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The Best Halibut Fishing Spots in Prince William Sound

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Prince William Sound hosts some of best halibut fishing anywhere in Alaska. What makes Prince William Sound one of Alaska’s top halibut fishing locations is it’s easy access and proximity to hundreds of bays, hidden coves and inlets teaming with halibut. Prince William Sound is accessible from Whittier, Valdez or Cordova — although most fisherman launch from Whittier. Whittier is an hours’ drive south from Anchorage and offers a harbor with over 300 permanent and transient slips where fisherman can dock their boats year round.

Out of Whittier fisherman have direct access to some of the best halibut fishing grounds in Prince William Sound including Ports Wells and the waters surrounding Lone Island. However, to reach some of the most productive halibut fishing grounds anglers will need to travel two to three hours by boat into the heart Prince William Sound.

While not as popular as Whittier, Valdez is another popular destination for anglers looking to access some of the best halibut fishing waters in Prince William Sound. Valdez is a short 45 minutes flight from Anchorage and flights leave daily. There are also roads into Valdez from Anchorage, Tok and Fairbanks. Valdez provides quick access to some of the best halibut fishing spots in Prince William Sound, including Jack Bay, Port Fidalgo, Galena Bay, Knowles Head, and Bligh Reef.

Orca Bay and the north side of Hinchinbrook Island provide good halibut fishing for anglers based out of Cordova.

For the best halibut fishing in Prince William Sound you’ll want to visit Hinchinbrook Entrance, Montague Strait, and the far side of Montague Island. Anglers can obtain descent catches closer to port, but success rate and catch size climb as you near the Gulf of Alaska. Anchoring overnight and camping in a hidden cove or sheltered bay is a great way to get within striking distance of these fishing grounds.

The following interactive Prince William Sound Halibut Fishing Map provides the location and coordinates of the most of the top halibut fishing spots throughout the Sound. Click on the map, zoom in, then select a map marker learn more about a specific location.

The following table provides the name, a description and the coordinates for the halibut fishing spots in the above map. Click on the “Directions” link in the “Description” column to view the location in Google Maps.

NameDescription
Shotgun CoveSpotty for halibut
Distance from Whittier: 6 miles
Coordinates: 60.795779424381806, -148.55043998932928
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Passage CanalFocus on areas with rocky or gravelly bottom
Distance from Whittier: 8.4 miles
Coordinates: 60.8145533385789, -148.54285446839125
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Decision PointFishing is best along the north side
Distance from Whittier: 18 miles
Coordinates: 60.807750075440865, -148.4511651482101
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Blackstone BayFish during incoming tide
Distance from Whittier: 10 miles
Coordinates: 60.74834776612897, -148.59525411354804
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Cochrane BayDistance from Whittier: 14 miles
Coordinates: 60.72950979380274, - 148.35388006661177
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Culross BayFlat shorelines with a tide flat at the head of the bay. Watch out for shallow water. Protected from winds and swells
Distance from Whittier: 24 miles
Coordinates: 60.75118084055376, -148.16252354566362
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Hidden BaySheltered bay ideal for anchorage in bad weather
Distance from Whittier: 24 miles
Coordinates: 60.70689012465304, -148.16272306886424
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Long BayHead end of bay offers protected anchorage
Distance from Whittier: 22 miles
Coordinates: 60.978810337101955, -147.23581941214815
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Port Nellie JuanFocus on the north side from East Finger Inlet to Mink Island
Distance from Whittier: 30.8 miles
Coordinates: 60.582888181041334, -148.222232310983
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Kings BayFish the waters of Nellie Juan River and the King River later in the season
Distance from Whittier: 45 miles
Coordinates: 60.53321220464643, -148.57582654008732
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Deep Water BayFish for halibut off the creek mouth. Drift the outgoing tide using bait or jigs
Distance from Whittier: 42 miles
Coordinates: 60.497683272483464, -148.3785456800167
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Derickson BayFish the plateaus and humps off the mouth of Derickson into Eaglek Bay
Distance from Whittier: 38 miles
Coordinates: 60.86767463783566, -147.80578173613537
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Blue FiordFish the sandy bottom located at the entrance of the bay
Distance from Whittier: 41 miles
Coordinates: 60.46586470275067, -148.24880476662355
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McClure BayFish the west of the point on the west side of the entrance during a a falling tide where the bottom drops into Port Nellie Juan.
Distance from Whittier: 35 miles
Coordinates: 60.51267553486823, -148.17125941523008
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Main BayHalibut fishing is spotty
Distance from Whittier: 35 miles
Coordinates: 60.54157249761802, -148.06219721042788
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Eshamy BayFish the humps and plateaus off the mouth of the bay and to the north of Crafton Island
Distance from Whittier: 41 miles
Coordinates: 60.47091100869082, -147.97511789854124
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Granite BayFish the humps and plateaus off the mouth of the bay
Distance from Whittier: 46 miles
Coordinates: 60.918581521069655, -148.11375036399488
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Dangerous PassageFish the plateau at the entrance near the north end of Chenega Island, as well as the entrances of Paddy Bay and Ewan Bay
Distance from Whittier: 48 miles
Coordinates: 60.35984044993019, -148.10542914751804
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Jackpot BayHalibut are found throughout the bay
Distance from Whittier: 56 miles
Coordinates: 60.35486627633585, -148.23961518491237
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Chenega IslandFish the humps and plateaus throughout the Dangerous Passage during outgoing tide after salmon spawning season
Distance from Whittier: 50 miles
Coordinates: 60.3211463029424, -148.05973344380575
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Whale BayFish the outgoing tide after salmon spawning season. The best halibut fishing area is from the eastern headland at the entrance of Whael Bay, south, and east to Pt. Countess
Distance from Whittier: 61 miles
Coordinates: 60.22512268489361, -148.17989970197738
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Brainbridge IslandFish around the island. Fish the plateaus off the north end of the island just southwest of Gage Island and southeast of Bainbridge point, including Bainbridge Passage. Fish at the downstream side of Amerk Point in the deeper water
Distance from Whittier: 68 miles
Coordinates: 60.10566455188112, -148.14962253306985
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Sawmill BayFish the humps and plateaus north of Bettles Island and along the eastern side of Latouche Passage
Distance from Whittier: 75 miles
Coordinates: 61.064104704852, -146.7831196650519
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Latouche IslandFish around the south end of the island
Distance from Whittier: 70 miles
Coordinates: 59.943714119667696, -147.96954338195465
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Port ChalmersFish the steep drop that extends between Stockdale Harbor and Green Island. Fish the plateaus and humps north and west of Port Chalmers
Distance from Whittier: 70 miles
Coordinates: 60.23879324344452, -147.26961898858406
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Snug HarborDrift for halibut on the outgoing tide of the mouth of the stream following salmon spawning season as the salmon die off. Fish the shallow humps of the harbor mouth situated just south of Discovery Point and north and east of the bay
Distance from Whittier: 68 miles
Coordinates: 60.251340392317324, -147.73887085231226
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Drier BayFish the humps near the mouth of the bay and outside the mouth where the bottom drops off to deeper water
Distance from Whittier: 52 miles
Coordinates: 60.31631471736464, -147.81267710204088
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Bay of IslesFish the humps, shelves and holes found throughout the bay
Distance from Whittier: 52 miles
Coordinates: 60.39967845765041, -147.66451473456777
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Lower Herring BayFocus fishing on the humps off the mouth of the bay and the drop-off into Knight Island Passage
Distance from Whittier: 49 miles
Coordinates: 60.38997458555687, -147.8126618304756
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Herring BayFish the shoreline rockpiles and around the islands located at the head of both arms of the bay. Fish the dropoffs on both sides of the bay entrance
Distance from Whittier: 45 miles
Coordinates: 55.3259179963937, -131.5211969310443
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Bass HarborFish the plateaus and humps throughout the area
Distance from Whittier: 48 miles
Coordinates: 60.6419798624412, -147.402220912776
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Outside BayFish the humps and plateaus directly off the mouth of the bay, and north toward Cabin Bay
Distance from Whittier: 45 miles
Coordinates: 60.64468459849565, -147.4660782105909
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Cabin BayFish the shallow humps and plateaus found throughout the bay
Distance from Whittier: 45 miles
Coordinates: 60.669434559877736, -147.49707674322931
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McPherson Bay
fish the humps in the bay
Distance from Whittier: 48 miles
Coordinates: 60.67423745016302, -147.36633334092957
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South BayFish off the headland on the east side of the bay, around Meares Point and the plateau off the entrance to the bay
Distance from Whittier: 31 miles
Coordinates: 60.66903656028485, -147.91385714667933
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West Twin BayAfter salmon spawning season fish the middle of the bay where the botto drops off during outgoing tide. Fish the plateau that extends east of Egg Rocks
Distance from Whittier: 25 miles
Coordinates: 60.72140464526665, -147.98186475316004
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East Twin BayFish the entire bay and near the river at the head of the bay after salmon start to die off. Fish the mouth of the bay where the bottom drops off. Fish the shallower waters south and west of Fool Island
Distance from Whittier: 28 miles
Coordinates: 60.73302912285616, -147.93840937784844
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Eaglek BayFish the edges of the shelf at the mouth of the bay
Distance from Whittier: 35 miles
Coordinates: 60.87026528060101, -147.7220967575243
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Squaw BayFish the plateau at the entrance to the bay and the edges where it drops off to deeper water
Distance from Whittier: 30 miles
Coordinates: 60.83434784754296, -147.8282926250766
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Esther PassageFish the numerous humps and plateaus at the southern entrance to Esther Passage. Fish the edge of the dropoff at the northern end of the passage
Distance from Whittier: 30 miles
Coordinates: 60.88792165536299, -147.94393940859413
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Esther BayFish the drop off at the entrance to Esther Bay
Distance from Whittier: 25 miles
Coordinates: 60.805659332440705, -147.9764274443492
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Lake BayFish along the edge of the drop off at the entrance to Lake Bay
Distance from Whittier: 22 miles
Coordinates: 60.79864522739243, -148.08683881335222
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Granite BayFish the edges of the drop off at the mouth of the bay
Distance from Whittier: 22 miles
Coordinates: 60.89497253992625, -148.10484501306178
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College FiordFish the drop off to the west of College Fiord, as well as the underwater peninsulas that extend from the northeast and southwest sides of the fjord
Distance from Whittier: 31 miles
Coordinates: 61.12473052897058, -147.92870699734522
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Coghill RiverFish just off the shelf south of Coghill River in the deeper water (80-100 feet). Best time to target halibut is July or following the salmon runs
Distance from Whittier: 36 miles
Coordinates: 61.07043374785484, -147.92354137307188
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Harriman FjordFish the edges of the submerged glacial moraine that extends across the entrance to Harriman Fjord. Fish the edges of this shelf where it drops off to deeper water on the Barry Arm side
Distance from Whittier: 33 miles
Coordinates: 61.06932339890915, -148.270100062174
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Port WellsFish the humps off the mouth of Pigot Bay, the shoal at the mouth of Barry Arm, the Esther Rock area, and the entrance to College Fjord
Distance from Whittier: 17 miles
Coordinates: 60.8702827368664, -148.20412670429494
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Pigot BayFish the entire bay and the three seamounts of the entrance to the bay
Distance from Whittier: 15 miles
Coordinates: 60.84224976107322, -148.3537737197293
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Hinchinbrook IslandFish the north side of the island for protection from the wind
Distance from Valdez: 53 miles
Coordinates: 60.44447907254719, -146.75857245927904
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Hinchinbrook EntranceFish the entrance to the Gulf of Alaska
Distance from Cordova: 43 miles
Coordinates: 60.327684223755654, -146.77859234178905
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Port EtchesFish the entire bay and toward Hichinbrook Entrance
Distance from Cordova: 45 miles
Coordinates: 60.33648463905183, -146.591639973126
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Montague IslandFish the far side of Montague Island bording the Gulf of Alaska
Distance from Cordova: Approx. 55 miles
Coordinates: 60.069266662955506, -147.4716489276189
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Montague StraitFish the South West end of Montague Straight
Distance from Whittier: Approx 70 miles
Coordinates: 60.00085663158459, -147.74991426445158
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Jack BayFish near the entrance of the bay
Distance from Valdez: 10 miles
Coordinates: 61.037418270245055, -146.64104347951914
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Galena BayFish the mouth of Galena Bay, roughly 75 yards from the rocks. Concentrate along the steep drops on both sides of the entrance
Distance from Valez: 19.5 miles
Coordinates: 60.94400553121402, -146.69940837602704
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Valdez NarrowsHalibut over 100 lbs caught here
Distance from Valdez Harbor: 9.5 miles
Coordinates: 61.06977037743299, -146.66963636931757
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Port ValdezHalibut over 100 lbs caught here
Distance from Valdez: 3 miles
Coordinates: 61.12360544382133, -146.47785983035828
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Valdez ArmHalibut over 100 lbs caught here
Distance from Valdez Harbor: 14 miles
Coordinates: 60.97407333608115, -146.81222509897648
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Sawmill BayFish the humps and plateaus north of Bettles Island and along the eastern side of Latouche Passage
Distance from Valdez harbor: 16.2 miles
Coordinates: 61.05670106107523, -146.7839215090009
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Bligh ReefCheck the weather forecast before fishing this area
Distance from Valdez harbor: 29 miles
Coordinates: 60.85125820726043, -146.87763974895472
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Knowles HeadFish the trough west of the headland, toward Goose Island
Distance from Valdez harbor: 40 miles (via Tatitlek Narrows)
Distance from Cordova: 38 miles
Coordinates: 60.68254767765245, -146.62123773976552
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Knowles BayBest for day fishing only. No where to anchor or camp
Distance from Valdez harbor: 42 miles (via Tatitlek Narrows)
Coordinates: 60.68176878586576, -146.55432288625553
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Red HeadFish the rocky flats to the south
Distance from Valdez harbor: 57 miles (via Tatitlek Narrows)
Distance from Cordova: 37 miles
Coordinates: 60.67209294110268, -146.5026265397967
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Port GravinaSome halibut found here
Distance from Valdez harbor: 55 miles (via Tatitlek Narrows)
Distance from Cordova: 35 miles
Coordinates: 60.690549301671616, -146.32929199047948
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Squaw BayFish the plateau and the edges where it drops off to deeper water
Distance from Whitter: 20 miles
Coordinates: 60.83627189636366, -147.83103920684678
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Unakwik InletFish the lower bay, towards the entrance
concentrate on the steeper drops along both sides of the inlet
Distance from Whittier: 38 miles
Coordinates: 60.901137093874326, -147.57099972024116
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Glacier IslandFish along the steep drops off Iceberg Point and in Chamberlain Bay
Distance from Valdez harbor: 29 miles
Coordinates: 60.957254250373424, -147.23469980812527
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Columbia BayFocus fishing toward the entrance of Columbia Bay, along Flent Point and Elf Point, at the mouth of the bay
Distance from Valdez harbor: 29 miles
Coordinates: 60.98563783391988, -147.07913703601102
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Port Fidalgo InletFish near the entrance to the inlet
Distance from Valdez Harbor: 20 miles
Coordinates: 60.802108237133375, -146.47410048724367
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Orca InletDistance from Cordova Harbor: 3 miles
Coordinates: 60.53070369931533, -145.84781562442362
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