The Kasilof River is located 30 minutes south of Riddle’s Fishing Lodge and offers anglers a unique fishing experience on their Alaskan fishing vacation. This drift boat only fishery flows out of Tustumena Lake and has a very distinct glacier silt colored tint to it. All fishing on the Kasilof is done out of 4 passenger drift boats to assure a pleasurable day on the water.
Unlike the Kenai River, the Kasilof is hatchery enhanced the month of May and June. Historically speaking, anglers are allowed 2 hatchery King Salmon per day and 3 days a week allowed 1 wild King Salmon and 1 hatchery King Salmon.
King Salmon fishing in July on the Kasilof offers fisherman a quiet drift boat float targeting arguably Alaska’s largest Chinook. It is not uncommon to see fish in the 40-60 pound range on each tide. These large Tustumena bound fish are mean. Being such a short river, most angling is done within 7 miles from the ocean. Fresh out of the saltwater, each fish presents a fight even the most experienced angler can remember forever.
In August, Silver Salmon begin to flood into the Kasilof, similar to the Kenai River. The early run of Silvers is very strong and limits of 2 Silvers per angler is common. This drift boat only fishery offers some of the most scenic views on the Kenai Peninsula.
This is a full day trip, departing Alaska West Air’s base in Nikiski and flying over Cook Inlet, through Lake Clark Pass and on to the Nushagak River. The sightseeing on this trip is exceptional as you pass by or over glaciers, mountains, and wildlife. The flight is about 1½ hours each way, and you have 5 hours on the river. Fishing is done from shore or from gravel bars. Daily limit is 2 pp, one under and one over 28 inches
Fly west across Cook Inlet with Alaska West Air to the base of the Alaska Range. Fishing area is located where Wolverine Creek flows into Big River Lakes. The water is usually very clear and the fish can be seen in large schools close to shore. This trip is a favorite not only for the great fishing, but it is an excellent place to view bear. Sightseeing in route is great for bear, moose, and occasionally whales. The flight is about 25 minutes each way. 3 fish pp limit.
Depart to the west across Cook Inlet with Alaska West Air. Your destination is Crescent Lake at the base of Mt. Redoubt. This is a very scenic flight passing glaciers and mountains in the Alaska Range. You may also see wildlife on this flight, including bear, moose, and whales . The best time for Arctic Char and Lake Trout is early June through September. The peak of the Sockeye salmon run is July 1-August 10. This lake and river fishing trip uses a skiff to move around, with fishing done from shore or wading. Limit for salmon is 3 fish per day, and trout limits are 5 fish per day, pp. Morning or afternoon trips available.
Kustatan or Big River Lakes
Fly west across Cook Inlet to an area at the base of the Alaska Range. Alaska West Air will ensure you have a great day of lake fishing from a boat, or shore fishing on the river. Depending on which location you fish, flight time is 20-25 minutes each way. Morning or afternoon trips available. 3 fish pp limit.
Fly west across Cook Inlet from Alaska West Air’s base in Nikiski to an area at the base of the Alaska Range. Here you will stream fish in a clear river for Silvers. Chest waders are a requirement since you are dropped off in the river, truly an incredible Alaskan experience! Flight time is 20-25 minutes each way. Morning and afternoon trips. 3 fish pp limit.