Going Long On Pacific Halibut


Going Long On Pacific Halibut

By Steve Cockrell, Posted 9/18/2018

Along with king and silver salmon, Pacific halibut is a main attraction here in Southeast Alaska, and this coming season Waterfall Resort will once again be offering our popular Bonus Halibut Tag program, which allows you to keep one additional halibut per tag—of any size.

So how does the program work? Waterfall Resort buys commercial halibut quota through the State of Alaska, and each Bonus Halibut Tag affords the purchaser these extra benefits:

  • Keep one additional halibut per tag (State of Alaska charter limit is one halibut per day).
  • Bonus halibut may be any size (State of Alaska charter limit restricts size for all other halibut catch).
  • You can purchase and use up to one tag for each day of your trip.
  • Tags can be shared with any other guest on your boat.

As for bag limits, the resident and nonresident limit for halibut fihsing remains one fish per person per day with no annual limits. For 2018, that fish, as regulated by the International Pacific Halibut Commission, can be 38 inches or less or 80 inches or more in length.

Halibut in the slot between 38 and 80 inches must be released—that is, unless it’s your Bonus Halibut Tag catch. We recommend one tag per group or even one tag per person. Tags sell out fast. If you miss out, we’ll be happy to put you on a waiting list. And for more information on 2018 limits, check out our Fish Chart.

Bonus Halibut Tag Rate: $405 per tag, nonrefundable.