• Ages: All Ages
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departs: Ninilchik, AK
  • Location: Ninilchik River
  • Exertion: Easy to Moderate
  • Price: $199 per person

Ask us about custom dates for individuals, couples, families, and groups.


If the thought of hooking into a monster King Salmon or early fall chrome Steelhead gets your blood pumping than this is the trip for you! The Ninilchik River is one of the crown jewel streams of the lower Kenai Peninsula and home to King, Silver, and Pink Salmon, as well as Dolly Varden and Steelhead. The tea colored streams & rivers carve through steep bluffs and low-lying forested areas.

The Ninilchik River Fishing Trip is a “Hike-In” trip. We will be hiking up and down the river along the bank and trails site fishing. There are some excellent fishing areas on the Ninilchik River if you know where to go and how to fish them. This is where our Professional Guide Service really shines.

Don’t worry if you’ve never fished before, we’ll teach you how and show you the ropes. We guide for complete beginners to seasoned pros, and we’ll provide as much help and instruction as you like.

The Ninilchik River supports runs of King, Silver, and Pink salmon, as well as Dolly Varden and Steelhead.

  • The King salmon run is the most popular fishery. The run begins in late May and peaks in the second week in June.
  • Dolly Varden begins running early in July and continues throughout the summer.
  • Pink salmon runs begin in mid-July and extend into August. Larger runs of Pink salmon occur on even numbered years.
  • Silver salmon begin running at the end of July and persist until the beginning of September.
  • Steelhead runs begin in late August and continue into October. This aggressive and prized fish is pursued by the hardiest of anglers with fly-fishing being the most popular and successful method.
*Run times are approximate and for reference. Fish and run timing may not apply to a particular river, or to a particular area on a river. Sport fishing regulations in Alaska are subject to change, and just because a species may be running, it does not always mean they can be fished.


  • Season: May – October
  • Begins/Ends: Ninilchik, AK
  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Distance: Varies ~1-3+ Miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous
  • Terrain and Gear: Trips may involve challenging terrain on and off-trails. *Rain gear is required. Please dress for current weather conditions. It’s best to layer clothing. Trip may vary due to trail and weather conditions.
  • Meeting Time and Place: Specific details will be provided upon booking your trip. Most trips begin at 7am or 8am in Ninilchik. We offer pickup/drop-off at accommodations within Ninilchik with advance notice, subject to availability.



  • Professional Guide Service
  • Rods and reels are included (fly-fishing equipment is NOT provided)
  • Instruction available
  • Interpretive guided hiking


We hope you find the information on this page useful. But if you need help booking your trip or have any questions please contact us.