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Seward is the poster child of the Alaskan outdoors, with untouched forests, crystal-clear rivers, and deep blue seas full of giant fish. Seward fishing charters will take you on a tour of this timeless landscape, hugging the craggy coastline or launching out into deeper seas in search of monster Salmon, Halibut, and Rockfish. 
But there’s more to Seward than just fishing. Smithsonian Magazine ranked Seward as one of their top 20 towns in America. The area really is a playground of the great outdoors, and even its art scene has taken to the streets. Seward is known as the “Mural Capital of Alaska” and you’ll find colorful paintings dotted all over town. 
What the area is most famous for, though, is its access to the remote wilderness of the Kenai Fjord National Park. This is a land of towering ice cliffs and savage beauty, and Seward fishing trips are a great way of getting a view of it.

Types of Fishing

With very few people and hundreds of miles of coastline, you’ve got plenty of fish to target in these waters. There are a few local favorites that most charter guides go after. Chances are you’re already set on bagging at least one of them.

Salmon Fishing

Salmon are the most important gamefish in Alaska, and we can see why. King (Chinook) Salmon can weigh well over 50 pounds, and even smaller Silver (Coho) Salmon are big enough to put seasoned anglers to the test. These intelligent hunters put on a serious show when hooked and are one of the most expensive fish on the market. You sure do get your money’s worth on these trips! The best Salmon fishing Seward has to offer is along its coastline, as King Salmon are protected along much of their freshwater run. Time your trip right, though, and you could battle 40-pound fish right in Seward Harbor.

Halibut Fishing

If fighting 50-pound Salmon just doesn’t quite cut it for you, you’ve got to try Seward Halibut fishing. These monster flatfish can grow to almost 500 pounds, and even the 100-200-pound fish you’ll be targeting will give you the fight of your life. Seward’s Halibut are mainly found around reefs and craggy bottoms, living in anything from 50 to over 2,000 feet of water. However far down they are, it takes some serious effort to work them to the surface!


There are a variety of species which fall under the umbrella of “rockfish”. They all taste great and are all pretty fun to catch, making Rockfish trips a great family option. Rockfish also live around reefs and rocky bottoms, so you can often catch them while out looking for Halibut.

Freshwater fishing

It’s not all about the ocean - there are plenty of great fish in Seward’s rivers and streams. Dolly Varden, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, and several species of Salmon live in these remote waters. All these fish have awesome game potential, and most of them taste great, too!

Fishing Seasons

Most Seward fishing charters operate from May until October. The main Salmon season is from mid-May until mid-September and you’ll find big fish close to the shore all summer long. Halibut and Rockfish are present almost year-round, and you can catch them through the whole of Seward’s charter season.
If you’re planning on fishing the Resurrection River you’ll have to wait until June as the area has a closely-managed closed season. You can never keep freshwater King Salmon and you can only keep other species in certain parts of the river. Fishing with a guide is a good idea, as they can show you the best fishing spots and keep you from straying into protected waters.

Fishing Techniques

Trolling with downriggers is the most common way of catching saltwater Salmon. You can also drift bait plugs over them when they’re schooling in large numbers. Whatever you do, make sure you bring plenty of Herring to tempt them onto the hook. Fly fishing is another common tactic when targeting Salmon, and is productive for all Seward’s freshwater fish.
Halibut and Rockfish can both be caught by jigging or bottom fishing. Some of the most productive Halibut fishing Seward has to offer is done on jigs, both metal and plastic. If you don’t fancy jigging, just drop a few strips of Salmon belly and wait for the action to happen - it won’t take long!

Need to Know

Fishing licenses are not normally included on Seward fishing trips. You’ll need to buy a license for fresh or saltwater, and will need separate stamps if you plan on catching Salmon. As well as a fishing license, it’s a good idea to bring an extra layer of clothing, even in the middle of summer. You should also consider taking seasickness tablets if you’re not sure of your sea legs - better safe than sorry!
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Seward’s annual Polar Bear Jump is about as Alaskan as you can get. Defy the cold and head to the harbor to take a dip in the icy waters in this extreme charity event.

If you’re looking for artistic inspiration, Seward’s winter wilderness is about as remote and atmospheric as you can get. Plus there will be no distractions.


The town finally starts to emerge from its long winter hibernation in March. The charter boats still aren’t running but you can find some great freshwater fishing in the local rivers.


The first few charter boats hit the water in April, heading out in search of Halibut, Rockfish, and early-season Salmon. Jump aboard and get ready for some incredible food fishing!

Seward’s fishing season really gets going in May. Coho and Chinook Salmon can both be caught this time of year, as can other important species like Halibut.

Seward's annual Halibut Fishing Tournament attracts ambitious locals and competitive visitors looking to bag big, tasty fish. Join in for the chance to head home with $5,000 in prize money!

Seward’s 4th of July celebrations are the biggest in Alaska, and include the second oldest running race in the country - the grueling Mt. Marathon race.

Seward’s Silver Salmon Derby is one of the biggest events of the season, with over $50,000 in prize money and plenty of stiff competition. Think you’re up to the challenge?


The fishing just gets hotter and hotter as summer turns to fall. Battle monster Chinook, Coho, Pink, and Sockeye Salmon, as well as Halibut, Rockfish, and much, much more!


October is your last chance of finding a fishing charter in Seward. Halibut and Rockfish are biting hard at sea, while Dolly Varden and Lake Trout enter a feeding frenzy in the rivers.


Head out to the Resurrection River to battle big Pike, Dolly Varden, and Salmon in November. You can’t head to sea, but there’s plenty of freshwater action to keep you happy.


Seward’s Christmas Parade lights up the town with floats and decorations. There are no winter blues here, just a healthy serving of seasonal cheer!

Seward Fishing Calendar

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Great fishing trip fun!!
Annette R. fished with Anchor Down Sportfishing on July 8, 2019
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Bring plenty of water and food and Dramamine or use Sea bands.
Full day trip with Capt. Bobby
Kim K. fished with Anchor Down Sportfishing on June 29, 2019
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Fishing was great! And the weather was even better!
Full day
Mike G. fished with Anchor Down Sportfishing on May 15, 2019
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Check the weather have good rain gear if the weather is nasty. If you get sick on the water be sure to stop and get stuff to help so you have a enjoyable time on the water fishing catching slob halibut. Also get lots of sleep cause Bobbie will have you catching fish.
Full day halibut with Captain Robert Savino.
Christopher S. fished with Anchor Down Sportfishing on August 15, 2018
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Make sure you bring clothes for the sun and the rain! I am always packing shorts and full bibs and rain gear. Please for the love of god WEAR BOOTS.
Bobby's one of the best!
Lee L. fished with Anchor Down Sportfishing on July 23, 2018
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Devote several days and try different trip you increase your odds for both good weather and finding the fish. And savor the whole experience, the whales and sea otters, the food, the people and history. And listen to the guides--unless you've fished a lot of Alaska, it's not like anything you've done before. And be flexible--make the most of whatever the weather and fish gods offer. And at the end of the day, have the best dinner in Alaska at The Cookery.
Full day with captain Kieth
Todd G. fished with Fantasea Charters on July 12, 2018
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Best place to start or if you are an experienced fisherman
May Full day Halibut trip with Captain Bobby and Deckhand Tucker.
Jesse S. fished with Anchor Down Sportfishing on May 27, 2018
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Find a nice place to stay. Get good rest. Ensure you are rested, Have a lunch and take some non drowsy Dramamine if you even think you might be sick. It is hard to have a good experience when you are getting sick. Wear warm cloths (layered) and wear non slip waterproof shoes. NO BANANAS ON BOARD!!!!!!!!!! Don't forget rain gear.
Out of Seward on the Overtime III with Capt. Keith
Donald S. fished with Fantasea Charters on July 22, 2017
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For halibut, be prepared for relatively long trip to get to the best waters, so an all-day trip is best.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Seward

According to customer reviews, Fantasea Charters, Anchor Down Sportfishing, and Kenai River Trout Anglers are some of the most popular fishing charters in Seward, Alaska. Full list of top fishing charters in Seward.

Fantasea Charters, Anchor Down Sportfishing, and Kenai River Trout Anglers all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Seward.

The best way to experience fishing in Seward is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Seward, Alaska.

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Seward's annual Halibut Fishing Tournament attracts ambitious locals and competitive visitors looking to bag big, tasty fish. Join in for the chance to head home with $5,000 in prize money! Check availability for local fishing charters in Seward.