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Alaska Halibut Fishing

Updated: Feb 17

Alaska is a great place for fishing; these world-class waters are at the top of most people's fishing bucket lists. But people have prized the Pacific Halibut for millennia. In this post, we'll discuss the true experience of Alaska halibut fishing.

A man holding up a halibut the same size as himself, a prime example of Alaska halibut fishing in Elfin Cove
Alaska halibut fishing at it's finest, a 63" beauty!

Why Go Halibut Fishing in Alaska?

  • Monster Fish: Alaskan halibut are the stuff of legends. They can grow to enormous weights - regularly over 100 pounds and sometimes over 400! You can experience the fight of a lifetime with a "barn door" halibut.

  • Delicious and Nutritious: Halibut is a white, flaky fish revered for its delicate flavor and impressive nutritional value. Catching your own halibut means enjoying the freshest, most delicious seafood imaginable.

  • Spectacular Scenery: Alaska's natural beauty will take your breath away. Fishing in Alaska is about catching fish while enjoying the stunning mountains, wildlife, and clean waters.

Essential Tips for an Epic Adventure

  • Best Time to Go: The prime season for halibut fishing in Alaska is typically from May through September.

  • Get Your License: Make sure you obtain an Alaskan fishing license before your trip. Regulations change, so check ahead of time. (If you're fishing with us, it's included with our Multi-day Adventures).

  • Get Physical: Halibut fishing can be physically demanding. Prepare with some strength training and cardio before your trip to get the best experience.

  • Pack Smart: Alaska's weather can be unpredictable. Pack layers of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy, waterproof footwear. Check out our recommended gear list for surviving even the gnarliest weather while halibut fishing in Alaska!

Halibut Fast Facts:

- Pacific halibut can grow up to eight feet long and weigh over 500 pounds
- All halibut over 45 inches female and lay up to 4,000,000 eggs annually
- The oldest halibut on record was 55 years old but they average 25 years of age
- Halibut are born with an eye on either side of their head
- By six months of age the majority settle on their left side - Only 1 in 20,000 halibut lay on the right side
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