Cook Inlet Halibut Fishing and Seasonal Combos

If you would like to enjoy some of the best halibut fishing in Alaska, neighboring Cook Inlet, Homer and Seward are all great choices. Fishing is good to excellent for most of the summer with tides and weather being the biggest factor. Cook Inlet has the second highest tides in the world and water movement can be 20+ feet each way, twice daily. During May and part of June many of the Ninilchik area captains offer our guest combo trips… a chance to troll for near-shore migrating king salmon. Anglers have a chance to catch kings headed for local streams in the area or possibly one of the bigger kenai kings passing through.

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The average Halibut charter runs 6 to 8 hours, add 2 hours for a combination charter. These times are dependant on the magnitude of the tide and weather. It’s an all-day adventure with plenty of rod-bending actionand plenty of delicious halibut fillets to take back home at the end of the trip. Please come prepared and on time, as the tide waits for no one.

A world record (unofficial) halibut was caught just off Deep Creek in September of 1987 by a 70 year old woman. The halibut was 94 inches long and was estimated to weigh 466 pounds. There was not a scale large enough in town to weigh the monster! In 2002 the winning halibut in the Ninilchik Halibut Derby weighed in at 375 pounds. There are a few really big halibut caught in Cook Inlet each Summer.

  • Homer Halibut

    Season: May 1 – Sept 1
    Regulations: Two fish per day
    Peak time: May 15 – Aug 15, tidal dependent
    Travel time to fishing grounds by boat: 1.5 – 2.5 hours

  • Deep Creek / Ninilchik Halibut

    Season: May 1 – Sept 1
    Regulations: Two fish per day
    Peak time: May 15 – Aug 15, tidal dependent
    Travel time to fishing grounds by boat: 25 – 45 minutes

  • Seward Halibut

    Season: May 1 – Oct 1
    Regulations: Two fish per day
    Peak time: May 15 – Sept 15, tidal dependent
    Travel time to fishing grounds by boat: 45 minutes – 2.5 hours