Chuck Thomas Sportfishing
The Kenai Peninsula is home to the Kenai River and the scenic town of Homer. The region is known for its king salmon and halibut fishing. For over two decades, Chuck Thomas Sportfishing has offered flexible fishing packages in the Kenai Peninsula.
Kenai River King Salmon
The Kenai River is known for its world record salmon runs. Each year there are numerous 60-to 70-pound kings taken from this beautiful river.
The average king here weighs 15-to 25-pounds with a few in the 45-to 60-pound range. The Kenai has two runs of king salmon. The first one lasts until the end of June, and the second run usually ends around July 31st.
Silver salmon: The Kenai also has two runs of silver salmon. The Kenai’s silver run is underway by the first week of August.
Sockeye salmon, also known as red salmon, hit the Kenai in mid-July and run until about the second week of August. Kenai sockeye average 4 to 10-pounds. Sockeye is considered, by some, to be the best eating salmon.
You can also arrange to fish the Kasilof River, a small river known for its numbers of king salmon that return each year to spawn. The Kasilof is a drift-boat-only river with a good run of silvers, beginning in August.
Each package has at least one day of halibut fishing. You can also create a custom package. Flexible trip options are available. Chuck Thomas also offers Cook Inlet halibut fishing. Fish for Pacific halibut averaging 18 to 22-pounds (chicken-sized halibut are the best eating), and barndoor-sized-halibut, weighing up to 400-pounds. During the minus tides, you can also dig for tasty razor clams. All ages and levels of skill are welcome.
Chuck Thomas Sportfishing
Season: runs from May through September.
Boats for river fishing: 20-foot open jet sleds are limited to a maximum of four anglers and a guide.
Halibut charters: Each package includes one-day halibut fishing aboard a 32' Saltwater cruisers with covered cabins. The boats seat up to six anglers plus guide and deckhand.
Guides: are career professionals, each averaging over twenty years of fishing experience in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Equipment: Fishing gear, tackle, and all the bait needed for your trip are provided.
Fishing License: Your fishing license and king stamp are not included in the package.
Lunch: You'll need to bring your own lunch, snacks, and beverages for the boat. A cooler and ice chest are provided on the boats.
Ground transportation: You will need to rent a car as no transportation is provided. The drive to the Kenai is 2.5 hours from Anchorage, or ten minutes if you fly to the Kenai airport. On Kenai fishing days, you'll have about a 10-minute drive. On your halibut fishing day, you'll have at least a 90-minute drive from Soldotna to Cook Inlet.
Soldotna Lodging and Meals:
Lodging: You'll stay in Soldotna, Alaska. Lodging options vary from a cabin that comfortably sleeps a group of six to a private condominium for smaller groups. All lodging is double occupancy.
Meals: No meals are provided. You’ll prepare or purchase your own meals. There is a Fred Meyer, a Safeway, and a Walmart nearby. There is also a wide choice of restaurants available.
Chuck Thomas's is the option for anglers who want the expertise of a guide service during the day and no set agenda in the evening. After a day's fishing, if you still want to get a little more fishing in, you can head over to the Soldotna River Walk for some sockeye fishing. The evening is yours.
You can fly to Anchorage--the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. You'll need to rent a vehicle, and drive the scenic Seward Highway to Soldotna, Alaska, a two-and-a-half-hour drive. Alternatively, you may fly from Anchorage to the Kenai Municipal Airport, a 20-minute flight, and rent a vehicle and drive ten minutes to Soldotna.
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$1,695.00 per person
(2-days salmon fishing and 1-day halibut fishing)
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing
$2,495.00 per person
(4-days salmon fishing and 1-day halibut fishing)
Create a custom package – flexible trip options are available. Fly-out day trips can be arranged for an extra fee. Please call for rates.
Deluxe lodging, a licensed professional guide, use of gear and tackle, all bait needed for your trip, and complimentary fish processing (filleting, vacuum packing, freezing, and boxing in airline-approved boxes).
Packages do not include:
Airfare, meals/food, alcohol, taxes, fly-outs, fishing licenses, a King Salmon Stamp, gratuities, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Cell phones work well in this area and can be used as a hotspot to access the internet. There are also many local businesses that have free Wi-Fi, including McDonald’s, Safeway, and the local coffee shop.