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Piscatorial Pursuits' Guests have won more top three spots in the history of Kasilof River King Salmon Derby than any other guide service!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- Visit the Gallery Pages for loads of photos of Kasilof River King Salmon Action!

- Visit our Alaska fishing Packages Page to see available packages that include fishing on the Kasilof!

- Visit our Day on the Kasilof Page for about what you might expect on a Kasilof River trip!

- Watch a clip from the TV show Fisherman's Heaven of Kasilof River silver fishing action!

- Visit our Run Timing Page to see the best times to fish the Kasilof River!


Alaska's Kasilof River is born as the waters of massive Tustumena Lake located in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula spill westward towards the deep waters of Cook Inlet just 15 miles away.

Many anglers knowledgeable with Alaska's Kenai Peninsula are now choosing to spend their Alaska fishing vacation on the glacial waters of the Kasilof rather than it's big sister, the Kenai River, located just to the north.

Second-run Kasilof River, Alaska trophy king salmon

Late June Kasilof River King Salmon

Why? The Kasilof offers some fantastic tidewater fishing coupled with a driftboat-only setting, splendid scenery, abundant wildlife, and through most of the summer, much lighter fishing pressure than the nearby Kenai. In addition, unlike the Kenai, Kasilof king salmon anglers are allowed to continue to catch-and-release after retaining a king (unlike Kenai regulations that state that anglers must cease fishing upon retaining a king salmon).

We consider our Kasilof trips to be our Alaska specialty as this is where Bob himself guides the entire summer. He is one of only a few guides to specialize and license exclusively for its waters. Join Bob or several other experienced guides fishing on Alaska's Kasilof River from a four passenger (five upon request), driftboat that was custom built for this exciting Alaska tidewater salmon fishery.

We believe that over the last decade, Bob has guided more anglers on this river than any other guide working on the Kenai Peninsula. In addition, Bob also runs the largest driftboat currently in full time use in the area (for those that don't like their fishing styles "cramped"),

First-run Kasilof River king salmon

Late May Kasilof River King Salmon

King (Chinook) salmon fishing begins in mid-May with the arrival of the first-run kings. These salmon are primarily of hatchery origin and return to the Crooked Creek area just a few miles from the saltwater.

First-run Kasilof River king salmon generally average about 15-20 pounds and sometimes push thirty-five pounds. They are probably some of the most ferocious fighting salmon that you'll ever encounter! This is top-notch king action: it's not uncommon to see a boat hook 25 or more kings per day during the peak of the first run. It is also one of the few king fisheries in the state where anglers have a possible two king per day limit.

Second-run king salmon begin to enter the Kasilof River in late June and slowly build to a peak around the third week of July. These fish are a native strain and run larger than their June cousins. Generally, these salmon average around thirty pounds and can please anglers with regular catches in the 50-60 pound size range.

The Kasilof's July king fishery was for many years perhaps the Kenai Peninsula's best-kept angling secret. While the days of only of couple of boats fishing it are now a memory, July traffic here is still only measured in dozens of boats rather than hundreds as is the norm on the Kenai.

July Kasilof River King Salmon

In most years, the river rises abruptly in late June (due to warm summer nights melting the Tustumena Glacier upstream), creating extremely heavy current that gives anglers hooking into these large July fish a battle that you won't soon forget!!
Silver salmon fishing begins in early August and runs through the end of the month. These feisty cousins of the king salmon usually average about nine pounds and will sometimes reach twenty pounds or more!

We offer our guests an exclusive method of fishing for these acrobatic salmon. Please visit our Kasilof Silver Salmon Fishing Page for more details!

Alaska silver salmon fishing

August Silver Salmon Fishing

An exciting fishery for anglers of all ages and abilities, the silver fishery is the most popular choice for families with younger children as the silvers provide adults with plenty of excitement yet aren't quite big enough to overpower younger anglers playing fish by themselves.

We offer king trips as full day trips in our packages (silver salmon packages are half-day trips). In some instances, half-day trips for kings can sometimes be arranged on a single-trip basis, please contact us for availability.

On full day trips, you may choose to spend to spend the full day fishing or when the tides are right, spend a portion of the day salmon fishing on the river and the remainder of the day on the nearby razor clam beds digging one of the finest delicacies of the sea on one of the most unique combo trips you'll find in Alaska!


 

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