For wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and spectacular hunting and fishing opportunities, few places can match Alaska, one of the country’s wildest travel destinations. During our trip to Alaska, we visited the small town of Homer for the best halibut fishing experience in the world. This post is sponsored by our partner Take Me Fishing ™ and all opinions are ours.
On the day of our fishing trip, we woke up just after sunrise to find our boat and crew ready and waiting to get in the water. Our boat of the day was Zelie Rose, led by a captain with seven seasons. Soft morning light illuminated the rugged snow-capped mountains above the bay in pastel pink.
Halibut Fishing Charter in Homer
We set the course for our place in halibut and just got there just as the sun broke through the high mountains. At the command of the captain, the seaman threw the anchor overboard. The sound of the steel chain reached the bottom of the bay, 150 feet below the surface. The crew wasted no time baiting the large circular hooks with pieces of herring. We lowered the bait to the bottom to find a hungry halibut. It seemed like we had our #FirstCatch as soon as the first line hit rock bottom.
A few seconds later a second hit on the bar and we had another. PHOTO Each of us started rolling our fangs. It was halibut after halibut for over an hour. We throw the little ones back into the sea in search of a big one. The stock could have held up all afternoon, but we soon hit our daily limit (two per person).
Even with a few extra hours of driving, we went in search of a famous Alaskan salmon. We got on our fishing tackle and roamed the bay with a large spinning bait. Salmon proved elusive that afternoon, but we didn’t mind because Homer’s scenery more than made up for it. Cook Inlet is surrounded by mountains on both sides and is surrounded by natural beauty. On one side are the towering volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands and on the other side the mountains and glacier bays of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Even if you haven’t had the best luck fishing (which is unlikely), there won’t be a shortage of great sights, perhaps even orca or humpback whale watching.
After that we just had to clean our fish. With a few movements of his razor, Captain Ethan pulled out two large fillets on each side of our freshly caught halibut. With a short lesson we were able to help with the rest of our catch. We packed them in bags and put them on hold for the rest of our trip.
Plan a fishing trip in Homer, Alaska
Homer is a mecca for anglers. Every summer, this small town of only 5,000 people transforms into a bustling town full of eager fishermen. The Homer Spit fills up with RVs or RVs and RVs from one end to the other. And while the city is certainly busy, the fishing boats are even busier. The first thing to consider when planning a fishing trip to Homer is renting your fishing boat or charter. Check out this interactive map and find the best places to fish in Alaska and any other state.
Fishing charter in Homer, Alaska
Homer has hundreds of boats that you can fish with during the day. However, if you want to fish in the summer months, it is best to book a charter in advance. We went halibut fishing with Ethan from Harder Charters and we can only recommend her. Unlike others, Harder will charter a fishing trip for two people.
Homer Fishing Charter Prices
Half Day Homer Halibut Fishing Charter 5 Hours $ 200 + Available with Some Companies Only Full Day Homer Halibut Fishing Charter Over 10 Hours $ 275 + Full Day Salmon Fishing Charter $ 250 Full Day Combo Halibut and Salmon Fishing Charter 10+ hours $ 300 Full Day Combo Fishing Charter Halibut and Stonefish 10+ Hours $ 325 Above rates are for tougher charters, prices vary with other fishing companies in Homer. Most Homer fishing charters can be booked online with them directly. Harder Charters also offer this option.
Homer halibut fishing regulations
Fishing licenses, whether for Alaska or another state, can be purchased online. We bought our halibut fishing license from Homer at Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware. When planning your Homer fishing trip, keep in mind that halibut fishing is not permitted on Wednesdays. Day only (24 hours) Halibut fishing permit: USD 25 Daily halibut limit: 2 halibut per angler per day On Wednesdays halibut fishing is not permitted on Wednesdays
FAQs about halibut fishing
- What is the largest halibut caught in Alaska? It depends on who you ask. There are stories of 600 pounds of halibut caught on the day with no documentation. The largest halibut recorded in Alaska was 459 pounds in 1996.
- What is the average size halibut caught in Homer? The average halibut is 10-20 pounds, which still requires a good arm to roll around.
- What’s the best hook for halibut fishing? A large circle hook is the most common halibut fishing in Alaska. The circular hooks effectively hook the fish without harming it so it can be released safely.
Other types of fishing in Homer
In addition to the halibut fishery on which Homer Town is based, there are many other species to fish such as sockeye salmon, king salmon, silver salmon, coho salmon, stonefish and lingcod. Salmon fishing is very popular and can be done all year round. Learn about different species of fish and the type of fish you will catch this summer and what it will take to catch them. There are also several fishing competitions in Homer: the Jackpot Halibut Derby takes place every summer from May 15th to September 15th and the Homer Winter King Salmon tournament takes place on March 15th.
Salmon fishing in Homer Alaska
King Salmon: King Salmon’s fishing in Homer is good year round. These fish weigh an average of 15 to 20 pounds and can weigh up to 60 pounds. The limit is one or two per person per day depending on the area you are fishing in. You can catch up to five king salmon between April 1st and October 1st. From October 1st to April 1st, the total limit of five fish does not apply, although the daily limit of one or two fish is still valid.
Silver salmon (Coho salmon): Filming for silver salmon begins in mid-July and can last until mid-September, peaking in the second and third weeks of August. The limit is three silver salmon per person per day. Silver salmon weighs an average of six to eight pounds and can weigh up to 30 pounds. Other salmon species caught in Homer are sockeye salmon, pink salmon, and dog salmon.
Homer Alaska Halibut Recipes
The preferred method of cooking fresh halibut caught in Homer is to lightly bread and fry the fillets. Halibut cheeks are the best part of the fish so don’t forget about them. Halibut is a mild fish and takes on the flavors of what is cooked. We also cooked our halibut on the grill which we thought was the best.
Don’t forget to buy your fishing license before your next fishing adventure.
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Hannah & Adam
Hannah & Adam are travel writers and photographers who have been calling the streets home since 2013. Her passion for adventurous travel has taken her to 70 countries and counts. They blog about their adventures on their travel blog GettingStamped.com.