Salmon Fishing in Homer, Alaska

Salmon Fishing in Homer, Alaska
Tom Bodett, the former Motel 6 pitchman, stems from Homer, Alaska, and coined the term "The End of the Road" when describing the city. Found along the Gulf of Alaska on the western Kenai Peninsula, Homer is truly at the end of the road, but home to a thriving salmon fishery.



Sport and commercial anglers take to the waters around Homer each year to try for king, sockeye, silver and pink salmon. The waters off Homer are rough, and once past China Poot Bay, are exposed to the open Gulf of Alaska, making this no place for amateur or beginning boaters. Salmon fishing out of Homer is best served on a charter, with professional captains who understand the water.
 

Fish Homer Charters

Depart out of Homer Harbor and go out onto the waters around China Poot Bay or beyond, depending on where the salmon are striking. The captain and guides at Fish Homer Charters lead you onto the ocean for silver, king and sockeye salmon, with full gear, tackle and fishing rods and reels.



Your guides assist in tackle selection, rigging the rods and bringing your catch into the boat with nets and gaffs. The specialty of Fish Homer is downrigger trolling, which runs between the months of May and September each season. Prepare for inclement weather and bring rain gear, rubber boots, hats and gloves. Filleting, smoking and shipping is arranged at the harbor docks, should you wish to send your catch home.



Fish Homer Charters

Box 895

Homer, AK 99603

907-235-5464

fishhomer.com

 
 

Bob's Trophy Charters

Former NFL player Larry Csonka once took 15th place in Homer's annual salmon fishing derby, catching a rare white king salmon that weighed in at 19.6 pounds, with Bob's Trophy Charters.



Your charter with Bob's takes you out to China Poot Bay, or to the open coast for king, silver or sockeye salmon, between the months of May and September. Bob's boats come equipped with downriggers and trolling gear, designed to maximize the salmon strikes during charters. Guides assist you with gaffing or netting your catch. Fish cleaning takes place on the boat, with filleting, smoking and shipping arranged back in town.



Keep your eyes open for orcas, humpback whales, sea otters and eagles during your charter trip.



Bob's Trophy Charters

Box 1775

Homer, AK 99603

907-235-6544

bobstrophycharters.com

Wildrose Charters

Should you wish to fish for river salmon, the guides and charter service at Wildrose Charters and Lodge arrange trips on the Kasilof River, one hour north of Homer. River trips go for kings and silvers in drift boats. Your charter fee includes a boat captain and guides, and the use of fishing rods and reels, tackle and bait. Float along the Kasilof, landing salmon with bait or spin casting rigs, with the guides assisting in tackle or lure choice, and landing the fish into the boat.



Wildrose Charters also offers ocean salmon fishing, leaving out of Clam Gulch, 20 minutes north of Homer, heading out onto Cook Inlet. Filleting and shipping is arranged with the staff at the Wildrose Lodge, and if you stay at their lodge, its cold storage is available for your daily catch.



Wildrose Charters

PO Box 343

Clam Gulch, AK 99568

907-252-4525

wildroselodge.com

 

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.