Jim Rusk Fishing – Kenai River Fishing Guide


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Kenai River Fishing

Fishing on the Kenai Peninsula
Learn why everyone is coming to the Kenai Peninsula to fish for the famous Kenai River King, and find out about the area.

Fishing Guides Report

Your inside look on the river
Find out whats happening on the Kenai River, Kasilof River and other fishing locations from a professional Kenai River fishing guide.

Welcome from Kenai River Fishing Guide Jim Rusk. If you are looking for a first class Kasilof River or Kenai River fishing trip in Alaska this summer, you have come to the right spot. The Kenai River is located on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in the south-central region of Alaska. We are located in Soldotna, an excellent town to use as a base for your fishing trip. We’ve been guiding anglers from all over the world since 1987 on the Kenai River and Kasilof River.  We specialize in fishing for King SalmonSilver SalmonRainbow Trout and Halibut.

Early June - King Salmon

A typical King in the first run, beginning in early-june, weighs 40 pounds. The “Lower Kenai” is well known for its run and sizes of its king salmon.

Late June - Red Salmon

The red salmon runs are towards the end of June and late-July. Red salmon are considered the premier salmon for eating, canning, and smoking

Mid July - King Salmon

A typical King in the second run, beginning in mid-July, weighs 40 pounds. The “Lower Kenai” is well known for its run and sizes of its king salmon.

Early August - Silver Salmon

The silver salmon runs starts in early August and continues till sometime in october.

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About Jim Rusk Fishing Alaska

I am a Lifetime Alaskan, born in Soldotna Alaska. I have fished the Kenai River and other local Alaska waters my entire life.  We have top of the line boats and equipment, and First Class service.  Our rates are very competitive.  We offer Full Day and 1/2 Day Kenai River Fishing charters.

We offer fishing trips for a variety of salmon, trout on the Kenai River and the Kasilof River in Alaska.

Rainbow Trout is one of my favorite trips that I offer as a fishing guide. The Kenai River has world class trout fishing and each fall the fishing lives up to its reputation as one of the best Rainbow Trout fisheries in the world.

Kenai and Kasilof Rivers Fishing Equipment – Only the Best

  • At Jim Rusk Fishing we use top quality, proven fishing equipment.
  • Fishing the Kenai River and the Kasilof River demands the use of High Quality Boats.
  • Fishing the Kenai River and the Kasilof River demands the very best fishing equipment.  At Jim Rusk Fishing
  • We spare no expense to ensure you fish  and with the very best!  We use Willie Boats. They are hand crafted fishing machines.

Guiding Fishing Charters

We can customize a Guided Fishing Trip just for you. We can also help you get the lodging that best meets the needs of you and your party. Customer service is our number one priority when we guide anglers that visit the Kenai peninsula. We do whatever it takes to make sure you will have the best experience possible while fishing with us.

If you are not catching fish, not much else matters. With Jim Rusk Fishing Kenai Fishing Guide you are guaranteed fishing with only the best  guides that have years and years of experience.


I encourage anyone coming to Alaska Kenai Peninsula to please check references on whomever you choose to go with.  We have an extensive repeat clientele and can provide customer names and phone numbers from all over the country. 

Kenai River Fishing

The Kenai is a glacier fed river that has been undergoing a cycle of water level changes for millions of years. It’s a river that drains the glaciers of the central Kenai Peninsula region.

Kasilof River Fishing

Drift Boat fishing in a big Willie boat is a must-do on a fishing trip to Alaska. Anglers come to the Kenai Peninsula to catch big King Salmon and big Silver Salmon.

Alaska Fishing

The Kenai River is the most popular sport fishing destination in Alaska, particularly for King salmon, also known as Chinook salmon. Each year we have two runs each of King Salmon, Silver Salmon, red salmon, plus a run of pink salmon every second year. Occasionally there will be reports of catches of Steelhead Trout.

Alaska Wild Life

The Kenai peninsula, home to the famous Kenai River and Kasilof River, has as much Alaska wildlife as any region of Alaska. And Alaska is famous for its abundance of wild life . While fishing we have seen moose, bear,  eagles, beavers, cranes, ducks and every wild creature of Alaska.  The two rivers are most famous for salmon and trout fishing ,but you can encounter many types of wildlife while fishing and visiting this wonderful region of Alaska. 

Customer Fishing Testimonials

Kenai River Fishing Report