Washington vs Alaska fishing charter

65WSM

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I have fished both Westport, multiple times since 1962 and Southeast AK (Petersburg and Sitka), the Kenai and Dillingham AK. My father was one of the original fisheries biologists hired to staff the newly created US Bureau of Commerial Fisheries under Roosevelt. Weather is everything. For the same $$$ you can have more days, more chances, in Washington. Although Westport charters have a lot of competition and prices are cheap, Neah Bay, on the Reservation, is very similar to fishing Alaska. It is beautiful, comparable to SE AK, as well. Ling cod trips, this year 2021 trips out of Westport were spectacular. The weather was favorable and they got a lot of fabulous ling in the 20-30 lb range. In 2019 my Westport Ling trip got weathered out. My 2018 trip to Sitka was also a week of terrible weather. I never got out of the harbor.
 

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I've salmon fished out of WA, and salmon and halibut fished out of AK twice.

For the adventure, I would take the AK trip hands down. For the AK trip we flew into Anchorage and drove a rental car down to Homer to fish. I will warn that there is a high likelihood of a winter storm that will stop you from fishing (heavy winds so they don't take the boats out). On our second trip I scheduled three days and we only got to fish one on the boats. We bought some gear and tried our hands at fishing the salmon run in the river. I would schedule four days, two for halibut and two for other species (cod, rockfish, salmon).

Things to consider are daily limits and possession limits in both locations. Like "budlight" said, there aren't as many big halibut in the common places I know of like Homer and Seward. I had heard of them cutting the daily limit of halibut to one in AK at one point. I've heard that some of the WA trips run to international waters so you can catch twice daily limit for halibut.
 

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Well...if you're up for exotic fishing on the west coast....within 35 miles of ocean....Southern Oregon catching winter steelhead in later part of season..2 per day....and if the water level is down the striper fishing is pretty good....unlimited size....might even hook up an accidental sturgeon......
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He also takes people for deer elk bear....he knows how to take care of your cape or hide...at least he better..he worked at his dad's taxidermy shop for years....and better yet..hes a young strong lad...he can pack......and show you how to shoot........
 

jimss

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I think like everything else you often get what you pay for. From what I've understood in Alaska you may have to pay a little extra to get to more isolated spots if you want truly big halibut and other fish. This may mean a longer boat or additional float plane ride to get to these locations. Obviously it costs more to do this.
 
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