Located 12 miles south of the Kenai River and Soldotna, the Kasilof River is a glacier-fed river that stretches from Tustumena Lake (the largest Kenai Peninsula Lake) to Cook inlet for 17 miles. This river is often referred to as the Kenai River’s little brother even tho it is way more glacially turbid than the Kenai River. The name of this river is an anglicization of Reka Kasilova, a name given by early Russians who settled in the area. While it may not receive the same attention as the Kenai River, Kasilof River fishing areas are something to consider in every Alaska fishing vacation.

Fishing is the big draw of this river, but it also has more recreational fun. No motors are allowed on the river -unlike the Kenai River-. The water on this river is mainly for drift fishers, but canoe and kayaking are permitted. Alaska department of fish keeps track of the Kasilof River fish count, so there’s good historical data on the sockeye salmon found on the Kasilof River.

Many anglers come solely to fish Salmon but end up falling in love with this beautiful area. This area has several lakes, fantastic fishing opportunities, and access to the beach along Cook Inlet. It also has some recreational areas like camping and RV parking.

There are also some state parks associated with the Kasilof River. At mile 109 of the Sterling Highway, the Kasilof River State Recreation Site is a day-use-only area that features picnic areas and a boat launch. Johnson Lake State Recreation Area is situated on 332 wooded acres of Johnson Lake’s shores; it has picnic areas, a large campground, and access to the Tuststumena Lake road.

While Kasilof River does not have the same overall number of Salmon as Kenai River, the fact that the ricer is way smaller makes fishing every bit as exciting and productive. Anytime the Kasilof River fish count reaches 3000+ for sockeye salmon, you can expect good fishing days. So, whether you are a seasoned professional or a first-time angler, the Kasilof River Fishing Guides got you. They provide all the fishing equipment you will need for a perfect day; unlike other Alaska Fishing Trips, Kasilof River Fishing is conducted by drift boats.