Toll Free Number 1-866-541-5739
Captains Sherrie, Mike, Chance, & Tom Miller
Tel: 907-331-3113 or 907-331-4040
Full day only: $285/person
suggested tip $26.00 to $39.00/person
|May 1 to June 20th (June 20 - Sept 5 Combo Charters Only!)||$285/person|
We always include fishing for Red Snapper, Black Bass and Rock Fish as part of our fishing targets, and often catch Ling Cod as well. Our catch records stand among the best in the Seward area. Some charter operations sell Halibut + Rockfish as a combination charter, as they are specifically targeting multiple species. On a Miller's Landing charter, you can enjoy the economy of paying for a Halibut charter and will also be given time to catch your rockfish. We usually drift, and generally due to the nature of fishing over structure the way we do we catch all types of fish over the course of a drift, from King Salmon to Giant Pacific Octopus (yes, Kings - even with halibut tackle). We do not rush out, try to catch your limit of Halibut as fast as possible, and rush home - if we limit out on our target species, we will try to get another type of fish, or offer our clients an upgrade to a Combination Charter to make the most of the day. During the peak season of June 24 - August 7th, all of our charters are Combination Charters, unless the whole boat agrees to target a single species (if everybody just wants to hunt for a huge Halibut, for example). We are happy to find a boat for you - however large or small your group is, and whatever your fishing interests are, just ask!
Our method of fishing is different than many other Halibut charters, and it's worked well for us for over 32 years. We normally drift over our fishing areas and then pull up, move back over them and drift again. Although we do drop anchor sometimes, we generally don't anchor and sit in one spot all day. While this method is popular and productive, an attentive guide will be able to locate where the fish are on the structure while drifting, as opposed to sitting, chumming, and hoping the fish come to you before your anchor drags or boat swings in the tide change. It allows us to use lighter tackle, which means instead of 3lbs of lead or more to get to and stay on the bottom, we only have to use 1lb. When we fish on a drift, you must constantly be watching your gear, as the depth changes while the boat moves over the structure. You will also notice you catch fish all through the water column, on the way down at the start of a drift and on the way up, which is something you miss when sitting at anchor. This also means that you are actively engaged in fishing, your rod is not sitting in a holder all day while you wait for something to happen, and most of our clients find this a highly rewarding experience. You will feel the fish bite with the rod in your hands, you will hook the fish yourself, and you will reel it up - this is not always an industry standard.
Fishing the way we do can be costly for an operator. Gear can get hooked up on the bottom more frequently while drift fishing, mismanaged lines can get tangled, and it's also harder for the captain who has to control the rate of drift, which is one reason why other operators don't make this a common practice. Anchoring can be incredibly fruitful, and it makes a lot of sense - we do anchor and chum occasionally as well. Our clients often comment that they caught fish all day long - and this is often the result of this extra effort.
Generally we fish between 100 and 450 feet, with an average of about 300 feet. It takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours weather depending to get to the best fishing grounds, and we often travel West when most of the charter fleet heads East. This allows for faster travel to the grounds, often a more diverse catch, more protected fishing areas if the weather comes up, and gorgeous scenery. The Kenai Fjords National park is accessed only 30-45 minutes from where we typically fish, we often encounter whales and other sea life while fishing, and we always slow the boat down to take a closer look at wildlife if we encounter it whilst traveling. It is an absolutely stunning environment in which to spend your day, rain or shine.
Often the most desired and largest fish of Alaskaís sport fisheries. They are plentiful in our waters throughout our season, and can be caught May through September. Sport caught halibut usually range from 20 to 50 lbs. although larger fish are not uncommon. People frequently ask how big the halibut we catch are - that question is impossible to answer from day to day. We commonly catch fish over 100 lbs, we commonly catch average sized halibut as well. Fishing is fishing, friends, and it's up to you to listen to your guide, attend your line, and do your best to maximize your catch! We've caught 156lb halibut on salmon rods while fishing for rockfish, with a tiny little hook and skimpy piece of herring, and we've caught 300lb halibut on whole salmon carcases threaded with circle hooks at 400'. Nobody can forecast a day of fishing - Nobody.
Ling season opens July 1st. Minimum legal size is 35 inches, but we won't keep them unless they're over 36". These fish can grow to over 80 lbs. They look like prehistoric sea monsters, and are apex predators, often shunning bait and going instead for an actively worked jig. Lings can be caught at almost any depth but we catch most of them at 30 to 275 feet. Many people prefer the moist, succulent, white meat of ling cod to halibut. Lings are often caught pre season and must be released prior to July 1st.
Black Bass are both easy (sometimes) and fun (always) to catch. They are the most prolific of the rockfish species and are found near shallow rocky areas. Fishermen are limited to a set number of pelagic and nonpelagic rockfish per day, and we make an effort to catch both to reach the limit. These fish average about 4 to 5 pounds but range up to 12 pounds. We often fish for them with light/medium weight tackle. These fish are great fun for young and big kids alike as they hit fast and furious, are located all throughout the water column near structure, and can liven up a lull in the bite. They are excellent fried, baked, or blackened.
Red Snapper or Yellow Eye Rockfish are one of the tastiest fish we catch, and also one of the oldest. They are a non pelagic rockfish, which means they're one of 32 different species in the same such classification caught in Alaska. Other non pelagic rockfish we catch are Copper, China, Silvergray, Tiger, et al. They are generally speaking all of the "colorful" species of rockfish. Red Snapper and their non pelagic bretheren live to be incredibly old - they grow about an inch per year, dont start breeding until they're 7, and the eggs have less than a 1% survival rate. They live where they are born, and as such are limited in most areas to 1 per person per day. They are incredibly good eating, gorgeous fish which initially hit like a truck. Red Snapper can get up to 32 lbs, and we've had them swallow whole salmon on halibut gear. They are generally caught while fishing for halibut and ling cod.
*Buying Fishing Licenses and King Salmon Stamps Online:
Buy your fishing and hunting license online at: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/store/
*2015 Fishing Regulations Online - Full Sport Fishing Regulations for State of Alaska
Check out this link: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/fishregulations/PDFs/southcentral/2015SCCompleteBook.pdf
*2015 Fishing Regulations Online - Sport Fishing Regulations for Seward Area (North Gulf Coast):
Check out this link: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/fishregulations/PDFs/southcentral/2015SCnorthgulfcoast.pdf
The Seward Halibut Derby runs from June 1st through the 30th. Millerís Landing will be selling tickets for the Halibut Derby from their campground store.
Bent Rod w/Ling
Red Snapper and a Fish On!
Captain Mike's Halibut
Captain Mike's 220 lb halibut! Caught on a homemade jig
Halibut & Red Snapper!
Please note: Miller's Landing encourages only guaranteed prepaid reservations. Unlike many other states, Alaska has a very short tourist season which can make it difficult for us to rebook when we have cancellations without ample notice.
If you are booking a charter and lodging and your charter , water taxi or kayaking is cancelled due to weather you are still responsible for the lodging or camping reservations and the normal cancellation policy applies. All of our activities are possible during rain, so rain does not constitute a cancellation. Miller's Landing is not responsible for vehicle break downs, personal emergencies, flight delays, health issues or other unforeseen hardships. We will try very hard to work with you but the cancellation policy will need to be applied if we cannot issue a raincheck or find an alternative solution that appeals to both parties.
Please understand that Miller's Landing also incurs a hefty financial merchant fee from our bank for the cost of charging your credit card and again for the cost of refunding it, and there is also a cost involved for the time involved in processing and refunding your reservation in employee costs. Our goal when taking your reservation is to have a solid, guaranteed prepaid reservation. We strongly discourage the practice of making reservations without having an airline ticket or making tentative reservations. Thank you for your understanding.