Alaska Halibut Fishing: When, Where, and How

Alaska halibut is a delicious, versatile fish you can enjoy in many different ways. While the average size for this fish species is between 15 and 20 pounds, many are caught more than 100 pounds and up. If you’ve ever thought about going halibut fishing in Alaska, here are some tips to help you have a fantastic experience.

When to Go Halibut Fishing in Alaska

The ideal time to fish for Halibut in Alaska is mid-May to mid-September. The water temperature is warmer during these months, and the fish are more active. This makes for a better experience overall, as you’ll have a higher chance of getting some halibut on your line.

The Cook Inlet is one of the best places to go halibut fishing in Alaska. Other parts of the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak Island, and several additional Alaskan regions offer abundant halibut catches.

Equipment You Need for Halibut Fishing in Alaska

Halibut can fight tough—halibut fishers must have robust equipment. Also, since halibut tends to dwell deep at depths below 1,000 feet, you need reels that hold lots of lines—and strong rods, too. Most anglers prefer to fish with a rod at least 5 feet long, and a stiff line is vital for landing this fighting fish. Halibut go for cod, squid, and salmon heads as bait, so be sure your hooks are sharp.

Plan Your Halibut Fishing Trip with Gone Fishin’ Lodge on the Kenai River

If you want to go halibut fishing in Alaska, Gone Fishin’ Lodge on the Kenai River is your best bet. We know where to find halibut, how to reel them in, and how to handle them when caught. Our guides are happy to help you plan your halibut fishing trip, and we’ll set you up with all the gear and bait you need for a successful trip. From boats to bait and tackle—we’ve got it all.

When you return from your trip to the lodge, you’ll find that we have a large freezer room available for storing your catch, along with access to the internet, allowing you to share pictures of your massive catch with people back home. The rooms at our lodge are equipped with kitchenettes so that you can prepare meals and snacks and then relax during your downtime. We also offer friendly housekeeping staff who are happy to help however they can. We want your trip to be as comfortable as possible.

Contact us by phone at (877) 462-5752, one of our owners’ email addresses below, or on our online contact form to find out more about what we offer to make your fishing trip to the Kenai Peninsula a success.

We can’t wait to help you plan your trip!

Gone Fishin’ Lodge

48672 Funny River Rd.

Soldotna, AK 99669

(877) 462-5752

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