World Class Halibut, Lingcod and Yelloweye Rockfish are your target when you fish with Alaska Outdoor Adventures.
The Halibut fishing near Kodiak is rated by the Alaska Fish and game Department as some of the best in Alaska. All through the summer months, you can count on catching halibut which average 25-60 lb., with an occasional fish sometimes topping 300 pounds. Large halibut are common at our lodge with some fish over 100 lbs caught in a typical trip. Top quality gear is provided with Newell Reels or Diawa rods and a 6' stand up style tuna rod with 80 lb. test Diawa braided line the normal package. Unlike many areas in Alaska, the waters off Kodiak don't have strong tidal currents to contend with. This enables us to enjoy halibut fishing Alaska style at any time with no more than 1lb of weight. We usually fish on anchor using chunk bait and circle hooks. The use of circle hooks aids in the catch and release of smaller fish while waiting for the larger fish which are sure to follow. When halibut fishing we often fish as shallow as 45 feet and only fish deeper when fishing for yelloweye rockfish, Alaska cod or bigger halibut. Many times we will put down the terminal tackle and rig up with 7' rods and small bait casting reels and fish small jigs for halibut and rockfish. You will be surprised how big halibut will go after our offerings on light tackle. The only problem is it sometimes takes, for what seems, forever to subdue the big boys.
Halibut move into shallow waters around Kodiak starting in mid June. These fish are following the migrating sockeye salmon. Many of our biggest halibut have been taken in 50 feet of water or less. When the sockeyes start moving along the coastline toward their spawning areas you can rest assured the halibut are laying in wait.
Halibut fishing at Kodiak Island is much easier than other areas of Alaska. We can almost always stay out of strong tidal flows and catch fish in waters shallower than a 100 feet deep using less than 16 ounce sinkers. Many areas in Alaska require anglers to use 3 and 4 pound sinkers just to get to the bottom. We have less tidal flow in the areas we fish so we can use smaller sinkers and lighter jigs.
Halibut, for the most part, like bottom that is sandy or covered with small pebbles. Many times we find halibut laying in slight depressions along these sandy bottoms just waiting for salmon and candlefish to pass by. On more than one occasion, we have had halibut rise up to the surface to feed along side marauding salmon gorging on candlefish. This action is fast and furious and often done on light tackle using jigs and spinners.