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Alaskan Fishing Advice 02 Feb 2014 01:16 #1

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I need some advice on Alaskan fishing, My fishing buddies and I are thinking about taking a trip to Alaska but we have no idea on where to go? We always hear about Homer for Halibut? If we go it would be Halibut first and then maybe Lingcod or Salmon. Flights to Anchorage are reasonable but it does not look like there is fishing out of Anchorage. So where should we go? what is the best way to get there and back without spending $4000 a piece for some exclusive lodge? Not that we don't like nice places but for this trip the focus will be on FISHING we will not have wives along so daily showers are probably optional. Staying in a normal hotel with a few bars and restaurants within walking distance sounds just fine and some 40 to 60 pd halibut to ship home sounds even better.

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Ling cod opens on 1 july.

Seward or Homer, salmon after 15 july, early Aug. or later best.

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 02 Feb 2014 02:30 #3

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Fly into Anchorage and rent a car. We fished out of Ninilchik we caught lots of halibut but the laws are different now. Homer is just down the road. The charter that we used had cabins that you could rent.

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Goto Seward.

Hire crackerjack charters. I do not knopw the captains personally, byt their boats are very clean and their customers look very happy.

Book now, do not delay because the summer season books up fast.

Stop by slip F33 and say hi.

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We are going with puffin charters (wife business is paying) july 19. I'd you are there the n let me know. Or if not let me know when. I will ride the bike down from Anchorage to say howdy. ( only 150 Miles. Nice ride)

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 02 Feb 2014 16:29 #6

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Thanks for the replies, it looks like there are buses that run from Anchorage to Seward. I can't find anything except renting a car to get to Homer. Are there local airlines that fly to Homer? Alaska want $800.00 round trip from Seattle to Homer, and that's without checking bags, taxes, fees etc. That just seems a little high to me so I was wondering about local flights. I wish we had the time I would pack everything into the 3288 and go but that will have to wait a few years.

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I take guys out on my boat fishing out of Ketchikan.
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Alaskan Fishing Advice 02 Feb 2014 16:54 #8

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I would rent a car from Anchorage, but there is a train to and from Seward. Seward is about 125 miles from Anchorage, if you spend the night reserve a room early, there are a lot of B&B s in Seward.
Box Canyon cabins in Seward has their own boat, it is a nice boat, nice place to stay, and has laundry facilities.

Watch the airline prices online, they often have 1 to a few seats at discount prices, they only put them on a few at a time.

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 02 Feb 2014 17:02 #9

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Check out Elfin Cove it's good for both salmon and halibut. Coffman Cove would be another good choice I have fished both of these they are in South East Alaska

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 02 Feb 2014 17:08 #10

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Don't rule out Southeast AK. After being in Alaska for over 20 years now and fishing all over Southcentral and Southeast, I have to say Southeast would be my first choice. Fishing here is incredible. Don't forget charters will have limited bag limits in some areas, so explore renting boats or linking up with forum members. I'm always looking for an excuse to take a day off. Not sure what your budget is, or how much time you have, but don't overlook the Alaska Marine Hwy System, you'll see some incredible scenery and if you guys split expenses it may be fairly cost effective to bring your own vehicle and hit multiple towns in SE. July is a fairly hot month for fishing, although I've caught most of my big fish in May. Hope this helps some.

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 02 Feb 2014 17:26 #11

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In SE Alaska you are only allowed to keep one halibut @day on charters and they have to be a certain size, fishing with non charters you can keep 2@ day an 4 is possession limit no size restrictions.
Lings are 1 in possession, red snapper (yellow eye) is 1@ year.
Kings start to run in May, Ketchikan King Salmon derby starts Memorial day weekend and the next 2 weekends in June. The past few years the hatchery has had so many kings returning that they allowed res and non-res to keep 5 & 6 @ day any size. Its really fun to anchor out and snag them with spinning rods, a real work out, but fun.

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 02 Feb 2014 22:28 #12

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skeeter3 wrote: In SE Alaska you are only allowed to keep one halibut @day on charters and they have to be a certain size, fishing with non charters you can keep 2@ day an 4 is possession limit no size restrictions.
Lings are 1 in possession, red snapper (yellow eye) is 1@ year.
Kings start to run in May, Ketchikan King Salmon derby starts Memorial day weekend and the next 2 weekends in June. The past few years the hatchery has had so many kings returning that they allowed res and non-res to keep 5 & 6 @ day any size. Its really fun to anchor out and snag them with spinning rods, a real work out, but fun.


Are your sure on the yelloweye limit of 1 per year, I think it is 1 per day 2 in possession.

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 03 Feb 2014 15:31 #13

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in SE Alaska 1@ year

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 03 Feb 2014 15:42 #14

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skeeter3 wrote: in SE Alaska 1@ year


Looks like ADF&G has your fishing limits tightened up, glad South centeral is more generious, we are still at 2 halibut, 1 non pelagic, and 3 non pelagic, or 4 non palagic, double for possession.
I couldent find where it said the limit for non pelagic/YE. Is it just 1 area there or all of SE?

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 03 Feb 2014 15:47 #15

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I guess i was about correct but this is the SE reg's
Alaska Residents— no size limit, 2 daily, only 1 may be a yelloweye;
4 in possession, of which no more than 2 may be yelloweye.
• For Nonresidents—no size limit, 2 daily, only 1 may be a yelloweye; 4 in possession,
of which no more than 1 may be a yelloweye; annual limit of 1 yelloweye, which must
be recorded, in ink, on the back of the angler’s sport fishing license or on a harvest
record card immediately at the time of harvest (see page 6).
• Southeast Inside Waters
• Alaska Residents—no size limit, 3 daily, only 1 may be a yelloweye; 6 in
possession, of which no more than 2 may be yelloweye.
• For Nonresidents—no size limit, 2 daily, only 1 may be a yelloweye; 4 in possession,
of which no more than 2 may be yelloweye; annual limit of 2 yelloweye, which must be
recorded, in ink, on the back of the angler’s sport fishing license or on a harvest record
card immediately at the time of harvest (see page 6).
OTHER FISH SPECIES NOT LISTED ABOVE

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I just looked at South Centeral & PWS Reg's and they are more liberal there on rock fish.
All of Alaska has the same halibut limits, except non-res in SE have restrictions on limits if going on charter boats.

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 03 Feb 2014 16:26 #17

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skeeter3 wrote: I just looked at South Centeral & PWS Reg's and they are more liberal there on rock fish.
All of Alaska has the same halibut limits, except non-res in SE have restrictions on limits if going on charter boats.


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Alaskan Fishing Advice 09 Feb 2014 06:41 #18

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Seldovia is much closer to the fish, good bar and B&B
Rent a car in Anc drive to Homer drink at THE Salty Dog take a ferry or plane to Seldovia
Buy the Diesel and Bait and I will take you fishing, Our Flat fish are getting smaller 15/25lbs but lots of them
Google Seldovia Alaska

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Roscoe wrote: Don't rule out Southeast AK. After being in Alaska for over 20 years now and fishing all over Southcentral and Southeast, I have to say Southeast would be my first choice. Fishing here is incredible. Don't forget charters will have limited bag limits in some areas, so explore renting boats or linking up with forum members. I'm always looking for an excuse to take a day off. Not sure what your budget is, or how much time you have, but don't overlook the Alaska Marine Hwy System, you'll see some incredible scenery and if you guys split expenses it may be fairly cost effective to bring your own vehicle and hit multiple towns in SE. July is a fairly hot month for fishing, although I've caught most of my big fish in May. Hope th helps some.


This sounds like a Adventure, Get on the Ak state ferry in P.R. ( P.R. is about 20hr drive from Linwood wa, get off any were go fishing, have a drink, get back on ferry to Hanes. (Hanes to Linwood about 35/40 hr drive)
Drive home, live out of the back of the pickup truck. did it 40 yrs ago and will never forget it, great trip
Or come hang out with me and the dog, don't have much else to do in the summer but hang out on the boat and fish

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Alaskan Fishing Advice 09 Feb 2014 21:00 #20

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Kenai River for Sockeye. No where better in the world when they are hot. For salt water fishing, I'd have to agree with coming to Southeast. Its beautiful and the fish are plentiful.

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