How do I get there?
Guests fly into Anchorage and rent a car to drive 2.5 hours south to “Fish Camp”. The drive is absolutely one of the most beautiful you will likely ever experience. Expect to see glaciers, mountains that rear up directly from the ocean’s edge, and if you’re lucky – perhaps even Dall Sheep, Moose, or a Beluga in Turnagain Arm.
What is the weather like?
It’s Alaska, if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute! Typical summer weather ranges from 50s F and rainy to 70s F and sunny. Expect anything in between. We recommend that guests bring layers of clothes because the weather can and does change fast during a fishing trip, and temperatures due tend to be cooler on the water. We carry raingear on our boats and have waders and knee boots available at camp, but we recommend bringing your own gear for a better fit.
Do I need to bring my own fishing gear?
Nope! All tackle is provided on all charters. We also have shore gear and tackle in camp available for guest use.
What about food?
All of Big Sky’s cabins are outfitted with complete kitchens (range, oven, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, limited condiments/seasonings, etc.). Typically, when our guests arrive, they will make a run to Soldotna (15 minutes) to one of the two grocery stores, and stock up on food for their meals and snacks. There are also BBQ grills throughout camp for grilling up your catch, burgers, and steaks.
Please DO plan accordingly and bring snacks, beverages, and/or a lunch on all charters!
There are also a variety of restaurant options available right near camp in Sterling as well as in Soldotna for dining out.
What if we are not experienced anglers?
No problem! We cater to everyone at Big Sky, and our guides are always especially fulfilled when helping someone land their first Alaskan salmon.
What if I’m looking for a place to fish with my kids and family?
Welcome home then! Big Sky is a perfect family destination. When our guides aren’t fishing with our clients, they are likely out fishing and spending time with their own kids and families. We do recommend that all children be old enough/mature enough to comfortably spend the day in a fishing in a 20-foot river boat or 30-foot ocean boat; and that around camp children are required to be supervised near the river front.
What if I’m looking to do a company trip?
Look no further. Each summer Big Sky hosts several national and regional companies and businesses from Alaska and beyond, who come back year after year for company fishing excursions. Our central location, flexible lodging options, and friendly and professional staff have made us the ideal location for businesses to host retreats. Call us for more information on setting up a corporate or company fishing getaway.
When is the best fishing?
Well, that depends on what kind of fish or fishing adventure you are after! All of our fishing seasons offer different opportunities, and our guides are experienced professionals who will find the best fishing regardless of the season!
Mid-May/June – Beat the crowds of mid-summer, and enjoy some of the driest weather of the year. May and June are known for plentiful sun and plenty of fish. Typical fishing opportunities include saltwater king salmon and halibut fishing in Cook Inlet, as well as river fishing for kings and trout. Fly outs are also available!
July – High season on the Kenai, fishing opportunities include king and sockeye salmon fishing on the Kenai River, and halibut and combo charters in Cook Inlet. Weather in July is typically still warm and pleasant. King Salmon fishing ends on July 31st each year.
August – August often marks the beginning of fall for Alaska. If you can keep a secret, we’ll let you in on one: August is also one of the most exciting months to fish in Alaska. While the fall rains typically begin to move in, temperatures are still mild this time of year, and the Kenai River is awash with sockeye salmon, silver salmon, and pink salmon (in even years); and the trout, sensing a change in seasons, begin to feed voraciously. Out on the salt water, expect to see some of the biggest halibut of the year landed in August!
Early September – Though we, along with most Kenai fishing lodges, wind our season down this time of year, there are still plenty of fish to be caught in September. A little known but very plump run of silver salmon return to the Kenai River in September, and the waters are quiet and clear with the summer season past. Even if the weather is gray, the brilliant river side foliage and dime-bright silvers bring a light to this time of year like no other.
Do you process all of our fish?
Yes, Big Sky will clean, fillet, vacuum pack (commercial quality), freeze and store your catch for $1.40 per pound finished weight (frozen weight). Clients utilizing our fish processing services receive fish freezing and storage free. Those not utilizing the processing services will be charged $1.00 per pound to freeze and store your catch.
We use quality insulated boxes if you choose to fly home with your frozen fish. We can also ship via Fed Ex. A $20 service fee is assessed to each box shipped.
How do I get my fish home?
We recommend bringing your fish home as checked baggage if possible. Though baggage fees may seem excessive, they are still much less than overnight shipments. Airlines flying in and out of Anchorage are used to fishermen checking boxes of fish too.
If you would like to use overnight shipment through FedEx, we will be happy to arrange and schedule shipping!
Where can I get a fishing license?
You may purchase fishing licenses and King stamps here at Big Sky or visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to purchase your fishing license online.
Can I fish from shore at camp?
Absolutely! With 500ft of riverfront, we have great shore fishing opportunities for salmon, trout, and dolly varden.
How many people are in each boat?
Our river boats fish 4 anglers, and our saltwater boats will fish 6 anglers. If your group doesn’t fill a boat, we may group you with another small group. It’s common for combined groups to develop long-lasting friendships and time their return tip to Alaska together!
What are the limits?
Please note, limits are subject to change do to in season closures. Always check with your guide. They are currently:
- Kenai River KING SALMON – 1 per day, closed after July 31.
- Kenai River SOCKEYE SALMON – 3 per day
- Kenai SILVER SALMON – 2 per day in August and three (3) fish per day in September.
- Kenai PINK SALMON – 6 per day.
- HALIBUT – 2 per day (1 large & 1 under 29″).
- RAINBOW TROUT – catch and release only.
- DOLLY VARDEN – catch and release fishery with one fish under 18″ allowed to be kept.