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Top Fishing Charters in Homer

Fishing in Homer

Homer is known as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World." We don’t really need to say any more than that. Homer fishing charters regularly pull in trophy Halibut and some of the biggest fish ever caught were landed here. Of course, it’s not just Halibut that Homer is famous for. King Salmon can also be caught here year round. Homer’s “Winter Kings” are said to be the tastiest of all Salmon catches, full of fat and bursting with flavor. And there’s more! Head out to open water and you find Rockfish and Lingcod in huge numbers. The area has great freshwater fisheries and a wide range of Shellfish in the shallows - you won’t go hungry in Homer!
Of course, angling isn’t the only thing that makes this town special. With nicknames like "the End of the Road," and "the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea," Homer’s placement out on the edge of the Kenai Peninsula makes it an incredible place for nature lovers. You’ll be surrounded by untouched forests, stunning cliffs, and clean Pacific waters full of whales, seals, porpoises, and yes, huge fish. 

Fishing Spots

The fishing is so good here that you can set up with a rod pretty much anywhere and head home with some delicious fish. Homer fishing charters take things to the next level, though, routinely hitting their limits and getting you on the very best action around. Here are some spots you don’t want to miss while you’re in town.

Homer Spit

Jutting 4.5 miles into the Kachemak Bay, Homer Spit really is the end of the road. It’s also a great starting point for any Homer fishing adventure. You can catch Halibut from shore here if you’re lucky, as well as Pollack, Sole, Flounder, and other great food fish.

Cook Inlet

Head out past the sheltered waters of the Kachemak Bay and into Cook inlet and the fish really start getting big. Salmon and Halibut can both be caught here, as well as Lingcod and Rockfish. Basically, all the area’s tastiest fish.

Gulf of Alaska

You may have to travel 50 miles to get to the best fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska, but you’ll be well-rewarded when you get there. 100-pound-plus Halibut, huge Lingcod, monster Rockfish - This is heavy tackle territory and well worth the long journey.

Caribou Lake

If the weather’s too rough to head offshore or you just fancy something a little different, Caribou Lake offers great freshwater fishing for Sockeye Salmon and Dolly Varden. The lake also hosts an ice fishing tournament every year if you fancy getting competitive.

Anchor River

This fly fishing heaven is home to Steelhead, Salmon, Dolly Varden, and more. It has easy road access and some incredible spots to cast from. This is Alaska, though, so watch out for bears if you’re exploring on foot!

And more!

The area is riddled with creeks and streams full of hard-fighting fish. Every cove, inlet, bay, and sound offers excellent fishing, and local guides will always have their hidden favorites.

Types of Fishing

Most Homer fishing charters can be broken down into the species they target. You can also find extended “combo” trips targeting two, three, or even four species over the course of a single day. Here’s a rundown of what they entail:

Halibut Fishing

We’re not going to mess about here, Homer Halibut charters are the best in the country. You can catch keeper fish from shore, but the best Halibut fishing Homer has access to is often two hours away. Halibut are usually caught at anchor, dropping chum down to the bottom then throwing baits or jigs after it. The best thing about Halibut is that, as they don’t have a swim bladder, you can safely pull up and release as many fish as you like until you find yourself a monster to haul home.

Salmon Fishing

There are five species of Salmon that can be caught around Homer but the most important are Chinook (King) and Coho (Silver) Salmon. Sockeyes are often overlooked but actually make for the best eating of all. Nothing beats the thrill of battling big Kings, though. Homer Salmon fishing charters focus on trolling or mooching along the coastline, looking for schools of fish then tempting them in with plug-cut or live Herring. Don’t let their size deceive you - a 30-pound Salmon is easily strong enough to pull the rod clean out of your hands!

Lingcod and Rockfish Fishing

Now we get into the realms of “ugly fish that taste great” and it’s much the same story as other deep-water food fish. Find a shelf, reef, or some other structure, drop your baits or jigs, and wait for the fish to bite. It may not sound exciting but the bite comes fast and the fish are huge - you definitely won’t get bored!

Freshwater Fishing

From the banks of Deep Creek and Anchor River to the open waters of Tustumena Lake, there are plenty of great freshwater fishing grounds to choose from. Fly fishing is obviously the tactic here, especially for the local Steelhead. Local rivers have very strict regulations concerning when and how you can fish, so you should do some reading up or fish with someone in the know.

Need to Know

You will need to buy a freshwater or saltwater fishing license, depending on what you’re doing. King Salmon require a special stamp to harvest, which can be well worth investing in even if they’re not your focus. If you’re planning on heading out on your own, remember to take sensible precautions. Always fish with a buddy, let people know where you’ll be, keep an eye on the weather and the wildlife. Alaska is beautiful but she can be unforgiving if you don’t plan properly.
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Homer Fishing Seasons

Halibut is closed for harvest in January, but the weather’s too rough to head out in search of them anyway. Instead, why not try ice fishing on Caribou Lake for Dolly Varden and Winter Kings?

Most charters don’t start until summer, but freshwater anglers can enjoy lake and river fishing for Salmon and Dolly Varden. If you’re the hardy type, head to the Spit for Halibut and other food fish.

The annual Winter Kings Salmon Tournament provides enough action to keep you warm, with over $100,000 in payouts and some monster catches of Chinook Salmon. Fancy being crowned King of the Ice?

Homer slowly emerges from its winter hibernation in April. Hardy anglers start to head out in search of Halibut, Rockfish, and King Salmon while freshwater anglers step off the ice and onto the river banks.

Homer’s Jackpot Halibut Derby kicks off in May, and runs all through the summer. Buy your ticket and fish the summer away, and you could be in with a chance of bagging a $50,000 fish!

The Jackpot Halibut Derby is still the talk of the town in June, but there’s plenty more going on. It's a great month to get out into nature and enjoy the incredible scenery the Kenai Peninsula is blessed with.

Lingcod season is open, and anglers rush offshore to bag some delicious deep-water food fish. Alongside the Lingcod, you can catch Yelloweye Rockfish and other tasty table favorites. Fish on!

August is an awesome time to fish in Homer. Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye, and Pink Salmon are all biting in the rivers, joined by Steelhead to keep fly fishers happy for hours on end.

September is a great month to head offshore in search of huge food fish. Target monster Halibut before the season drops off, and pull up some Lingcod and Rockfish while you’re out there.

October is your last chance to get in on the area’s awesome Steelhead fishing. Head to the local rivers to enjoy this incredible species, alongside Salmon and anadromous Dolly Varden.

The local charter boats have shut up shop for the winter, but the rivers and lakes are ripe for some light tackle and fly fishing fun. Go bag yourself a Salmon - it’s much tastier than turkey!

December can be a hard time this far north, but Homer defies the dark with seasonal cheer and colorful lights. If the lakes have frozen over properly, you can head out in search of great ice fishing, too.

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What People Are Saying About Homer

"caught limit before noon!"

Lorraine V. fished with Red Door Charters – Ravyness on July 24, 2019

Book with this company. Well stocked boat,clean restroom, comfortable seats and not one bit smelly.

"Full day Halibut and Rock fish "

Joseph E. fished with Red Door Charters – Ravyness on July 15, 2019

If you are fishing in homer for the first time be prepared to fish in the rain. Even if you tell your kids pack for colder weather and rain, make sure they packed rain gear

"Halibut/Salmon 8 HR"

Lisa L. fished with Alaskan Adventure Guides on July 3, 2019

Limited out on halibut, rockfish and salmon!!!

"Full day halibut/salmon"

Sam A. fished with Alaskan Adventure Guides on June 24, 2019

Good charters fill up early, but weather is unpredictable. Gear up for it. I'm a Scout so like to be prepared. Rain gear, waterproof boots, layers, sunscreen, gloves, Dramamine, barf bag. Plan for 10-15 degrees cooler on the water than the shore.

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Top Targeted Species in Homer



Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Chinook)



Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Coho)



Salmon (Sockeye)

Salmon (Sockeye)

Salmon (Pink)

Salmon (Pink)

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