The small town of Soldotna, Alaska, is located on the Kenai River and is a gateway for many of its fishing spots. Within the town itself, Soldotna Parkway is a prime and popular spot for sock-eye fishing. The Parkway’s shallow grade, hard-packed gravel, and very accessible downtown location make it an ideal spot to learn to fish sockeye, even though it can get crowded during peak season!
Soldotna is a great place to launch your dream fishing expedition. The town has grocery stores, dining options, and activities for the whole family. When you are ready to fish, there are several options.
The Kenai Peninsula is available for fishing every month of the year – ice fishing in winter and fly-fishing, floating, or wading in the summer. Check the local rules and regulations to see what is in season.
The Russian River and the Kasilof River are close by. Rent waders or float along the Russian River by yourself or with a guide. The 17-mile Kasilof River does not allow motorboats and moves pretty fast, so drifting is popular.
Skilak Lake and Tustamena Lake are large lakes on the Kenai Peninsula. Other anglers take charters onto saltwater seas or seaplanes to remote wilderness lands.
Soldotna has several lodges and independent outfitters where you can hire guides to the best spots and ensure your fishing success.