Most guests fly into Anchorage and rent a car to drive 2.5 hours south to “FishCamp”. The drive is absolutely one of the most beautiful you will likely ever experience. Expect to see glaciers, mountains that rear up directly from the ocean’s edge, and if you’re lucky – perhaps even see Dall Sheep, Moose, or a Beluga whale in Turnagain Arm. Commuter flights are available from Anchorage to Kenai and car rentals are available in Kenai. The lodge is located 30-minutes from the Kenai airport.
It’s Alaska, the weather can be unpredictable and change quickly! Typical summer weather ranges from 50s to 70s F. Expect sun, rain, wind and everything in between, please plan accordingly. We recommend that guests bring layers of clothes because the weather can and does change fast during a fishing trip and temperatures tend to be cooler on the water. We carry rain gear on our boats, waders and knee boots are available at camp, but we recommend bringing your own gear for the best fit.
Nope! All tackle is provided on all charters. We also have shore gear and tackle in camp available for guest use.
Guests are responsible for providing their own food and beverages. All of Big Sky’s cabins are outfitted with complete kitchens (range, oven, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, limited condiments/seasonings, etc.). Typically, when our guests arrive, they will make a run to Soldotna (15 minutes) to one of the two grocery stores and stock up on food for their meals and snacks. There are also BBQ grills throughout camp for grilling..
Please DO plan accordingly and bring snacks, beverages, and/or a lunch on all fishing charters
and other eco-adventures!
There are also a variety of restaurant options available right near camp in Sterling as well as in Soldotna for dining out.
No problem! Our guides are experienced to accommodate any level of fishing skills. Making smiles and memories is our goal!
Welcome home. Big Sky is a perfect family destination. We are a third-generation family-run fishing lodge. It’s all about family! When our guides aren’t fishing with our clients, they are likely out fishing and spending time with their own kids and families. We do recommend that all children be old enough/mature enough to comfortably spend the day in a 20-foot river boat or 30-foot ocean boat. Children are required to be supervised around camp and near the riverfront.
Don’t let this opportunity pass by and look no further! Each summer Big Sky hosts several national and regional companies and businesses from Alaska and beyond. So successful these companies return year after year for fishing excursions, retreats, and tournaments. Our central location, flexible lodging options, and friendly professional staff have made Big Sky the ideal location for businesses to host events. Call us for more information on scheduling your next corporate fishing event in Alaska.
Well, that depends on what kind of fish or fishing adventure you are after! All of our fishing seasons offer different opportunities, and our guides are experienced professionals who will find the best fishing regardless of the season!
Mid-May/June – Very overlooked time of the year and highly recommended. Beat the crowds of mid-summer, and enjoy some of the driest weather of the year. May and June are known for plentiful sun and plenty of fish. Typical fishing opportunities include saltwater king salmon and halibut fishing in Cook Inlet, as well as river fishing for kings and trout. Fly outs are also available!
July – High season on the Kenai River, fishing opportunities include king and sockeye salmon, rainbow and dolly varden trout, and halibut and bottomfish saltwater combo charters in Cook Inlet. Weather in July is typically still warm and pleasant. King salmon fishing ends on July 31st each year. Fly outs are also available!
August – August often marks the beginning of fall for Alaska. If you can keep a secret, we’ll let you in on one: August is also one of the most exciting months to fish in Alaska. While the fall rains typically begin to move in, temperatures are still mild this time of year. The Kenai River is plentiful with sockeye and silver salmon, and pink salmon (in even years.) The trout, sensing a change in seasons, begin to feed voraciously. Out on the salt water, expect to see some of the biggest halibut of the year landed in August, as well as other species. Fly outs are also available!
Early September – Also a very overlooked time of year but highly recommended! Though we, along with most Kenai fishing lodges, wind our season down this time of year, there are still plenty of fish to be caught in September. A little known but very plump run of silver salmon return to the Kenai River in September. The rainbow and dolly varden trout fishing can be very productive and presents opportunities for most. The waters are quiet and clear with the summer season past. Even if the weather is gray, the brilliant riverside foliage, aggressive trout and dime-bright silvers bring a light to this time of year like no other.
Yes, Big Sky will clean, fillet, vacuum pack (commercial quality), freeze and store your catch for $1.40 per pound finished weight (frozen weight). Clients utilizing our fish processing services receive fish freezing and storage free. Those not utilizing the processing services will be charged $1.00 per pound to freeze and store your catch. Complementary fish processing is included in our most popular fishing combo's.
We use quality insulated boxes if you choose to fly home with your frozen fish. We can also ship via Fed Ex. A $20 service fee is assessed to each box shipped.
We recommend bringing your fish home as checked baggage if possible. Though baggage fees may seem excessive, they are still much less than overnight shipments. Airlines flying in and out of Anchorage are used to fishermen checking boxes of fish too.
If you would like to use overnight shipping via FedEx, we will be happy to arrange and schedule shipping!
You may purchase fishing licenses and King stamps here at Big Sky or visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to purchase your fishing license online.
Absolutely! With 500ft of riverfront, we have great shore fishing opportunities for salmon, trout, and dolly varden. All equipment provided.
Our river boats fish 4 anglers, and our saltwater boats will fish 6 anglers. If your group doesn’t fill a boat, we may combine you with another small group. It’s common for combined groups to develop long-lasting friendships and time their return trip to Alaska together!
Please note, limits are subject to change do to in-season closures. Always check with your guide. Limits are currently set as:
Kenai River KING SALMON – 1 per day, closed after July 31.
Kenai River SOCKEYE SALMON – 3 per day
Kenai SILVER SALMON – 2 per day in August and three (3) fish per day in September.
Kenai PINK SALMON – 6 per day.
HALIBUT – 2 per day (1 large & 1 under 29″).
RAINBOW TROUT – catch and release only.
DOLLY VARDEN – catch and release fishery with one fish under 18″ allowed to be kept.