Alaska Halibut Fishing Charters

Alaska Halibut Fishing Charters

Top Alaska Halibut Fishing Destinations

Best Halibut Fishing Charters in Alaska

Top Halibut Fishing Charters in Alaska

Halibut Fishing in Alaska

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

(Hippoglossus stenolepis / hippoglossus)

Alaska Halibut fishing is the best in the world, it’s as simple as that. All along Alaska’s coastline, charter boats and private vessels pull in monster “Barn Door” Halibut almost all year round. They’re hard-fighting heavyweights and they make for excellent table fare. It’s no wonder locals go crazy for them.
 
And Alaskan Halibut get big - really big. The IGFA record of 459 pounds was caught in Alaska’s remote Dutch Harbor, and even bigger fish have been landed in recent years. It’s not just the fish themselves which make the area special, though. Fishing is the backbone of many traditional communities, and commercial harvests of these huge flatfish are the reason half the towns along the Alaskan Gulf even exist. Alaska may be better-known for its bears and its Salmon, but Halibut definitely deserve to share the limelight.

Best Time to Go Halibut Fishing in Alaska

Halibut can be found year-round in Alaska. They’re closed for harvest in January, but other than that they’re always on the cards. Halibut head to deep water in the winter, though, and are much easier to catch in the warmer months. The Alaska Halibut season varies depending on where you are. June through August is usually the best time to fish for them, and you can reliably find big fish throughout summer and fall. 

Alaskan Halibut Fishing Locations

Head to any port or harbor along the Gulf of Alaska and beyond and you’ll find someone who can put you on Halibut. It’s difficult to say where the best Halibut fishing in Alaska is - every fishery has its own perks and quirks. Here are a few of our top picks, the rest is down to personal preference.
 

Homer

Homer has long been known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World,” and it sure has earned the title. You can catch keeper Halibut from shore along Homer’s 4.5-mile Spit, and if that doesn’t cut it for you, you’ll find plenty of charter boats there, too. The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby runs for three whole months during the summer - a sign of the species’ local importance - and every angler worth their salt buys a ticket at the start of the season.
 
Most of Homer’s Halibut fishing is a short ride away in Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet, but if you’re hoping for a 100-pound “Barn Door” you’ll need to head further afield. People have fished commercially here for over a century, and the stocks aren’t what they used to be. Don’t get us wrong, there’s a ton of big fish, you just have to travel a bit to get them.
 

Seward

Seward may not have the heritage to match Homer, but the town has long had its sights on the title of “Halibut Capital.” Homer vs Seward is a dispute which rages in many a tackle shop and online forum. You have to travel farther to consistently find big Halibut here, but the area has lower fishing pressure precisely because of that. The only problem with Seward is that it faces straight out into the open waters of the Alaskan Gulf, so it’s less protected from bad weather and rough seas.
 

Juneau

Alaska’s state capital makes it onto the list for much more than political reasons. Head past Admiralty Island and into the Chatham Strait and you could be fishing in 1,000-plus feet of protected water. That means Juneau offers year-round fishing opportunities for hardy anglers. If you really want to catch a monster, you can even head to the appealingly-named Icy Strait, where a local angler landed a 482-pound monster in 2016. Sadly, it was too big for the 77-year-old angler to land alone, and so was ruled out by the IGFA, but it goes to show that record-breakers are out there!
 

Dutch Harbor

Dutch Harbor is the ying to Juneau’s yang. You’ll find no busy streets or sheltered fjords on this remote island, some 800 miles southwest of Anchorage. It’s a place of extremes, no doubt, but hardcore Halibut fans are drawn out here by tales of untapped fisheries and monster flatfish. If you’re looking for no-holes-barred fishing with zero distractions, this is the place for you.
 

And More!

If you think that's it, you're very much mistaken. everywhere from Ketchikan to Kodiak has great angling opportunities. We could talk about Alaska's fishing towns until the cows come home, but we want to leave you time to actually go fishing!

Halibut Fishing Techniques

The techniques used by indigenous Alaskans were specifically designed to catch small Halibut. Why? Because large ones were so strong they would pull the boat under, passengers and all. Boats have come on a long way since then, and these days Alaska Halibut fishing charters are all about hooking the biggest fish possible.
 
The most effective way to target Halibut is to anchor up and chum the bottom. This will attract fish from far and wide and greatly improves your odds of finding a winner. Fishing on the turn of the tide will maximize your chances, as the blood and oils will be more condensed around the boat.
 
You’ll be using fragrant fish like Herring and Salmon as bait. Whole Herring fillets are said to work better than steaks or strips, as they release the most oil into the water. Salmon belly strips also work well, and some anglers like to use whole Salmon heads, claiming they only attract the largest fish down there. Once the fish have taken an interest, you can also get great results with jigs.
 
No matter what you use to tempt them to bite, you’ll need the biggest hooks and the heaviest tackle around to bring them to the surface. Extra-large, extra-sharp circle hooks are essential if you want to pierce the fish’s strong jaw, and you’ll want anything from 50 to 150-pound line if you don’t want to be broken off. 

A World of Opportunities

The whole coastline is covered in fishing towns and remote ports, far too many to list. They all have their pros and their cons and it really comes down to what you want your trip to involve. Alaska Halibut fishing has something for everyone, from city breaks to all-out angling adventures at the very edge of the world. No matter where you go, one thing’s always the same. Halibut are big, they’re strong, and they don’t give up without a fight!

Alaska Halibut Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Halibut fishing in Alaska is highly variable throughout the year. High season is April to October. Closed season is January.
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Reviews of Fishing in Halibut Fishing in Alaska

June fishing trip
Jill M. fished with Hi Time Charters on June 12, 2021
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Capt Luke and Gavin were a lot of fun. This was a great trip eventhough we did not catch any king salmon. Highly recommend.
A Fun and Productive Day with Captain Chris
Lonna M. fished with Discover Alaskan Adventures - Salmon on May 14, 2021
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To get the proper licenses prior to the fishing day.
Fantastic Fly Fishing with Headshakers
Cyril A. fished with Head Shakers on August 10, 2020
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Call Headshakers. They will put you on the fish
Full day with captain Cory
Renee H. fished with Alaskan Adventure Guides on July 18, 2020
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I would recommend them get hooked up with Captain Cory so they can have the fishing experience they will love.
Shore fisjing, no Captain Mike
Roberto V. fished with Chum Fun Charters on July 28, 2019
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I went fishing for halibut and silver salmon, I caught one halibut and two salmons. I had great time.
Full day trip with Captain Jason.
Mark A. fished with Moore Charters – Eclipse on July 25, 2019
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Bring binoculars so you can see all the fish jumping at a distance because there are a lot of them, and bring your muscles because you're going to need them, they put up a pretty good fight.
caught limit before noon!
Lorraine V. fished with Red Door Charters & Lodging - Ravyness on July 24, 2019
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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 & Lodging - Ravyness on July 15, 2019
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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