Halibut Fishing in Skagway, Alaska

Halibut Fishing in Skagway, Alaska
Skagway sits at the northern tip of the panhandle known locally as southeast Alaska. The town is steeped in gold rush history, with the White Pass and Chilkoot Pass trails having been the start of the trip into the Klondike Gold Fields.

Today, Skagway is a popular cruise ship and independent traveler destination. Fishing from Skagway includes going for such species as salmon and halibut. The Taiya Inlet, a deep water fjord where Skagway rests, is a prime area for the deep dwelling and cold water living halibut. Several charters out of Skagway Harbor take you to the halibut grounds.

Dockside Charters

The optimum time for halibut fishing out of Skagway is in May or in August and September. The guides and captain at Dockside Charters offer full day trips for halibut fishing. Plan on being out and on the water for eight to nine hours, and bring rain gear, warm clothes, hats, gloves and sunglasses.

Dockside Charters provides professional guides and the use of fishing rods, reels, tackle and bait. Guides assist with gaffing and bringing large fish into the boat. Basic fish cleaning is done on the boat, with filleting and arrangements for smoking and shipping done at the docks.

The captain and crew request you do not bring any bananas with you for lunch or snacks, and are serious about it. Bananas are considered bad luck for seagoing vessels and crew.

Dockside Charters

P.O. Box 128

Skagway, AK 99840




Chilkoot Charters and Tours

Chilkoot Charters and Tours arranges custom halibut charters with their operation. Halibut charters need to be booked in advance, so the captain and crew have time to gather the halibut equipment. Charters include captain, boat, crew and fishing gear. You provide your own lunch, drinks, coolers, rain gear, hats, gloves, sunglasses and any other personal items you require.

Charters are full-day affairs, so plan on being out for eight or nine hours. Chilkoot Charters heads south toward Sturgill's Landing, or the waters outside of neighboring Haines for prime halibut opportunities. Once you land your catch, have it smoked, filleted and shipped home with arrangements being made through Chilkoot Charters.

Chilkoot Charters and Tours

340 7th Ave.

Skagway, AK 99840



Choctaw Charters

Choctaw Charters arranges halibut charters out of Skagway Harbor. Expect to be on the water between four to five hours for half-day trips, or eight or nine hours on a full day's excursion. You head out to the deep waters of the southern Taiya Inlet, deep jigging for the bottom dwelling flatfish.

Your charter includes fishing gear and tackle use, guides, captain, boat, assistance with gaffing and landing the fish as well as shipboard fish cleaning. Filleting and smoking is arranged through the Juneau-based Alaska Seafood Company.

Choctaw Charters is available for hire on a custom basis as well, offering the boat and crew for full-day customized fishing trips.

Choctaw Charters

Small Boat Harbor

Skagway, AK 99840




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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