Cook Inlet

Cook Inlet is an outstanding body of water for anyone who loves to fish. With over 100,000 miles of fishable water, Cook Inlet becomes one of the most important staging ground for Salmon, Steelhead and Pacific Halibut.

Cook Inlet stretches from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage where it splits into two arms. The Knik Arm and the Turnagain, which eventually become the confluence of Susitna River and Matanuska River, which are both lodged between the Alaska Range and the Aleutian Range. There are many rivers here and the Knik River, and the Little Susitna River are both tributaries.

Fishing the Cook Inlet

  • The King Salmon are available here year-round, but they peak from May-August because they congregate in the Inlet to gorge and fatten up before they make their way upriver to spawn.
  • The Sockeye Peak from June-July.
  • The Silver Salmon peak from July-August.
  • The Pink Salmon peak from July-August on the even numbered years.
  • Steelhead fishing is outstanding from August-October.
  • The Pacific Halibut peak from May-October, though they are present here year round.
  • Rockfish peak from May-August.
  • Seagoing Dolly Varden peak from July-August.

Cook Inlet is one of the biggest destinations for Saltwater fishing in Alaska. There are plenty of charters that will take you on salmon and halibut expeditions. One of the least fished fish available here are the rockfish. You can fish from the shore without a guide if you are careful about the bears. Rockfish are not small. This is also an area that is good for spin caster fishing or for those daring people who like to fly fish, you can do that here too. A good sinking fly may attract any of the salmon species and if you are lucky you might battle a Ling Cod.

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $5,000 to $6,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Deep Creek Fishing Club

The Deep Creek Fishing Club is located on the world-famous Kenai Peninsula almost halfway between the towns of Kenai and Homer, Alaska. It is easily reached by car from Anchorage by driving along the Sterling Highway. You can also fly into Kenai or Sterling and then rent a car from there. …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Alaska Island Retreat

Alaska Island Retreat sits on the shores of Kalgin Island in the midst of Cook's Inlet. The lodge is set up to handle just a few groups of visitors each summer. The focus is on the natural beauty, outstanding fishing and maintaining the beautiful wilderness that this homestead offers. …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Soaring Eagle Fishing & Adventures

Soaring Eagle Lodge is amazing. It sits on the bluffs above Cook Inlet on the South Central Shores of Alaska. There is a lot to do here, and the lodge is the perfect hub for all of your Alaska adventures. The lodge has room for six people while the out cabins feature one and two bedroom units. The atmosphere is elegant and comfortable. Each cabin has its own kitchen and comes stocked with food. Soaring …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Alaska SeaScape Lodge

The Alaska Seascape Lodge sits along the bluffs along the shores of Cook Inlet. Not only do you get a front row seat for the Alaskan sunsets, but you can look across the inlet to the rows of snow capped volcanoes and the endless fishing opportunities that Cook Inlet offers. The Alaska Seascape Lodge is part of the Jimmie Jack's lodging and fishing services. As such, expect a beautiful stay in a beautiful lodge with …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Kodiak Wilderness Adventures

The Kodiak Wilderness Adventures Lodge sits in the small fishing hamlet of Port Lions, Alaska. This is a year-round lodge that specializes in trophy fishing and hunting. The lodge is 4,500 square feet and features four double occupancy guest rooms with private bathrooms for each. Expect to find comfortable and friendly accommodations with plenty of beautiful views and some outstanding fishing opportunities. …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Crooked Creek Retreat

The Crooked Creek Retreat Lodge is a mixed lodge. It offers both Saltwater sports fishing and Freshwater sports fishing to its guests. The lodge is situated just a few miles from the town of Kasilof, Alaska of the banks of the Crooked Creek. This is a central location that can put you on the mighty Kenai River in 15 minutes or on the ocean in less than an hour. This is a well-rounded lodge. Auntie …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Alaskan Fishing Adventures with Tim Berg

Tim Berg's Alaskan Fishing Adventures is a Kenai based fishing service that offers three separate lodges from which guests can choose to stay. When you fish with Tim Burg's Alaskan Fishing Adventures, you have access to most of the Kenai …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Jimmie Jack's Lodge

Jimmy Jack's Lodge is a lodge and charter service. The lodge sits along the shores of Cook Inlet and provides a perfect location for saltwater or freshwater fishing. The lodge features a main lodge and out cabins. The rooms in the lodge feature private bath, and some have their own kitchen and dining area. The cabins are large and sleep up to five for the McKinley Cabin or up to four at the Gold Miner's …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $500 to $1,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Angler's Lodge

The Angler's Lodge sits on the banks of the Kenai River in between the towns of Kenai, Soldotna, Seward, and Homer. Homer is the Alaska capital for halibut fishing. The Kenai River is one of the worlds greatest fishing destinations. Being next to both locations makes the Angler's Lodge a haven for fishermen. This is a family owned Lodge and Marlene and Roger take good care of their guests. The menu is rich and the food …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $500 to $1,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Denise Lake Lodge

Denise Lake Lodge sits in the town of Soldotna in the Kenai River Valley. They offer freshwater fishing, drifting, and fly fishing for salmon and trophy rainbow trout. The lodge is nicely equipped and offers three square meals per day, including a packed lunch stream side refreshment. The accommodations are comfortable. The lodge consists of a main building and out-cabins which include private baths. One of the main attractions for this lodge is the Friday Night …

  • Approximate Cost:
    4 - 5 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Emerald Pines Lodge

Emerald Pines Lodge is out of Homer, Alaska, the Halibut Capital of the World. While the Halibut fishing here is good, so is the Salmon fishing. Captain Steve is an expert at guiding fishermen to those spots where the fish are active. In 2015, many trips limited out quickly and those guests went home with some wild fishing tales. …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of King of Kings Guide Service and Lodge

The King of Kings Lodge sits along the Cook Inlet between Ninilchik and Anchor Point near the city of Homer. Their location gives guests access to the fish-rich waters of Cook Inlet. The focus of the lodge and charter is near-shore fishing. This puts guests on the water and fishing within minutes of boarding the boat. They also offer both Salmon and Halibut fishing in the same charter giving guests more opportunity and diversity for …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $500 to $1,000 Per Person
    Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
    Full Day: $200 to $299 Per Person; $500 to $599 Per Person
  • Type: Charters & Guides Lodges
  • Fishing: Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Alaska Fishing with Mark Glassmaker

The Alaska Fishing with Mark Glassmaker is located near the town of Soldotna. The lodge, which is a series of cabins, sits within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Mark Glassmaker offers lodging and guided fishing along the Kenai and into the Cook Inlet. Guests are housed in newly built and fully furnished cabins. Cabins feature multiple bedrooms and a full bath. Expect to find a full kitchen with all the cooking utensils and equipment needed …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $1,000 to $2,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $500 to $1,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Kenai Riverbend Resort

The Kenai Riverbend Resort offers both freshwater and saltwater fishing adventures. The lodge sits on the Kenai River and provides easy access to Cook Inlet for saltwater fishing — Halibut, King Salmon, and Silver Salmon. Plus, you have easy access to the Lower Kenai River and plenty of opportunities to fly-out to some of the special Alaskan rivers that do not see a lot of fishing action. Guests stay in luxury at either the main …