The first thing you need to know about planning Alaska halibut fishing trips is that the best halibut season time is mid-May to mid- September . During the day, the best time to fish is during the high slack tide as it will keep your tackle as close to the bottom as possible.
|Saltwater Prices||Per Person|
|Halibut – Out of Homer||$325.00|
|Halibut – Out of Anchor Point or Deep Creek||$275.00 – July $295.00|
|Halibut / Salmon combo – Homer feeder kings / Anchor Point or Deep Creek big river bound kings – Month of May only||$265.00|
|Halibut / Ling Cod / Rock fish – Killer Combo out of Homer||$425.00|
Unguided halibut sport fishers in Alaska will continue to observe a daily bag limit of two fish of any size per person per day. Alaska commercial IFQ halibut season dates are March 14 through November 15, 2020 for all IPHC management areas in Alaska.
Target halibut on your charter trips and save the bank fishing for salmon. That said, if you still want to try catching halibut from shore , try Lowell Point, Tonsina Point or Fourth of July Creek. Get your bait as far from shore as possible, and be prepared to wait!
Currently, there is a two-fish of any size daily bag limit for unguided sport anglers in Areas 2C and 3A. GAF harvested in the charter halibut fishery will be accounted for as commercial halibut IFQ harvest.
The best time to travel to Alaska for fishing tends to be in the summer months of June, July, and August for peak season. During these months you can catch the end of the King Salmon season, and peak times for Silver, Red, Pink and Chum Salmon .
Supply and demand has led to a major increase in the price of halibut in B.C. With the abundance of halibut available across the province going down, pricing has skyrocketed over the last decade making the fish more expensive than some prized meat cuts.
The state sport fishing record is 459 pounds, caught in 1996 out of Unalaska Bay. Female halibut grow faster and are typically larger than males of the same age. Males greater than 100 pounds are uncommon. Halibut can reach 55 years of age , but most halibut taken in the sport fishery are 5-15 years old .
Halibut like to hang out in the transition zone between sandy bottom and reef. So while other anglers are fishing on the reef going to the front of the boat and casting along the imaginary edge of the reef and the sand or hard bottom and then slowly dragging back to the boat may land you a trophy halibut .
Here are some of the best halibut baits to use: Salmon Bellies . Salmon Heads . Squid . Octopus . Herring . Pro Tip: Not catching big enough fish? Try increasing your hooks to a slightly larger circle hook and using larger bait like salmon heads . Jigs . Artificial Squid .
90 to 900 feet
Places to Fish Places to Fish . Alagnak River. Cook Inlet. Goodnews River. Kvichak River. Lake Creek. Lake Iliamna. Naknek River.
Shore and Freshwater Fishing Spots Homer Spit. Jutting into Kachemak Bay, the Homer Spit really is the end of the road. The Fishing Hole. Also on the Spit, but worth mentioning separately. Anchor River. This fly fishing heaven is home to Steelhead, Salmon, Dolly Varden, and more. Caribou Lake.