5 Great Places to Go Fishing in Homer

Ready to find the best places for fishing in Homer? Keep reading to find your spot in a little slice of Alaskan paradise!

When you’re ready to start planning your fishing trip to Homer, get your copy of our free Homer Vacation Guide. This guide is packed with local insight on the best spots to visit during your trip to our area. Fishing in Homer is just the beginning of experiencing Alaska’s natural beauty! 

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Fishing in Homer, Alaska 

What You’ll Reel In  

You can catch just about anything in Homer, Alaska, but anglers often go after halibut, salmon, lingcod, and rockfish, especially when they charter a boat to go deep-sea fishing. Every year, Homer hosts the Winter King Tournament in the spring, where people from all over come to catch King Salmon. However, many people jump right into shore fishing on their own. Common fish to catch while shore fishing include Pollock, Sole, Flounder,  

You can also find plenty of freshwater fish in the local rivers and lakes. Typically, anglers reel in Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling, and Pike. You may be lucky enough to catch a Salmon or steelhead during the annual run. Be sure to check the rules. You don’t want to end up fishing in a restricted area of the river. You can always stop into a fishing shop and chat with a local guide. 

Top 5 Shore-Based Spots for Fishing in Homer, AK

The Fishing Hole  

Grab a rod and cast from shore. One thing is guaranteed, when you go fishing in Homer, you’ll be able to stock your freezer! You’re sure to reel in anything from Pollock, Sole, Flounder, and more.  

The Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, locally known as The Fishing Hole, is stocked by the Alaska Dep Department of Fish and Game with King and Silver Salmon. The Fishing Hole is a popular local fishing spot for the entire family. With different salmon runs throughout the season, you can do some great sport fishing! 

Mud Bay  

You’ll find Mud Bay, a popular spot for pink salmon, coho salmon, and Dolly Varden east of Homer Spit’s base. You shouldn’t walk in the deep mud but instead cast a line from the edge of the sand or gravel. Once you see jumpers out in the bay, you’ll want to throw out a line with spoons, spinners, or bailed setups with herring or cured eggs. The best fishing is at high tide.  

End of the Homer Spit  

Any age will enjoy fishing at the end of the Homer spit since it offers lots of variety of fish with its deep waters. Think Walleye Pollock, Pacific Cod, Yellow-finned Sole, Starry Flounder, halibut, Irish Lords, Sculpins, Dolly Varden, Coho Salmon, and Feeder Chinook Salmon!  

Bridge Creek Reservoir  

Everyone will enjoy this manmade, freshwater lake above Homer. Bridge Creek Reservoir is off the beaten path. You have year-round opportunities to catch Dolly Varden and the elusive Rainbow Trout. You’ll need worms or small lures from shore. In the winter, enjoy ice fishing for dollies and rainbows too!  

Caribou Lake  

Check out this remote fishery located about 25 miles northeast of Homer. Caribou Lake is only accessible by trail. Feel free to bring a 4-wheeler, bike, ski, or snow machine to get there. You can catch Dolly Varden from shore with spinners or spoons. If you’re lucky, you may get the opportunity to reel in a salmon!  

Fishing in Kachemak Bay, AK

Kachemak Bay is an important fish and shellfish rearing area, with lots of salmon, herring, and halibut! In the summer, it’s a popular spot for sport fishing for halibut and salmon. Across the Bay or north of Homer are excellent spots for clamming, which is fun for the whole family! Kids will love harvesting the Steamer and Razor Clams right from the holes or dents in the sand. While you’re out there, keep an eye on the tide to know where and how it will rise! 

Rest and Relax at the Driftwood Inn After a Long Day of Fishing in Homer

Interior view of bedroom in Carriage House.

Enjoy the best fishing in Homer when you stay close to it all at The Driftwood Inn. We offer a wide variety of lodging options, including Modern LodgesOld Town CottagesWoodside Lodge SuitesHistoric Inn RoomsTiny Houses, and an RV Park 

Our accommodations are located near the Homer Spit, Bishop’s Beach, and the Baycrest Overlook, so you can experience all the best places to fish during your stay. Step outside your front door and cast a line. You’re sure to reel in a story no matter where you go, so you have an Alaskan tale!  

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