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    I have a moose hunt in Sept, going to bring up my wife and dad for 7-8 days before I fly out to hunt and they fly home.

    Wondering if any fishing guides might be recommended? We'd like to get in 2-3 different fishing trips, Halibut, Salmon and anything else

    We were planning on staying in Ancourage the entire time but are open to suggestion

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    I went ahead and moved this to one of our fishing forums since it is more specific to fishing than hunting.

    As for recommendations, you will find many by reading through past reports here. Personally, if I were going to be here for a week in September I would aim for a day of fishing rainbows, char, and silver salmon on the Kenai River, a day of fishing halibut and rockfish out of either Seward or Homer, and a day of trolling for king salmon out of Homer. There are other options, but those three offer excellent experiences.

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    Yeah, you could actually take care of salmon, halibut AND possibly lings/yelloweye in one or two trips here in Homer. Sept. is a great time to fish for "feeder" (sometimes called "winter") kings and there are still plenty of halibut around out there. And if it's a good year for silvers there probably will be silvers around, too. To take full advantage of it the best thing to do would be to charter one day for halibut/lings/yelloweye and then a second day just for kings. Or if you only wanted to do a single day out on the salt you could do a combo just for halibut and salmon.

    And, if the silver run is strong, the Kenai River would be a really good bet for river fishing. The "second run" of silvers coming into the Kenai can provide for some VERY exciting river fishing.

    Or if you're into the "fly fishing" experience, as Brian says, the upper river can be red hot for rainbows and dollies slurping up spawned salmon eggs and spawned out fish "parts" floating down the river.
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    Thumbs down Anchorage

    If you plan to fish, don't stay in Anchorage. Seward, Kenai River and Homer (in no particular order) are best bets for fishing that time of year. Research your guides thoroughly. This forum is one source, but there are many.
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    stay in anchorage. only anchorage connects you to such fine establishments: nordstrom, jcpenney, kohls, forever 21, gap, pacsun, zumies, billabong, zales, kay jewelers, claire's, round table pizza etc.....

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    Thanks for the replies, sorry about initial post in wrong forum, the way I have it saved didn't show me the fishing forums and I honestly didn't look much further

    I dont give a flip about jc penney can do that here,LOL

    Seward keeps coming up alot, doesn't sound like to many opportunities directly out of ANC
    As before would like to try more than one type. Think we'd love the fly fishing, will do more research but you guys have helped me alot, thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhall239 View Post
    Thanks for the replies, sorry about initial post in wrong forum, the way I have it saved didn't show me the fishing forums and I honestly didn't look much further

    I dont give a flip about jc penney can do that here,LOL

    Seward keeps coming up alot, doesn't sound like to many opportunities directly out of ANC
    As before would like to try more than one type. Think we'd love the fly fishing, will do more research but you guys have helped me alot, thanks again
    I would like to think Jisler was being sarcastic in saying that Anchorage is basically like any other city with all the "big name" commercialism that exists there.

    But you won't find any charter operations that work directly out of Anchorage unless you plan on doing "fly out" fishing. To get to halibut and salmon fishing just requires you drive to either Whittier (about an hour south), Seward (a little over 2 hours south), or Homer (a little over 4 hours south).

    But during Sept. when you're going to be here I personally think heading to Homer will be your best bet. Whittier gets pretty lacking for fishing opportunities, Seward has decent fishing opportunities, but Homer has a large population of "winter" kings around that quite a few charter operators target. And there are still plenty of halibut to be had not that far from the harbor. And fishing out of Soldotna will get you into silvers, rainbows and dollies/char in the Kenai River. I'm sure some other people will chime in now and give you their thoughts on the subject, but that's pretty much it in a nutshell.

    Essentially you have to leave Anchorage if you want to catch halibut.
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    Its been my experience that most fishing guides are also hunters. If I were you, I'd try to book a fishing guide asap. Book the halibut trip first, as a lot of them quit fishing after Labor Day. Figure on spending the rest of your time on the Kenai.
    Look into motor home rental rather than staying in Anchorage. Probably end up saving some money for the 3 of you.

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    Sounds like a good trip! I would ancourage (couldnt resist) you and your family to get out of Anchorage at least for a few days to see what Alaska is all about. Lots to do in Anchorage though, if the family enjoys town stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    If I were you, I'd try to book a fishing guide asap. Book the halibut trip first, as a lot of them quit fishing after Labor Day.
    One good reason to go out of Homer. There are still a LOT of guides fishing for halibut AND winter kings after Labor Day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muttley Crew Fishing View Post
    I would like to think Jisler was being sarcastic in saying that Anchorage is basically like any other city with all the "big name" commercialism that exists there.

    But you won't find any charter operations that work directly out of Anchorage unless you plan on doing "fly out" fishing. To get to halibut and salmon fishing just requires you drive to either Whittier (about an hour south), Seward (a little over 2 hours south), or Homer (a little over 4 hours south).

    But during Sept. when you're going to be here I personally think heading to Homer will be your best bet. Whittier gets pretty lacking for fishing opportunities, Seward has decent fishing opportunities, but Homer has a large population of "winter" kings around that quite a few charter operators target. And there are still plenty of halibut to be had not that far from the harbor. And fishing out of Soldotna will get you into silvers, rainbows and dollies/char in the Kenai River. I'm sure some other people will chime in now and give you their thoughts on the subject, but that's pretty much it in a nutshell.

    Essentially you have to leave Anchorage if you want to catch halibut.

    The fishing out Seward is much better then descent that time of year, it's great. The major factor their will be weather. Be careful who you book with out of some ports and do your research ( you can find good information on the search engine here, look at some of the guides post and pics ) . Some charters target flappers and don't go too far from port, others try to put people on better fish. Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhall239 View Post
    I have a moose hunt in Sept, going to bring up my wife and dad for 7-8 days before I fly out to hunt and they fly home.

    Wondering if any fishing guides might be recommended? We'd like to get in 2-3 different fishing trips, Halibut, Salmon and anything else

    We were planning on staying in Ancourage the entire time but are open to suggestion

    Thanks

    Johnny
    Mid August to the end of September is are Favored time to fish! Big Halibut, Big Salmon, Big lings, Rock fish, Whales everywhere and for the most part mild weather. You will be fine fishing out of any of these coastal towns that time of year! Good luck on the moose hunt!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Nemo View Post
    Mid August to the end of September is are Favored time to fish! Big Halibut, Big Salmon, Big lings, Rock fish, Whales everywhere and for the most part mild weather. You will be fine fishing out of any of these coastal towns that time of year! Good luck on the moose hunt!!
    jhall239, That was good of Josh to just be humble and not push himself, or Homer on you. If you are thinking of coming to Homer and Josh has space when you are here he is one of the very best. You can contact him at 907-399-3775. His boat is a 30ft sportfisher the Huntress, and it is loaded with top of the line equipment. If you get your moose and go fishing with Josh you might end up with more fish then moose meat best of luck!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGH55 View Post
    jhall239, That was good of Josh to just be humble and not push himself, or Homer on you. If you are thinking of coming to Homer and Josh has space when you are here he is one of the very best. You can contact him at 907-399-3775. His boat is a 30ft sportfisher the Huntress, and it is loaded with top of the line equipment. If you get your moose and go fishing with Josh you might end up with more fish then moose meat best of luck!!!!!!!!
    There's no "humble" about it as far as I'm concerned. I didn't "push" myself on the OP and only answered his question the best way I PERSONALLY thought possible. I truly believe Homer is the best choice for all round fishing at that time of year and thus my suggestion to the OP whether he decides to book a trip with Josh or any other guide around here. You don't catch winter kings out of Seward like you can out of Homer which is probably your best bet for catching salmon in Sept., other than possibly targeting the "late run" of silvers going into the Kenai, and halibut fishing is absolutely great a lot closer to port than going out of Seward. I try to give people the best information I possibly can to get them the best opportunity to do what they are looking to do. Plain and simple. Yes, Josh would be a good choice in Homer, as would quite a few charter operators around here. If the OP decided to fish with Josh, that's great, and if he decided to book with me, that would be great, but all I am trying to do is give a person the best possible information just like we all should be doing on this forum. NOT "sniping" at other forum members like some people are so fond of doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muttley Crew Fishing View Post
    There's no "humble" about it as far as I'm concerned. I didn't "push" myself on the OP and only answered his question the best way I PERSONALLY thought possible. I truly believe Homer is the best choice for all round fishing at that time of year and thus my suggestion to the OP whether he decides to book a trip with Josh or any other guide around here. You don't catch winter kings out of Seward like you can out of Homer which is probably your best bet for catching salmon in Sept., other than possibly targeting the "late run" of silvers going into the Kenai, and halibut fishing is absolutely great a lot closer to port than going out of Seward. I try to give people the best information I possibly can to get them the best opportunity to do what they are looking to do. Plain and simple. Yes, Josh would be a good choice in Homer, as would quite a few charter operators around here. If the OP decided to fish with Josh, that's great, and if he decided to book with me, that would be great, but all I am trying to do is give a person the best possible information just like we all should be doing on this forum. NOT "sniping" at other forum members like some people are so fond of doing.
    My post had not one thing to do with you Dave! I don't know what is up with you so back off it's not all about you so relax and go fishing. You are right about the fact that there are some very good charter operators around. If I want to give information on here I have that right. If it for some unknown reason it rubs you the wrong way get over it. As I stated my post had nothing to do with you. If you need to vent then vent but don't be rude to me anymore Dave.

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    there are still limits of salmon to be had out of Seward in September and the quality of "closer to port" halibut in Homer from what I've seen are not that great in the size department. jhall239 may take a longer boat ride from some people ( in all the ports), but I'de be willing to bet you're going to get a better chance at quality fish. No matter where you go you will get to see some great country.
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    Thanks for all the info, looks like we may visit Seward, Homer and Kenai. I've been told just the drive alone is worth the trip to Seward from ANC. Would love to send them home with a plane load of fish but it is more about seeing Alaska for us rednecks.

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhall239 View Post
    Thanks for all the info, looks like we may visit Seward, Homer and Kenai. I've been told just the drive alone is worth the trip to Seward from ANC. Would love to send them home with a plane load of fish but it is more about seeing Alaska for us rednecks.

    Thanks again

    Johnny
    No reason that you can't do all 3 locations given your time. It's good that you remember that you're on vacation and there is a lot more to it than just catching fish - you'll get enough fish, don't worry about that. Plan your trips to make sure you all have a good time too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhall239 View Post
    Thanks for all the info, looks like we may visit Seward, Homer and Kenai. I've been told just the drive alone is worth the trip to Seward from ANC. Would love to send them home with a plane load of fish but it is more about seeing Alaska for us rednecks.

    Thanks again

    Johnny
    Good call, and it's not just the drive to Seward that is spectacular - the drive to Kenai and on to Homer is pretty awesome in its own right.

    Since you're heading that way, be sure to sample our local breweries while you're at it (if you enjoy craft beer). Along that route you'll find Seward Brewing Company, St. Elias and Kenai River brewing in Soldotna, and Homer Brewing Company (along with an excellent meadery in Homer as well). That's not to mention all of the many excellent breweries in Anchorage...but I don't think your trip will be that long!

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    you might look at Whittier AK it is a lot closer to Anchorage like about 1 HR south of town , the other towns are about, 3 to 4 Hrs south of Anchorage an still get some good fishing an see some country on the ride down there as well as the boat trip
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