Big Dan’s Fishing Charters and Riverfront Lodge

Homer, Seward, and Soldotna, Alaska


Big Dan’s Fishing  Charters offers the best saltwater fishing trips in Homer and Seward, plus outstanding river charters on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers! We have an excellent reputation that we take pride in, and as a result our customer return rates are high. Our Homer fishing trips target 1-5 different species depending on the area fished, including halibut, salmon, rockfish, lingcod and yelloweye. In Seward we fish for halibut, salmon, lingcod and rockfish and offer both glacier tours and scenic/wildlife viewing. Back at home base at our lodge right on the Kenai River, we host river charters for king, sockeye and silver salmon, as well as provide salmon charters on the Kasilof River. We offer competitive rates for the following:

Homer is the Halibut Capital of the World and the fishing is always great! Enjoy the views of snow-capped mountains and glaciers in Kachemak Bay. Witnessing the natural show put on by Orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, seals, puffins, and sea lions could occur on your excursion, so be sure to bring your camera. Big Dan’s Fishing Charters offer a variety of full day and overnight charters out of Homer, a variety of Seward day trips for fishing or sightseeing, as well as guided salmon fishing on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. Stay with us in in your own private 2 or 3-bedroom cabins in Soldotna on the banks of the Kenai River at Big Dan’s Riverfront Lodge. Give Sarah a call and we will do our best to help plan the fishing trip you’ve always imagined. We have 2 Homer based catamarans to choose from, the Game Changer and our new massive catamaran added for 2022—the Double Down. The BlackJack is our six pack based in Seward. Our fleet has the finest boats of all Homer, Alaska fishing charters and the Kenai Peninsula.

The Fleet

The Double Down

The F/V Double Down is our brand new 50-foot Catamaran that easily fishes 12 anglers. This new massive vessel is under construction at Brix Marine right now and we can’t wait to get it in the water. This new boat is going to be the most incredible charter boat in Homer, only ahead of our other boat the Game Changer.

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The Game Changer

Our F/V Game Changer is our 42’ Catamaran- 12 passenger vessel. This boat will feel like you are at home on the water. It’s loaded with luxurious accommodations that provides you with first class comfort while on the ocean. In addition to elusive amenities, this vessel is suited with quad 425 Yamaha motors equaling 1700 horsepower! That means less time traveling and more time fishing. We also have 2 deckhands on board to ensure you get a quality trip. Game Changer is massive and comfortable. Guests love it for day trips and overnights.

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The Blackjack

The F/V Blackjack is a 31-foot, 6-passenger, single hull vessel with comfortable seating, sleeping berth, microwave, coffee maker, and bathroom. The Blackjack’s twin 300 Yamaha motors get you to your Seward fishing spot fast.

Not only do the Double Down, Game Changer and Blackjack have all the amenities you could ask for, they also have the speed to get you to your fishing destinations faster than most other boats. We have top of the line equipment to ensure that your fishing experience is exceptional. We have very experienced captains that not only love to fish, but they love to have a good time. You won’t have to worry about having an inexperienced captain. Captains Dan, Jesse, and Andy have the utmost respect for clients and want to ensure that you get the most out of your vacation. We know you will have an experience to remember!

four fishermen holding big halibut on board Big Dan's fishing vessel
  • Best Halibut Fishing in Alaska

  • Experience Homer or Seward Fishing

passengers on board the Game Changer with their double limit catch
  • Double Limits

  • All Inclusvie

smiling faces on board the Game Changer after a day of fishing
  • Groups up to 12 people

  • Great for large families or groups

Big Dan’s Riverfront Lodge

Formerly Smokin’ Joe’s Lodge, Big Dan’s Riverfront Lodge is conveniently located 2 miles from the center of Soldotna, Alaska. Big Dan’s Fishing Charters is excited to add Soldotna lodging to the list of adventures we provide. Each cabin comes with:

  • Cozy, spacious cabins with full kitchens & 52” flat screen televisions w/ cable

  • Private freezer to store fish

  • Private riverfront fishing for guests

  • Fire pit on an incredible deck overlooking the Kenai River

Kenai River | Guided Salmon Fishing

Big Dan’s Fishing offers Kenai River fishing for kings, reds and silvers. These trips are super fun with our river guide Nate, AKA the Vanilla Gorilla. Captain Nate will pick you up in our quiet slough right beside our Kenai Riverfront lodge. You can stay with us at the lodge and be right there to fish in the morning.  We can also provide Kasilof River king fishing trips for those who wish to harvest kings. On the Kenai we encourage catch and release fishing for kings, while sockeye and coho are more abundant and great for harvest.

  • Kenai River Guided Salmon Fishing Trips

  • Kasilof River Guided King Salmon Fishing

  • DIY Riverfront Salmon Fishing Right from the Lodge

Read About Us in Fish Alaska Magazine

Big Dan’s Fishing Charters: A Shared Experience Aboard the Game Changer 

Arriving early in the morning at the Homer dock, we met our boat mates, new friends we would be fishing with for the next 48 hours. My buddy, Dave Atcheson, and I were both excited to be there. We reside on the Kenai Peninsula and get to fish a lot, yet each new Alaskan adventure can be epic, to be reminisced about for decades to come. Joining us on this adventure would be a group of three from California, a couple from Ohio and four brothers from various states. Our common denominator was being stricken with enthusiasm for the coming adventure. [Read More]

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