Kenai River Kings - Catch & Release
Make no mistake: Kenai River Kings are very special. Big and powerful, this strain
of wild Chinook are genetically unlike any other salmon.
For example, the world-famous Kenai River holds the present world-record king, a
monster salmon of 97 lb. 4 oz. It has also produced eight of the ten biggest Kings
ever documented on rod and reel! The Kenai River also boasts one of the highest
averages of all salmon rivers and every year still produces kings in the 50-75 lb.
class. Although success rates can be relatively low (1-4 Kings per boat) there
simply are no better odds at a huge, fish-of-a-lifetime!
There is a reason these fish are so big, and it’s a double edged sword. Yes, our
habitat is superb and our oceans are rich with food, but it’s the Kenai Kings
genetics and age structure that really dictate their tremendous size. Like most
Chinook, the vast majority of Kenai Kings return to their natural river for their
one chance to spawn after spending two, three or four years at sea. However, a
very small percentage of these kings, only 1-3%, return after five years at sea.
These giant 70 lb. plus beasts are the “five ocean” fish that make the Kenai River
Naturally, a salmon that large is highly sought after and a true trophy to be
extremely proud of. Fishing pressure is high for the limited number of these unique
fish. In recent years, demand has remained high and supply appears to be slowly
declining. While there are many factors involved, one thing is clear: if sport and
commercial fishermen keep harvesting them like the supply is endless, we won’t have
these fantastic fish in years to come.
For this reason, EZ Limit Guide Service has opted to put conservation first and
become more pro-active. While we’ve been educating clients and encouraging catch
and release for trophy kings for decades, we’re now ready to take the next big step.
Starting in 2013, every one of our guides and clients will voluntarily catch and
release every Kenai King hooked
. (The exception being the extremely rare instance
where one is fatally hooked and legal to keep.)
Anglers will hook, fight and land their fish like we’ve done tens of thousands of
times before. Only now, our guide will net your trophy, keep it in the water, take
a quick length and girth measurement (for your replica mount) and snap a few quality
photographs of you and your catch at waters edge. The fish will then be released to
continue its journey upriver to successfully spawn. It’s a magical feeling to not
only catch such an impressive wild salmon but to have impacted a special fishery in
a positive way. As an added bonus, the lucky angler will then be able to continue to
fish, trying hard to land a second or third king, quite possibly bigger than the last!
Knowing that many of our guests wish to take our delicious fish home for table fare,
we offer many great options for harvest; the abundant sockeye
rockfish and lingcod that call our waters home immediately come to mind. It is our
opinion that Kenai Kings aren’t just another every-day “fill-your-freezer” food fish.
They are just too limited and too special.
Kenai River King fishing is special too. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. This
wide but shallow river is a beautiful glacier-green, and while it can sometimes be
fairly crowded during peak King season, it remains orderly and enjoyable over all.
In fact, even at the busiest time of year, Kenai River King fishing still offers a
pleasant experience with frequent sightings of moose, eagles and other Alaska wildlife.
Our custom 21 ft. Willie Boat river sleds are powered by quiet 4-stroke outboards.
They are extremely comfortable, safe, and fast, getting you quickly to the best salmon
holes on the river. Our Kenai King salmon charters take place in the lower 23 miles
of the river, where the salmon are in prime condition, fresh from their ocean home
and full of fight. Catching and releasing one of these special fish is something
you won’t soon forget.
your needs to us at time of booking. We always consider your
personal desires and will help you choose the right fishery and the best timeframe!
Trophy kings or supreme table fare, EZ Limit has a fishery and a charter for you!
Check out more Kenai King photos from EZ Limit.
Kasilof River Kings
Located just 12 miles south of Soldotna and the famous Kenai River, a
Kasilof River King salmon trip is perfect for those anglers looking for an
extremely peaceful King charter. A quiet drift boat (non-motorized) trip
down the shallow, glacial Kasilof is perfect for both beginning salmon
anglers and those seeking a more mellow experience with higher odds of
success than trophy Kenai King fishing. This one-way (down stream!) float
trip is extremely soothing, until your relaxed state is interrupted by a
pumping rod and powerful tide - fresh King Salmon, that is!
Unlike the Kenai River, the Kasilof River is best known for its relatively
high-success rate (2-10 Kings per boat) on Kings that weigh 17-25 lbs. on
average. We use fairly light gear and these fish fight hard! Overall,
fishing regulations are more liberal on this hatchery based river. For
example, anglers are not required to quit fishing after keeping a King, a
bonus for those visitors wishing to take some great-eating salmon home and
spend the entire day fishing!
Let our custom-built, comfortable four-seat Willie drift boats float you
to some of the most productive King salmon fishing in Alaska. Our Kasilof
King charters take place in the lower six miles of the river: in other
words, we fish the tides that bring chrome-bright, hard fighting Kings.
This trip is the finest available, an "all-day" charter of at least 8.5
hrs. of fishing that is less rushed and more enjoyable. This “all-day”
trip also means our success rate is much higher than the competitor’s
half-day "hurry up" trips! All tackle and gear (light action G.Loomis rods
and Shimano reels) is provided, and your catch will be photographed,
filleted and bagged at the end of the day by your guide at no extra
If you are looking for a relaxed charter with a high success rate on
beautiful, bright Kings - this is the trip for you! Please contact us
best times during the peak of the runs, then come and experience what
makes the Kasilof River one of the most popular King Salmon fisheries in
Check out more Kasilof King photos from EZ Limit.