The Land of Glaciers and Fish
Seward, Alaska is located at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. It is home to approx. 2,787 people and approx. 2hr. 21 mins from Anchorage. It is a very tourist-oriented city compared to other places we have been. The cruise ships frequent this area and the town can get quite busy at times. There are some nice gift shops and some great places to eat. I recommend you stop in at the Salmon Bake. The food and atmosphere were great. We decided to visit Seward to see Kenai Fjords National Park and Exit Glacier National Park and of course to FISH a new place in Alaska.
Lets talk fishing in Seward!
We made reservations for a private boat in Seward about a year before our trip. We chose Seward Charters with Captain Bill. We paid $1,680 for a full-day trip. We met at the dock in the morning and Bill helped us on the boat, went over the safety info and recorded our fishing license. We were there to target Halibut, Rockfish, Cod and Silver Salmon. And yes, we bring all of the fish we catch home to eat and share with friends and family. We will talk about getting the fish home later.
We headed out to the bay and started fishing for Halibut. It was a little tough fishing at first but then the fish started biting. We caught a few Halibut and then moved on to another area. Capt. Bill was great about putting us on the fish and his deck hand Dave kept our lines baited. He found a great Halibut spot and Greg pulled in a 35 lb. and then Judy (mother) used all her strength to reel in a big 45 lb halibut. We had so much fun and caught our limit of halibut.
Note: Halibut limit for the year is 4. You can keep 2 per trip per person , one under 29″ and one over 29″.
We moved to a rocky area to catch our limit of Rockfish. Rockfish are fun because they a easy to catch and you can catch alot of them. The guide should tell you what depth to put your line to be able to catch the fish. He can see the fish on the fish finder. The fish in the picture on the left is a China Rockfish. There are several different types of Rockfish in Alaksa. We have caught Black, Widdow and China Rockfish. They are not very pretty, but they are very good to eat. They are a white fish with flakey flesh. Great for fish tacos. YUM!
The Silver Salmon were hitting hard and we fished for them as we were fishing for the other types of fish. We switched off catching and reeling in. When the Silvers are in the ocean, they are bright and fight hard. It was an awesome experience!
To wrap up the day, we passed a few scenic areas and enjoyed the view and ride back to the dock. We saw endangered Stellar sea lions, several types of puffins, mountain goats, and humpback whales. What an amazing fishing trip. The Capt. and deck hand filleted the fish and put them in bags for us to transport to the fish processor. We took all our fish to T-N-T Fish Processing and Smoke House. They did a quality job and had good customer service. I recommend them to anyone looking to get fish home on the plane or ship home.
Places to Stay
There are some hotels in Seward, but we decided to stay a little bit out of the city and booked a VRBO. The price was resonable and the apartment was very nicely decorated and comfortable.
Grayling Lake Trail
We explored a few of the areas in Seward for fishing opportunities. We had a great hike to Grayling Lake, about 3 miles round trip, level easy. There are reportedly Grayling in the lake, but we did not have any luck. If you decide to take this hike, take bear spray or a gun because we alot of bear sign. The lake is located towards Anchorage on Seward Hwy approx. 13 miles. You will see a parking lot with a sign for the Grayling Lake Trailhead.
Note: Grayling Lake Trail is a segment of the Iditarod National Historic Trail.
We also walked down by the beach and enjoyed the scenery in Seward. It is a beautiful place to visit and fish.
Fun fact about Seward: Seward, AK was named after William H. Seward. He was a US Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln in 1867. He fought for the US to purchase Alaska from Russia.
Fun fact about Seward: Seward is home of the Mount Marathon 5K. It is the “toughest 5K on the planet.” The next race is July 4, 2019.