. In July and August, we’ll fish for silver salmon on the lower Kenai River and in Resurrection Bay. The upper Kenai River offers excellent fishing for sockeye salmon in June and July as well as rainbow trout and Dolly Varden from June through September.

What if I've never fished before?

No previous knowledge of fishing is necessary. You need only be in average physical condition and have a hearty appetite for adventure. Fishing in Alaska is fun regardless of your experience level and our guides will teach you their successful techniques.

What is the Two Dollars a Day Program?

Alaska Wildland Adventures contributes annually to Alaska-based nonprofit efforts for environmental protection. As a consumer, you can elect to participate in our "Two Dollars A Day Program." Since its inception, the program has allowed us to pass through tens of thousands of dollars in contributions. You can help support groups working to preserve and protect the Kenai Peninsula by making a voluntary contribution of $2. 

Donations made to this program will be equally divided among:
  • Friends of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kenai River Sportfishing Association
  • Eastern Kenai Peninsula Environmental Action Association
  • Cook Inlet Keeper

What should I bring?

Bring along plenty of warm clothes! The best way to dress for a fishing trip in Alaska is in layers. Polypro, capilene or wool all keep you warm even when wet and are excellent first and second layers. We suggest bringing a hat, gloves, a warm jacket, long underwear and an extra pair of socks. Always have rain gear with you even if it's clear and sunny in the morning. Some other helpful items to bring along are insect repellant and polarized sunglasses, as both can be handy on the river. Please refer to our Packing List for our recommendations on what to bring.

What's the weather going to be like?

Alaskan weather is unpredictable and can change hourly. Even on the sunniest days of summer, the temperature on the river can feel cool. Your guides will offer advice on how to layer your clothing to maximize comfort. For advance suggestions, please refer to our recommended Packing List.

Will I see wildlife?

The Kenai River valley is home to moose, eagles, bears, beavers, otters, and numerous fish and waterfowl. Wildlife sightings vary on each trip. Your guide will share with you ways to search for wildlife and recognize wildlife signs.