Want a great fishing adventure? Spend half a day, a full day or overnight with a professional, knowledgeable fishing guide. All you need is a fishing license, layered clothing, lunch, and a positive attitude!
Charters leave the harbor around 6:00 am. Cafés and restaurants open early in the summer to provide breakfast and lunches for anglers leaving on charters. You can order the day before and pick up your lunch on your way to the dock.
Realize that many charter operators do not have a regular place of business: their boat is their office! (How lucky is that?) When looking for your charter’s location you’ll be told the ramp number, float letter, and slip number. Your captain will tell you, for example, “Ramp 3, G Float, Slip 12,” and away you go! (See our Harbor map in the visitor guide)
The other way to find a fishing charter is to call one of our charter booking services. Most of them have their own boats, but work with other booking agents to help you find an open boat when theirs are full.
Halibut generally feed on the bottom, in ocean floor trenches or along continental shelves. Your captain (or deckhand) will bait your hook, hand you a rod with weights on the line, and coach you on the way to be a successful halibut fisherman. The crew wants you to catch fish, and although there’s no guarantee, Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet are rich fishing grounds!
If you do have the time to go on an overnight charter, your reward is two days’ worth of catch. A number of charters operate year-round and can take you out to catch other species, like “winter kings,” lingcod, rockfish and red snapper.