Closest halibut fishing port to Anchorage
We are located at Whittier in the northwest corner of Prince William Sound. Drive time from south Anchorage approximately one hour
Lowest standard rates in Whittier Alaska
$350 Per Person (Includes tax)
Shared rod fishing- second person pays half price
$175 Per Person (Includes tax, limited availability)
Two people, one rod. There should NOT be an expectation that both people sharing rods will get limits of halibut or salmon although it does happen.
Exclusive charters without paying full boat price
$2600 for the first 6. $175 each additional person.
Parties of 10-15 pay less than our standard rate.
Maximum rate $3600. Maximum passengers 15.
10% military discount for active military and their families
95%+ success record on halibut
Approximately 95% of clients catch one halibut and about 40% catch 2. In 2019 95% caught one, 60% caught 2 – above average for South Central Alaska.
Largest day trip fishing charter boat in Whittier
Heated cabin with seating for everyone
Large enclosed head(toilet)
Large walkaround decks
Rod holders for all- makes it much easier for children to reel in halibut!
Fool’s Gold is a 40’ twin diesel US Coast Guard inspected vessel certified to carry 15 passengers. Our heated upper cabin seats 14, the lower cabin seats 4. Fool’s Gold large walkaround decks allow you to spread you out to prevent tangles. Rod holders on the railing make it much easier to reel in halibut – to the point that 5 years old can reel in medium sized halibut.
Maximum of 10 rods fished at a time
Although we can legally fish 15 rods at a time, we choose to limit our charters to 10 rods to provide a better experience.
Sea sickness is uncommon!
Prince William Sound is protected from the Gulf of Alaska by two islands, 25 and 52 miles long. Less than 1% of our clients get seasick, far less than boats that fish the Gulf of Alaska.
Departure time 7 am, return time approximately 5:30 pm. Getting to Whittier requires traveling through the Anton Anderson one way tunnel. The tunnel is open for entry into Whittier on the half hour. You should arrive at the tunnel by 6:20 am to allow time to pay the $13 toll and line up for the opening.
2020 will be a limited season - We expect to operate from June 10th through early September.
Individual fishing charters are primarily halibut charters. Our goal is to get everyone their halibut. If we limit the boat (except for share a rod clients) and there is time we will pursue salmon or rock fish if they are in the area. It is common to catch other species when targeting halibut.
Multispecies fishing available on exclusive charters.
Salmon fishing charters are usually offered as exclusive charters. Chum salmon are available mid June to early July. Silver salmon start showing up early July and run into mid August. Sockeye or red salmon as Alaskans call them run from mid June well into July, but are rarely accessible on day trips. We occasionally catch king salmon when fishing for other species.
Halibut fishing is closed on Wednesdays and some Tuesdays throughout South central Alaska. Current regulations allow one fish of any size and one under 28 inches. It is more likely you will catch halibut over 28 inches than under 28 inches.
Fishing licenses are required for Alaska residents 18 years and up. Fishing licenses for non-residents are required for ages 16 and up. A non-resident one day fishing license is $25 and is available online @ www.adfg.alaska.gov/store. You must have your fishing license BEFORE arriving the morning of your charter and you must have a paper copy of your license.
Our crew will fillet and bag your catch before we return to port - no waiting around.
Bottled water is provided on day trips. No food is provided. There is room for small coolers on the boat. Alcohol is permitted in moderation. If you become visibly intoxicated while fishing, you will be asked to discontinue fishing and stay in the cabin.
Day Trip Reservation Policy - Full payment required to confirm reservations. Payments are 90% refundable up to 10 days before departure. 9 days from departure all payments become non-refundable. Exclusive charters booked more than 60 days in advance require a 50% deposit with the balance due 10 days prior to departure.
The ultimate Prince William Sound fishing experience. Join us aboard 50’ Good Times to experience Alaska fishing as it was meant to be – in a seemingly untouched land far from the hectic combat elbow to elbow road system fishing.
Fish for halibut and salmon, possibly rock fish and ling cod. Dine on fresh shrimp that you caught that day! Fish every day or fish somedays, sightsee others. If you book the boat exclusively, we can modify the itinerary to best suit your parties interests.
You may be in the wilderness, but you won’t be roughing it!
Good Times serves as floating lodges and fishing platform. Good Times offers 3 private guest cabins that sleep 2 each, 2 heads with walk in showers, a large salon to relax in, a large galley for great meals, and a covered cockpit (outside deck) for those less than perfect days. The Good Times has a full size refrigerator, freezer, clothes dryer and Jennaire oven.
Live aboard charters include sleeping accommodations aboard Good Times, home cooked meals often with fresh catch of the day as well as guided fishing, tackle, bait, and ice. We will take the utmost care of your catch, filleting, freezing, refrigerating and or icing your catch depending on the need. Fee's Custom Seafood's, in Whittier, offers vacuum packing, freezing and shipping services.
We are often asked about anchoring overnight out in the ocean. You won’t be. Each night we will find a protected cove near the fishing grounds. Prince William Sound has more than 200 islands and more protected coves than there are boats anchoring overnight. Staying near the fishing grounds reduces travel time and increases fishing time!!!!!
After more than 30 years of fishing Prince William Sound we have refined our charters to provide the best fishing experience possible. Starting in the afternoon of the first day makes it convenient for you to get to Whittier and boarded without the morning rush to make it out the door of your hotel. This also lets us get close to the fishing grounds the first day so you will have 4 full days of fishing. Returning the morning of the 6th day allows us to get your catch to the processors before the evening rush and gives you plenty of time to make it to your next destination without the late night hotel arrivals and 10 pm dinners.
Boarding time the first day is 3 pm plus or minus depending on which week you choose.
Disembarking time is 10 am plus or minus depending on how far we are from Whittier the last night.
Focus will be sockeye/red salmon and halibut. Shrimping will also be available. Silvers possible.
Sockeye and halibut, silver salmon arriving and of course shrimp.
Silver salmon and halibut plus shrimping.
July 29-Aug 3
Silvers, halibut and shrimp.
Rock fish and ling cod fishing options as well on all of the above charters.
Party of 6
5 Days/ 4 Nights $2500 per person
6 Days/ 5 Nights $3000 per person
Party of 5
5 Days/ 4 Nights $2750 per person
6 Days/ 5 Nights $3300 per person
Party of 4
5 Days/ 4 Nights $3100 per person
6 Days/ 5 Nights $3750 per person
Parties less than 4 can book the boat exclusively for $13,500 for the trip or we can put you with another small group, if available.
Multiday Deposit/Reservation Policy
Single party bookings require a non-refundable deposit of 50% or $5000, whichever is less and a signed contract. Balance is due 60 days before departure and is non-refundable. Split partiy bookings (two or more parties) require a non-refundable full payment and a signed contract to confirm reservations. In the event of cancellation Alaska Good Time Charters LLC will attempt to re-book another party and refund a portion of your payment
*10% discount for active military and their families
** pp= Per Person
Whittier Alaska 99693
Hours: 8AM - 9PM