Seward Halibut Fishing Charters

Seward Halibut Fishing Charters

Best Halibut Fishing Charters in Seward

Halibut Fishing in Seward

Halibut
  • Size 20 to 150lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore

(Hippoglossus stenolepis / hippoglossus)

Seward Halibut fishing is some of the best heavy tackle action you can find in Alaska. Fish weighing well over 200 pounds are caught every year, and monsters twice that size have been wrestled to shore in the past. These guys are as delicious as they are dangerous, and make for the ultimate challenge for any ambitious food fisher. As a flatfish, they also lack a swim bladder, so can be safely pulled from the depths and released unharmed.

What to Expect From a Seward Halibut Charter

The very best Halibut fishing Seward can get you on is along its remote coastal stretches. Even “short range” charters usually run for 8 hours and 10 or 12-hour “long range” trips are common. These go 50+ miles from town in search of the biggest fish. It’s well worth the long journey when you’re battling twice your weight in flaky white meat, though!
 
Most of Seward’s Halibut are caught around deep-water reefs and craggy outcrops. They can live as deep as 2,500 feet but you can also find them in less than 50 feet of water at times - Halibut are an incredibly adaptable species.
 
You can target Halibut all through Seward’s charter season, which usually runs May through October. If fighting the fish isn’t enough for you, Seward holds a Halibut fishing tournament every June. Competitors weigh in their best catch every evening for the whole month, and the heaviest fish wins one lucky angler $5,000!

Fishing Techniques

You’ll need some seriously heavy tackle to bring big Halibut to the surface. 400 pound monofilament leaders bear the brunt of the battle, with beefy circle hooks and live or cut bait to tempt them in. Live Herring and Salmon belly strips are both great bait choices, as are Squid and Octopus. When the fish are in shallower water, you can also enjoy jigging for them. Metal and plastic jigs are both highly effective, mimicking the Squid and fish they feed on. 

Need to Know

You’ll need a saltwater fishing license before you can have a go at battling these brutish bottom-dwellers. You can buy your license online or from approved vendors locally. Preparation is essential to these long fishing trips. Get plenty of rest the night before, bring along food and drinks to keep you going, and pack some warm clothing even in summer. 
 
If you suffer from seasickness, always be sure to take Dramamine ahead of your trip. You’re going to need every ounce of your strength to bring in a big Halibut, and you don’t want to start feeling sick halfway through the battle - or as soon as you leave the shore!
 

Seward Halibut Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Halibut fishing in Seward is highly variable throughout the year. High season is June to August. Closed season is January.
Seward
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,528 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Halibut Fishing in Seward

Bring rain gear and wear layers. You never know what the weather will be like until you are out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring rain gear and wear layers. You never know what the weather will be like until you are out.
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Salty Loot
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Salty Loot Seattle, Washington
Go in July and first part aug, unless you a resident of alaska, and yous this charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go in July and first part aug, unless you a resident of alaska, and yous this charter.
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka Anchorage, Alaska
Go with Noah and his crew...... very helpful, on the ball and committed to your having a good time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Noah and his crew...... very helpful, on the ball and committed to your having a good time
Saltwater Safari Company
Saltwater Safari Company Eagle Mountain, UT
Make it a priority to fish in Seward on your trip, it is an absolutely stunning setting and the fish did not disappoint.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make it a priority to fish in Seward on your trip, it is an absolutely stunning setting and the fish did not disappoint.
First Cast Fishing
First Cast Fishing Seattle, WA
Prepare for rain but bring a short sleeved shirt just in case the sun comes out! Plenty of space to store your backpacks and coolers so if you think you may need it-bring it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Prepare for rain but bring a short sleeved shirt just in case the sun comes out! Plenty of space to store your backpacks and coolers so if you think you may need it-bring it.
Saltwater Safari Company
Saltwater Safari Company Wasilla, AK
Be prepared for cold and wet weather and listen to the captain and crew-they will do their best to guide you to catch fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for cold and wet weather and listen to the captain and crew-they will do their best to guide you to catch fish!
Saltwater Safari Company
Saltwater Safari Company Wasilla, AK
Plan the trip so that you have time to freeze your fish before going home. It’s very pricy to send it home if you don’t have time to freeze it and take it on the plane.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan the trip so that you have time to freeze your fish before going home. It’s very pricy to send it home if you don’t have time to freeze it and take it on the plane.
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka League City, TX
Weather can be cold and rainy so just prepare properly with insulating layers and wind/water resistant outer layer. If you are prone to motion sickness get medication ahead of time. I used a transdermal patch behind my ear and it worked great, but the waters can be very rough so plan accordingly and enjoy your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can be cold and rainy so just prepare properly with insulating layers and wind/water resistant outer layer. If you are prone to motion sickness get medication ahead of time. I used a transdermal patch behind my ear and it worked great, but the waters can be very rough so plan accordingly and enjoy your trip.
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka Freestone, CA
Book a Charter with a company with reputable reviews and have them show you the time of your life. Blue Ice Charters is my recommendation, you won't regret it. Crew was great with younger kids. Very patient and friendly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a Charter with a company with reputable reviews and have them show you the time of your life. Blue Ice Charters is my recommendation, you won't regret it. Crew was great with younger kids. Very patient and friendly.
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka Vacaville, CA
Always bring proper wet weather gear and multiple layers for when weather conditions change. Don't forget your angler gloves for letting down your line to avoid thumb blisters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Always bring proper wet weather gear and multiple layers for when weather conditions change. Don't forget your angler gloves for letting down your line to avoid thumb blisters.
Saltwater Safari Company
Saltwater Safari Company Raleigh, NC
Go with a guide! We’d have NEVER found such a productive spot without one.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a guide! We’d have NEVER found such a productive spot without one.
First Cast Fishing
First Cast Fishing
Be ready for an adventure! Would only recommend big kids or adventurous families who are used to the water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for an adventure! Would only recommend big kids or adventurous families who are used to the water!
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka Mountlake Terrace, Washington
The weather was wet and cold but we did have some success fishing. Bring gear to keep you warm and dry.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The weather was wet and cold but we did have some success fishing. Bring gear to keep you warm and dry.
First Cast Fishing
First Cast Fishing Rocky River, OH
Just enjoy the water, scenery and those that you're with. Fish may bite or not, but any day out on the water is a good day!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy the water, scenery and those that you're with. Fish may bite or not, but any day out on the water is a good day!!
Fantasea Charters
Fantasea Charters Solon, IA
Lots of halibut and rockfish. Alaska F&W paused keeping of yelloweye and lingcod till July tho, so we had to catch and release those ones.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lots of halibut and rockfish. Alaska F&W paused keeping of yelloweye and lingcod till July tho, so we had to catch and release those ones.
Saltwater Safari Company
Saltwater Safari Company Seattle, Washington
Don't look at the weather forecast. The weater called for rain all three days we were in Seward and we got gorgeous weather with calm waters!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't look at the weather forecast. The weater called for rain all three days we were in Seward and we got gorgeous weather with calm waters!!!!
Fantasea Charters
Fantasea Charters United States
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Saltwater Safari Company
Saltwater Safari Company United States
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Saltwater Safari Company
Saltwater Safari Company Dothan, Alabama
Devote several days and try different trip options...so 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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Devote several days and try different trip options...so 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.
Saltwater Safari Company
Saltwater Safari Company Anchorage, Alaska
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Saltwater Safari Company
Saltwater Safari Company Seattle, Washington