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Multi-Species Combo Fishing Charter

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Person
$425
6am - 6pm Up to 10 people fishing, 6 more as passengers, exclusive use of the boat
$5950
6am - 5pm Up to 6 people - exclusive use of the boat
$2550

Seward, Alaska Fishing Charter: Salmon, Halibut, Rock Fish & Ling Cod

Head out into the stunning Gulf of Alaska and experience a truly Alaskan Charter with Miller’s Landing. These are our most popular charters offered during the peak of the fishing season, June 20 – September 10, when the silvers are readily accessible.

Our catch records stand among the best in the Seward area. While other outfitters may market halibut/rockfish combos, salmon/ling cod combos, or halibut/salmon combos as specific species trips, this Miller’s Landing combination charter targets all of the sport fish caught in our region, all day long. Our combination halibut and salmon fishing charters from Seward, AK, target everything that is in season at the time and include fishing for red snapper, black bass, and all manner of rockfish as well as ling cod and halibut. (Ling cod may only be harvested on charters taken after July 1.) So join us for an amazing fishing experience with our talented captains, where you may also enjoy the amazing Alaskan landscape, their local knowledge, marine wildlife, and fishing stories that will be told for years to come.

Non-Halibut Wednesdays

Note that Halibut fishing is closed to commercial operators on all Wednesdays for the 2023, we may learn about more additional closures in March. If you’re planning to visit during these dates, or hoped to go fishing on a Wednesday, the Best of Alaska fishing/sightseeing/kayaking tour or half day salmon/rockfish tours are other great options!

How do we fish with the Miller’s Landing charter boats?

We drift fish as well as anchor and chum.

When anchored, we set up near the structure depending on the direction of the current, and then keep the scent trail moving by chumming and maintaining fresh bait on hooks. We work hard and fast to maximize our drift in order to spend as much time catching as possible. During the peak season of June 24 – August 7, all of our Seward fishing charters are combination charters. Unless the whole boat agrees to target a single species (if everybody just wants to hunt for a huge ling cod, for example), we target the entire variety of species!

We are happy to find a boat for you to fish from – however large or small your group is, and whatever your fishing interests are, just ask!

We mooch for our salmon on a drift, which is very productive and popular in our area among all operators. Our method of fishing is often different from other charters, and it’s worked well for us for over 35 years; most of our clients find this to be a highly rewarding and engaging experience. Once we find the fish, salmon can literally pour over the side of the boat — we’ve had days where we’ve limited out in under 30 minutes (that’s eight limits of fish, 1.6 salmon per minute!) and of course, we have days when they are jumping everywhere and not touching a hook for hours. With our drifting method, often the result of our extra effort is your ability to catch fish all day long!

All of our species of fish feed around tide changes, and your guide works hard to structure your combo charter around the species most active at the time. Our main targets, unless requested by the clients, are always salmon and halibut; however, we also actively target rockfish and ling cod on our combination charters; it is rare that we do not come back with all species.

Where do you catch halibut and salmon?

Generally, we fish between 100 and 450 feet for bottom fish, with an average of 200 to 300 feet. We typically target silver salmon between the surface and 80 feet; however, sometimes we find the salmon laying right on the bottom in water deeper than one might expect. It usually takes about an hour and a half to two 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 fast travel to the grounds, often a more diverse catch, and more protected locations to fish if the weather comes up with less competition 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 while traveling. It is an absolutely stunning environment in which to spend your day fishing, rain or shine.

Fuel Surcharge:

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, but it’s clear with the volatility and uncertainty in the market that this not a practice we can continue.

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 $4.75 per gallon there will be no additional charge.
We are steadfast in our position that we do not want to limit the range of our vessels due to the cost of fuel – our choice of fishing grounds should not be directed by the cost at the pump. By adding a fee schedule we can mitigate that concern, the expense represents a significant impact over the course of a season.

 

PRICE OF FUEL FUEL SURCHARGE
UNDER $4.75 PER GALLON NO SURCHARGE
$4.76 – $5.25 PER GALLON $10 PER PERSON PER DAY
$5.26 – $5.75 PER GALLON $20 PER PERSON PER DAY
$5.76 – 6.25 PER GALLON $30 PER PERSON PER DAY

More Information

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. Departure is at 6 a.m. daily. You can purchase your Alaska fishing license here using our WiFi, and we have free parking. We even pick you up right from the shore in our specially designed-boats! Our custom catamaran, the Fox Willie, departs at 6 a.m. and fishes 10. 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. Our 6-person landing craft, Thomasea, departs at 6 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m.

Below is more information about our itinerary, fishing regulations, and competitions.

What to Catch

Pacific Halibut

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.

Non-Pelagic Rockfish Yellow 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.

Pelagic Rockfish Black 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.

Lingcod Buffalo 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.

Silver Salmon Coho

Silvers start their annual return to their freshwater streams in mid-July and August. They average 8-20 lbs and are a lot of fun to catch. They put up a good fight and it’s exciting to watch the fish rip around the boat and leap into the air during the fight! People of all ages are capable of catching Silvers, and kids do very well with these fish. Seward has one of the better Silver Salmon sport fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula, and charter operators actually come from other towns to fish here. Silvers are remarkably tasty, and we take extra care with our salmon, keeping them in coolers with ice and saltwater so they stay firm and fresh no matter what time of day they were caught.  Miller’s Landing has its own ice maker, and we outfit the charters daily with a stock of ice for the catch. When the bite is on, it’s a complete frenzy. Everyone on the boat can fish at the same time!