Everything You Wanted to Know About Alaska Halibut Fishing

Alaska is home to 75% of the Pacific Halibut Caught in the world. The waters surrounding Homer are considered the halibut capital of the world due to the number of pounds of halibut caught in these waters each year. In most years, Homer typically brings in more Halibut in both the sport fishery and commercial fishery than any other major port in Alaska. This includes Seward, Kodiak, Whittier, Valdez, and more. The beauty of Kachemak Bay combined with an excellent halibut fishery makes for one of the best fishing experiences anywhere in the world. 

10 halibut are hanging as customers pose for a photo after an epic day of fishing in Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska

What Is The Best Place For Alaska Halibut Fishing?

There are many great places to go halibut fishing in Alaska. The fact of the matter though is that the fishing for halibut is absolutely excellent almost anywhere you might go. The Gulf of Alaska extends all the way down near Juneau and encompasses almost the entirety of Southern Alaska stopped only by the Aleutian chain. And Bristol Bay leading into The Bearing Sea is on the opposite side of the Aleutian Chain. The fishing for Halibut is fantastic through this entire region.

We happen to think that The Kenai Peninsula is the best choice. The reasons come down to ease of access, availability of resources, and the variety of additional fishing and adventures available only in Alaska’s playground – The Kenai Peninsula. 

Ease of Access: Alaska is long flight from just about everywhere. Nearly all of the flights are going to go through Anchorage, Alaska’s busiest airport. Many of the places outside of Kenai Peninsula are going to require an additional connection. This significantly increases both the travel time into Alaska and when it’s time to leave as well.

Resources: The Kenai Peninsula, along with Anchorage, has great restaurants, sporting goods stores, big box retailers, grocery stores and more. 

Additional Adventures: Most people that come to Alaska are not just interested in halibut fishing their entire trip. The Kenai Peninsula provides so many more opportunities include bear viewing, jet ski glacier tours, tour operators to Katmai National Park, Fjord Tours, and almost countless rivers flooded with the annual migration of salmon including the famed Kenai River.

Alaska Halibut Fishing By Region

Did you know that the IPHC management area 3A, surrounding Homer, Alaska and The Kenai Peninsula, catches almost 3X more halibut than any other area? And if you take into account the two neighboring management areas, The Gulf Of Alaska accounts for 66% of all the pacific halibut taken by the United States and Canada.

IPHC management area 3A is home to some of the largest fishing ports found in Alaska. This is certainly due to the abundance of fish found in the Gulf of Alaska and its surrounding waters but also due to the ease of access provided by the road system connecting these cities to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Management area 3A includes the cities of Homer, Whittier, Seward, Ninilchik, as well as the Kodiak archipelago accessible only by road, and the once thriving port of Seldovia. Kodiak and Seldovia are accessible only via plane or boat. 

Management area 2C is the next largest and includes very popular destinations such as Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Prince of Wales Island, and Haines/Skagway.


2022 IPHC Halibut Landings By Region

Where specifically are the best places to go Alaska Halibut Fishing?

Homer: Located on the Kenai Peninsula, Homer is known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” The town has a large fleet of charter boats that can take you out to the best halibut fishing spots in the area. All of the Homer Halibut Hunter charter trips depart daily from Homer. 

Seward: Located on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is another popular spot for halibut fishing. The town is located near the mouth of Resurrection Bay, which is home to many halibut.

Kodiak Island: Located off the southern coast of Alaska, Kodiak Island is home to some of the largest halibut in the state. The island is accessible by boat or plane, and there are a number of charter companies that offer halibut fishing trips.

Juneau: Located in Southeast Alaska, Juneau is known for its abundant halibut population. The city is accessible only by boat or plane, and there are a number of charter companies that offer halibut fishing trips.

Sitka: Located on Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska, Sitka is another popular destination for halibut fishing. The town is located near some of the best halibut fishing spots in the state, and there are a number of charter companies that offer halibut fishing trips.

Valdez: Located on the southern coast of the state, Valdez is home to a large population of halibut, as well as other species of fish such as salmon, rockfish, and cod. The town is accessible by car, boat or plane, and there are a number of charter companies that offer halibut fishing trips in the area.

Cordova: Cordova, Alaska is known for its excellent halibut fishing opportunities. Located on the southern coast of the state, Cordova is home to a large population of halibut, as well as other species of fish such as salmon, rockfish, and cod. 

Bristol Bay: Bristol Bay is generally access from the town of Dillingham, AK. Bristol Bay has excellent halibut fishing, along with salmon, rockfish, and cod. Bristol Bay is well known for it’s massive run of sockeye salmon and is one of the largest salmon runs in the entire world. It’s quite a spectacle to see the commercial boats that fish for sockeye in bristol bay each year. If you’d like a little entertainment, check out this Bristol Bay commercial fishing video. Amazingly, Bristol Bay harvests nearly 50% of the entire world’s sockeye salmon.

And if you really want some entertainment, there is a very interesting hatchery called Main Bay Hatchery just outside of Whittier, Alaska. Watch the video and check out the zoo that happens at the 2:00 minute mark when the start horn goes off. 

When Is The Best Time Of Year To Go Alaska Halibut Fishing?

The best time of year to go Alaska halibut fishing is between May & September. However, Alaska halibut fishing is actually pretty productive all year round. But, as we all know, Alaska is very far north bringing with it cold winters, harsh weather, and lots of darkness. Fortunately, summers are the exact opposite, temperate weather, lots of sunshine, and the halibut become significantly more active in the summer months. 

June – August Is The Best Time For Alaska Halibut Fishing

Fishing for halibut in the waters near Homer, Alaska is generally considered to be best from May through September because this is when the water is warmest and the halibut are most active. The peak of the halibut fishing season is between June 1 and September 1. We fully expect to catch limits of halibut every day from May to October. 

In the spring and early summer, the water temperatures begin to rise as the sun’s rays become more intense, and this can stimulate the halibut’s metabolism and make them more likely to feed. Remember, even the south central area of Alaska only receives 3-4 hours of sunlight per day during the middle of winter. As we move towards summer, the south-central area of Alaska and Homer will receive almost 24 hours of sunlight each day. The warmer water also attracts a variety of other marine life, which can provide more food for the halibut and further encourage them to be more active.

As the summer months progress, the water temperatures continue to rise and the halibut become even more active. This is typically the best time to go halibut fishing near Homer, as the fish are more likely to be found in shallower waters where they are easier to target. During the winter months halibut typically move further offshore into very deep water as much as 600 feet.

May & September Are Still Excellent Times To Fish For Alaska Halibut

In the fall, the water temperatures begin to cool off again as the sun’s intensity decreases, and the halibut may become less active. This is why fishing for halibut in the months of May through September is generally considered to be the best time to go Alaska halibut fishing near Homer.

Homer Halibut Hunters customers with a limits of halibut and rockfish
Homer Halibut Homer Customer holding up a Great Alaska Skate

What Other Species Can We Catch?

We have several different types of trips available ranging from single species halibut trips to combo trips and even our Triple Threat fishing trip where we target 3 different species of fish and even have a good chance at catching lingcod.

One of the funnest parts about salt-water fishing is that you literally never know what you’re going to pull up. Alaska has some 60 species of rockfish, halibut, lingcod and salmon. However, on our trips we’ve caught Great Alaska Skates, Octopus, sharks, and on two occasions we’ve even managed to pull up an anchor.

Lingcod Fishing Starts July 1

You might ask why don’t we have four species listed and specifically target lingcod? Well the biggest reason is the consistency of the lingcod fishing. It’s been very difficult to successfully day after day consistently catch good numbers of lingcod and to make sure every angler gets one. Also, lingcod are generally found in the same waters we are fishing for rockfish so there is a good chance of catching a lingcod while we’re fishing for rockfish. So we sort of treat lingcod as an “extra” or “bonus” fish should we get one. Lingcod can only be retained after July 1st. If we catch a lingcod before July 1st it is required to be released. 

Alaska Halibut Fishing - Halibut Limits

Each area of Alaska has different limits. It’s important to consult the regulations but also, your halibut charter company will take care of all this for you. Regulations can include size limits, bag limits (number of fish allowed per day), possession limits, annual limits, set which days are allowed for fishing, and more.

Alaska’s halibut fishery limits are set by NOAA. Homer Halibut Hunters does our Alaska halibut fishing in region 3A. Region 3A includes our areas of Homer, Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet, Kodiak Island. It also includes Seward, Whittier, Valdez and Cordova. All of our trips leave out of Homer, Alaska – The Halibut Capital Of The World

NOAA also puts restrictions on which days are available for halibut fishing and daily limits. These change annually. Usually these are announced by March 31st each year. While these limits change annually they are usually very close to the following:


Homer, Alaska Halibut Limits Summary (Region 3A)

  • Two halibut per person per day, No annual limit
  • One halibut can be any size and the other must be 28″ or less
  • No charter halibut fishing on Wednesday
  • Sometimes there will be a few Tuesdays each year where we are also not allowed to fish for halibut. On those days we are still allowed to fish for rockfish, salmon, & lingcod.
Map showing the different halibut fishing regions as set by IPHC
Example of the semidiurnal cook inlet tide swings

Tides & Currents

Fishing for halibut is very dependent upon the current which is related to the tides. We all know the ocean rises and falls throughout the day. In In fact, most of the earth experiences 2 high tides and 2 low tides every 24 hours. Said another way, there is a change from high tide to low tide every 6 hours. At its most severe, the tides in Alaska can change by as much as 35 feet in 6 hours. When this happens the current that comes with it is incredibly fast and powerful.

The tides of Cook Inlet are absolutely monstrous and managing them is very important for successful fishing for halibut. The difference between Cook Inlet’s high and low tides can be up to 35 feet – the highest tidal range of any coastline in the United States, and the fourth largest in the world. At times, underwater geography and the massive tidal swing creates what is known as a bore tide in Turnagain Arm. The only bore tide located in the United States, and one of only 60 in the whole world.

Halibut have to live through this tidal swing every 6 hours. During part of that tidal swing when the current is at its peak they will bury themselves  in the sand on the bottom of the ocean. As the current starts to “slacken” the fish will become significantly more active and use their keen sense of smell to hunt during this period. This is the time when the fishing is the best.

If you’d like to dive deeper on why the tides change why we have two high tides and two low tides every day check out this 5 minute video from Dr. Becky. It’s one of the best explanations we’ve seen.

Alaska Halibut Regulations

Halibut fishing in Alaska is regulated by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). Some of the most important regulations to be aware of when fishing for halibut in Alaska include:

Bag limits: Bag limits refers to the number of halibut each angler is allowed to keep per day. Bag limits are in place to limit the number of halibut that can be caught by an individual angler. These limits can vary depending on the area you are fishing in, as well as the time of year. Alaska halibut fishing in the Homer, Alaska area allows for 2 halibut per person per day with no annual limit.

Size limits: There are size limits in place to ensure that halibut are not overfished and to protect smaller fish that are still breeding and growing. The size limits vary depending on the area you are fishing in, so be sure to check the current regulations before you go fishing. 

Alaska halibut fishing out of Homer, Alaska does have size limitations. Local lingo is “one little one, and one big one” or “under & over”. Practically what this means is that this means is that if you keep two halibut at least one of them must be under a certain length. This length changes each year but it usually is between 28″ – 32″. The other halibut can be of any size. This size limit restriction only applies to charter halibut fishing trips. Private anglers can keep two halibut as well but there is no requirement for one of those halibut to be a “little one”. Both halibut can be of any size on a non-charter boat.


Gear restrictions: Different gear is allowed in different areas, so it is important to check the regulations to make sure you are using the correct gear. For example, some areas may allow only the use of bait, while others may allow the use of jigs or other types of artificial lures. Alaska halibut fishing in the Homer, Alaska are allows jigs and bait. On charter vessels, anglers are restricted to a single line per person and no more than 2 hooks per line.

Seasonal & Daily closures: There are certain times of year when halibut fishing is closed in certain areas to allow the fish to spawn and reproduce. It is important to be aware of these closures and to respect them to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery. For Alaska halibut fishing in the Homer, Alaska areas, halibut fishing is not allowed in the month of January. If you are on a charter vessel, halibut fishing is usually not allowed on Wednesdays and occasional Tuesdays. This changes each year and is usually announced in February.

Licensing: To fish for halibut in Alaska, you will need to have a valid fishing license. The type of license you need will depend on the area you are fishing in and the type of fishing you will be doing. The easiest way to get your fishing license is to purchase it online at Alaska Department Of Fish And Game.

It is important to familiarize yourself with these and any other regulations that may apply to halibut fishing in Alaska. Violating these regulations can result in fines and other penalties, and can also harm the fishery and the overall health of the halibut population.

International Pacific Halibut Commission Map

IPHC History In Alaska

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is an international organization responsible for the management and conservation of Pacific halibut stocks in the North Pacific Ocean. The IPHC was established in 1923 through an international treaty signed by the United States and Canada.

In the early 20th century, halibut stocks in the North Pacific were being heavily overfished, and it was clear that something needed to be done to ensure the sustainability of the fishery. The IPHC was established to address this issue by setting catch limits and implementing regulations designed to conserve the resource.

Since its inception, the IPHC has played a key role in the management of the Pacific halibut fishery in Alaska and has helped to ensure the sustainability of the resource. The organization works closely with fishermen, scientists, and other stakeholders to develop and implement management plans that aim to balance the needs of the fishery with the needs of the ecosystem.

Region 2C & 3A Alaska Halibut Fishing

Alaska Halibut Fishing is divided into a number of regions. It is also further divided into various uses such as commercial, recreational, and sport. Region 2C and Region 3A refer to specific fishing areas in the Gulf of Alaska.

Region 3A is a halibut fishing area that extends from the tip of the Kenai Peninsula to the southern boundary of the Kodiak Island Management Area. Region 2C covers the waters surrounding Juneau.

Region 2A and 3C are two of the most popular halibut fishing areas in Alaska. The reason for this, beyond being excellent places to catch halibut, is simply due to the availability of resources and how easy it is to access. Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, and south-central Alaska in general has more roads, harbors and access than any other geography in Alaska. It’s proximity to Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest and primary airport is a major reason for this. In region 2C is close to one of Alaska’s next biggest populations centers, and the state capital, Juneau. Many cruise ships bring thousands of people up what is called the “inner passage” every summer to see the majesty surrounding this area. 


Best Techniques for Catching Halibut

There are several techniques that can be effective for catching halibut in Alaska. We use every one of these on our Alaska Halibut Fishing Trips. Some of the most common techniques include:

Jigging: This involves using a heavy jig or lure that is weighted and designed to sink to the bottom, where halibut are often found. The jig is then bounced or jigged up and down off the bottom to mimic the movement of a live baitfish.

Bait fishing: This involves using live or cut bait, such as squid, herring, or sandlance, to attract halibut. The bait is typically attached to a hook and presented to the fish on the bottom. Our preferred baits are herring, octopus, and salmon. We’ll also often put a good squirt of herring oil on the bait as well just to scent it up even further.

An example of a circle hook and herring used for halibut fishing

Chum Bag: A chum bag is a small bag filled with chum, which is a mixture of fish parts and other ingredients that are used to attract fish. Chum bags are commonly used in saltwater fishing to attract a variety of species, including halibut. The idea is that the chum bag will release a scent trail as it sinks to the bottom, attracting fish to the area and increasing the chances of a successful catch.

To use a chum bag, you simply attach it to a line and lower it into the water. You can then fish for halibut using your preferred method, such as trolling, jigging, or drifting bait. As you fish, the chum bag will release its scent and attract halibut to your area.

Circle Hooks: Circle hooks are the most often used hook when Alaska halibut fishing. They are designed to hook the fish in the corner of the mouth, rather than the gut or throat. This reduces the risk of gut hooking the fish, which can cause injury or death. Especially since almost 50% of the halibut caught in Alaska are released. We really want a high survivability rate on our releases to protect this amazing fishery. 

In addition, circle hooks are generally more effective at hooking and landing halibut, especially when used in conjunction with natural baits. The unique shape of the hook allows it to rotate and set itself in the corner of the mouth as the fish swims away, increasing the chances of a successful catch.

Another advantage of circle hooks is that they can be used with a variety of fishing techniques, including trolling, jigging, and drifting bait. They are also easier to remove from the fish’s mouth, which can reduce the time and effort needed to release the fish. Circle hooks could generally be described as effective, humane and versatile

Make sure to check out our entire page on Fishing For Halibut – How It’s Done for a very thorough review of how we’ll fish for halibut on your halibut charter fishing trips with us.

A good sized halibut is brought to the surface and still in the water with a jig in it's mouth on one of Homer Halibut Hunters' charter fishing trips

Proper Handling & Release

It’s amazing to think that nearly 50% of all the halibut caught while Alaska halibut fishing are released for one reason or another. There is a wide variety of reasons for this:

  • Fish doesn’t match the regulatory size restrictions. Such as it’s too big or too small
  • Not allowed to retain halibut on Wednesdays. Sometimes we catch them while targeting rockfish and they have to be released
  • Anglers would like a shot at a larger halibut

Whatever the reason there is really great news. With proper care, handling, and release techniques the survival rate on these fish can be extremely high!


Proper handling and release techniques for halibut are important to ensure the fish’s survival and well-being. Here are some tips for handling and releasing halibut:

  • Minimize handling: Keep handling to a minimum and avoid removing the fish from the water if possible. Use a landing net or a wet towel to handle the fish instead of your bare hands.
  • Use a de-hooking tool: If the fish is hooked, use a de-hooking tool to remove the hook as gently as possible. Avoid using pliers or other tools that could damage the fish’s mouth.
  • Support the fish: When holding the fish, support its weight and avoid squeezing or applying too much pressure.
  • Release the fish quickly: Once the hook has been removed, release the fish back into the water as quickly as possible. If the fish is exhausted, hold it upright in the water and gently move it back and forth to help it regain its strength before releasing it. 
  • Ideally, if we are releasing the fish, we try and release it without ever taking it out of the water.

For more information about this, please take a minute and read up on The Every Halibut Counts program.

Alaska Halibut Fishing Safety Considerations

There are several safety considerations to keep in mind when halibut fishing in Alaska. We use awfully heavy gear including bottom weights that are often 4 or 5 pounds. A 100+ pound halibut thrashing around on the deck of the boat is dangerous enough and then add to it that 100+ pound fish throwing a 5 pound canon ball around and safety needs to be a consideration. 

Here are some safety and comfort tips for Alaska halibut fishing:

Be aware of the weather: Alaska’s weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for a range of conditions. Keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared for changes in the weather. Weather is always an important consideration for both safety and comfort. Homer Halibut Hunters does everything we can to ensure that our customers are comfortable but sea sickness is a real consideration. When waves are predicted to be more than 4 feet we will usually look at changing our location and staying inside the more protected waters of Kachemak Bay. We are constantly looking at wind, wave, and tide/current forecasts to provide you with the best trip possible. 

Wear appropriate clothing and gear: Wear warm, waterproof clothing and bring plenty of extra layers in case the weather turns cold or wet. Consider wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) or life jacket, especially if you will be fishing from a boat. 

Use caution when handling heavy gear: Halibut fishing often involves using heavy gear, such as rods, reels, and nets. Use caution when handling this equipment to avoid injuries. Leaving the heavy weight and fish in the water until you are ready to bring it onboard will keep the hook from dislodging and also keep the weight from being tossed around.

Follow all safety guidelines: Follow all safety guidelines provided by your fishing guide or charter service. These may include instructions for handling heavy gear, using safety equipment, and handling the fish. We start off every Alaska halibut fishing trip we do with a safety briefing on the boat, weather, and techniques to ensure everyone has a safe and productive day on the water. 

Know your limits: Don’t push yourself beyond your physical limits. If you are tired or not feeling well, take a break and rest. Also, sea-sickness is a real possibility. If you are prone to sea-sickness consider taking preventative medication the night before. 

Do I Need A Fishing License for Alaska Halibut Fishing

Yes you sure do! Alaska fishing licenses are easily purchased at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Website. Purchasing your license and printing it at home is by far the easiest way to get your fishing license.

An Alaska fishing license is valid for all types of fishing including Alaska halibut fishing. It is also the same license you need for king salmon, sockeye salmon, silver salmon, rockfish, and all other sport fish found in Alaska. Interestingly, your sport fishing license is also the same license for thing such as shrimping and clamming. If you plan on harvesting or targeting King salmon you also need to make sure to purchase a king salmon stamp. Both your fishing license and your king stamp need to be valid for the days in which you are targeting king salmon.

There are both in-state and out-of-state licenses. The licenses are available for purchase for a number of different time periods. 1 day, 3 day, 1-week, 2-week and annual. The typical cost for a 1-week license is around $45 and the 1-week king stamp is also around $45.00. The annual license is approximately $100 and the annual king stamp license is also approximately $100.00.

Alaska’s laws have changed recently and photograph of your fishing license is acceptable proof of a license. However, there are many types of fishing that are required to be reported and recording of the catch is required immediately. Therefore, it is important to have a printed copy of your fishing license so that you can immediately record the catch. Many Alaska Halibut Fishing charters still require you to have a printed copy on the day you are fishing so it is a good idea to bring your printed copy with you.

Alaska Halibut Fishing - Fishing License Information
Homer Halibut Hunter customers show off a massive haul of barn-door halibut,

What Do I Need To Bring On An Alaska Halibut Fishing Charter

Most Alaska halibut fishing charters will provide everything you need for a safe and productive day of fishing. You need to primarily just be concerned about your personal items. Homer Halibut Hunters will provide all equipment, bait, and an experienced captain and deckhand to make sure you have a great day on the water.

Please consider bringing the following

Clothing: It’s important to check the weather prior to your trip, dress in layers for an Alaska halibut fishing charter, as the weather can be unpredictable. We’ve seen days where the 4th of July will require a hat and gloves and other years where the 4th of July needs t-shirts and sunscreen. Use common sense and prepare for the weather. It’s always a good idea to bring waterproof clothing for just dealing with the light water that comes from handling splash and equipment coming in and out of the water. Also, when handling these big fish for photos, inevitably part of it will touch your clothing. Rain gear has a tendency of being much easier to clean. 

Basic Weather Accessories: Sunglasses, and a hat to protect against the sun and wind, gloves are always a great option. The most waterproof shoes you have is also helpful but even tennis shoes are fine in a pinch. 

Food and drinks: Due to so many different dietary restrictions it’s difficult to bring lunches for customers. Most halibut charters will ask that you bring any snacks, food, and drinks that you want for the day. Homer Halibut Hunters asks that you bring your own food and you are welcome to bring alcohol but we ask that you leave the “hard stuff” behind and please don’t bring glass.

Most charter boats will provide some food and drinks, but you may want to bring your own snacks and beverages as well.

Personal items: You may want to bring any personal items that you’ll need for the day, such as medications, and possibly motion sickness medicine although if you find your getting seasick while on the boat and haven’t taken any medication – it’s probably already too late. Ideally consider taking any sea sickness medication the night before or several hours prior to boarding the boat.

Processing Your Catch & Taking Your Catch Home

On the way back in from the fishing grounds your deckhand will fillet your catch. As each fish comes in the boat a colored ziptie is used to mark which fish is yours. After the fish is filleted, you’ll be given the fish in a bag that you can take with you to any of the local fish processors in Homer that will portion, vacuum seal, and freeze your catch. It costs around $1.85 per pound for this service. Check out our dedicated page on fish processing to learn even more.

How do we get our catch home?”, is probably one of the most common questions we get asked. Nearly every sporting goods retailer, grocery store, food processor, and more, all carry airline approved fish boxes like the ones seen here. This such an important question and asked so frequently we have a page just dedicated to taking your catch home

The cold storage fish boxes are designed for 25, 35, and 50 lb sizes. They have a very thick inner layer of styrofoam surrounded by an outer layer of cardboard. When filled with frozen fish these fish boxes will keep your catch frozen for 48 hours or more without the use of dry-ice.

Taking your catch back with you as checked baggage is always the most economical solution. However, if you’re not going directly home from Alaska, there are plenty of places to store your catch and have it mailed to you. The average two day shipping price for US destinations is around $200 and is around $300 for overnight. 

A variety of different fish boxes can be used to take your catch home with you
Alaska Halibut Habitat

Alaska Halibut Habitat

Halibut are a species of flatfish that are found in the cold, deep waters of the North Pacific Ocean. In Alaska, halibut are most commonly found in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. They are typically found at depths of between 50 and 500 feet, although they can occasionally be found at deeper depths.

Halibut are bottom-dwelling fish and are typically found on or near the seafloor. They are most commonly found on rocky, muddy, or sandy bottoms, where they can easily blend in with their surroundings. Halibut are opportunistic feeders and will eat a variety of prey, including small fish, squid, and crustaceans.

Halibut are generally found in cooler water temperatures, typically ranging from around 35 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They are generally more active in the spring and summer months, when water temperatures are warmer. In the colder months, halibut may become less active and may be found in deeper waters.

Halibut populations can vary depending on the specific habitat and the availability of food. In areas where there is an abundance of prey and suitable habitat, halibut populations may be higher. In areas where these resources are more limited, halibut populations may be lower.

Overall, the habitat preferences of halibut in Alaska are influenced by a variety of factors, including water temperature, depth, and the availability of food and suitable habitat.

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3/4-Day Halibut

$275 May & September
$325 June, July, August

  • Meet 7:30 AM For 8:00 AM Departure
  • 5 – 7 Hours Duration
  • 45 – 70 minutes to fishing grounds
Drifters lodge staff show off their limits of halibut caught aboard Orion with Captain Jimmy Counts of Homer Halibut Hunters

Full-Day Halibut

$350 May & September
$400 June, July, August

  • Meet 6:30 AM For 7:00 AM Departure
  • 8 – 9 Hours Duration
  • 1 – 1.5 hours to fishing grounds
Homer Halibut Hunter customers show off a massive haul of barn-door halibut,

Trophy Halibut & Rockfish

$400 May & September
$450 June, July, August

  • Meet 6:30 AM For 7:00 AM Departure
  • 8 – 9 Hours Duration
  • 1.5 – 2 hours to fishing grounds
6 massive halibut are hanging with anglers smiling behind them

Halibut & Salmon

$400 May & September
$450 June, July, August

  • Meet 6:30 AM For 7:00 AM Departure
  • 6 – 8 Hours Duration
  • 1 – 1.5 hours to fishing grounds
Two anglers hold up three yelloweye rockfish caught in Kachemak Bay, Homer Alaska

Triple Threat: Halibut,
Rockfish & Salmon

$450 May & September
$500 June, July, August

  • Meet 6:30 AM For 7:00 AM Departure
  • 9 – 10 Hours Duration
  • 2 – 2.5 hours to fishing grounds
Homer Halibut Hunters customer holds a huge Kachemak Bay King Salmon

Salmon & Rockfish
(Wednesday Only)

$400 May & September
$450 June, July, August

  • Meet 6:30 AM For 7:00 AM Departure
  • 8 – 9 Hours Duration
  • 1.5 – 2 hours to fishing grounds