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Smokin Joe's Lodge
  • 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: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing

Smokin Joes Lodge is located in Soldotna, Alaska along the Kenai Peninsula. The lodge is located 140 south of Anchorage and can be reached via commuter plane or by car. The drive from Anchorage to Soldotna is about three hours and offers beautiful scenery and a good chance to get to know Alaska.

Fishing with Smokin Joe's Lodge

Guests have the option of fishing for saltwater or freshwater fish. Some of the best Pacific Halibut grounds are not far by boat. Just hop aboard and we head downstream to Cooks Inlet where the King Salmon and Halibut fishing are prime. You may encounter other species of fish in Cooks Inlet such as Rock Fish, Silver Salmon, Red Salmon, and even Ling Cod.

For Freshwater Fishing, the Kenai River is one of the most famous rivers in all of Alaska. In early May, the King Salmon enter the river. They hang around until July. The record King Salmon for Alaska was caught here and weighed in at 126 pounds. Expect to find 20-40 pound Kings with the opportunity to battle 50 plus pound fish.

By June, the Sockeye Salmon are headed upstream by the millions. This is the time of year when the bears come down to the river to fish. Sockeye Salmon are considered the best eating Salmon around. Expect to find Sockeye in the 8-12 pound range.

In August, the Silver Salmon show up and then the real fun begins. These are the feisty fighters of the Pacific Salmon. They weigh in from 8-12 pounds and occasionally as heavy as 20 pounds.

There is also a tremendous opportunity for Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden.

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