Our combination halibut and salmon fishing charters from Seward, AK, target everything that is in season June 20 – September 8. September 5-8, 2024 will be available as Book the Boat only.
Halibut & King Salmon Fishing Charter Combo
- Early Season Book the Boat 6am - 6pm: 10 anglers & 6 passengers max Exclusive use of the boat for up to 16 Apr 11 - June 18
- Early Season Book the Boat 6am - 5pm: 6 anglers max Exclusive use of the boat for up to 6 Apr 11 - Jun 18
Full-Day Halibut and King Salmon Fishing Charter Seward, Alaska
On a Miller’s Landing Full Day Fishing Charter for Halibut/King Salmon we attempt to catch our daily limits of Halibut, King Salmon, and Rockfish! Departing at 6am, we will head to where we believe the best fishing can be had. This may mean venturing 60+ miles to the Western entrance of Prince William Sound to target the spring king fishery off Cape Cleare. We target Kings by trolling or mooching with both hardware and bait, working gear through the water column.
Some of our largest halibut have been harvested in the spring during species-specific charters – this is a wonderful time of year to target both species.
When the weather does not permit the exposed run East, we will push West and ply the barrier islands, moraines, and dynamic submerged structures of the Kenai Fjords National Park. The weather here can be more protected, and the fishing is much more diverse, not to mention stunningly beautiful.
We offer these trips from May 1-June 19, before the Silver Salmon typically arrive. Time is split between Halibut and King Salmon depending on tides and the primary target of the clientele, and we generally allocate some time for rock fishing always with the goal to come in with our limit. After June 19th, if you’d like to book a King / Hali combination trip, please just give us a call and we can likely arrange it for you so long as it is a whole boat booking – the price for trips post 6/19 may vary.
Many of our fishing spots have views of the fjords, glaciers, rookeries and feeding/nesting grounds for whales and sea birds.
King or (chinook) Salmon are the largest local salmon we can target, with sizes ranging from 10 – 50+ pounds. The “feeder kings” we target are king salmon that are not yet bound for the river. These fish go to sea for up to 8 years before returning to freshwater to spawn. The state of Alaska limits harvest to either one or two king salmon per person, depending on the area we are fishing.
Note that Halibut fishing regulations for commercial operators are announced in March each year, and we will update this page as we learn these for 2024. If you’re planning to visit during these dates, or hoped to go fishing on a Wednesday, the most common closure day, the Best of Alaska fishing/sightseeing/kayaking tour or half day salmon/rockfish tours are other great options!
A unique charter experience
A feeder king is a beautiful thing, both in the water and on the table. We treat these fish with reverence and respect both on and off the water, and take the best care possible with your catch from the time it leaves the water. We only allow the senior crew to filet these fish, and we endeavour to harvest every bit for your homeback.
During the Silver Salmon run (usually June 20th – the end of the season) we offer our flagship Combination Fishing Charters for all species which truly makes the most of the day and our world-class fishery.
Cleaning and filleting of your fish and a private hanging station back at the landing for photos is included in your adventure. Your fishing experience will be enhanced while using purpose-built custom rods made in the USA and field-tested by our own crew for production by [Talon Rods]
(https://www.millerslandingak.com/fishing/saltwater-charters/fishing-gear.htm). All fishing tackle is rigged and tied by hand in house by our captains and crew!
Please know that fuel is the largest expense we have as charter operators. Our prices reflect the price of fuel at the time of publishing. In previous years we have not added a fuel surcharge, however, due to the volatile and uncertain nature of fuel prices, Millers Landing reserves the right to add a fuel surcharge to the trip rates.
A fuel surcharge will only be applied in the event of soaring fuel prices based on the price of fuel at the time of your charter. Should the price of marine fuel remain under $4.50 per gallon there will be no additional charge.
This will ensure that we are able to take you to the best fishing grounds without regard for the cost of fuel or how far we must travel. By adding a fee schedule we can mitigate that concern, and provide you the ultimate fishing experience.
|PRICE OF FUEL||FUEL SURCHARGE|
|UNDER $4.50 PER GALLON||NO SURCHARGE|
|$4.51 – $5.00 PER GALLON||$10 PER PERSON PER DAY|
|$5.01 – $6.00 PER GALLON||$20 PER PERSON PER DAY|
|$6.01 – $7.00 PER GALLON||$30 PER PERSON PER DAY|
|$7.01 – $8.00 PER GALLON||$40 PER PERSON PER DAY|
Get ready for a day full of stunning views, good company, and a true Alaskan fishing experience that will leave you with several great fishing stories! Some halibut fishing charter departures can be booked to include a fully guided kayaking day trip to the glaciers, for those in your party not interested in fishing, but wanting to stay with the group. We also often use this vessel to drop off kayakers in the national park — this is the reason for the later return and does not cut into your fishing time, nor does it affect where we fish.
Below is more information about our itinerary, fishing regulations, and competitions.
The store facility opens at 5AM each morning, to prepare for departure
Free coffee is available at the store for your enjoyment, and there are small snacks, but lunch and drinks should be planned. (Please refrain when packing meals from bringing alcohol aboard the vessel, as the official policy of Miller’s Landing for the safety of everyone is that no alcohol be consumed while aboard).
The Fox Willie departs at 6AM and returns by ~6PM and provides a fishing charter platform for up to 10 for an all day excursion, with the ability to carry 6 additional clients (friends and family of the crew or other passengers) in the capacity of a water taxi to the Fjords for guided kayaking among the glaciers.
The boat is comfortable and beamy at 36×13′ length overall. There’s room for everyone to sit inside during transit, and while the boat could be packed with 16 fishing passengers, the taxi portion allows us to let those extra people off, and open the whole boat up for 10. With over 30′ of rail space on each side of the boats full walk around cabin, it allows a generous fishing space for 5 on each side to utilize.
The kayaking excursions are offered to those booking the charter at a discount – if those in your family are interested in going on a kayaking/sightseeing tour, we can take them on the same departure and return.
The boat will load everyone at the same time, depart at 6am, drop off crew (when aboard) by 8am, and will be within minutes of the fishing grounds and ready to start. The earlier departure time affords 1 hour additional boat time at no extra charge. I.E: When no such kayaking/taxi exists, the fishermen have the boat for the additional 1 hours to fish (if necessary) at no additional charge.
When you arrive back at Millers Landing, we hang the fish for pictures, filet them for you, or process them in any other specified way. Then we send you into town to a recommended packer to freeze, heat pack, cold pack, or ship your fish for you.
The early departure time is intended to be value added to the fishing crew at all turns – whether it’s having the opportunity to see a glacier or having an extra hour to fish, or just being able to keep the family or group with different interests together on the same day trip. The vessel’s high tunnel catamaran design allows for fast travel through choppy weather, as well as high initial stability for those who dread sea sickness.
The Thomasea departs at 6AM and returns by ~5PM and provides a fishing charter platform for up to 6 on an all-day excursion, with the ability to land on the beach as well for loading and unloading with its landing craft design. The vessel is 32×11′ length overall and is very capable in seas. The full walk-around house provides plenty of deck space for the fishing crew, while its cabin is cozy and dry during transit times or to make a snack. The 6 person’s capacity allows for a more private experience while out and about. Trips are due to return by 5 pm.
Buy your fishing and hunting license online at: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/store/ – these can be printed out ahead of time, but must be on your person whenever you fish!
The Seward Halibut Derby has been discontinued until further notice.
The Seward Silver Salmon Derby runs the 2nd Saturday of August every year, and is not only Alaska’s oldest fishing derby, but also the highest-dollar cash prize fishing derby in Alaska. You can buy tickets right at the store, and it’s a blast!
Make sure you have comfortable shoes and warm layers for fishing outside on the bow, good rain gear is also essential. The boat is heated inside with comfortable seating so don’t worry, there is always a space for you to crash. We also recommend lunch, snacks, and water.
Don’t forget medical necessities, and if you get seasick and are using Dramamine, to take it an hour before departure.
Enjoy world-class fishing for all species using Thrasher and Seeker rods, Avet and Shimano reels, and hand-tied gear using top-end components! Read more about our equipment here!
We have 2 full day charter platforms – Both are custom built landing craft and load directly off the beach either in front of Miller’s Landing or nearby at a public beach if the tide is excessively low (transportation is provided if this is the case). Both boats include a captain and deckhand, a marine toilet, full bottom fishing and salmon fishing gear, heated indoor seating, and all safety equipment.
- A $10 cancellation fee is imposed for all reservations cancelled.
- Cancellations must be received by email only to [email protected]. The cancellation notice date is the date the email was received at [email protected] Phone cancellations will not be accepted.
- Cancellations received by email 30 days prior to the first day of the reservation are charged a $10 cancellation fee and you will receive a refund of 90% of the total amount of the reservation.
- Cancellations received by email 15 to 29 days prior to the first day of the reservation are charged a $10 cancellation charge and you will receive a 75% refund. of the total amount of the reservation.
- Cancellations received by email 14 days to zero days prior to arrival are charged a $10 cancellation fee and you will receive a 50% refund only if we are able to rebook your camping, cabin, fishing, kayaking, watertaxi, shuttle, lunch, or activity. If we are not able to rebook your reservation then no refunds will be issued and. You must call or e-mail Miller’s Landing post date of cancelled stay in order for us to research whether or not your site booked. Sites that were booked of course qualify for the 50% refund, sites that were not unfortunately do not.
- In some situations a raincheck worth 75% of your reservation may be issued at the discretion of Miller’s Landing management instead of the applicable cancellation charge. If this option appeals to you please suggest this at the time of cancellation. Rainchecks are good for one year and may be used for activities, camping or lodging owned by Miller’s Landing or towards the cost of hats, tee shirts, gifts, etc. sold in the Miller’s Landing store or items sold online. For items purchased online the customer is expected to pay for the cost of postage. Rainchecks may NOT be transferred to another person.
- A 100% refund will be issued for any activity that was cancelled due to weather by Miller’s Landing. Miller’s Landing reserves the right to determine weather cancellations. Rain does not constitute cancellations.
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.
What to Catch
Pacific Halibut is the most desired and largest fish of Alaska’s sport fisheries. They are plentiful in our waters throughout the season and can be caught May-September. Sport-caught Halibut usually range from 20-50 lbs, although larger fish are not uncommon. People frequently ask about the size of the halibut we catch, but that question is impossible to answer from day to day. We commonly catch fish over 100 lbs, but we commonly catch average-sized Halibut as well. 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. We’ve also caught 300lb Halibut on whole Salmon carcases threaded with circle hooks at 400′. Nobody can forecast a day of fishing, but we work as hard as we can to make it a success.
Halibut cannot be fished on Wednesdays, and there are usually block days on Tuesdays (these have not been disclosed for 2023).
King SalmonChinook - Spring salmon - Blackmouth
These are the largest Pacific salmon species which is why they have the word ‘king’ in their name. King salmon live around five years in the ocean, some have lived to eight, they can grow as long as 4.9 feet and up to 129 pounds. Their typical length and weight are 3 ft and 30 lbs. We don’t target kings but can definitely catch them. If you would like to try and harvest a king salmon the spring combo trip is the best time to try.
(2023 limits have not been released) In 2022, each person is allowed one a day, 28 inches or greater, with a limit of four salmon each year.
Pelagic RockfishBlack Bass - Dusky - Widow - Yellowtail - Blue
Black Bass are both exciting and fun to catch. They are the most prolific of the pelagic 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 rock structure, and can liven up a lull in the bite. They are excellent fried, baked, or blackened.
Three per day, per person, no size limit
Non-Pelagic RockfishYellow Eye - Red Snapper
Yellow Eye Rockfish are one of the tastiest fish we catch, and also one of the oldest. They are non-pelagic rockfish, which means they’re one of 32 different species in the same classification caught in Alaska. Other non-pelagic rockfish we catch are Copper, China, Silver gray, Tiger, et al. They are generally speaking all of the “colorful” species of rockfish. Red Snapper and their non-pelagic brethren live to be incredibly old – they grow about an inch per year, don’t 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 the whole salmon on halibut gear. They are generally caught while fishing for halibut and ling cod.
One per day, per person, we do not keep the little ones, but release them using deep sea release mechanism.
Pacific CodAlaska Cod - Gray Cod - True Cod
While Pacific Cod are not the target species around here, they are great eating and fun to catch. There is never a guarantee of when we catch them. Some days we are “covered up with cod” while halibut fishing and it’s as fast as you get to the bottom. These fish live up to 20 years and grow up to 6 ft in length. Pacific Cod migrate as far as 490 miles in a year from the Gulf of Alaska to the west coast of Norway. Cod is quite healthy like most fish and is great cooked in butter on a hot skillet.
No limit as of now for the 2023 season.
LingcodBuffalo Cod - Cultus Cod
Ling season opens July 1st, and they aren’t actually Cod at all! Lings are members of the Greenling family, and in some cases their flesh is naturally tinted green or blue, turning white when cooked. They eat a great deal of chlorophyll, lending the fish its unusual tint. 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 30-275 feet. Many people prefer the moist, succulent, white meat of Ling Cod to Halibut. Lings are often caught pre-season but must be released prior to July 1st.
One per person, after July 1st only, minimum legal size is 35 inches, but we won’t keep them unless they’re over 36 inches.