Nearby Cook Inlet and surrounding waters hold some of the most accessible and predictable halibut fishing in all of Alaska. This vast area offers the choice of Cook Inlet or the Gulf of Alaska via Homer or Seward. The major difference between Cook Inlet trips departing from Ninilchik or Anchor Point vs trips departing from Homer or Seward is the run time to the fishing grounds and species available.
From the beach in Ninilchik or Anchor point, tractors launch you into the surf and put you 20-45 minutes from prime fishing grounds. Seward and Homer are 1.5 hours from Soldotna vs. 45 minutes to Ninilchik and the run in the boat to the fishing waters can be 1.5 to 3.0 hours. On July 1, boats from Homer and Seward offer long-range multi-species trips for halibut, lingcod, and rockfish or halibut and salmon and for those looking to take an abundance of fish home, these trips are very appealing. For those not looking to spend 10-12 hours on the salt water but would like to take a nice box of halibut home, the Cook Inlet straight halibut trip is ideal.