Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 22nd, 23rd & 24th the weather cooperated in the wind department as we had no wind issues or big waves as the group before which means that the whole summer minus a few days we had better than average weather by far in fact the best from my point of view in 20 years. Fishing continues to be outstanding to say the least for Coho’s and bottom fish. This group we did not focus on King salmon but only Silver salmon and Bottom fish. All three days Coho limits for 12 anglers were accomplished in a few hour each day and bottom fishing we put in more hours but ended up with spectacular catching and the photo’s from the last day show the finale of the 12 member group. 2013 will go down in my book as probably one of the best years of fishing for the past 20 years and maybe in the future we will also look back as a top year.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 19th was again forecasted for heavy seas and 20 knot winds although we fished on the inside and kept out of the big water and my boat landed our Silver salmon in close to town while Joel and his crew went and tested the outside waters. They were happy to find a nice spot with a large swell but no wind and pleasant fishing with great catching of big Coho’s landing their limits in short order. Halibut fishing was again good with our boat landing a nice limit of 35″ to 45″ butts, and Joel’s boat landing a nice 68″ 170 pound halibut by Talon Stephan. Joel was guiding the Stephan family from North Dakota for their family fishing vacation and they said it was their best family vacation ever which says quite a bit for this area and their captain.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 18th the forecast was for 20 knot winds and 9 foot seas so we decided both boats would avoid the outside waters and fish the protected waters on the inside. Silver salmon fishing has been consistently good due mostly to the Prince of Wales Hatchery located on the Klawock river which produces 5 million Coho smolt each year. 2013 has been a year that will be in the record books as off the charts for returning Coho’s in S.E. Alaska. Alaska Department of fish and game unofficially has credited 45% of the total returns of Coho in S.E. Alaskan waters to POWHA, or Prince of Wales Hatchery Association. As we expected fishing was good and with two boats and 11 anglers we landed our limits of 66 silvers before 8 am in the morning which was good but not unexpected for reasons stated above. From our Salmon fishing we moved on to Halibut fishing and again staying on the inside waters and both boats found good Halibut fishing and landed our limits without much problems and due to stormy, rainy weather decided to make it an early day.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 17th we left the lodge with light winds, slightly choppy water, overcast skies, and a weather outlook of 20 knot winds and 8 foot seas. We made it to the outside of Noyes island with flat water and 15 knot or less wind speed and with the seine fleet out we were not sure what to expect but when we got to fishing it had for sure slowed down. We did land 2 King salmon and lost one and Joel landed 3 and a few silvers for starters. After a few hours of releasing many halibut having only 1 silver and two Kings on the boat it was time to head some where else as I felt the seiners were just going to continue to deplete what fish was there. We headed off as Joel stayed
put and we got a bit beat up getting to our destination, once we got there I talked to Joel and he said they started biting and had 22 Coho in the box…. so I thought well I screwed up, but before long we had our limit of Coho’s. We then went off shore for halibut. When we got there the seas were not too bad so started fishing but by the time we got done there were 8′ seas with 20 plus knots of wind on them…not too much fun and one of the guys started chumming and soon we had what we thought was a big halibut but after a half hour Dave landed a nice 5′ Skate or Ray. We let it go and after landing a limit of small halibut headed for home. Captain Joel and his group limited on Silvers, got 3 Kings salmon and a really nice limit of Halibut.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 15th we left the lodge with no wind, flat water, overcast skies, and high in the mid 60’s which was a great day to catch Silver salmon and bottom fish. We started locally for our Coho’s and landing a few limits moved on to the outer coast which was a little slower landing the limits of 66 Coho for 11 anglers but completed the job by 10 am then off for our Halibut and Ling cod, yellow eye as we needed a few more to tag out for the group. The group landed a great catch of fish in the 40″ to 45″ size range then Carl Vedders landed a beautiful 69 1/2 inch trophy weighing in at 178 pounds. When he brought it up it had a flasher in it’s mouth as it had eaten a Silver salmon off a troller and got the hoochi and flasher as a memento, so when she came up that flasher was along side her and would have been interesting to see how hard it pulled on the trollers lines. After the excitement from the group from landing the trophy halibut we went off to fish for our ling Cod and Jeff Nelson landed a beautiful trophy ling taping in at just 45″ which is the maximum in the slot limit unless you land one over 55″ which we have not done yet.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska for August 14th we were again greeted by flat calm water as we left the dock at 5 am and returning to our fishing destination from the previous day we started fishing at about 6 am after watching a seiner land a net load of fish. The catching was obviously substantially slower as we could see that out of 5 boats in our vicinity that few fish were being caught compared to yesterday. We stuck it out for an hour or so landing 9 Silvers on our boat and Joel landing only 2. We decided to backtrack to a spot we had done well a few days ago and sure enough they were there so we landed our Silvers by 10:30 and then off to find our Halibut which we were pleasantly surprised by the quantity and quality of these butts so in no time both boats limited on the beauties and off to the lodge as the boys had emptied the coolers of all beer and bottle of Crown and were getting pretty thirsty.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 13th we left the lodge with light winds and flat water, overcast skies, and high in the mid 60’s which was a great day to catch King salmon, Silver salmon and bottom fish. We started at the Pineapple rock which was awful dead looking and left after 15 minutes or so then moved north and dropping in tripled on beautiful King salmon, then it was non stop catching of big Coho’s or Silver salmon (most of these fish are averaging 10 pounds) until our limit was met at 8:30 a.m. Joel’s boat landed the largest trophy Silver of the year to date, here at Kingfisher Lodge at just over 18 pounds by Clint Olsen. Halibut fishing proved to be a great day as we landed several in the 40 to 45 inch range as well as some beauties at 60 or so inches that we had to let go due to the slot limit but the guys got a kick out of bringing them up. All these fish we turn loose are still full of vigor as they speed to the bottom or just swim off as we release them which makes us all feel good knowing they will survive another day and continue to perpetuate.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 10th we left the lodge with light winds and moderate seas with high temperature of 75 for the day. We stopped short from our destination and landed half a dozen or so Silver salmon then off to the outer coast and fishing a popular salmon spot where many charter boats fish and landed most of our 36 Coho’s and then as the bite died off we went after our halibut which we landed in just under two hours as well as some ling cod. Then we needed 15 more Silver salmon and so went searching and after 3 stops found a wide open Coho bite and landed the remainder of our fish in short order then headed for the beer garden and fire pit at the lodge!
Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Prince of Wales Island, Craig, Alaska, August 11th brought us flat water and sunny skies with highs in the upper 70’s, what a day. We started out by hitting some of the spots in closer to the lodge but the fish had moved on. The Silvers we had done so well the previous afternoon at flood tide were not to be found in our “great spot” the previous day even though we were at a flood tide so by now we had been fishing one hour and only landed 2 silvers and one nice 38 inch Halibut. Now we went and checked out another hopeful and it also appeared pretty dead so after a few minutes fishing we again moved on and by now I am getting a bit nervous about going out on a limb and looking for new fish in areas that no one was fishing. So nothing ventured nothing gained we went forward and after arriving at my 4th or 5th spot at first appearance looked pretty dead with no birds and little on the sounder, but since we traveled there might as well give it a go. Dropping the baits down as we had 6 anglers on board it wasn’t too long in landing the first few Coho’s and they were “hogs”. Still though the screen looked awful blue but what the heck keep at it I said. Soon I saw another boat from another lodge coming in towards us. They came dropped in and after 10 minutes left as they thought it was too dead or didn’t like our company. When they were leaving we hit the mother load and soon we were landing 5 and 6 at a time and within an hour we landed over 40 Coho keeping only the nicest 36 of those fish. What a score so then we still needed 6 King salmon so we went got our Halibut then after that spent the next 2 hours looking for King salmon and in the end landed our limits of Kings and then off to the lodge to enjoy our great day fishing. John Dye landed the largest Silver salmon of the season up to now at our lodge at just over 15 pounds as you can see in the photo above, and John is 6’3″ and somewhere in the 260 pound and up range. Great job John!
Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 9th we were greeted with light south winds with forecast of switching to NW 20 in the afternoon so we were anxious to land our limits of Silvers and get out to get our bottom fish at the tide change and then back for Kings or the remainder of our Silvers if need be. Since Joel had done so well the previous day we had high hopes of following in his
footsteps but that isn’t how it worked out. As it went we landed half our Silvers by the tide change (Joel had his limit by then) then we went off shore and landed our Halibut and 4 nice Ling cod. After that we went in and eventually landed our limits of Silvers but landed no King salmon. Joel landed a nice King but had to release it due to his group landed theirs the day before. Sounded like most boats had a off day where most boats got their limits but had to work harder the we have been used to for the Coho’s.