Homer Alaska Fishing Report and Forecast for 2021
Homer Alaska fishing means different things to different people, but for many years it has been touted as the “Halibut Capital of the World.” Homer is certainly a bona fide port for halibut sportfishing, but there are other Homer Alaska fishing opportunities, too.
Some would think of winter kings when they think of Homer Alaska fishing. Winter king fishing has been better this year than in previous years. Winter king fishing typically means fishing from September 1st through March 31st, according to regulations. The daily bag limit for winter kings is two fish per day, with no annual limit, and the fish don’t count towards the summer annual limit of five kings.
Winter kings, sometimes called feeder kings, feed aggressively and if you find them, good catches are common. Winter kings can range from 6 to over 30 pounds. It’s a trolling game. Trolling anglers watch the fish finder and put the baits or lures where the fish are. Many troll with downriggers, using herring with or without a flasher. Others troll spoons or other lures. Regardless of the lure or bait, the most important thing is to find the fish.
If your plans include Homer Alaska fishing, Big Dan’s Fishing would be a good choice to consider. For Homer fishing, seaworthy vessels are a must, and Big Dan’s 42-foot, 12-passenger catamaran, Game Changer and 31-foot, 6-passenger Blackjack are great boats for Cook Inlet. In 2022, the 50-foot Double Down, a bigger version of the Game Changer, will be available and especially great for long-range, overnight trips. Overnight trips offer anglers the possibility of double halibut limits, and with more time on the fishing grounds, anglers can be more selective about the halibut they keep. Overnight trips take anglers to waters less fished.
Big Dan’s recently purchased Smokin’ Joe’s Lodge on the Kenai River. It is now called Big Dan’s Riverfront Lodging. They’ve upgraded the four cabins and facilities. Cabins are all self-contained and private, and include a private freezer to store fish, full kitchen, cable TV and a 52” screen, restrooms and more. Guests can fish right on the property, and have the option for guided river-fishing trips. With a fantastic saltwater fleet, freshwater fishing both in the Kenai and Kasilof, and outstanding riverfront lodging on the Kenai, Big Dan’s is a company where you arrange all your Homer Alaska fishing, without having to deal with multiple operations.
Weather permitting, Homer Alaska fishing can be pursued year-round, with kings the primary target in the winter, but halibut, rockfish, lingcod (after July 1st) and silver salmon adding to the action throughout the course of the summer and into fall.