Alaska Halibut Fishing
Learn which bait to use and the best places for Alaska halibut fishing
Yielding incredibly large fish that are tasty to eat, Alaska halibut fishing is the most popular type of saltwater angling in the state.
The town of Homer is known as the halibut fishing capital of the world. The plentiful seas hugging the coastline provide the ideal environment for halibut fishing in Alaska.
The largest Pacific flatfish,
Alaskan halibut are attractive for their mammoth size. Fairly
easy to hook and challenging but reasonable to reel in, halibut make
for pleasant sport fishing. Because fishing for halibut means
fishing in deeper waters (fish are typically found in waters 60 to
3,500 feet deep) anglers who partake in Alaska halibut fishing will be
rewarded not only with large catches, but with the amazing scenery
of the coastline as
The best seasons for Alaska halibut fishing are in late spring, summer and fall. During this time, halibut are feeding in areas off the coast. Bait is commonly used in halibut fishing. Some of the more effective baits include herring, salmon, cod, and squid. Octopus also makes a sturdy bait and is one of the halibut's favorite meals.
Alaskan halibut has
rich and tender white meat, making it an excellent fish for eating.
The firm flesh of this fish is delicious when fried, poached,
broiled or baked. When
choosing whether to keep their catch, anglers should consider
the cost of processing, and possibly shipping a large amount of
halibut meat. A 100 pound halibut yields about 70 pounds of
Alaska Halibut Fishing Tip - Identifying The Fish
One of the larger members of the flounder family, halibut are best known for their body shape and size. Average weights are around 15 to 35 pounds, but fish weighing in near the 100 pound mark are common. Record weights for Alaskan halibut reach over 400 pounds.
Halibut are longer than most flatfishes with their width being one third of their length. Halibut have smooth scales and small mouths. They have light colored bottom sides and darker top sides ranging in color from dark green to gray to brown. This coloration mimics the appearance of the ocean floor, the lighter bottom being sand and the darker top being the water. Their natural camouflage is key to the halibut's survival.
Prime Locations for Alaska Halibut Fishing
Spots for Halibut Fishing in the Southeast
Gulf of Esquibel: St. Joseph, Noyes, Maurelle Islands, San Cristoval Channel, Warm Chuck Inlet
Upper Clarence Strait: Seal Rock, Upper Kashevarof Passage, Rose, Blashke Islands, Key Reef
Clarence Strait: Doctor, Clover Points, Grindall Passage, Kasaan, Vallenar Bays, Twenty Fathom Bank
Bucareli Bay: Ports Caldera, Estrella, Sain Nicholas, Cabras, San Juan Bautista, Baker Islands, Point Providence, San Cristoval Channel, San Alberto Bay
Icy Strait: Point Couverden, Spasski, Hoonah, Pleasant, Couverden, Lemesurier Islands, Port Frederick, Halibut Rock, Sisters, Icy Passage, Mud Bay
Chatham Strait: Florence, Sitkoh, Funter, Tebenkof Bays, Gedney Harbor, North Passage Point, Tenaker Inlet
Zimovia Strait: Woronkofski Island, Young Rock
Sumner Strait: McArthur Reef, Point Baker, Port Protection, Kah Sheets Bay, Lower Duncan Canal, Greys, Liesnoi, Sokolof, Kadin Islands, Eye Opener
Frederick Sound: Portage, Pybus, Thomas Bays, Turnabout Island, Pinta Rocks, Wrangell Narrows, Boulder, Frederick, West Points, Cape Fanshaw
Sitka Sound: St. Lazaria Island, Hayward, Olga Straits, Vitskari Rocks, Starrigavan Bay
Ernest Sound: Blake Island, Point Warde
East Behm Canal: Princess, Alava Bays, Short Pass
West Behm Canal: Welm Bay, Back, Betton Islands, Behm Narrows
Lower Stephens Passage: Midway, Whitney Islands, Gambier, Pybus, Holkham Bays
Upper Stephens Passage: Shelter, Horse, Grand Islands, Gastineau, Saginaw, Favorite Channels, Taku Harbor, Young Bay, Inner, Outer, Middle Points
Revillagigedo Channel: White Reef, Foggy Bay, Snail Rock, Point Alava
Lynn Canal: St.
James Bay, Vanderbilt Reef
South CentralHalibut Fishing Locations
Cook Inlet: Deep Creek, Elizabeth, Flat, Barren Islands, Sand Waves, Compas Rose, Ninilchik, Happy Valley, Magic Mountain, Point Pogibishi, Deep
Kodiak and Prince William Sound: Buoy Four, Whale Pass, Long Island, Williams Reef, Humpback Point, Anderson, Galena, Jack Bays, Montague, Naked Islands, Potato, Humpback Points
Resurrection Bay: Chiswell Islands, Latouche Passage, Capes Junken, Cleare, Fairfield
Locations in the Southwestfor Halibut Fishing
Unalaska and Dutch Harbor: Devilfish Point, Unalga Pass, Hog Island, Capes Wislow, Cheerful