Travel Tips – Planning a Trip to Alaska
Have questions about how to prepare for your fishing or outdoor adventure vacation with us? We answer all of the most common questions, including how to get here, what to bring, local fishing laws, and more; all to help you plan your trip to Alaska!
How do I get to the Kenai?
Most of our guests fly into Anchorage, Alaska through Anchorage International Airport. We recommend using our airline travel partner, travel now which will offer you discounts on Alaska bound airlines and car rentals. For those of you who choose to travel with a different airline, AIA is serviced by all of the major airlines, many of the minor airlines, and several charter airlines, some of which come non-stop from Europe, the Far East, and Hawaii. Once you arrive in Anchorage, it is up to you to rent a vehicle of your choice for the 2 ½ hour drive to Soldotna.
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After you pick up your car, you will be provided directions to the Seward Highway, and you will will head south toward the Kenai Peninsula where you will come to the Sterling Highway cutoff and take that south directly to Soldotna. You cannot get lost and the Alaska sightseeing and wildlife viewing along the way are fantastic. You will always remember the Chugach National Forest, mountains, glaciers and Cook Inlet, as well as the opportunity to see moose, eagles, bears and Dall sheep along the highway.
What is the weather like?
From May to October you can expect temperatures from 50 degrees F in the early morning to 70 degrees F in the rest of the day. There is not a lot of rainfall in the south central Alaska region, but when it does rain, you want to be prepared with suitable rain gear.
What kind of clothes do I need?
On your Alaska Discount Vacation, you are coming to the last frontier of the United States of America; so you may not want to bring your formal wear. Bring warm, durable clothing such as denim jeans, flannel shirts, cotton, wool, or synthetic fabrics found in winter coats. Layered clothing is best as when you start your long days of activities you will be starting early and as any where the day will warm up as the sun gets higher in the sky. A gore tex two piece rain suit is highly recommended for its light weight and wind breaking properties. Fly fisherman would do well to bring light neoprenes. We have a good cache of boots and hip boots available for standard size vacationers available for rent.
How much daylight is there?
You should expect an average of 20 hours of daylight. Sunrise is about 3 AM, and sunset well after 12AM. Most of those on their first Alaska vacation are amazed at the fantastically long days and give out long before the day does. For those who need real dark to sleep, you should consider bringing night blinders.
Will I need bug repellant?
There is not a significant population of mosquitoes or other bugs on the Kenai Peninsula. We recommend bringing at least one bottle of any commercially available bug repellant for those who intend on fishing or hiking just to be safe.
What gear and fishing tackle is provided?
On all of your guided fishing, sightseeing or adventure activity trips all of the necessary equipment is provided as part of our vacation package. This includes but is not limited to boats, planes, rafts, rods, reels, bait, tackle and professional guides, pilots and charter captains.
How much does a fishing license cost?
Alaska non-resident fishing licenses cost $55 for a 7 day license. Fishermen under the age of 16 are not required to have a fishing license but they are required to have a free harvest ticket if they fish for king salmon. Adult fisherman must pay $30 for a Cook Inlet king salmon harvest ticket if they intend to fish for king salmon for a week.
How big are the boats?
Our Alaska river boats for fishing are 22 feet long by 7 feet wide and are equipped to handle 5 anglers. In July, only 4 on a Kenai river boat are allowed. July king trips are 6 hours. There are no toilets on the river boats, drift boats or rafts. There are places along the Kenai and Kasilof River where it is possible to stop should you find it necessary. Our ocean fishing boats are 30 and 40 feet long and have a toilet and heated cabin. The Kenai Fjords tour boats are 80 -100 feet long and have all the amenities of a cruise vessel.
How big are the fish and what are the limits?
On the Kenai Peninsula you can expect to catch king salmon from 25-85 pounds, red salmon from 5-12 pounds, and silver salmon from 7-20 pounds. You can expect to see halibut from 25-300 pounds. Halibut breeding stocks are in this 100-300 pound range. While on your Alaska vacation you will find that a 100 pound halibut will have about 70 pounds of meat and with the limit of 5 king salmon per season as well as daily limits of red, silver and pink salmon from 3-6 fish per day, every fisherman will quickly get more fish than he can carry.
How do I preserve my fish?
The best way to enjoy the fish you caught on your Alaska vacation for a long time is to have the fish vacuumed bagged at one of the sport fish processors in Soldotna or Kenai. Once your fish is commercially sealed, it can be frozen and enjoyed for a long time. We have freezers to store your fish during your stay and they are available at no charge to guests, providing you have your catch professionally bagged.
How do I get my fish home?
The best and cheapest way for you to get your fish back home is to take it back as part of your luggage allowance on your airline of choice. Most airlines will allow you to check 3 pieces of luggage but the prices vary so you need to get the extra baggage rates when you book your flight. It is suggested you pack very light for your Alaska vacation. On your return trip you will be able to then check your fish in as luggage. Special fish boxes are available locally at a very low cost and you can get 50 pounds of processed fish in these boxes. These specially insulated boxes will keep your fish frozen for up to 30 hours.