Alaskan Halibut Fishing Vacations

Alaskan Halibut Fishing Vacations
Halibut, which can weigh up to 700 pounds and reach more than 8 feet long, are the largest flat fish in the ocean. The largest halibut caught, as of February 2010, weighed 459 pounds. Halibut that weigh more than 100 pounds are called "soakers" or "whales." Halibut that weigh less than 20 pounds are "chickens." Alaska has nearly 80 percent of the world's halibut population, making it a popular destination for big-game anglers, who enjoy landing the hard-fighting fish.

Glacier Bay Country Inn

This Glacier Bay area fishing lodge, set on 160 acres surrounded by mountains, offers daylong halibut fishing excursions in the Icy Straits and outer coast of southeast Alaska. An abundance of baitfish and herring attract halibut, who feed in the relatively shallow waters, ranging from about 50 to 90 feet deep. Trips are offered from May through September. This is also the time when visitors can see migrating humpback whales in the area.

Glacier Bay Country Inn
35 Tong Road
Gustavus, AK 99826


Kain's Fishing Adventures

Halibut season runs from early May through September in the Sitka area and the fish are plentiful all season long. Also, because the area does not experience heavy tidal currents, anglers can fish for halibut anytime during the day. In this area, halibut range from 25 to 300 pounds. Fishing for king (early season) and coho salmon (August to September) is also popular. Kain's uses mooching (that means the rod and reel are in your hands and you do the work) and light tackle techniques.

Kain's Fishing Adventures
P.O. Box 981
Sitka, AK 99835

Crackerjack Charters

This halibut fishing charter company, based in Seward, Alaska, boasts that its guests broke more than 24 IGFA line-class world records from 2004 to 2009. Captains Andy Mezirow and Nik Ranta have more than 15 years of experience fishing for halibut in the Seward area. While the average size of halibut caught on amateur charters in Alaska is between 20 and 40 pounds, about 15 percent of the anglers on Crackerjack boats have caught halibut weighing more than 80 pounds. Crackerjack offers daylong halibut fishing charters from April through September, with spring and summer being the most popular seasons.

Crackerjack Charters
P.O. Box 2794
Seward. AK 99664

Krog's Kamp

This fishing camp and charter company is in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula, known for its world-class fishing waters. The company heads to Cook Inlet to fish for halibut, from early spring through fall. Guests can catch their limit early in the day and then fish for king salmon (May through July) or silver salmon (late July through early August) on the Kenai River. Floating the upper Kenai River to catch trophy-size rainbow trout is also popular.

Krog's Kamp
45843 Big Eddy Road
Soldotna, AK 99669


Article Written By Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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