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Fishing report for July 26th thru the 29th

John O'Hare and Dick O'Grady families.

John O’Hare and Dick O’Grady families.

My fishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge in Craig Alaska on the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island. The past 4 days we had 16 anglers on our 3 boats focused mostly on Silver or Coho salmon.

Dario DeGhatalde family.

Dario DeGhatalde family.

Coho’s seemed in good numbers with limits fairly easy to land with the fish a good average size of around 8 pounds which is good for this time of year. Pink salmon are in fairly abundant numbers as you find out trying to get the Coho getting into large schools of the Pinks at times landing up to 6 Pinks to one Coho, other times a much better ratio. Overall we landed limits of Coho the first 3 days and the last and 4th day we put our time into King salmon and Halibut, looking for a 43 inch size to the Halibut as our goal. We invested an average of 3 hours a day for 6 halibut which was time well spent.
Captain Nils boat landed limits of King salmon on the last day and as well as Kings other days with the largest at 35 pounds. We landed a small handful of Kings as well as Joel his best day limiting on Kings.

Frank Canon group.

Frank Canon group.

Overall the fishing is pretty good in the Craig area with most boats limiting on the species they focus on weather it is King salmon or Coho.  It appears that Coho numbers are consistent, still knocking on wood that fish numbers remain strong throughout the summer.

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Alaska fishing report for July 22nd thru the 24th.

Greg Rasmussen group including Captain Nils with a great catch of fish heading for Nebraska!

Greg Rasmussen group including Captain Nils with a great catch of fish heading for Nebraska!


Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island, Craig Alaska for the above dates. The past three days weather was blown up with winds 20 to 25 knots out of the south with some rain. Ocean swells reached 11 foot so we stayed inside all three days landing limits of Coho salmon, some King salmon and Halibut.

Steve Wang group having a great day!

Steve Wang group having a great day and Joe with his  144 lb. GAF Halibut!

Captains Joel and Nils landed all their Kings on the last day and a few in the previous days.

Paul Branske group with Peter and his GAF Halibut

Paul Branske group with Peter and his GAF Halibut

My boat landed 3 Kings for the 3 days. We boated 2 GAF halibut one on Joel’s boat and one on my boat. Most boats in the Craig area landed limits of silvers some landing limits of King salmon. Rough water kept many boats from fishing the outside waters but my guess is most guests left happy with their catches fishing in lodges in the Craig area. We are optimistic that more fish are moving in as many points of land fish seem to be showing up, that is the Coho salmon.
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July 18th thru the 20th of July fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge

Stutz, Hutcherson family and friends with a remarkable catch of fish.

Stutz, Hutcherson family and friends with a remarkable catch GAF of fish. (GAF stands for Guided Angler Fish a pre-purchased fish from a commercial halibut permit holder).

My Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the above dates. The past 3 days fishing was again exceptional for both salmon and bottom fish. We had two groups in one with two families for a total of 12 and another with a group of 4. We started out day one fishing for salmon off the Tree spot for salmon,

Fred Young group with a great catch of fish!

Fred Young group with a great catch of fish!

Captain Nils boat did very well but myself and Joel didn’t fare as well for salmon as the fish seemed tight lipped so we decided to fish for our pre-purchased GAF Halibut.

Hutcherson family with their awesome catch!

Hutcherson family with their awesome catch!

My group had purchased 12 GAF fish so we decided to go try and find some big ones (they decided not to use the total they purchased since we caught all big ones). David searches the world for large critters either on land or in the water, (he has fished on the Wicked Tuna boats a few times looking for the big Tuna as well as Australia for big Black Marlin!) I have fished this spot many times over the years with David and once again began fishing this highly productive area. We dropped our gear and within a half hour were fighting very large halibut and in the end landed some very large GAF fish but only a few undersized fish. We released 4 or so fish from 70 to 120 pounds as David was looking for one in the 300 pound range. We didn’t land any that large but the largest was 255 pounds at 78 inches in length.
Captain Joel also landed some nice GAF fish and releasing one in excess of 200 pounds since the Hutcherson family wanted smaller better eating halibut , as well as his regular limit of halibut.

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Day 2 and 3 were salmon days so we focused on Coho and King salmon landing limits of both on day 2 and 3,  I was short a couple King salmon on day 3 but had used up 20 dozen bait weeding through the pink salmon…ugg, what an ordeal! Overall fishing was outstanding and I understand most boats in the Craig area were limiting on King salmon and Coho for the most part. The Power trollers were complaining that the Coho were in low numbers off the coast which gives us concern, but we will remain optimistic that they will continue to show up in numbers.
Thanks for reading my report! Until next time.


Alaska fishing lodge fishing report for July 14th thru the 16th.

Don Blackmond group slaying the fish!

Don Blackmond group slaying the fish!

Fishing report for Alaska Kingfisher Lodge in Craig for the past three days has been very good still as runs remain strong for both King salmon and Coho salmon. King salmon may appear to be in smaller numbers but that is due to the larger number of Coho, Pinks and Dog salmon showing up. More time is spent landing the 6 fish limit on the Coho and with Pink salmon also being landed it takes away from King salmon opportunity.

Nebraska boys with another great catch!

Nebraska boys with another great catch!

Past three days two groups on Captain Joel’s and Captain Nils boat got their limits of King salmon and the last day limited on Coho.

Weyerhaeuser family with another great catch!

Weyerhaeuser family with another great catch!

My boat was short 4 Kings out of the 18 available to my anglers so my guys ended up with 14 King salmon 88 Coho out of the 108 they could have caught.
Weather was windy at 20 knots out of the northwest so boats were trying to avoid the wind and seek more protected fishing areas. Wind for the next three days looks lighter which will allow us more areas to fish.
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Fishing report for July 10th thru the 12th.


Sandor Hites family with a nice catch of fish!

Sandor Hites family with a nice catch of fish!

Fishing report for July 10th thru the 12th for the Alaska fishing lodge Kingfisher in Craig Alaska. The past three days we had three separate groups in. All three days each group landed limits of kings except one boat was minus one King salmon for the 3 days fishing so King salmon are obviously still in good numbers. Coho was slow the 1st 2 days but picked up considerably up and down the outer coast of the Craig area with most charter boats doing very well if not limiting on the silvers. Our best day was 27 Coho for 6 anglers on my boat but we also ran out of bait as we were assaulted by large schools of pink salmon having six at a time on of the pesky fish.

Wiper and Dahlgren family with another great catch!

Wiper and Dahlgren family with another great catch!

Halibut have also moved in in certain areas in good numbers and have had to release many over 43 inches. The Fish and Game reported they had some issues with some oversize halibut that were retained by some charter vessels, so if your guide releases one that looks really good just remember he is doing his job and obeying the law that is in place.

Nothing exciting to add only looking good and this summer is looking like the fish numbers are consistently strong and building…..so we knock on wood and hope it continues throughout the summer. Check out the Facebook page clicking on the upper right hand Facebook emblem. Thanks for reading my report!

Wilson family with a great catch of fish and a nice 43 inch halibut confirmed by a fish and Game official!

Wilson family with a great catch of fish and a nice 43 inch halibut confirmed by a fish and Game official!

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Alaska fishing report for July 6th thru the 8th.

Pat Dylan group with GAF halibut.

Pat Dylan group with GAF halibut.

Alaska fishing report for July 6th thru the 8th, Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska, an Alaska sport fishing lodge. The past 3 days fishing was very good for us landing some really nice King salmon and halibut. This group had pre-purchased 4 GAF halibut which gave us the option to keep 4 halibut any size in addition to the regular 1 halibut daily limit but with the size restriction of 43 inches. GAF or Guided Angler Fish is when the lodge sets up a lease from a commercial permit holder of halibut and then the angler who wants a halibut of any size will pay the fee for that fish which reimburses the cost of the lease, roughly about $400/fish. The Pat Dylan group had set this up this spring and had pre-purchased the 4 fish,  so we spent an afternoon looking for big ones landing and keeping 4, but also releasing at least 7 other very large halibut as we looked for our daily limit halibut. There was also some very nice ling cod and yellow eye landed over the course of the 3 days.

Big king day!

Big king day!

King salmon fishing was very good for us as well limiting each day with our second day a larger strain of fish moved in so we landed two at 46 and 47 pounds as well as 3 or 4 in the 30 pound range, the next day those fish seemed to have moved on although Joel’s boat landed a couple in the 30’s on the last day.
Coho fishing remains spotty and low numbers for now but we expect that to change at any day as the fish move in, our best day was about 16 Coho for 12 anglers. Reports are there are schools of fish off shore so our optimism remains high that we will have a consistent Coho fishery this season. I have posted more pictures and video on our Facebook page so please click on the Facebook emblem on the upper right corner to check them out. Thanks again for reading my reports!

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July 2nd through the July 4th 2016

Thompson family with a great catch of fish!

Thompson family with a great catch of fish!

 

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days we saw a reduction of fish due to the commercial troll opener as expected. King salmon limits were reduced to 1 per day for a non resident so this took the pressure off guides to produce larger limits with less fish due to the commercial opener. Weather on the 2nd was still stirred up with the ocean jacked up a bit. My crew decided to open the morning with a few shots of “Fireball” which not realizing when they started we were in calm water but rather quickly we moved out to lumpy ocean conditions where 3 had to re-taste the “Fireball” for a second time due to upset stomachs! Next few days the “Fireball” was left untouched, and catching fish improved. Well enough of that yes limits were had by our boats which our largest for 3 days was 22 lbs. but Captain Nils boat landed a nice 45 lb. fish and a 37 lb. fish caught by Kevin Thompson and his cousin Savanah Mott respectively. Coho’s seem to be showing up in trickling numbers so we are hoping to see more consistent numbers soon. Check out our Facebook page on the upper right corner of the report page and see more pictures of the past 3 days and other trips this summer.
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Seth Michener group with a great catch as well.

Seth Michener group with a great catch as well.

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Fishing report for June 27th thru the 30th of June

Big day for the boys from Alberta.

Big day for the boys from Alberta.

Fishing report for June 27th thru the 30th of June at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska.
The past 4 days was exceptional fishing in the Craig area off Prince of Wales island. The King salmon and bottom fishing has been exceptional as King salmon were stacked up along the outer coast of Noyes island where most charter boats were concentrated landing limits of King salmon rather early then moving on to their bottom fishing. The limits for King salmon will drop to 1 per day for a non resident as of the 1st of July and as well the commercial fleet started this morning early and though I am not out fishing I am sure the catch rate for the sport boats will drop dramatically today as the commercial fleet will be hitting it hard for the next 5 days. Coho fishing should begin to heat up as the Coho numbers begin to build with the migration.  Word from a troller friend from Sitka informed me he saw schools of Coho on the surface as he worked his way down the coast of Baranof island this week. We have been catching some now and will change our focus to the Coho or Silver salmon for the next few months although we will continue to target King salmon.

We have been spending 3 to 4 hours a day on bottom fish looking for nice size fish and seems better numbers of halibut have been showing up as they move in from deeper water following in the baitfish and salmon,  we hope those numbers continue to build as we try to keep halibut in closer to the 43″ top of the slot limit.

 

Kim, Dan and Drew with their great catch of fish!

Kim, Dan and Drew with their great catch of fish!

Captain Nils Baeckstroem guest landed a nice 80 plus inch halibut that would have been legal to keep as it was above the 80″ slot, but Drew Cole from San Diego California decided to let the big female go which if she survives until next February will  spawn her 4 to 5 million eggs she produces, congrats to you Drew!  Check out more photo’s and a nice video of some Humpback whales feeding off the Cape yesterday on our Facebook page. See the link above.

Thanks again for reading my report and looking forward to seeing all of you coming to the lodge this summer.

 

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