We Love Fish
While a variety of fish abounds in the icy waters of our Bay, Homer is best known as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World". Visitors get a thrill from hooking the large, white fish. Anglers return year after year for the thrill of catching them. Fishing for salmon runs a close second in popularity. Most people fish for salmon in the summer, but the fish are here year-round and keep enthusiasts well-entertained. Homer's Winter King Salmon Tournament is the premier fishing tournament in Alaska with over 1500 anglers and in 2021 we handed out cash prizes of $238,309. The date for 28th Annual Homer Winter King Tournament is April 9th, 2022.
The Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Spit is stocked with king and silver salmon. You can surf cast from the Spit. Other species abound in the waters of Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet, including rockfish and lingcod. Don't worry about getting your fish home since several processors and packers prepare your seafood for a safe travel home. Whether ocean fishing or river fishing for salmon, Dolly Varden or steelhead, anglers can plan on a fun and challenging outing.
Whatever your fishing expectations, you can do it in or from Homer. You can even bring your own boat and launch from Homer’s safe and convenient harbor. Fishing is not just a sport in Homer, but it’s a fun way to spend the day, see Alaska, enjoy your family and the great outdoors.
Mind the Weather & Tides
When fishing or walking the shores of Homer, The Kenai Peninsula and Turnagain Arm (check out the Boretide), it's important (and fascinating), to watch the tides and weather. Remember to be cautious of the high tide differentials! The sand you are walking on now may be several feet under ocean water later on, or become an island due to the nature of the flow of the tide.
All fishing requires a sport-fishing license, so check with Alaska Department of Fish and Game to secure the correct license.
Almost any day of the year, you can watch fresh iced salmon, halibut and other catches being lifted from holds of commercial fishing boats by large yellow cranes on the fish dock at the far end of the Homer Harbor. Some will be served on tables in distant places within 48 hours. Some will be on grills in Homer restaurants before the day's end. The fresh salmon you order at your favorite dining place this evening undoubtedly came from the crystal clear waters of area fisheries.
The fishing fleet has gotten more sophisticated, using onboard computers and satellite navigation tools to make their hot spots, but it's still hard, dangerous, and most will tell you, exciting work. Several species of salmon, as well as halibut, cod and other bottom fish, are harvested from these cold waters for seafood consumers around the world. At a time when farmed fish are flooding markets, discriminating diners look for Alaska Wild Salmon, knowing it means a natural and healthy product.
Seafood buyers and processors on the Kenai Peninsula, along with the huge fishing fleet, form one of the solid foundations of the economy in Homer.