When is the best time to fish halibut in Alaska? That is a pretty easy question to answer, because halibut fishing in Alaska is usually quite good. Though there are some points to consider.

May through Mid-June

The early season window of May through mid-June offers enough benefits to put that timeframe in the conversation. Firstly, there’s less crowds on the water and in the city of Homer. Secondly, weather is often good, and the days are long, considering that the summer solstice falls on June 21. Halibut are on the prowl, having come up from their deep wintering haunts into shallower waters in search of calorie-rich targets. These apex predators are the largest flatfish in the world and will eat herring, squid, Pacific cod, greenling, salmon, and pretty much anything they can chase down and fit in their mouths. They are fun to catch and some of the best fish on the planet to eat.

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Another consideration when determining the best time to fish halibut in Alaska revolves around where you will stay. Halibut trips usually begin early in the day, so it pays to come down to the Kenai Peninsula the night before. After a long, fun, fish-catching day on the ocean, followed by photos with the varied-species fish hauls, most anglers are pretty worn out and ready for a good night’s sleep. At Big Dan’s Fishing Charters, we help with that. We offer lodging and fishing packages.

From May through mid-June, we are offering some specials on our two and three-bedroom units. The two-bedroom unit is $329 per night and the three-bedroom unit is $379 per night. That’s more than half off from our peak-season price. If you are an Alaska resident, you can avoid the long drive home after an action-packed day on the saltwater.

If you are a visiting angler from outside of Alaska, our lodging in Soldotna is a centralized home base for you to enjoy the myriad of fishing and sightseeing opportunities on the Kenai Peninsula. Good fishing, and a great deal on lodging; May through mid-June might just be the best time to fish halibut in Alaska.

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Best time to fish for halibut in Alaska
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Generally speaking, there are less anglers on the water and we have more availability in May through mid-June than the rest of the season. July and August can get pretty darn busy in southcentral Alaska. Rightfully so since the fishing is great. But May through mid-June offers a little less hustle and bustle. A few more parking spaces, and a little more room to stretch your legs, all the while enjoying excellent flatfish angling. Take it all under advisement: availability, discounted lodging and good fishing. It’s easy to see how May through mid-June could be the best time to fish halibut in Alaska with Big Dan’s Fishing Charters.

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