Roadtrippin’: Fishing off the Homer Spit

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:00 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - It seems to happen on every road trip — a wrench gets thrown into plans, and that is what happened to our plans to go on a halibut charter in Homer.

Initially, the plan was to hook into a Homer halibut with O’Fish’ial Charters of Alaska, but Mother Nature said “no” to that with strong winds and large swells.

So, Austin Sjong did what every good road tripper would do and improvised, renting a rod from Sportsman’s Supply and Rental on the Homer Spit.

The employees at the shop gave him the much-needed information on where to go to scratch his fishing itch.

Though Austin didn’t catch any halibut, he did manage to hook at least one fish.

Here’s a look at the many species of fish that can be found when fishing off the end of the Homer Spit, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

  • Walleye pollock (spring – fall)
  • Pacific cod (spring – fall)
  • Yellowfin sole (spring – fall)
  • Starry flounder (spring – fall)
  • Halibut (summer)
  • Irish lords (spring – fall)
  • Sculpins (spring – fall)
  • Dolly Varden (mid-May to mid-July)
  • Coho salmon (mid-July to mid-September)
  • Feeder chinook salmon (all year)

More information about fishing off the Homer Spit can be found online from Fish and Game.

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