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Book Now for 2021. Prime Dates are Still Available.


2020 Season Recap: The Fish Weren’t Social Distancing.

Despite Covid 19 and all the restrictions, we had an excellent 2020 season. The weather was fabulous, our guests were excited and the fish cooperated fully. Big limits were common on the ocean and in the rivers. Halibut fishing, bottom fish and saltwater salmon was the best in years, while the Kenai River produced countless coho and sockeye. King fishing was very good when the river was open. Big Sky adapted to these challenging conditions which provided the Camp new business from all around the country as well as Alaska residents. Big Sky persevered as usual to provide our guests the best fishing, lodging, and Alaskan adventures we are known for.


Book now to fish with us in 2021. Our charter and fishcamp is internationally famous for spectacular salmon fishing. Huge halibut are close as well, along with massive lingcod, yelloweye, and bottom fish. Trophy rainbows and Dolly Varden too! At Big Sky Charter and Fishcamp, the rustic comfort of our authentically Alaskan lodge and nine cabins can be the perfect basecamp for everything the Kenai Peninsula has to offer. Enjoy it all: salmon and halibut fishing, wildlife viewing, adventure tours, sightseeing, whale watching, kayak floats and much more. Prime dates are filling fast. Call today to book your Alaska adventure of a lifetime.

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Our Guides Are Kenai River Fishing Experts

Professional guides with knowledge, experience and integrity are our personal guarantee at Big Sky Charter. They’re either trusted family, highly seasoned enthusiasts, or local legends. In the boats or from shore at camp, their sole objective is your success. Our staff and guides will work with your group, explain your fishing options based on current fishing conditions and game regulations to develop the best plan for you. You decide what you and your group wants to do and they’ll do the rest: chase trophies, limit-out, multi-species, or an exploratory fishin’ mission. It’s your call! They’re all excellent educators as well. You’ll learn tricks and techniques you can utilize on your home waters.

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Authentic Alaskan Accommodations

Big Sky offers anglers a main lodge plus nine, fully furnished chalets and cabins on the banks of the Kenai River. You can fish, and catch, right off the dock. All facilities offer comfortable beds, fully equipped kitchens, living areas, indoor showers and bathrooms*, outdoor BBQ, deck chairs and more. Couples, buddies, families, small and large groups are all welcome. Our entire facility can comfortably sleep nearly 50 people. You choose the accommodations that work best for you and your budget. Bank angling is encouraged, all equipment is provided!

*Except Rustic cabin.

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Your Alaska Adventure Awaits

At Big Sky, you’ll be centrally located near everything the Kenai Peninsula has to offer. The lodge is in Sterling, AK at river mile 36. The fishermen’s town of Soldotna is 12 miles away. Homer, AK is 90 miles southwest, Seward, AK is 80 miles Southeast and Anchorage is less than a 3 hour drive North. A short distance from the lodge in every direction are more rivers, mountains, hiking trails, wilderness areas, coastal ecosystems and expansive wildlife preserves that will simply leave you in awe.

What Our Customers Have To Say

"This past summer, my sister and I were fortunate enough to visit Alaska for the
first time. Thank you for sharing your little slice of heaven on the Kenai River with us. We enjoyed our time at Big Sky tremendously. You offer a world class Alasksan fishing experience. Your staff and guides were so helpful, especially with fishing since we were both beginners. We are already planning and looking forward to coming back to Big Sky for another unforgettable experience… counting down the days."

Julia & Ginny

"We wanted to thank you for making our Alaska fishing trip a great one. Cory did a great job for us on the river putting us on silvers, setting up lines, processing our catch and offering advice. Lily was also there quietly in the background keeping us on schedule and helping with processing."

Gordon B.

“We had the best time ever at Big Sky Charter and Fishcamp. We are definitely coming back many times.”

John S.

“We loved all the games and friendly competition while on the boats. Your guides were awesome.”

Mary G.

“The fishing is tremendous with the knowledgeable friendly team of guides, but that is just the start. The guides, camp personnel, and owners are helpful and very generous with their time, knowledge and energy. This is our 4th consecutive year and there will be more.”

Anni & Larry F.

“Big Sky and Joe Connor know the Kenai and salmon fishing ..Joe and his guides are the best. If you are looking for accommodations and salmon will not be disappointed.”

Phil E.

“The staff was as good as it gets. The guides also were as good as it gets. The rooms were clean and nice.”

Philip D.

“Big Sky booked excellent fishing excursions usIng experienced guides - we had great success catching fish. The young staff at the camp did a great job processing the fish. We caught great trout off the Big Sky dock in the Kenai River.”

John Y.

“We keep coming back every year because Joe and his family treat us like family and the guides are the best in the business!”

Don C.

These folks are fantastic, the captains are great and fun to be around. These dudes rock!!! They know how to get you on the fish and even cleaned, filet, packaged and froze my fish. Wonderful day on the river and a lot of fun…”

Bret W.

“Our company uses the service of Big Sky to host an annual fishing event for customers. Big Sky does a great job catering and finding quality guide for 120 fisherman. Always look forward to attending and going to Big Sky each year!”


“The folks at Big Sky truly make you feel like family hanging out at YOUR lodge on the river. Lots of repeat customers while we were there (which says a lot), including one group who were on their 8th trip and taking home nearly 1000 lbs of fish. The guides were professional and on top of their game with everyone catching their limit daily. The staff handled everything for you, including cleaning and packaging your catch for shipment home, you just fish, catch and relax!!!!!!!”

Don S.

“A fisherman’s heaven. I went there for the first time in 2003 and have been back yearly since. This camp is clean and well organized and extremely affordable in Alaskan standards. Fishing from shore is available and very good. The people are honest and friendly. Ryan, Adam and Angelo are the finest guides on the river. The location is near enough to Soldatna to get groceries and shop but also far enough away from the crowds to get away. You get the best of both worlds. You come as a guest and leave as a friend.”


“This is my favorite place to stay while fishing in Alaska! Joe makes sure you have a great time and all his guides do their very best to put you on the fish and teach you how to land your trophy salmon. I highly recommend you try them out.”

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“We recently went on a salmon fishing trip to this lodge and loved our experience!! The staff was friendly, the guides were top notch and the vacation was very affordable. I would recommend them anytime!”