Kenai River Fishing References

Fish the Kenai River or the Kasilof , in Alaska this summer

907-398-1856

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“In the early summer of 1991, when looking for guide service on the Kenai I had the very good fortune to be introduced to a young guide in Soldotna by the name of Jim Rusk.

On that summer afternoon he put us onto a large number of fish and it became apparent that his knowledge of King Salmon fishing on the Kenai was extensive.  I learned that he had been fishing the river since he was a young child and knew of areas where fish were holding that other boats never fished.  That knowledge combined with an unrelenting drive to put fishermen onto fish set him apart from the other guides on the river.  Over time he has put that same skill, knowledge and drive together to become an expert on fishing the Kasilof as well.  Over the next 17 years, with Jim as my guide, I have caught nine king salmon in the 60 pound class, 2 king salmon in the 70 pound class and 1 king salmon in the 80 pound class as well any number of smaller fish.

Whether fishing for Kings in May, June or July: silvers in August and September or Rainbows and Dolly’s in the Fall Jim has always been the guide who provides success.  Over those 17 years he has also become a good friend to the group of us who have had the pleasure to fish with him.”

Don Jorgensen Londonderry, NH

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I chose Jim Rusk because of the level of confidence he showed when I interviewed him and every day he showed me that confidence was not misplaced. Our boat consistently caught more kings than other boats on the river. We caught several kings that were 50 pounds or more, including mine that was 62 pounds ( I let one go that was under 50), and when king season was over, we caught our limit of silvers every day. The biggest kings and great silvers are found in the Kenai river, and nobody knows the Kenai river like Jim Rusk.

David Altrowitz Minnetonka, MN

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I STARTED FISHING IN ALASKA IN 1990. I HAD FISHED WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT GUIDES AND WE CAUGHT A FEW FISH AS A GROUP.  I THEN GOT TO FISH WITH JIM RUSK.  WE ALL CAUGHT FISH (OUR LIMITS FOR EVERYONE) WE CATCH FISH NOW AND TURN THEM BACK SO WE CAN KEEP CATCHING FISH. I FISH ON THE KENAI RIVER EVERY YEAR AND JIM IS THE ONLY GUIDE I WILL GO WITH. I HAVE CAUGHT ALL SPECIES OF SALMON WITH JIM AND EVEN RAINBOWS AND DOLLYS. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED FOR CHOOSING JIM RUSK AS YOUR GUIDE HE IS GREAT.
BRIAN WORKMAN   ALPINE,UTAH.

 

vid Brown reviewed 2 months ago

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I’ve fished with Jim for 16 years and he has consistently been a top guide and catches fish even with little action around. He was born and raised on the Kenai and knows every hole and trick of the trade. The 19.75 lb Silver in the pictures above is just one of many trophy size Salmon and Trout from over the years. Besides the fishing, Jim is friendly, works hard to make you happy and really wants everyone to be part of his fishing family. I have brought tons of guests over the years and everyone goes home happy after fishing for a week on the Kenai and Kasilof with Jim.
Michael Gorjanc reviewed 2 months ago

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Before September of 2012, fishing in Alaska had been a dream of mine. I finally scheduled a trip to Alaska, found Jim on the internet, and we scheduled a week in September to fish for silvers. Jim was the first guide to return my call and I’m glad he was! I fished with Jim for a week on both the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers and Jim always worked hard to put us on the fish. He was a great guide with an intimate knowledge of the rivers and had great relationships with the other local guides which was very helpful. Despite unusually slow fishing conditions – and this was the general consensus among the guides and locals – we caught our limit every day but one and did so when other guides could not. Jim was friendly, courteous, very professional and respectful, and best of all he clearly took his guiding work very seriously. When many others were not catching fish, we were! I highly recommend Jim Rusk for your Alaskan fishing adventure!!
Bob Venturin reviewed 2 months ago

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I have had the opportunity to fish with Jim on two different 5 days trips. Jim has lived in the area his entire life and it definitely shows! At the end of the day, our boat was always one of the top boats if not the top boat of the day in regards to numbers. Jim doesn’t just take you fishing, he makes certain that he puts you on fish which I truly appreciate! I highly recommend setting up your next fishing trip with this highly competent guide!!!! I can’t wait to be back on the water with Jim!!!!
Paul L. Marrott reviewed 2 months ago

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I met Jim through a family member that referred him. I must say that I have not been disappointed. He is a focused on fulfilling your desire to catch whatever species you happen to be targetting. I have booked with him for one species or another each year since our first charter, and will continue to do so. There is not a more passionate guide I know. You always get his best effort and as you can see by my pict, It pays to use Jim. Big Kings and Rainbows are a specialty of his and full limits of Reds and Silvers are the norm for Jim. Thanx Jim for the professional service you provide. Paul Marrott- Utah
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Neville Deegan reviewed 2 months ago

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We caught lots of big silver salmon and Lake trout. We had a wonderful time cruising the Kenai Reiver with this Alaskan born Kenai fishing guide. Jim did all the hard work and we just had to cast. He KNOWS where the fish are pasing.
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Workman Brian reviewed 2 months ago

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Jim is a great fisherman, he loves to fish and get you fish, a lot of people don’t care they just take you fishing and jim takes you to catch fish. I fished with jim since 1990 i would not go with any one else, he has caught us so many kings and silvers and everyone caught nothing, thanks Jim Brian Workman

Let Jim be your guide to success this summer in Alaska

907-398-1856