Alaska-Style Halibut Wallpaper
The Kenai Peninsula's Kachemak Bay - Cook Inlet region produces more sport-caught halibut than anywhere else in the state of Alaska. Halibut fishing can be found from Nome to Sitka, but the KBay-Cook Inlet proximity to the Kenai Peninsula's many salmon streams and fisheries provides one of the most ideal settings for anglers to catch both kinds of fish on a single vacation. In 1997 (latest data) the charter boat and private boat fleet from Homer to Ninilchik-Deep Creek area harvested 195,000 halibut that season. Halibut in Cook Inlet range from 10-300+ pounds and there have even been a few catches exceeding 400 pounds in the recent past. Overall a day's catch will usually average around 25 to 30 pounds per fish with a wide variety of sizes in the catch. Barndoors have been caught in 20 feet of water as well as 500 foot depths so you never know when or where that next monster will strike.
This family poses with the entire catch taken on the boat they fished that day. The daily limit is two per person and a family outing on the Inlet can end up putting a lot of halibut in the fish box for the trip home.
P.S. Both kids in this photo also took very nice Kenai River kings on their trip this summer and they will have an experience to remember for a long time.