Hire a Guide Or Rent A Boat?
Should you hire the services of a professional guide or rent a boat and do it on your own? This an important question. Alaska Boat Rental can tell you the answer is emphatically YES TO BOTH! Let us take a moment to explain the reasons why.
When To Hire A Guide
When To Hire A Boat From Alaska Boat Rentals
First Time Visitors
If you are visiting this area for the first time or you have a limited schedule, hiring a guide is absolutely the only way to go. These guides know these rivers, they have great top of the line boats, they know where to fish, they know how to fish, and they will handle everything for you. You simply show up at the meeting place at the appropriate time and be ready to fish. Rods, reels, lures, live bait, and absolutely everything is generally taken care of for you. The Soldotna Chamber Of Commerce produces a great list of registered guides. You'll find additional guide services for the areas of Ninilchik, Homer, Whittier and more through a simple web search.
Alaska Boat Rental is also happy to recommend guides that we've worked with in the past. We are customers for them as well. We love to fish, and there is always something to learn from them!
When You Want To Catch A King
As detailed on other pages of this website, the Chinook Salmon is the least abundant and yet most sought after prize of all the salmon species. These salmon run in the deepest parts of the river and even the most experienced guides will tell you that once a King Salmon is on you have a 50/50 chance of landing it. They are big strong fighters and many things can happen between hooking and landing a King. Your best shot at achieving this feat is clearly with a guide.
Catching a large King Salmon from the shore is nearly impossible. You really need to be in the proper areas of the river away from the shoreline, in a boat. Having fishing experience in the area with a licensed professional guide will greatly enhance your ability to be successful fishing on your own whether it is for Salmon, Halibut or any species of fish. Guides will also show you the ‘Dos and Don’ts that are practiced in the area.
Most visitors to the Kenai Peninsula stay for more than a few days. The scenery, variety of rivers, and variety of fishing really require more time to fully experience the area. Hiring a guide every day can quickly get beyond the budget for most people. At approximately $250.00 per angler per day the costs add up quickly. With a boat from Alaska Boat Rental you can take five people out for roughly the same cost as one person with a guide.
Fish The River At Quieter Times
The State of Alaska Board of Fisheries has adopted policies that limit both the days of the week and hours of the day that Kenai River Sport Fishing Guides can operate. Alaskan fishing guides are not allowed to be guiding on the river after 6:00 PM in May, June and July. So around 6:00 PM each day the river becomes a serene place to fish and there's still plenty of daylight between 6:00 PM and Midnight.
Guided fishing is also not allowed on Sundays and Mondays in May, June and July. This makes Sundays and Mondays really great days to be on the water in your own self-managed boat. In addition, on the Kenai River fishing from motorboats is not allowed on Mondays. This does not mean that motor boats are not allowed on the river. You are just not allowed to fish from a motor boat. Using the boat to drive to and from fishing locations and then fishing outside of the boat is perfectly acceptable.
Enjoy The River And The Area
With so many miles of pristine river, scenery, and wild-life, exploring it is best done with a boat. Whether it is trying your hand on the Kasilof or simply boating to the mouth of the Kenai to watch the dipnetters, fishing from a boat provides the best access and the best view.
The best fishing holes are found in those areas of the river that naturally channel the fish. The lower Kenai river is full of wide sweeping turns that channel the fish perfectly into great fishing holes but they are only accessed via boat. Big Eddy, Harry Gaines, RW's and Stewarts are just a few. Having your own boat changes the entire experience.
When you want to do things on your own time and terms, renting a boat from Alaska Boat Rental is a great way to go. Guiding your own boat means fishing where you want and when you want. Take breaks when you feel like it, grab lunch, stop for some sockeye fishing and then go back to fishing for kings. How you spend the day is entirely up to you