Printer friendly version

Fee Schedule


Power Boat

Drift Boat

Kenai River

Kenai/Kasilof Rivers

King Salmon

May 1 thru July 31

$175.00/Half Day

$250.00/Full Day

$250.00/Full Day


(Russian River/KNWR Trophy Trout Fishery)

June 11 thru October 31

Drift Boat Only

$250.00/including Kenai River Canyon weather/conditions permitting

Silver Salmon $165.00 $165.00


Prices quoted are per angler/per excursion based on a two angler minimum. Fees do not include an additional 3% Borough Sales Tax. Reservations accepted on first come, first served basis. King salmon half day power boat activities are 5.5 hours in duration. All other charters are a minimum of 8 hours fishing time. Fish cleaning and/or filleting is included in fees. Fish processing (vacuum sealing, smoking, freezing, storage, etc.) and shipping is not and is accomplished by any one of several local businesses that provide this service. I highly recommend and refer my clientele to Ed's Kasilof Seafoods. Itineraries including fishing charters, lodging and fish processing can be customized to your specifications upon request.


A 50% deposit is required to secure your reservation. Balance of fees due is required sixty (60) days prior to scheduled activity. Reservations accepted on a first come, first served basis. If cancellation becomes necessary, Nick's Guide Service requires actual receipt of written notification sixty (60) days prior to scheduled activity in order to refund deposit. Less than 60 days written notification will result in forfeiture of deposit. Tendering of deposit constitutes agreement to these provisions. In the event of any dispute arising from or relating to reservations, cancellations, or the charter or associated services, client agrees that venue shall be in Kenai, Alaska.

Limits of Liability: All clients of Nick's Guide Service, including all members of the intended fishing party and their families, specifically recognize that sport fishing may be a hazardous activity, assume all risk of damage or injury and stipulate that Nick's Guide Service and its agents, employees, contractors, etc. shall not be liable for any damages which are not the direct result of Nick's Guide Service's negligence, including without limitation, negligent or intentional acts of omission by other parties, accidents, fire, acts of God or other forces of nature, theft, loss of equipment or any other acts beyond Nick's Guide Service's control.

Sport Fishing License

A sport fishing license is required annually and must be in possession of all persons 16 years of age and older while sport fishing and digging razor clams. A  nontransferable harvest record is required and must be in the possession of each person sport fishing for king salmon and/or rainbow trout. For licensed anglers, the harvest record is printed on the reverse side of the angler’s sport fishing license. Anglers not required to be licensed, those under the age of sixteen and resident anglers 60 years of age and older, will be issued a harvest record card. Anglers fishing for king salmon will be required to purchase an additional stamp, which will be affixed to the license or harvest record. When purchasing your Alaska Sport Fishing License, be sure to ask vendor for appropriate harvest record cards and/or king salmon stamps as needed. Alaska Sport Fishing Licenses can be purchased online here.

License Fees

  Non Resident King Salmon Stamp
1 day $20.00 $10.00
3 day   35.00   20.00
7 day   55.00   30.00
14 day   80.00   50.00
Annual 145.00 100.00
Annual   24.00   10.00


King Salmon One (1) per day. Five (5) per season of which no more than two (2) may be harvested from the Kenai River. Upon harvesting a king salmon from the Kenai River, anglers are prohibited from fishing for any species, from a boat, for the remainder of that day.
Red Salmon Three (3) per day. No seasonal limit
Silver Salmon Two (2) per day prior to 9/1. 3 per day after 9/1 to season closure. Upon harvesting a limit of silver salmon from the Lower Kenai River, anglers are prohibited from fishing for any species for the remainder of that day. No seasonal limit.
Rainbow Trout Catch & Release
Dolly Varden Catch & Release

Pertinent Information

The Kenai River King Salmon Fishery is closed to guided boat fishing on Sundays and Mondays (with the exception of Memorial Day) from May 1 through July 31.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (Upper Kenai River Trophy Trout Fishery) is closed to guided sport fishing on Sundays during the month of July.
Below Skilak Lake, guided sport fishing activities from a boat are permitted between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in May, June and July.
Downstream from the confluence of the Moose and Kenai rivers, fishing from a guide boat is prohibited on Mondays from August 1 - November 30 .
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game manages all the salmon fisheries by criteria outlined in each fishery’s Management Plan. ADF&G can implement time, area, method and/or limit restrictions or if warranted, outright closures, if successful achievement of established escapement goals are threatened. NGS is not liable in the event that restrictions are implemented. NGS does have the required permits, capability and versatility to participate in several of the Kenai Peninsula’s various fisheries to insure that our clientele has the opportunity to fish for the species of their choice.
NGS retains ALL king salmon roe for use in future operations as bait.

Provided Equipment/Tackle

Nick’s Guide Service provides all the equipment needed to do battle with the denizens of the deep you are likely to encounter. Salt-water anglers utilize Penn Tuna Sticks and Penn Senator Reels in their tug of war with Alaska’s deep-water delicacy, the halibut. King salmon sport fishing enthusiasts in both salt and fresh water are outfitted with graphite rods manufactured by Loomis or Lamiglas complimented with level wind reels from Shimano. The smooth, dependable drag system provided by Shimano's Calcutta and Triton series of reels are of great importance when encountering the tackle busting king and silver salmon prevalent in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. Anglers spin cast for red and/or silver salmon, trout and char utilizing graphite rods from Fenwick or Lamiglas outfitted with Shimano Aero Stradic reels to provide light tackle excitement. On all excursions terminal tackle and/or bait is provided.

While most of our fly fishing aficionados prefer to utilize personal equipment, Nick’s Guide Service proudly features Sage/Ross rod and reel combinations on Upper Kenai River/Russian River fly fishing excursions. If you plan to use your personal fly-fishing equipment or wish to tie flies for your visit, please refer to “Recommended Equipment List” compiled with the help of our friends at McAfee’s Fly Shop in Anchorage. On red/silver salmon, trout and char charters, hip waders are provided though neoprene or Gore-Tex waders with felt soled boots are highly recommended. If bringing your own waders, please download the New Zealand Mudsnail PDF and take the appropriate precautions. More info on invasive species can be obtained from the ADF&G's Invasive Species web page. NGS has an enormous selection of flies and tippet material at your disposal.

On all excursions, coffee and a thermos of hot water for provided cocoa/cider mixes/tea bags will be available. Bottled drinking water and a selection of sodas on ice compliment the hot refreshments. I also provide a sampler of king and red salmon, smoked to perfection by our friends at Ed's Kasilof Seafoods, their world famous Smoked Salmon Spread, crackers, EZ cheese, etc. to snack on throughout the day. It is recommended that you bring a sandwich, after all we are going to be fishing all day and Alaskan summer days are gloriously long.

Since 1980 Nick has been trolling, mooching, back trolling and back bouncing for tackle busting king salmon, spin casting for acrobatic silver salmon and fly casting for lunker rainbow trout on Alaska’s fabled Kenai Peninsula. Since the inception of Nick’s Guide Service in 1986, clients have been outfitted with the best equipment available to the sport fishing industry to insure that their encounters with Alaska’s legendary fish are successful and memorable.

Clients Bring

Weather on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is unpredictable. Temperatures range from 40 degrees to mid 70 degrees. Cloudless nights can produce A.M. temps around freezing May into June (I have fished in single digits in mid-September on rare occasion). Layered clothing is preferred. Long underwear, sweaters, fleece, wool (or equivalent) socks, gloves and cap, rubber knee-high boots, etc. are highly recommended. Precipitation is always a possibility. Adequate rain gear, both jacket and pants, is a must. Cameras and/or video recorders with plenty of film and battery power are encouraged. All boats have plenty of dry storage so clients are encouraged to bring anything that will make their excursion more comfortable and enjoyable. Other than snack items I provide, which for some may be a full meal, one's lunch is the responsibility of each client.

This page was updated March 1, 2010
Copyright © 1986-2010 Nick's Guide Service All Rights Reserved

Request Information    Home    Send Nick Email