Salt-water fishing and charters are a top draw in the state of Alaska. It is possible to go out for a number of species, including king, chum, pink and sockeye salmon. Rockfish and black cod are popular sport fish, as well as halibut. Luckily, there are many commercial charter operations that specialize in halibut fishing. With the thousands of miles of coastline that Alaska has, there are a range of locations to chose a charter.
Driftwood Charters--southeastern Alaska
Driftwood Charters is located in the southeastern Alaska town of Haines. Haines is a rarity in southeast Alaska (also known as the panhandle) as it is road connected.
Driftwood Charters departs from the harbor in downtown Haines for parts of the northern Lynn Canal and the Taiya Inlet. The Taiya Inlet is one of North America's deepest fjords and the depth lends itself to solid halibut fishing.
Driftwood provides all fishing gear and equipment, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages during the trip. All anglers heading out with Driftwood must have a current Alaska Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased at several stores in Haines.
PO Box 1317
Haines, AK 99827
Aurora Charters-eastern Kenai Peninsula
Aurora Charters departs from the Small Boat Harbor in Seward, Alaska. Halibut charters head into the deep, open waters at the end of Resurrection Bay and the Gulf of Alaska. Charters may head for Fox Island, where in addition to the halibut fishing, there are frequent sightings of orcas, humpback whales and stellar sea lions.
Aurora provides snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and all needed fishing gear and rain wear. All anglers heading out with Aurora Charters must have a current Alaska Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased in Seward from a number of stores. Catches can be fileted, smoked, flash-frozen and shipped to home addresses at the Small Boat Harbor.
1302-C 4th Avenue
Seward, AK 99626
Lady Luck Charters-Valdez, Prince William Sound
It has been over 20 years since the Exxon Valdez ran aground at Bligh Reef near Valdez. Prince William Sound has since gone through a recovery period and the halibut fishing is back in action.
Lady Luck Charters operates out of Valdez Harbor and takes anglers into the sound. All guests must have a valid Alaska Fishing License, which can be purchased in Valdez. All fishing gear is provided to anglers, as well as snacks and drinks. Sea otters and Dahl porpoise are frequently spotted when boating out to the fishing grounds.
Guest caches can be fileted, smoked, flash-frozen and shipped to their home addresses. Tide-water glaciers and rocky mountains surround the area, making the fishing trip a scenic endeavour.
Lady Luck Charters
PO Box 872
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.