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Kenai River Fishing

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 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.

The Kenai River Fishing Guide That Goes The Extra Mile

Alaska Salmon Run Timeline
Early June
King Salmon First
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 Second
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.
Alaska's Favorite Fishing Guide

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. 

Jim Rusk Fishing Knows The Rivers

Customer Fishing Testimonials

“Good fortune to be introduced to a young Kenai River fishing guide in Soldotna by the name of Jim Rusk. On that summer afternoon he put us onto a large number of fish.  He had been fishing the river since he was a young child and knew of areas where fish were holding that other boats ……   READ MORE

I searched and interviewed several Kenai River fishing guides.  Then I met Jim Rusk, Kenai fishing guide and hired him. Fishing with him every day he showed me that my confidence was not misplaced. Our boat consistently caught more King Salmon than other boats on the river. We caught several King Salmon that were 50 pounds or more, including mine that was 62 pounds ………. READ MORE

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 both the kenai and the kasilof 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!!

I STARTED FISHING IN ALASKA IN 1990. I’D FISHED WITH SEVERAL KENAI RIVER FISHING GUIDES AND WE CAUGHT A FEW FISH.  I THEN GOT TO FISH WITH JIM RUSK.  WE ALL CAUGHT FISH (OUR LIMITS) HE IS GREAT………….. READ MORE

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 below 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.

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!!

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!!!!

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

Quality Excellent Facilities Very good Service Excellent

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.

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

Don Jorgensen Londonderry - NH
David Altrowitz Minnetonka - MN
BRIAN WORKMAN ALPINE - UTAH
David Brown
Michael Gorjanc
Bob Venturin
Paul L. Marrott
Neville Deegan
Workman Brian

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Kenai River Fishing Guide Report

Kenai River fishing report 7/27/20

Hi everyone well it is late July here in Alaska on the Kenai and fishing is the mission. Well King Salmon fishing has closed for the season and it is on to Silver Salmon soon but until the Silver Salmon … Continue reading

Kenai River fishing report 7/12/20

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Kenai River fishing report June 30 2020

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Kenai River fishing report 6/20/2020

Hi everyone well its the 20th of June here in Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula and I wanted to give you all a fishing report for the Kenai and Kasilof rivers as well as some local lakes. Okay so as … Continue reading

Fishing report may 16, 2020

Hi everyone well I’m happy to report the 2020 fishing season has begun here on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. After a long Alaska winter it feels so good to be back on the water fishing. I have already done … Continue reading

Kenai River April 29 2020

Hi everyone well we are just a few days away from the start of the 2020 fishing season. The Kenai river and the Kasilof river are both ice free and flowing, and in a couple weeks we will be out … Continue reading

Kenai River, fishing report

Hi everyone well we are now in the month of April and fishing season here on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers is only about a month and a half away. As I am writing this chrome bright King Salmon are … Continue reading

  Hi everyone well it is now March and spring time in Alaska is just right around the corner. As many of you that fish with me every year know it is so nice put up Salmon every summer to … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River

.     Hi everyone well it is February 17th here on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska and it won’t be long till old man winter gives way to the coming of spring. Excitement is starting to build here at … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River January 2020

Hi everyone well it is a new year and we are in the jaws of winter here on the Kenai Peninsula. The Kenai River and the Kasilof River are frozen tight as we have been in a very impressive cold … Continue reading

Kenai River report January 2020

Hi Everyone and a happy new year from Jim Rusk Fishing here on the Kenai, With the New year here it is time again to purchase my new Alaska fishing license. And I wanted to share this article i received … Continue reading

Kenai River fishing report

Hey everyone well we are in the holiday spirit here on the Kenai with Christmas just ten days away so I want to first wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year. I first want thank all of … Continue reading

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Hi everyone seasons greetings from us here at Jim Rusk Fishing to you and yours wishing you a very merry christmas and a happy new year.  We are excited for the New year and a new Fishing Season just around … Continue reading

Alaska Salmon Facts

Hi Everyone I often get many questions on the boat regarding the life cycle and identification of the five species of Pacific Salmon so I wanted to share this very informative article I came across written by the Alaska department … Continue reading

Kenai, Kasilof Rivers October 2019

Hi everyone well I’m sad to report that the 2019 Salmon and Trout fishing season here in Alaska on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers has ended here at Jim Rusk Fishing. The boats have been winterized and put away and … Continue reading

Kenai River October 2019

Hi everyone well we have fresh snow on the ground here on the Kenai and though I am reluctant to say the 2019 fishing season on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers is over it certainly is winding down fast! However … Continue reading

Kenai River Silvers 2019

Hi everyone well it is late September here on the Kenai River in Alaska and the Silver Salmon is what is on the Menu! Late fall Silver Salmon fishing is probably my favorite time of year to fish the mighty … Continue reading

Kenai River September 2019

Hi everyone well it is mid September here on the Kenai River in Alaska, fall is in the air and the Silver Salmon are getting big and fat. I love fall on the Kenai River as the crowds have gone … Continue reading

Kenai River september 2019

When the spawn is on – A look at the lifecycle of salmon Salmon are amazing creatures. There are five species of Pacific salmon native to the freshwaters of Alaska – Chinook (king), Coho (silver), Chum (dog or keta), Sockeye … Continue reading

Kenai River 2019

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Kenai River Fishing report August 2019

Hi everyone well We are now well in to August here on the Kenai River in Alaska and fishing has been good but different! We normally would be targeting Silver Salmon everyday by now, However we have had the bigest … Continue reading

Kenai River fishing report August

Hi everyone well August is here and we have moved in to Silver Salmon and Rainbow Trout season here on the Kenai River and Kasilof River. However the Kenai River and the Kasilof River are still getting large numbers of … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report July 2019

Well it is the end of July here on the Kenai and there are only 2 days left of King Salmon Season. So here is a brief recap of the fishing here on the Kenai River and Kasilof River in … Continue reading

Salmon preparation and care

How to care for your catch and other useful information courtesy of Alaska department of fish and game. From field, to fillet, to freezer – Caring for your Catch. July is prime fishing time in Alaska. And salmon are arguably … Continue reading

Kenai River Kasilof River Fishing Report June 24, 2019

Hi everyone well its late June here on the Kenai and the 2019 fishing season is in full swing. Okay so here is the fishing report for the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers here in Alaska. First run King Salmon on … Continue reading

Kenai River and Kasilof River June 2019

Hello Anglers well it is June 17 here on the mighty Kenai and here is the Fishing report. We spent most of our days this spring on the Kasilof River fishing for King Salmon and I’m happy to report the … Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula fishing report June 1 2019

Hi everyone well we are in full fishing mode here on the Kenai in Alaska. Last weekend over the holiday I guided Anglers for Lake Trout on Hidden Lake on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and fishing was very good, … Continue reading

Kenai River Kasilof River 2019

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Kenai River and Kasilof River 2019

Hi everyone well fishing season has begun here in Alaska on the Kenai and Kasilof  Rivers and life is good! The Saltwater fisheries in Homer and Ninilchik are now in full swing and I have been getting great reports of … Continue reading

Kenai River and Kasilof River 2019

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Kenai River and Kasilof River Fishing report 2019

Well I’m very happy to report that the 2019 fishing season has begun and I have my first trip of the season in the books. On Friday April 26th I took two fisherman\ to Hidden Lake on the Kenai National … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River 2019

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Kenai River Kasilof River 2019

Hi everyone well we are just weeks away from the start of the 2019 fishing season on the Kenai River and the Kasilof River and excitement is running high I have a friend who lives near the mouth of the … Continue reading

Kenai River Kasilof River 2019

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Kenai River Kasilof River 2019

Hi everyone well we are now just one month away from the start of the 2019 fishing season here in Alaska on the Kenai River and the Kasilof River Yay! We still have some very good dates left on our … Continue reading

Kenai River Kasilof River 2019

Sockeye Salmon profile   General Description Sockeye salmon are one of the smaller species of Pacific salmon, measuring 18 to 31inches in length and weighing 4-15 pounds. Sea-going sockeye salmon have iridescent silver flanks, a white belly, and a metallic … Continue reading

Kenai River Fishing 2019

Hi everyone 2019 fishing season is just around the corner here on the Kenai River and Kasilof river here in Alaska Ya! I wanted to have a brief discussion on packing for your dream trip to Alaska to chase Salmon … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River 2019

King Salmon Facts General Description The Chinook salmon is the largest of all Pacific salmon, typically measuring 36 inches in length, often exceeding 30 pounds. Adults are distinguished by the black irregular spotting on the back and dorsal fins and … Continue reading

Kenai Kasilof River 2019

Hello from the Kenai everyone, the ice broke free yesterday on the Kenai River and the water if flowing nicely. I would guess that the Kasilof River ice has also broken. So that is a sure sign that spring has … Continue reading

Silver Salmon 2019

Well fishing season is fast approaching us here in Alaska on the Kenai and it won’t be long before I’m out on the Kenai River or the Kasilof River chasing King Salmon around. Yes I love fishing for King Salmon … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River 2019

Hi everyone well March has arrived and we are only 2 months away from the start of the 2019 fishing season here in Alaska on the Kenai River and the Kasilof River. It has been a long winter and I … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River 2019

  Alaska’s Five Species of Pacific Salmon Lifecycle and Identification By Ryan Ragan There’s an easy way to remember the names of each of Alaska’s five different species of Pacific salmon. It’s a method we often use when educating young … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof Rivers 2019

Hi everyone well it is now Febuary and we are only 4 months away from the start of the 2019 fishing season here in Alaska on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. I Would like to encourage everyone who is planning … Continue reading

Salmon facts and Info

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Wild Salmon Nutrition Facts

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Pacific Salmon Identification

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Kenai River fishing Report January 2019

Hi everyone and happy new years from us here at Jim Rusk Fishing. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, we at Jim Rusk Fishing are excited for a new year and of course another fishing season on the … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River Fishing report 2019

Hi everyone seasons greetings from Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula home of the Kenai River and the Kasilof River, as well as cook inlet and kachemak bay. I just want send out a warm holiday greeting to all and hope … Continue reading

Kenai River Fishing 2019

Hi everyone, well it is that time of year when we start think about fishing plans and dates for next season on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers here in Alaska. If you are planning a Alaska fishing trip in 2019 … Continue reading

Kenai River fishing report September 18 2018

Well it is my favorite time of year here on the Kenai in Alaska, the fall colors are out the Kenai river is quiet and the Silver Salmon are huge. We have not been getting limits of Silver Salmon every … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report August 30, 2018

Well after a disappointing King Salmon run on the Kenai River this July I am happy to report that we have been having a great first run of Silver Salmon on both the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers and to make … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof river fishing report August 3rd 2018

Hi everyone well King Salmon season has ended here on the Kenai and despite poor returns for both King Salmon and sockeye Salmon this season we still ended up having some very good fishing for both King Salmon and Sockeye … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof river fishing report July 5 2018

Well after a slow first run of King Salmon on the Kenai river in the first we are moving on to the second run of King Salmon on the Kenai River and keeping our fingers crossed that the numbers will … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report May 31 2018

Hi everyone well the 2018 fishing season has started here in Alaska on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. May started a little slow although we have caught nice King Salmon almost every trip, however in the last week the fishing … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report may 2018

Hi everyone well after a long winter spring is finally here on the Kenai and Tuesday may 8th will be my first trip of the year. I plan on fishing the Kenai River in hopes of finding some fresh King … Continue reading

Kenai River fishing report 2018

Hi everyone well we are now just a couple weeks away from the start of the 2018 fishing season, and if you have not reserved your fishing dates yet for early run King Salmon on the Kenai River or the … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof river 2018

Well it is mid April here on the Kenai and King Salmon season will be starting in about three weeks! As of now both the Kenai River and the Kasilof River are mostly free of all ice and are flowing … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing Report 2018

Well folks I am happy to report that both the Kenai River and the Kasilof River are both now open and flowing after a long winter of being covered in ice. My guess is that our first run King Salmon … Continue reading

2018 Fishing Season

Hi everyone well spring is in the air here in Alaska on the Kenai and excitement is building as we are now just a month away from being back on the waters of the mighty Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. 2018 … Continue reading

Kenai River Fishing Trip

Well you have decided to head north this summer to the great state of Alaska for some Salmon fishing. And hopefully you have chosen the Kenai river as your destination in Alaska. Well I would like to go over some … Continue reading

Exploring the Kenai peninsula

Hi everyone today I wanted to talk about one the many treasures here on Alaska’s Kenai peninsula. Everyone who visits the Kenai knows that we have world class Salmon fishing, Trout fishing, Halibut fishing, but what many don’t know about … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River 2018

Well the new year is upon us and it won’t be long till spring will be here. So if your planning a trip to Alaska this summer now would be the time to start getting your fishing dates booked while … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report December 2017

Hi everyone well as you all probably know it is mid winter here in Alaska so other than some ice fishing there no fishing to report for the Kenai River or the Kasilof River. However it won’t be long till … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof river fishing report October 2017

Hi everyone well I have good news and bad news, first the good news, the 2017 fishing season on the Kenai River and the Kasilof River was a huge success . Our early run King Salmon fishing was some of … Continue reading

Kenai River Fishing report September 24, 2017

Hi everyone, well Silver Salmon season here on the Kenai River in Alaska has been great this year and I am looking forard to another month of great fishing. Most fisherman here on the Kenai don’t realize how great the … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report 8/22/17

Hi everyone well it is mid August and we are in peak season for our first run Silver Salmon on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers here in Alaska. Although the Silver Salmon fishing was a bit slow to get started … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report july 31st 2017

Hi every one well another King Salmon season has came and went here on the Kenai. Both the Kenai River and the Kasilof River will close to King Salmon fishing tonight at midnight. I am happy to report that the … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report July 9th 2017

Hi everyone well we are in full King Salmon mode here on The Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. After having very good first runs of King Salmon on both the Kenai River and Kasilof River we are all very optomistic that … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report June 9 2017

Hi everyone well I am happy to report that so far 2017 has been awesome for King Salmon fishing on both the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers for first run King Salmon. All indications are pointing to having the best first … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report May 24 2017

High everyone well I’m very happy to report that the 2017 fishing season has started here in Alaska on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. So Far things are looking very positive for a great return of King Salmon in the … Continue reading

First run King Salmon just a few weeks away

Hi everyone well the 2017 fishing season is just a few weeks away on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. come help us celebrate our 31st season guiding anglers here on Alaska’s Kenai and Kasilof rivers. We still have some great … Continue reading

The Kings are on their way

Hi everyone well in just a little over a month we will have fresh chrome Bright King Salmon entering the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. I can’t hardly wait to get out on the Rivers that I love. What a great … Continue reading

First Run King Salmon special

Hi everyone well fishing season is just around the corner here on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, and this year we have decided to offer you a great deal on a first run king salmon package good for both the … Continue reading

Fish with Jim in 2017

Well you have been thinking of an Alaska fishing, and wondering if 2017 is the year you decide to finally do it. So let me just say yes this should be your year why wait you owe it to yourself … Continue reading

2017 fishing season coming fast!

Hi everyone well it is is almost February and before you know it spring will be upon us. I can hardly wait to start getting out the boats, going thru all the rods and reels, organizing all the tackle, and … Continue reading

2016 fishing season recap

2016 fishing season recap Hi everyone well I am sad to report that the 2016 fishing season has officially ended here at Jim Rusk Fishing, the boats are wintered, and the gear is put away. Well I will first talk … Continue reading

Kenai King Salmon Fishing 2016 – Recap

The Kenai River King Salmon fishing has ended, here on the mighty Kenai River for the 2016 season! I am happy to report that it was a great King Salmon fishing season both in June and July. Everyone is saying … Continue reading

Kenai Fishing Report – July 26th

Greetings from the Mighty Kenai, everyone. We are now entering our final week of the King Salmon season, here on the Kenai I wanted to give you a little update with a fishing report. Last week, fishing was not quite … Continue reading

Kenai Fishing Report – July 17th

Mid July Kenai Fishing Report Hi, everyone, and greetings from Alaska here is that mid July fishing report. The King Salmon fishing has been amazing this season on both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers! Because of great numbers of returning … Continue reading

Kenai Fishing Update 2016 – July 4th Weekend

July 4th, 2016 – Kenai Fishing Update Hi, everyone. I want to give you a quick Kenai fishing update on the 2016 fishing season. First, though, I would like to let you know that Jim Rusk Fishing has hit a … Continue reading

Kenai Fishing Report – June 16, 2016

Everybody’s Favorite Kenai and Kasilof June Fishing Report Resource Hello everbody, well I am happy to report things are looking great here on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Here is the June 16th Kenai Fishing Report, The King Salmon season has been … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River fishing report June 2nd 2016

Kenai Fishing Report June 2, 2016 The Kenai River and The Kasilof River Fishing Report Hi everyone, well I’m happy to be writting my first Kenai Fishing Report of the 2016 season. Things are starting off great this year and we have … Continue reading

Fishing Kenai October 2015

Fishing Kenai October 2015 has been Great Fishing Kenai October 2015 is still going strong. We have been able to get nice limits of Silver Salmon every day that I have fished in October which is great late season fishing. … Continue reading

Kenai River fishing report August 12th 2015

Kenai River Fishing August 2015 We are in full Silver Salmon fishing mode here on the Kenai River and the fishing has not disappointed us. Since my first Silver trip on August 3rd we have been able to get a … Continue reading

Fishing Season Update

Fishing Season Update . Jim Rusk Fishing Guide – Kenai River Hi everyone greetings from Jim Rusk Fishing, I just wanted to give everyone a quick season update. First of all I am happy to report we saw a wonderful … Continue reading

Karakoram Fishing

Karakoram Fishing –  snowboard bindings Karakoram fishing with the split snowboard  bindings guys on the Kenai River.  We had a great week of fishing and we had more fun than I can take.  Two more weeks to go of King Salmon … Continue reading

Kenai River Fishing Opening July 2015

Fishing Opening July 2015 On the Kenai River we have been fishing for King Salmon since the opening day for the Kings on July 1st. The first week was slow due to poor water clarity but I am happy to … Continue reading

Kasilof River June 2015

Kasilof River June 2015 So far we are having a good fishing season here on the Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The first run of King Salmon has been quite good this year, which is very encouraging after several years of slower … Continue reading

Kenai Fishing May – June 2015

Kenai Fishing May – June 2015 in Alaska I took only one trip on the middle Kenai River for Rainbow Trout.  Most of my time has been spent fishing for King Salmon on the lower Kasilof River. And the fishing has … Continue reading

Spring Fishing 2015

Spring Fishing – Kenai Peninsula Hi everyone, I’m happy to report that Spring Fishing is here in Alaska Kenai Peninsula and the summer fishing season will be upon us very soon. As we speak I am in the process of … Continue reading

Kenai Fishing Seasons

Kenai Fishing Seasons – End of 2014 Kenai Fishing Seasons are always very successful. In 2014, despite less King Salmon catches in the last few years, we are on track for excellent fishing in the future. We now have more … Continue reading

Alaska Fishing Season Ends

Alaska Fishing Season Ends on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula Before the season ended, we had catches of fantastic Silver Salmon on the fishing trips on the Kenai  River and the Kasilof  River.  In August and September this year we caught … Continue reading

Trophy Rainbow Trout and Silver Salmon

Trophy Rainbow Trout Trophy Rainbow Trout caught by Dave Brown of West Virginia who has been fishing with me for probably 20 years.  It’s the largest he has ever landed with me.  Kenai River Rainbow trout fishing was excellent this … Continue reading

Sockeye Salmon Second Run 2014

Sockeye Salmon second run started on the Kenai River in Alaska. Sockeye run – although we have not seen any huge days yet fishing has been pretty good this last couple of weeks. We got our limits of Sockeyes on most … Continue reading

Summer Fishing Salmon

  Summer Fishing Salmon I have been fishing the Kasilof and Kenai rivers for both King Salmon and Trout. On the Kasilof river our first run King Salmon reached it’s peak and has slowed down considerably the last couple weeks. … Continue reading

Kings and Rainbow Trout for Kids

Kings and Rainbow Trout for Kids Kings and rainbow trout for the kids have been good fishing on the Kenai River and Kasilof River and in our lakes. I have been getting two or three Kings to the boat every … Continue reading

Kasilof River & Hidden Lake

Kasilof River and Hidden Lake Fishing May, 2014 Hidden Lake fishing was good here in Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula for the 2014 fishing season, I have fished three times already.  Once on the Kasilof River and twice at Hidden … Continue reading

Springtime Alaska Fishing 2014

Springtime Alaska fishing 2014 is in full swing here on the Kenai Peninsula and fishing season is just around the corner.  We had a mild winter here in Kenai. We are now enjoying a warm and early spring; the Kenai … Continue reading

2013 Alaska Salmon fishing season

2013 Alaska Salmon Fishing Season Hi everyone, Well the 2013 Alaska fishing season has come to a end; old man winter is bearing down hard on us here on the Kenai.  It’s time to winterize the boats and put the … Continue reading

Silver Salmon Season

Silver Salmon Season 2013 Kenai We had a terrific Silver Salmon season 2013 here on the Kenai River and we still have great fishing. Last week we got limit catches of handsome silver salmon. The days are shorter and the … Continue reading

September Fishing 2013

September Fishing 2013 Great September fishing 2013 on the Kenai river and the Kasilof River: Since my last fishing report I have been fishing on both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers mainly for Silver Salmon. I’ve also fished for Rainbow … Continue reading

Wasabi Salmon Burgers

Kim’s Delicious Wasabi Salmon Burgers Salmon burgers but not just salmon burgers!  Last night Kimber decided to get a little crazy with the culinary arts.  She found a recipe on the Internet for Wasabi Salmon burgers and whipped some up. … Continue reading

Jim Rusk Kenai Fishing Guide Video

Silver Salmon Fishing Video with Jim Rusk – Kenai Fishing Guide. Silver salmon fishing video on the Kenai River, and in Minnosota.  Features the renowned Kenai fishing guide Jim Rusk.

Silver Salmon August 2013

Silver Salmon August Fishing on the Kenai River Silver Salmon August fishing has been fantastic on the Kenai River. We have been having limit catches everyday of very nice silvers. Silver Salmon August have been very big this year with lots … Continue reading

Fishing Kenai River with a Young Lady

Fishing Kenai River August 11-20 2013 With this young lady, I have been fishing everyday on the Kenai River for Silver Salmon. Bait fishing has opened the water level has dropped and fishing has been very very good! We have … Continue reading

Kenai River High Water

Kenai River High Water Levels Kenai River high water and Kasilof river also flowing at very high levels. The coho salmon, also known as silver salmon season is in full swing now despite the high water.  Fishing has been excellent. … Continue reading

Kenai River July 22-29

Kenai River Fishing July 22-29 King salmon season is almost over here on the Kenai. We’ll be getting out the trout and silver salmon fishing gear. We say goodbye to the king salmon soon.  It was a fun week. We … Continue reading

Kenai Sonar Fish Counting July 16-21

Kenai River Sonar Fish Counting July 16-21 Sonar Fish Counting System recorded great fish traffic coming up the Kenai River.  On Tuesday we had a record number for a single day of fish passing past the sonar counter – 246,392. … Continue reading

Kenai River Angling July 9-15

Kenai River Angling July 9-15 In Alaska, Kenai River angling is as good as it gets anywhere in the world during the month of July.  Thousands of King Salmon surge up the southern beaches of the Kenai Pennisula. This past … Continue reading

Great Fishing on the Kenai River

Great Fishing on the Kenai River – Chrome Bright Buck I’ve been fishing the Kenai River in the last week and the fishing has been great. We got 5 hookups with 3 landed nice size fish. The biggest fish was … Continue reading

Kasilhof River Fishing June 2013

Kasilof River Fishing June 2013 We’ve been Kasilhof River fishing in late June.  Since my last fishing report we found a lot of Sockeye Salmon entering  the Kasilhof River. We got some good  catches. Also we are still catching a few … Continue reading

Early Sockeye Salmon Fishing on Kasilof River Fishing Mid-June 2013

Sockeye Salmon and King Salmon fishing on the Kasilhop river For the last two weeks we’ve been fishing every day for King Salmon.  We’ve been fishing on the Kasilof River. In this week gone past we got our peak fishing … Continue reading

Kasilof River Fishing

Kasilof River Fishing Early June, 2113 The salmon and trout fishing has improved enormously here on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska since my last fishing report.  In this last week, I have been guiding anglers fishing on the Kasilof River for King … Continue reading

Alaska Wildlife – Kenai and Kasilof Rivers

Alaska Wildlife on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers Alaska wildlife is renowned worldwide.  The Kenai peninsula, home to the famous Kenai River and Kasilof River, has as much wildlife as any region of Alaska. The two rivers are famous for … Continue reading

Kenai and Kasilof River Fishing season begins

Fishing Season Begins on the Kenai River Well, It’s official. On the Kenai River and Kasilof River fishing season begins. Although we had a cold late Spring in Alaska this year, things are slowly warming up. The rivers are rising and … Continue reading

Alaska Fly Fishing

Alaska Fly Fishing Fly Fishing in Alaska for trout and King salmon is talked about in hushed whispers by those who fly fish.  The fly fishermen are the Intrepid and fearless anglers spend every spare minute of their lives fishing … Continue reading

Video -Tarpon Fishing Fort Myers

Video Tarpon Fishing, Fort Myers – Jim Rusk & Ashley

Kenai River Fishing

Kenai River Fishing Season Starting for the King Salmon Hi everyone, Well, winter is over in Alaska and things are quickly shifting into the season for Kenai River Fishing for King Salmon. I’m running a great special for early Spring … Continue reading

Tarpon Fishing

Youtube video of Jim fighting a Tarpon near Fort Myers … Continue reading

Drift Boat Fishing

Kasilof Drift Boat Fishing Drift Boat fishing is one of the coolest of fishing trips on the Alaskan rivers for expert anglers and novice anglers.  And let’s face it we fishing guides love it too.  The anglers come to the … Continue reading

Fort Myers Tarpon Fishing

Tarpon Fishing at its Best – Report I have to leave tarpon fishing, snook, redfish. I’s a bitter sweet time for me as I’m sad that my winter fishing season here in Fort Myers Florida is almost over, but excited … Continue reading

Fort Myers winter getaway

Are you growing tired of winters grasp if so there is an easy fix, jump on plane or get in the car and come to sunny and warm Fort Myers Florida. With it’s beautiful beaches amazing resorts and wealth of … Continue reading

Lake Fishing

Lake Fishing • Fishing at Kenai Area lakes can be excellent during the winter. • In late November the ice thickness is often thick enough for safe travel (6 inches for foot traffic, 12 inches for vehicle). Once enough ice … Continue reading

Jim Rusk Winter Fishing Update

Jim Rusk Winter Fishing Update Hi everyone just wanted to give you a quick update for winter fishing. First of all I hope everyone had a good holiday season. I flew back to Alaska for Christmas and New Years and … Continue reading

Kenai King Salmon

Kenai King Salmon are Coming Back to the River Soon As winter’s grip on the Kenai River still holds strong, King Salmon are on my mind; the one thing that we anglers can take heart in is the inevitable and … Continue reading

Fort Myers Fishing- Back to the Flats Jan 2013

Fort Myers – On the Flats Again Hi everyone:  Well summer fishing is over here in Alaska and in a couple days I will be heading south for the fishing in sunny Florida Fort Myers fishing. I can not wait … Continue reading

Pine Island Fishing

Pine Island Fishing – Persistence Pays Off Hi everyone, Well the weather here in sunny Fort Myers florida has just been fabulous, after several weeks of cold fronts and below average temperatures this last few days have been just perfect. … Continue reading

Fort Myers Fishing Charter

Fort Myers Fishing Charter The Redfish and Trout are still doing very well during my Fort Myers fishing charters in Fort Myers and Pine Island Sound. The weather forecast for this week looks very good and I expect the fishing … Continue reading