Halibut Fishing in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Halibut Fishing in Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Dutch Harbor, Alaska rests on Unalaska Island in the state's Aleutian chain. The area is known for fierce winds, isolation and big and rough seas. Fishing out of "Dutch" is an adventure in itself, with charter operations contending with large ocean swells and inclement weather. Halibut, the bottom dwelling flat fish, inhabit the waters surrounding Dutch Harbor, making it a prime spot for charters, commercial and sport fishing.
 

Fishing Vessel Lucille

The Fishing Vessel Lucille operates out of Dutch Harbor, and the crew offers guided halibut fishing from the docks. Charters include the use of rain gear and boots should yours not be up to the challenge of the Aleutian Island weather. The crew assists with gaffing the fish when on the side of the boat, bringing the fish aboard and cleaning. Filet service and smoking or shipping is arranged back at the docks in Dutch Harbor. Plan on seeing sea lions and puffins during your charter.



Fishing Vessel Lucille

P.O. Box 920247

Dutch Harbor, AK 99692

907-581-5949

unalaskahalibutfishing.com

 
 

The Grand Aleutian Hotel

The Grand Aleutian Hotel in Dutch Harbor offers a halibut vacation package taking you into what they call "Halibut Heaven." The trip includes lodging at the hotel and charters heading out from the harbor and into the ripe fishing waters off the island. Use of rods, reels, tackle, bait and rain gear is included in the price. Guides help land fish, bait and set line, and gaff the fish when brought up. Cold storage is on the boat to store your catch. Filet and shipping service is available at the docks.



The Grand Aleutian Hotel

Aleutian Way

Dutch Harbor, AK 99692

866-581-3844

grandaleutian.com

Dock Fishing

Dutch Harbor is a main seaport for the fishing industry, and as a result, has many docks, piers and harbor moorings. While not ideal, it is possible to fish for smaller halibut right from these structures, within the town limits. The Alaska Ship Supply Clothing Store, in Dutch Harbor, carries a full range of halibut fishing gear, rods, baits and tackle. In addition, the staff are happy to provide you with tips and insight for dock halibut fishing in the area. Alaska sport fishing licenses are available at the store as well.



Alaska Ship Supply Clothing--Dutch Harbor

1362 Ballyhoo Road

Dutch Harbor, AK 99692

907-581-1284

westernpioneer.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.

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