Craig Alaska fishing report for the 2nd thru the 5th of July. First of all we had beautiful weather and ocean conditions the past 3 days and everyone had a great time enjoying the beauty S.E. has to offer. King and Silver salmon fishing has been extra tough the past 3 days although all 16 guests landed their limits of King salmon only 5 Silvers or Coho were caught. Bottom fishing for rockfish and Ling cod is very good though saving our bacon and keeping the guests happy landing limits of these fish they have sometimes overlooked in the past due to larger numbers of salmon around. The commercial troll opening was on July 1st and they have also been way down on their catches and surely will affect the sport fisherman to a degree. We are optimistic that more fish will begin to show up as traditionally is the case but as of yesterday it was a struggle. Halibut fishing for the 38″ and under has also been tough off Noyes island, there seems to be plenty of the big ones around but unless a person has purchased a GAF fish they must be released. Looking forward to more fish coming in, stay tuned for the next report, thanks for reading.
Craig Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for June 16th thru the 18th. Although fishing has been spotty here in the Craig area the past three days fishing was ok. Having 3 boats not all boats limited on Kings every day depending on where you decided to go fishing. Noyes Island has been a on off again area so if you decide to go on the wrong day it may not go well for you. It has been tougher on these three days but overall fishing was ok, I will add that there are an abundance of shaker or under 28″ Kings which are fun to land but don’t end up in the cooler.
We landed 3 GAF halibut so that helped quite a bit with the catch poundage along with sea bass, ling cod and yellow eye. Right now as I am writing this the boats are out and last two days including today the boats limited on Kings by 8:30 a.m.
so maybe it is looking up. Unfortunately the King salmon limits will be set back to one come July 1st so a non resident will only be able to retain one King salmon for the trip up. We are hoping the Silver salmon show up very soon!!
Fishing report for June 1 thru June 16th 2018. I am finally getting around to doing my fishing blog or report so will just give an overall for the past few weeks. We started full time as of June 3rd with most of the first two weeks chilly and windy for the most part. King salmon fishing has been spotty doing well some days and less well others. I believe each group up was able to get their King salmon limits or 3 for the season. This past week we have seen warmer weather and less wind and no rain and sometimes limiting in an hour or so. The largest King has been about 25 pounds with an average about 17 pounds. We have been doing a mix of trolling and mooching depending on weather, the group and how scattered the King salmon are. Most all the lodges are in full swing now and I believe most are getting limits but lots of boats competing for the fish.
Halibut fishing has been a challenge getting limit size halibut (38 inches) but getting halibut has been ok so far. Joel had 3 GAF fish this past group and got his fish without any problem the largest landed by Barb McIntyre at 73 inches. Ling cod and Yellow eye are prolific in the Craig area despite the Fish and Game closing Yellow eye on August 1st. We caught a 48″ Ling cod that had just eaten a shark and the tail was sticking out of his mouth with the rest of it down its throat! We had to let it go since not only did we have our limit but it was oversized as the keepers are from 30 to 45″ in southern S.E.
Today our boats landed limits of kings early and are now out bottom fishing. Thanks for reading my report and will try to keep up to date from here on out.
Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report August 4th – 6th, 2017 located on Prince of Wales island, Craig Alaska. We are now in our last month of our guide and lodge service and this past three days was exceptional with all boats landing limits of Kings, Coho and halibut. The fish are all of respectable size with our largest King salmon at 33 pounds, largest Coho 15 pounds, largest halibut 121 pounds! All lodge and charter boats in the Craig area are mostly landing limits of Coho and many are landing limits of King salmon as well. Soon to change on the King salmon as the Commercial troll fleet will have a King salmon opener in the next week, just not sure of the dates. Weather has been exceptional with one day reaching high 70’s, little wind on the ocean so our last day was very nice on the water. The last day was exceptional for King salmon after limiting on King salmon we landed a total of 18 Kings trying to get our limit of Coho’s which we eventually did. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures and look forward to seeing all those folks coming here in the next few weeks. Crossing our fingers, saying our prayers that the weather and fishing remain good! Thanks for reading my reports.
Prince of Wales Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska July 31 – August 2nd. This past week was even better than the previous 3 days fishing with more large Coho and King salmon showing up. Most boats should be limiting on Coho and King salmon if they target them. Halibut and bottom fishing remain the same and weather was outstanding sunny warm weather with no w
ind and flat calm seas!! ( I need to whisper that word). For those of you coming to the Craig area or with us cross your fingers and say your prayers that the remainder of the month continues with what we have had this past week. My son in law has been out trolling and says in one day he released 50 large Kings so I hope they keep coming in. I also want to mention and Thank Bob and Joan Pahor from Las Vegas as this is their 21st year at Kingfisher Lodge, thanks for all your loyal business, and Thanks for reading my report and enjoy the pictures. More on our Facebook page.
Craig Alaska sport fishing report for July 26th thru the 28th on the southwest side of Prince of Wales island. Salmon fishing remains strong as both Coho and King salmon have been being caught in good numbers in the Craig area. Limits for both species have been fairly easy to procure the past couple of weeks although sometimes the King salmon are a crap shoot, it seems the past few days there were more king salmon getting caught. August 1st will shut down the Yellow eye rockfish limits until I believe the 27th of the month so don’t plan on being able to keep a Yellow eye. Ling cod and halibut the same limits. ADF&G feels the fishery needs to be closed (although there have been large numbers of the Yellow fish where ever we go) they believe there is a reduction in numbers, we can only trust that their management is correct and erring on conservative measures is always best on such a long lived fish, but we also hope it isn’t just for allocation issues. Klawock river hatchery now operated by SSRAA and run by Jeff Lundberg are doing a great job and we attribute the strong Coho runs to this hatchery. Jeff says this run is looking like the 2013 run when there were lots of fish, we are hoping it continues, great job Jeff! Check out our Facebook for more pictures.
Alaska sport fishing report for July 22nd thru the 24th for the Craig area on Prince of Wales island. Weather was our friend the past 3 days with ideal ocean conditions and salmon fishing as good as it can get for Coho salmon. King salmon are still being caught and our boats landing part if not all limits each day, and same for most boats fishing in the Craig area. Coho limits seem to be quite easy to fill with hardly any Pink salmon being caught…(I say that with trepidation). I like to have some pinks around as they make great halibut bait but past 3 days I never even had one on. The commercial seiners have not been fishing much off Noyes island so that might be the reason but we don’t miss the seiners since they scoop up lots of Coho when they are stretching out their nets, and when they do we see a drop in numbers. Commercial trollers are saying it is slow Coho fishing off shore so not sure what that means if we will see a drop off in our sport numbers or not but for now it has been steady and good. Halibut fishing has been good but putting in many hours trying to find a quality size fish say 38″ to 44″. We have been spending up to an hour a fish at times and been fishing a large area scouting but not finding any consistency anywhere. There seem to be a large number of oversize halibut 46″ up to 65″ and have landed and released some in the 70″ plus size. The largest landed for a GAF halibut has been 72″ if my memory is correct.
That is what I have to report for now, thanks for reading my report and all those who come fishing at Kingfisher lodge in Craig, we appreciate your business, we love catching fish!! Check out more pictures on our Facebook page.
Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report July 13th 2017. Ok so I haven’t been posting fishing reports not because fishing hasn’t been good since it has been a good summer so far. Most guests went home with limits of King salmon throughout the month of June minus a few here or there but overall on a scale of one to ten I would say it has been a 6 for number of fish caught. Halibut fishing up to now has been a scratch and all lodges are struggling to find a steady supply of quality halibut. Putting in time is what it takes to get anything next to the 44″ maximum and many lodges are probably falling short on that, my guess is the average halibut caught is around 32 inches and that may be stretching it. There are a fair number of halibut in the 46 inch to 55 inch range but they outside the slot size to retain. Extra large halibut also seem to be in smaller numbers, those in the 68″ and above size. We have been landing quite a few in the 55 to 58″ size. Some of these I believe to be large males so hopefully there are still those large females that lay the 4.5 million
eggs each year, I feel some concern about these numbers.
July fishing we have done well with King salmon and since July 1st we say a decline as the commercial fleet took many thousands of King salmon but since they shut down the King salmon fishing our numbers have been returning so limits have been possible and most boats are limiting on King salmon. Guests and Kingfisher Lodge here in Craig have been able to limit on King salmon these past few weeks.
Coho fishing has been pretty fair landing 4 to 6 Coho per angler the past few days. I will try to post pictures on our Facebook page but will include a few here and try to update my fishing report every 3 days.
Thanks for reading and look forward to seeing you here this summer!!
My fishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island. With the season tapering off we only had one group of 6 people at the lodge and thus only running one boat. Coho fishing for the last three days was good with a few short the first and third day. However this was made up by the large size ranging from 12-16 lbs. that allowed everybody to go home with 2 fish boxes each.
Halibut fishing was very good, allowing us to get limits every day except for the first day where we ended being one short. However we had to release 4 oversized halibut with the biggest being 140 lbs. Russell Ruder was the lucky chosen one that had to tangle with the halibut for approximately 35 minutes before we were able to release it.
That was all for this season, now we are off to the Alaska Range to go for sheep and moose hunting. To sum it all up it was a great season and we wish all our guests the best until we see them again next year.
My fishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island. The past three days fishing was again exceptional as we were able to get most of our limits of Coho salmon all three days bringing in some respectable fish.
We fought some high winds the afternoon of the last day but overall was a great trip for our guests.
The last GAF halibut was caught by the Rick Knudsen group finishing up with a 110 pounder, or 60″ fish. Today is sunny and we are expecting favorable winds for the next three days which will finish up our season at our Alaska fishing lodge here in Craig Alaska! Thanks all of you for watching or reading my report this season again. I will post one more in 4 days and then off to the Alaska Range for my hunting season.