Mark Wackler, Author at Alaska Fishology - Kenai River Salmon Fishing Guide
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Author:Mark Wackler

When Should I Go To Alaska?

What an impossible question to answer! First of all, if you stay between May and November, there's not a bad time to visit the Last Frontier. But if you have specific goals or expectations for your trip, then you’re going to want to tune in your travel time, so the question about what time to come to AK is best answered with another question...

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Our King Salmon Policy

King Salmon are the Kenai and Kasilof River's most treasured species. Not only are they the largest species in each of these watersheds, they're the largest of their kind in the entire world! Because these fish are genetically unique, relatively rare, so important to our community, and extremely special, we put their sustainability at the top of our priority list.  Fishology feels so strongly about these things that we have actually implemented a self-imposed policy in an attempt to lessen our impact, however small it may be, and put the fish first.  Before you praise our selflessness, realize that when we prioritize sustainability, what we are really doing is simply putting our long-term interests ahead of our short-term interests. It's not so much a selfless act as it is an...

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It’s not all about catching fish

According to https://usaoutdoors.org/When booking & planning a guided fishing trip, you probably envision yourself on the bow of a boat reeling in fish after fish, high-fiving your guide every time he happily nets another trophy.  Of course, everyone wants to catch fish, and it is important that your fishing guide is a skilled fisherman, has intimate knowledgeable about the area, and knows how to put people on fish...

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2017…. Yet ANOTHER Amazing Season!

 2017 was one for the books, no doubt.  I realize that it seems redundant to keep boasting about how great the season was at the end of every single year, but when we're blessed with such an amazing location, elite guides & staff, and a philosophy rooted in customer service and flexibility, our odds of producing awesome results are sky high...

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6 More Things to Bring to AK

There are literally hundreds of “What to Pack When Traveling to Alaska” articles out there, and basically all of them list the same items – a camera, sun screen, layered clothing, binoculars… the list goes on.  But there are several things that virtually always get left off the list, and these items are potential game changers that have the ability to transform your trip from a good one to a great one!   If you’re traveling to Alaska for a fishing vacation, you don’t want to leave these things behind:   Breathable Chest Waders – It’s not by mistake that this item comes first on the list. It’s exceptionally difficult to enjoy yourself when you’re wet & cold, and in Alaska you just never know what you’re going to get.  Breathable chest waders are...

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Spotlight: Lower Kenai River

It’s easy to fall in love with the lower Kenai.  Even though there are 3 separate stretches of this mighty waterway, there are visitors that have traveled here for years and still only seen the lower 10-15 miles of the river.  The reason for this is that it’s SO productive!  While I most definitely believe there is a huge advantage to staying versatile, if I had to pick just just one stretch of the Kenai it would be tough not to choose the lower section.     The early season on the Kenai begins in May and June with the first run of King Salmon.  This run is on the up-swing in a big way, and last season provided the best early run King fishing we have seen in a decade!  The river...

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Spotlight: The Middle Kenai River

Here at Fishology I must admit that we have a serious crush on the middle section of the Kenai River!  We probably spend more days in this beautiful 15 mile stretch of river than anywhere else throughout the season, and there are many reasons for that.  The “middle” Kenai begins at the outlet of Skilak Lake, and ends somewhere between the Naptown Rapids in Sterling and the Soldotna Bridge, depending upon who you ask.  “The middle” has gained a lot of attention and popularity over the last 20 years or so, and use has increased steadily, mostly due to the fact that the fishing here is some of the best on Earth. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge owns the upper section of the middle Kenai.  The first several miles below Skilak...

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Spotlight: The Upper Kenai River

The Kenai River has a long history of fishing tradition, and long before crowds of people descended upon the lower river to chase salmon, there was a salmon and trout fishery on the Upper Kenai River around Cooper Landing.  When you mention the Upper Kenai River nowadays, folks undoubtedly begin imagining the incredible Trout fishery, the abundant Sockeye runs, and a few may even remember that it also has a fantastic Silver Salmon fishery.     Perhaps the biggest allure when it comes to fishing the Upper Kenai River is the setting.  Giant snow-capped mountains surround you in every direction, the aqua-green waters are both unique and beautiful, and it’s not uncommon to spot moose, bear, eagle, and lots of other wildlife.     This is the only drift-boat-only stretch of the Kenai River by regulation,...

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Spotlight: Upper Kasilof River

There's no question that the Upper Kasilof is the least utilized stretch of boat-able water on the central Kenai Peninsula.  The question is why?  I still haven’t figured that out myself, and at the risk of advertising this “secret” stretch of water, I can’t help but promote all the great things it has to offer… incredible scenery, seclusion, the peaceful nature of drift boat fishing, great wildlife opportunities, and some darn good fishing!            The Upper Kasilof River starts at Tustumena Lake, the largest lake on the Kenai Peninsula at 73,437 acres.  Public access is at the end of Tustumena Lake Road, which is one of the major reasons the upper river is underutilized in my estimation.  The road is almost 10 miles long once you turn off the highway, and...

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Spotlight: Lower Kasilof River

It seems appropriate to start our spotlight series on one of the very first fisheries we tackle in the spring/summer season, the lower Kasilof!  This is the first post in our spotlight series, so stay tuned for more posts featuring more of your favorite fisheries in the near future! Close your eyes and imagine a river with a prolific run of hatchery King Salmon, the second biggest Sockeye salmon run on the Kenai Peninsula, a 2nd run of King Salmon with fish rivaling the largest salmon in the world, a great Silver Salmon run in the early fall, and the northernmost Steelhead fishery in North America...

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