Salmon Fishing Trips In Homer, Alaska
Salmon Fishing Overview
We offer full day salmon fishing trips out of Homer, Alaska on our 6-passenger boats. Please plan on a full day on the water, approximately 8 hours. Travel to the fishing grounds varies anywhere from 1-3 hours, this all depends on weather, tide and where the salmon have been biting. Ocean fishing for salmon in Alaska is done by trolling using downriggers. Trolling is pulling baits at varied depths to attract salmon. The boat usually cruises around .5 – 3 knots to lure the salmon in.
Salmon Species You Will Catch
While we target king salmon and silver salmon primarily, there are 5 species of salmon caught in Homer, Alaska. King (chinook), silver (coho), chum (dog), pink (humpy) and red (sockeye). Kings are caught year round whereas silvers are caught mid July – early September. We fish for salmon by trolling with downriggers.Book Your Trip
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When & Where To Catch Salmon
Here in Homer, Alaska we catch king salmon year round in Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska. Silver salmon start to run in our area mid July into early September, so if they are a hopeful target please aim for this timeframe.
We offer winter king salmon fishing and crabbing trips October – February.
The 5 species of salmon…
King (Chinook) – the largest species of salmon, they run up rivers April – July, but are found year round in the saltwater around Homer.
Chum (Dog) – the second largest species of salmon. They typically run mid June – August.
Red (Sockeye) – uncommon to catch in saltwater because their diet is mainly plankton. They run typically June – July.
Silver (Coho) – the most aggressive of the 5 salmon species. They usually run mid July – early September.
Pink (Humpy) – the smallest and most plentiful of the salmons, delicious when prepared freshly caught and a wonderful smoked fish. They generally run from the middle of June – August.
Salmon Fishing Rules & Limits
Alaska fishing regulations are updated yearly, but for the 2023 season salmon regulations and limits are as follows:
- 2 king salmon/person/day EXCEPT between May 15th – July 31st 1 king salmon/person/day, annual limit 5
- 3 silver salmon/person/day
- Total bag limit of salmon is 6/person/day (max of 2 kings and max of 3 silvers)
We do our very best to help you catch your limit, but it is not guaranteed.
What To Bring & Wear
We always recommend dressing in warm layers with a waterproof outermost layer. Waterproof boots are a plus, but not essential. Please pack a lunch and any snacks/drinks for the day. Have your fishing license with a king salmon stamp.
Learn more about what to wear and bring here.
How To Ship Salmon Home
Our crew will fillet all of your fish and have it ready to be picked up by the fish processor upon returning back to the dock. We highly recommend Homer Fish Processing. They will meet you at the boat to pick up your fish fillets and will vacuum seal and freeze to your specifications. They are able to ship your fish directly from their facility in insulated boxes. However, the most economical way of getting fish home is to take your insulated box of fish as one of your checked bags on the airplane. Please call Homer Fish Processing for current shipping rates.
Learn more about shipping your salmon home here.