Homer is known for two things: Being "at the end of the road," and being the best place to catch Alaska's largest sport fish, the mighty halibut. Homer's prime location at the south end of the Kenai Peninsula on Kachemak Bay, and near the Cook Inlet, often result in bountiful catches.

The Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile-long slice of land that juts out into Kachemak Bay, is the hub of local fishing activity. Fishing charters leave from Homer's small boat harbor. The length of the charters depends on the operator and the type of vessel, but they range from half-day to full-day trips. Most fishing charters are on a shared boat basis.

Halibut charters are what Homer is most famous for, but the town also has a reputation for its kings, the largest of the salmon species, and silvers. The king and halibut fishery spans much of the spring and summer, while the silver salmon fishery typically peaks in August. Salmon and halibut "combo" charters are available usually starting in July, and provide an opportunity to catch both, along with other fish like ling cod, rock fish, and snapper. Note that you must have a fishing license and ID with you while you're on the charter. Alaska fishing licenses can be purchased online and printed before you travel.

Homer's scenic setting inspires strolls along the Homer Spit beach, kayaking in Kachemak Bay, and day hiking. Be sure to allow for at least two nights at a Homer hotel to fully appreciate the beautiful setting and potentially epic fishing.

Alaska Tour & Travel does not book saltwater fishing charters, although in Homer we recommend the locally owned and operated Homer Ocean Charters.

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Homer is about 222 miles from Anchorage, and is connected by the Seward and Sterling Highways. Traveling by car typically takes about five to six hours. We recommend a 4x4 SUV so that you have the room to pack your bountiful catch back to Anchorage. The rental company will even set you up with coolers and a GPS for a small additional fee. Regional flights are also available from Anchorage to Homer daily.

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