Awesome! I hope you have a great time!
We fish in Soldotna every year so that’s all I know. I assume you’ll be fishing Kings and Sockeye? The only advice I can give for Kings is make sure to have a good guide, it makes all the difference. There’s not much skill in catching kings, but when you hook one, it’s a huge rush.
Sockeye fishing is all skill and technique. So it’s really important to have a good guide so you can learn correct techniques out of the gate. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and really pay attention. Once you get it - it’s a blast.
There are strict limits when you’re with a guide, but they aren’t really enforced on private property, at least in Soldotna. If possible, try to get a cabin or a place on a river with sockeye: you want a chance to fish on your own at your own pace without a guide if possible. Especially once you get the hang of it. We don’t even use sockeye guides any more, and last year we caught 100 sockeye between the 8 of us.
If you get the chance, make sure to take a day to do a white fishing trip on the ocean. It’s great to come back with lots of different kinds of fish, and not just salmon. We go out of Homer, but that’s probably too far for you guys.
Plan to be up EARLY (3-4 AM). Plan for lots of different weather (cold, warm, wet), so bring rain gear. Plan for mosquitoes (bring Off). Plan for seasickness even if you never have it (Dramamine). Get a vehicle big enough to carry your group, your luggage, and your fish - we get two large SUVs, but a van is great too.
They will probably have fish processing and packaging there for you. They package it in boxes so you can check it as luggage coming home. Just remember that you will have to get it home somehow, so have your freezer ready and no small cars to drive you home.
Let me know if you have any questions - it’s the time of a lifetime - you’re going to love it!