FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
WHAT DOES THE COST OF a GUIDED KENAI OR KASILOF RIVER FISHING TRIP COVER?
The cost of a guided Kenai or Kasilof River fishing trip just about covers everything you'll need for your fishing adventure. We provide all the fishing equipment, waders, wading boots, flies, tackle, bait and rods for your fishing trip. We cover guide parking fees, boat launch fees, we bring snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and all necessary safety equipment. The only thing the cost of your guided fishing trip doesn't cover is gratuities, your parking fees at Alaska State Parks parking lots, a fishing license and lunches.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR ON MY GUIDED FISHING TRIP?
We recommend that you dress in layers any time you are out in the elements on a guided fishing trip on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. We tell our fishing clients to prepare for all kinds of weather and drastic weather changes. Things can change quickly when you're out on the Kenai or Kasilof River while on a guided fishing trip. You'll want to wear thick wool socks, thermal layers and bring a rain jacket. We have plenty of storage on our drift boat for all the extras you'll need to bring on your guided fishing trip.
WILL WE BE WADING WHEN FISHING on the Kenai or kasilof RIVER?
Generally speaking, we will be wading on the Kenai River when the opportunity presents itself. We will fit you with waders prior to your trip on the Kenai River. Be sure to let us know if you have any physical limitations that would make wading on the Kenai River difficult. When back trolling on the Kasilof River, we generally do not fit fishing clients with waders since we will not enter the water; however, be sure to wear rain pants as it often rains on guided trips in Alaska!
WHEN DOES THE GUIDED TRIP START AND END? WHERE AND WHEN DO I MEET MY FISHING GUIDE?
Guided fishing trips start and end at various times. Some start times depend on how much daylight we have. During the long summer months, it is not uncommon to start fishing trips at 4 or 5 am! Later in the fall fishing season, we start our guided fishing trips later and later as sunrise occurs later. Full day fishing trips last for up to 8 hours, while half day fishing trips are usually 4 hours long. Prior to the start of your fishing trip (usually the night before you go fishing), your guide will call you to schedule a meeting time and location. We also offer free pick-up and drop-off services, unless it is otherwise inconvenient. Directions to popular meeting locations are available on our website.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING ON THE GUIDED FISHING TRIP? IS LUNCH PROVIDED BY MY FISHING GUIDE? DO I NEED MY OWN FISHING EQUIPMENT? RODS/REELS/FLIES, ETC?
We provide most everything you will need to ensure your guided fishing trip with Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC is as exceptional as possible! The only thing we do not provide is a valid Alaska Department of Fish & Game Sport Fishing License, which may be purchased ahead of time online via their website and printed off, or purchased locally at many different retailers. Please note that licenses are not valid unless signed and must be physically present--electronic versions of your license are not permitted! Additionally, if you are on a guided fishing trip for King salmon, you will need to purchase a King salmon stamp when you purchase your fishing license!
We do offer several snack and beverage options while onboard your guided fishing trip, such as chips, granola bars, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, but you may wish to bring something more substantial, particularly on full-day guided trips that run about 8 hours. There will be several opportunities to stop and eat, if you choose or as we are transitioning the boat from one area to another.
You are more than welcome to bring your own equipment (waders, fly rods, etc..); however, be sure that your wading boots do not have felt soles as they are not legal in Alaska.
HOW MANY OTHER ANGLERS WILL BE ON my GUIDED FISHING TRIP?
Our guide boats can legally hold 5 anglers; however, we will not attempt to "fill the boat" as many guide services do. It is possible to fish with other anglers than those scheduled in your fishing party. If other anglers are on your trip, we will ensure that the group of anglers you're matched up with, have the same fishing goals that you do. We want your guided fishing trip to be special, so we will not compromise your fishing experience simply to make more money.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO GO ON A GUIDED FISHING TRIP? WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO GO ON A GUIDED FISHING TRIP? WHAT IS THE BEST SECTION OF RIVER TO FISH WHILE ON A GUIDED FISHING TRIP?
It truly all depends. You can have an amazing day of fishing from May 1st until October 31st and beyond! It all depends on how you define an amazing trip and what your goals are while fishing in Alaska. Please refer to our "The Fish" section for more information about peak seasons for targeting the fish you're looking for!
The best time of day for a guided fishing trip depends largely on the volume of other boats and fishermen on the water. Usually, the more anglers, the earlier you'll want to start. If you prefer the afternoon or evenings, that's also an excellent time to be on the water; however, some rivers, the guides have to be off the Kenai River by 6pm.
The best section of river also depends on what your looking for in a trip. Most half day trips are held either on the Upper Kenai or Kasilof River. We will most often take you where we would want to go fishing if we had the day off. We want you to have an awesome fishing experience on your guided trip!
CAN I KEEP THAT FISH?
The answer varies by the fish species you are targeting and the time of year you are fishing. If you are targeting King Salmon, we must follow the current ADF&G emergency orders pertaining to the harvest of King Salmon. As a company policy, we will harvest only hatchery King Salmon on the Kasilof River. We will not harvest wild King Salmon on the Kenai or Kasilof Rivers. We make this abundantly clear prior to booking a guided fishing trip with us which targets King Salmon. If you are targeting Sockeye Salmon (Red Salmon) or Silver Salmon (Coho Salmon), the current emergency orders will be followed. When targeting Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden, we will never harvest these fish on a guided fishing trip with Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC. Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden are native and wild fish in Alaska, one of the last strongholds of a robust population of native fish. Catch and Release is necessary to ensure a strong population of fish remains in the Kenai River.
DOES MY GUIDE OR GUIDE SERVICE HANDLE FISH PROCESSING AFTER MY GUIDED FISHING TRIP?
Your guide will handle the initial processing of your fish on your guided trip. We will fillet and bag your fish and store them at a suitable temperature while on your fishing trip. We do not vacuum seal nor do we freeze fish for clients. We can recommend local fish processing services if you wish to have your fish processed further after your guided fishing trip.
CAN I BRING MY KIDS ON A GUIDED FISHING TRIP?
Absolutely. Kids are such an important part of the work we do at Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC. We take education and resource stewardship very seriously and what better group than kids to share this knowledge and love for the outdoors with. Yes, bring your kids and let's have a blast on your guided fishing trip! They will learn fishing skills that will carry them through a lifelong sport filled with awesome memories!
HOW LONG IS THE GUIDED FISHING TRIP? CAN WE END THE FISHING TRIP EARLY?
Your guided fishing trip will last for 4 hours on a half day trip and for 8 hours on a full day trip. Keep in mind that there is some set-up and commute time that is usually not factored into the stated hours of your trip, so a guided fishing trip can be a long day. If you need to end early, please let us know ahead of time so we can make appropriate accommodations. Sometimes, due to the sheer length of the stretch of river we are floating, it is impossible to end a trip on short notice. Also, if you are fishing with other guests not in your fishing party, we may have to make arrangements that are suitable for everyone in the boat.
ARE THERE ANY BOAT LAUNCH OR PARKING FEES THAT I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT WHILE ON A GUIDED FISHING TRIP?
Most boat launch fees and shuttle fees will be handled by the individual guide or guide service handling your particular guided fishing trip. The only fee you will be responsible for is parking at various State of Alaska or city parking lots. The fee for parking is usually $5.00 and your fishing guide will instruct you on how to best pay for the fee prior to departing for your fishing trip that day.
DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO CAST? ARE WE FLY FISHING ON THIS Guided TRIP?
One of the most rewarding parts of being a fishing guide is the learning process for our guests. We love to teach, so whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, we take the time to teach as much or as little as you need. If you are fly fishing on your guided trip, have no fear, it's a lot easier than you think! You truly will learn a sport that can become a lifelong passion!
DOES MY FISHING GUIDE CHARGE FOR LOST FLIES? BROKEN/LOST EQUIPMENT?
Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC, our guides and our guided service partners will never charge you for lost flies, lures, bait or other equipment; however, the intentional damage of property will be subject to a fee. Broken rods happen, rods fall in the water, tears in waders happen, etc... This is generally part of the wear and tear of guided fishing equipment and we factor that into our annual business budget. Please do exercise extreme care with the equipment that is lent to you and treat it as if it were your own. Most often, the fishing equipment comes out of the individual guide's pocket and is very expensive.
WILL I SEE WILDLIFE WHILE ON A GUIDED FISHING TRIP?
You have an excellent chance while on a guided fishing trip to see wildlife. For the most part, you can see eagles and other bird species that generally line the banks of the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. On occasion, you can see Black and Brown Bears, Moose, Beavers, River Otters, Harbor Seals and even the occasional Lynx, Coyote or Wolf! We will discuss what to do when dealing with wildlife on the shore prior to departing on our guided fishing trip.
HOW DO WE GET BACK UP the Kenai or Kasilof RIVER? DOES THE RIVER GO IN A CIRCLE?
A very common question when on a guided fishing trip, especially on the Kenai River. The Kasilof River has a very special takeout that is a sight to see (definitely a memorable experience when on a guided Alaskan fishing trip)! The Kenai River does not go in a circle, nor does the Kasilof River. We drift both of these rivers in a westerly direction towards the Cook Inlet, Alaska. Our guide vehicles are shuttled by our company or by a shuttle service from the boat launch where we begin our guided fishing trip all the way to the boat takeout where we end our guided fishing trip. The cost to shuttle our drift boat does cost us extra, but it makes your guided fishing trip on the Kenai or Kasilof River much easier!
CAN I SEE RUSSIA FROM THE RIVER?
If you use your imagination, you can just about see anything from the boat on the Kenai or Kasilof Rivers. On a guided fishing trip, it is not uncommon to get this question. Unfortunately, you can't see Russia from the Kenai or Kasilof River.