One of the unique opportunities Alaska Creel and Cartridge offers is a flyout to a remote fishing location directly from our lodge. After a great breakfast, you'll walk from the lodge down to the plane. And then the fun begins! There is nothing more exhilarating than experiencing the roar of the engine and the spin of the prop as you lift off from the lake on your way to a remote location for some great fishing. For some, the trip there is as exciting as the fishing. The views of Alaska from the air are second to none. Spectacular mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes and the occasional moose or bear from above. If you’ve never flown in a float plane, you are in for a memorable experience.
The Kenai Peninsula runs south about 150 miles from the Chugach Mountains and is about 90% wilderness. The Major rivers are the Kenai, Kasilof, Russian, and the Anchor but the peninsula is dotted with smaller lakes, and streams as well. The two largest lakes are the Skilak through which the Kenai River runs, and the Tustemena. Bay offers opportunities for several species. There is no lack of waterways for great fishing.
There are about 40 unique species of fish in Kenai and surrounding rivers. These include all 5 species of Salmon, Dolly Varden, Rainbow/steelhead, and Lake Trout, Northern Pike and others. Popular methods for Salmon are drifting and bounce back but many anglers prefer to tie off the boat or wade, fishing their favorite pools using roe, flies or spinners. Your guide will make sure you have a variety of lures and flies to select from to make sure you are presenting just what the fish are hitting on that day. Depending on which river you are fishing, you may be in a power or drift boat. All of the boats are set up to give you plenty of room for you and your party. Needless to there are as many ways to fish as there are fishermen but your experienced guide will steer you in the right direction to catch the most fish.
For your ocean trips you'll be on a comfortable boat leaving out of Deep Creek or Homer. Your Captain will take you to some of the most productive fishing grounds in the state. You’ll be bouncing herring off the bottom to catch the premiere bottom fish, Halibut. where a 100 lb fish on our trips is not uncommon. If you prefer to fish for Salmon, Black Seabass or Lingcod, just ask.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game does an excellent job at making sure our fish and wildlife is here for you today and will be here for future generations. But as with any government agency their rules can be confusing. We know that no true sportsmen ever wants to violate hunting or fishing regulations and your guide will try their best to help prevent you from breaking any laws and keep your catch within the legal bag limits. The rules can change even in the middle of a season and we monitor to make sure we are up on the most current however, we do recommend that you carefully review the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website because ultimately the responsibility is yours.
In Alaska, a license is required to participate in hunting and trapping; sport, commercial, and personal use fishing; and fish guiding or hunting guiding. Your guide is fully licensed as aregistered guide with the ADFG. Each non-resident under the age of 16 must have a license. Annual licenses are good from the date of purchase through December 31 of the license year, a nonresident may purchase a fishing license for only 1, 3, 7 or 14 days. In if you plan to fish for you must have a King Salmon Stamp.
You can either purchase your license via the ADFG website at home or when you arrive at the Lodge.