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Guided Salmon Fishing in Cooper Landing

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Looking for the best guided salmon fishing in Cooper Landing on the Kenai River? Look no further, Jason’s Guide Service is the answer.

The Kenai River fishery consists of all five Pacific salmon species. The most targeted salmon are the King (Chinook), Sockeye and Silver strains. Species that are less desirable are the pink and chum salmon.

Jason’s Guide Service does not fish king salmon on the Kenai River due to low numbers and poor returns. The Chum salmon return in such small numbers that we don’t choose to target them either.

The species we seek are the Sockeye, Silver, and Pink salmon.

Sockeye salmon are the first salmon to come into the river in any abundance and are a hard fighting, delicious fish to catch. The sockeye are caught from the bank with fly rods or in a boat back-trolling crankbaits.

The traditional way is to fish from a bank with a fly rod doing what we call, The Sockeye Swing. The sockeye salmon will also hit crankbaits when fishing the right water.

The best times for sockeye salmon are June 11-June 30 for the first run and July 15- August 15 for the second run. The average sockeye salmon weighs between 7-10 pounds and is hard fighting fish, great for sport and the dinner with jason guide service

The silver salmon or coho as they are called in the lower 48 signify fall is here or coming when they enter the river. The silver salmon can provide explosive action, and this species of fish is either very aggressive or extremely shy. You never know if you’re going to be stripping a big fly at mach speed or finessing a micro jig to catch these chrome beasts.

Fly rods, spinning rods, casting, or back trolling; it all works for silvers. The silvers get into the Middle River section of the Kenai in abundance by the third week of August and run through October. The average fish weighs between 9-12 pounds. Silver salmon can be the hardest hitting highest jumping salmon there is. Like the sockeye, they are a great fish for both sport and table fare.

Pink salmon, or humpy, are a fish that is loved for it’s crazy look and aggressive nature. Humpy’s are not often targeted for consumption but are excellent sport on lighter gear. A big pink salmon on a five or seven-weight fly rod or a med-light float rod can make for an epic battle.

Pink salmon come into the river every year with the even years being their big number years.

Pink salmon weigh between six and nine pounds on average, and are known for their hard hitting and ferocious fighting abilities.

Kids also love pink salmon! Whether you’re using light fly rods or ultra-light spinning gear, pink salmon are a great sport fish for everyone to try.


As always, all necessary fishing gear is provided for anglers to catch some of the hardest fighting and best eating fish that live in Alaska. Jason’s Guide Service only uses the best equipment possible from G. Loomis, Shimano, and Lamson.

While many fish make the run up the river to spawn, it takes a certain skill to locate the perfect spot and use the right technique to ensure success.

When it comes to Kenai River fishing for salmon,  Jason’s Guide Service is one of the top fishing guides and he shortens the learning curve so anglers can master the right presentations.

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Give Us A Call At (907) 351-3036, 

We’re happy to answer any questions you might have.

We look forward to fishing with you!


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Phil Wagner
Phil Wagner

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 days ago

Caleb had us on the Trout even when they were a little hard to find! Always handy with a new lure or spot to try when things ran cold and we were right back on em. Great guide, great fishing. Don’t hesitate to book. Thanks so much!

Kirsten Kukowski
Kirsten Kukowski

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 days ago

Caleb is a great teacher, very patient, knew where to go for the fish. Would book them again!

Todd Ginsberg
Todd Ginsberg

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

Jason sent us with capt. Shawn. Such a great trip. Loved Shawn. Great boat. Almost reached our limit. Would highly recommend to all.

Matt K
Matt K

5 out of 5 stars

posted 10 months ago

Jason….the man, the myth, the legend. We did two days with Jason and one with Caleb. All spectacular. They put us on the fish, took care of all the details and told some great stories. We had some laughs, saw some beautiful country and took home 36lbs of fish! These guys are very knowledgeable of the area and will hone your fishing skills at whatever level you are at. Stop researching “the other guys” and just book em! You can thank me later….

Tiffany Koch
Tiffany Koch

5 out of 5 stars

posted 11 months ago

We had the best time with Jason and his team on our fishing trip! We did a half day with Caleb and a full day with Jason and left with over 40 pounds of salmon. Both Jason and Caleb were friendly, knowledgeable about the best spots on the river, and were great teachers on fishing technique that made it easy for all skill levels. Highly recommend Jason and his team for your next Alaskan fishing adventure!!

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