Kenai River Classic FAQs

August 21, 22 & 23, 2019 – Soldotna, Alaska

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Ground transportation is available to and from events.


For most of our Classic attendees, the KRSA office is happily arranging housing and ground transport during the Classic, based on the information you provided in your registration paperwork. We’ll have details regarding your housing out to you at least a week in advance of the event.


Weather on the Kenai River in August averages a low in the mid-30’s and daytime highs of 50-75 degrees. Rain is not uncommon during this time period. A rainy morning on the river can feel much colder than the temperature indicates. Bring warm layers of clothing – fishing occurs come rain or shine!

Suggested Fishing Attire:

Fishing attire should be in layers as the early morning starts can be quite cold on the river, and then warms as the day progresses. Your life vest will be provided on-shore just prior to fishing.

  • Long underwear (preferably polypropylene, not cotton)
  • Warm Long sleeve shirt (Fleece pull-over or heavy flannel shirt)
  • Warm jacket
  • Wool socks
  • Rain jacket & rain pants
  • Insulated rubber boots or hiking boots
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

In your KRSA-provided gear bag, which should be available at your hotel or B&B, you will find: a jacket, a long sleeve fishing shirt, a baseball hat, wool socks, and a participant handbook. For those with your own lodging your bag will be found at the welcome dinner check-in station.

Fishing information:

Your licensed fishing guide will provide all rods, reels, tackle & bait. KRSA has already provided gratuity for their services. In light of the king salmon conservation issues in Southcentral Alaska, we are fishing for silvers. The awards will be given to the top three heaviest fish caught over the two-day period. Silvers cannot be released. Caught fish will be pooled and shared among the participants. Each Kenai River Classic participant will receive a salmon gift box.

Classic Banquet and Auction:

Your registration includes a ticket to the Kenai River Classic Banquet and Auction, being held Thursday, August 22. This event is also open to KRSA members, with limited seats available for purchase by the public at this link. If you need an extra seat at the Banquet please let us know at; feel free to invite others to contact the KRSA office at (907) 262-8588 for tickets directly ($50 for members, $75 for non-members; includes dinner and a hosted bar).

Social attire:

Business casual attire is the suggested dress code for all off-river functions, including the Banquet.

The Classic Calcutta:

We’ll be raising funds again this year through a Calcutta auction at our opening night reception, on August 21. For those new to the Calcutta, participants bid at auction on which boat(s) they think will bring in the greatest total weight of coho salmon on August 22nd. Successful bids go in to a pool – 50% goes to KRSA fundraising and 50% goes to the winner’s pool. The successful bidder of the winning boat will receive 50% of the winner’s pool in cash at the Banquet; second and third place will receive 30% and 20% of the pool, respectively. Last year’s first place winner received over $3,400! You’ll receive a copy of the official rules, and we’ll post them here soon.

Private/personal aircraft:

If you are bringing a private or corporate aircraft, it is required that you contact the Kenai Municipal Airport. You will need to provide arrival, departure and billing information as well as tail numbers, etc.

Kenai Municipal Airport
Airport Manager Mary Bondurant
Direct phone: 907-283-8282