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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 29th, 2014

Lloyd, Doug, Rod, Dave, Cari, Rick, Larry, Dale, Kent, Chris, Darren, & Ron with a great catch.

Lloyd, Doug, Rod, Dave, Cari, Rick, Larry, Dale, Kent, Chris, Darren, & Ron with a great catch.

 

Fishing Alaska salmon off Sumez island was very good for us today as the Sea lion left us alone and we were able to catch 11 King salmon by early morning. We hooked 5 at one time and would have had 6 but got tangled lines. We landed all 5 so that was a great bonus. We watched the Sea lion eating other boats fish and although we had sympathy I felt we ran interferience for the past 2 days loosing 12 King salmon in those two days while other boats lost none. Today was a great day salmon fishing, then we went off for halibut and landed one at 60″ or 109 pounds, having to release it but ended up landing some nice ones right in at 43 and 44 inches which 44″ is the maximum on the slot limit which is 44″ and smaller or 76″ and larger for our area 2C. We did loose one halibut to the sea lion but we did not care about that. Captain Joel Steenstra landed his 12 King salmon so they are tagged out for Kings but we still have 3 left to catch as one of our guests showed up a day late. Please check out our facebook page for more pictures and like us if you will so your friends can see us.

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 27th and 28th, 2014

 

Dale, Rod, Ron, Lloyd, Doug and Dave with a great catch today.

Dale, Rod, Ron, Lloyd, Doug and Dave with a great catch today.

Salmon fishing in Alaska these past few days has continued to be strong as Washington State fish continue to be caught here off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. We are getting at least half a dozen tagged or fin clipped fish with reports from ADF&G coming back as Colombia river fish. Past two days the Kent Halvorsen group from Alberta Canada has been limiting on King salmon with the largest just under 30 pounds. The Stellar sea lions have been well fed by my boat as Joel seems to be invisible to the salmon eating monsters. We have lost 12 King salmon to them over the past two days and our frustration is at a peak. We blame Kent Halvorsen for his politically incorrect comments about the fish eating mammels and believe they are targeting us based on his statements. We are looking forward to the commercial fleet starting and am sure that the sea lions will get an education here in the next few days, something a charter boat would not dream of doing is educating sea lions. Check out more pictures on our facebook page at and like us if you do: https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge?ref=hl

Chris, Larry, Rick, Darren, and Kent with a great catch.

Chris, Larry, Rick, Darren, and Kent with a great catch.

 

Chris, Kerry, Larry, Rick, Kent, and Darren with their great display of fish!

Chris, Kerry, Larry, Rick, Kent, and Darren with their great display of fish!

 

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 25th, 2014

Cori and son Greg with a trophy Alaska King salmon.

Cori and son Greg with a trophy Alaska King salmon.

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. Fishing off the outer coast today was very good early and then later in the afternoon as well. We landed limits of Kings and had to let a few go as well as landing a 37.2 pound King salmon. Cori had requesteds a 40 pound King salmon when we left the dock this morning for his 10th wedding anniversary and the last salmon of the day was this 37.2 pound fish a few pounds under but a “Tyee” all the same, good job Cori!

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Bill, Greg, Cori, Dave, Sackett, and Shaun with a great catch.

Bill, Greg, Cori, Dave, Sackett, and Shaun with a great catch.

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 24th, 2014

 

8 year old Sackett with his halibut he landed from 180' down.

8 year old Sackett with his halibut he landed from 180′ down.

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, in Craig Alaska for June 24th. Today we left the dock at 5 am and headed off Cape Felix since that has been the best salmon fishing in the Craig area. Today was good fishing but we had to work for our fish while Joel finished up early on his 12 King salmon we were still at 7 and needed 5 more. The bite seemed to slow down and as there had been many boats from the local lodges they were beginning to thin out either by limiting or getting impatient and looking elsewhere. We stuck it out and in the end there was only a handfull of boats but the bite came on again later and we were able to finish up with a great catch of Alaska salmon.

Dave, Cor, Bill, Sackett, Shaan, and Greg with a great catch of Alaska salmon.

Dave, Cor, Bill, Sackett, Shaan, and Greg with a great catch of Alaska salmon.

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 23rd, 2014

 

Sackett and Dad Andres with a beautiful King salmon caught by Sackett.

Sackett and Dad Shawn Andres with a beautiful King salmon caught by Sackett Andres.

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge an Alaska sportfishing lodge. June 23rd was the ending of the 30 knot wind storm that had blown in on Sunday the 22nd stirring up the ocean to 10ft. seas or so. We decided to leave the dock a little later as both groups going and coming had to take the ferry to make their flights. We went to Granite pt. first off as the ocean had layed down to 4 or 5 foot swells and dropping in first was 8 year old Sackett Andres from Montana who immediately hooked a nice King salmon but after a few minutes of fighting the fish it was attacked and eaten by a very large bull Stellar Sea lion. This Sea Lion continued to harrass us eating 4 out of the 5 King salmon we hooked in less than one hour. After having enough of that entertainment we decided to go north to Noyes island where word was there was some fish and maybe less Sea Lion activity. We arrived and after a hour hooked our first King salmon and just as we thought we would land the fish the fish was also eaten by the local bull Sea lion. We talked to one of the other boat captains and he said he lost 9 out of the 10 King salmon to the pesky Sea Lions. We decided to burn some gas and headed south to avoid the fish eating mammels and try to get some in the boat. We finished the day with half our limits as Joel ended up with his 10 King salmon by sticking it out off Noyes island.

Butch Smith group with a great catch of fish.

Butch Smith group with a great catch of fish.

 

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June21st, 2014

 

 

Jory, Bob, Duane, Travis, Bob, Conan, Jeff, Hoyt, John, John, Dave and Nate with a great catch of fish.

Jory, Bob, Duane, Travis, Bob, Conan, Jeff, Hoyt, John, John, Dave and Nate with a great catch of fish.

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the 21st of June. Today we departed the lodge at 5 am arriving at Cape Felix around 6 am and the salmon still keep flushing onto the beach where much of the sport fleet has been fishing. Granite has also been a high producer of King salmon, limits are easily met despite a 2 fish per day limit. We were done with our limits of King salmon before 8 am after releasing a few smaller fish ending up with our dozen for the day, the largest being 28 pounds. Halibut fishing for us today was a priority as we have struggled producing any amount of respectable fish off Sumez island. Today we spent the rest of the day hunting for halibut and we did find a better source  having to release three large fish one at about 72 inches and several hundred pounds caught by Hoyt Huffman, one about 65″ at about 140 pounds caught by Nate Underwood, and David Underwood landed a nice one as well at 48″ which we also had to release since it was over the 44″ maximum. Congratulations to them all on the nice catch.

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Capt. Joel checking Travis drag while fighting a King salmon off Cape Felix.

Capt. Joel checking Travis drag while fighting a King salmon off Cape Felix.

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 19th-20th

 

Hoyt with his winning King salmon of the day.

Hoyt with his winning King salmon of the day.

Vandel, Underwood (10)Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the 19th and 20th of June continues to show strong runs of King salmon.  Sitka is showing very strong runs as well as those fish migrate down the outside waters of S.E. Alaska to the Craig area. The 19th and 20th limits were easily had within a few hours or less for most if not all boats. Kingfisher lodge landing their limit of 26 King salmon for two boats in a few hours. Their were two Alaska residents on board so with their 3 King salmon limit per day made for 14 King salmon on Joels boat. Halibut fishing has been tougher for us this summer although John Underwood landed a 100 pound halibut yesteday we had to let it go, and we struggled to find halibut of any size. Check out our facebook page for more photo’s. https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge

Vandel, Underwood group with a great catch of Alaska salmon, Ling cod and Yellow eye.

Vandel, Underwood group with a great catch of Alaska salmon, Ling cod and Yellow eye.

 

Alaska King salmon fishing off Sumez Island.

Alaska King salmon fishing off Sumez Island.

 

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Alaska sportfishing report Kingfisher Lodge, June 17th 2014

Alaska salmon fishing at its best! Today we were looking at gale force winds predicted so leaving the dock shortly after 5 am we went straight to the fishing grounds in hopes of landing our salmon as our guests were only fishing a half day. When we reached open water the wind was blowing 25 knots and wave height at about 4 feet, by the time we reached our fishing destination the winds were gusting 30 to 35 knots but the minute we dropped in we hooked up 3 Kings and with a very fast drift we landed 4 Kings. The next two drifts we landed our 12 King salmon and released 4 others with a close to record time of 45 minutes to limit on King salmon of 12 fish. This was also a fiasco with the gusty winds blowing the boat so everyone had to work together to keep from loosing the fish as they ran about under and around the boat loosing only one to the spinning propellers. Back at the dock by 7:50 am!

Back to the dock by 8 am with limits of King salmon! Good Job!

Back to the dock by 8 am with limits of King salmon!
Good Job!

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Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 16th, 2014

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. Today was outstanding again for the Alaska King salmon fishing as we limited on King salmon which was 12 fish by 9 am and most boats were doing the same in the area we were fishing off Sumez island. Halibut fishing was also very good when we finally found them althought their wasn’t any record breakers we were happy with the fish we landed. So far the fishing is reflective of the Alaska Department of fish and Game 2014 predictions of the Chinook or King salmon abundance. Photo’s below are an indication of what hopefully will continue this year.

Alaska salmon fishing at it's best and the boys from California.

Alaska salmon fishing at it’s best and the boys from California.

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Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, June 16th 2014

Saal (4)Today we had 12 anglers looking for Alaska King salmon and we needed 24 Kings total. The ocean predictions were 12′ seas so we were not that optimistic we could fish the ocean where we had been doing very well the few days before, but as we neared the ocean it was clear that it wasn’t that bad, the wind was down and the swell was managable. We stopped off Sumez island and withing minutes had 3 Kings on and as time went on more and more boats showed up and everyone was getting their fish and limiting very early. We then headed off to finish our halibut which was accomplished easy enough but no real size to our fish. The largest King of the day was 37.5 pounds and as far as we know leading the King salmon derby.

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Rich Kline with his 37.5 Lb Trophy King salmon

Rich Kline with his 37.5 Lb Trophy King salmon

 

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