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Craig Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, August 21st thru the 23rd, 2018.

The John Stone-David Finley group with a nice catch of fish.

Tom Olvitt family with a great catch of fish.

Jared, John and Janet Braithwaite with a great catch of fish!!

A fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for August 21st thru the 23rd. Coho or Silver salmon fishing remained strong the past three days with our boats limiting on silver salmon in a few hours and many other boats doing the same if fishing in good areas. The commercial troll fleet had a opener and they found some good fishing off the outer coast with a mix of Silver salmon as well although Coho fishing for the trollers is considered slow for them this year, a boat that might average 200 a day on a good season might be down to 100 plus fish for the day so far this year. ADF & G tag reporting for the Coho’s we are bringing in to our lodge are returning to the Klawock hatchery on the Klawock river operated by SSRAA, again we are grateful for this contribution to the local fishery. Bottom fishing remains good although halibut fishing isn’t like in the old days where you went to your spot and dropped in got your fish and moved on it has been slower this year and most all the boats have had to work at their halibut limits to land respectable fish just under the 38″ mark. Ling cod fishing remains strong with big Lings still fairly easy to find. Thanks for reading my reports, only 3 more days for us here at Kingfisher.

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Prince of Wales sportfishing report, Craig Alaska August 20th, 2018.

The Bruce Berry group on their last day of fishing with the crew.

Jack Monco and Henry Ruder group with a great catch of fish!

The Keith Lederhosn family and friends on a great catching day!

Curt Karo in the forground on a great morning of Coho fishing.

A fishing report at Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for the dates of August 17th thru the 19th. The past 3 days fishing for Coho salmon or Silver salmon was very good and weather cooperated as well with the wind dying down on the afternoon of the 17th and becoming very calm and sunny the last two days of the 3 day trip giving our anglers a great opportunity to harvest all their Coho limits as well as most of their halibut and ling cod limits. The Coho or Silver salmon seem to be in good numbers and the size is remarkable as we figured about a 10 pound average live weight with the largest yesterday weighing in at 14 pounds. We took the weight of filleted salmon and divided by the number of fish caught per day and came up with 4.7 pounds of fillets per fish which is a higher than normal per fish size. Some of the Coho were larger than some of the King salmon we caught in June and given the number of fish per limit it makes for a great winter supply of wild salmon to enjoy throughout the year making August a prime time for sport fishing for Alaska salmon and bottom fish. We hope to see you at our Alaskan family run lodge in the future if you haven’t been here before and thanks for reading my report. “Tight Lines” as they say.

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Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, August 15th, 2018.

The Steve Hall-John Thompson group with a great catch for the day!

Having a good time after fishing.

Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the dates of August 9th thru the 15th. Coho fishing has picked up with fish showing up in multiple areas with good numbers allowing boats to limit in fairly short time frames compared to earlier in the season where it was difficult to even get limits. Coho’s are much larger than many years although not in as large of numbers those returning are probably in the

The Hall-Thompson group with an outstanding catch of GAF halibut!

8 pound plus average., everyone comments on the size of the fish. Weather was not bad but ocean conditions were very rough limiting boats to the inside waters. Yesterday the boats stuck their noses out off the cape for halibut and experienced 10 to 12 foot seas making it difficult to fish although the wind wasn’t too bad. Today after getting most of their Coho limits the boats went after their 4 GAF halibut they needed to tag out on those pre-purchased fish which the photo shows they did quite well and in a short time period. Over the years we have learned where and how to target big halibut although it isn’t always a guarantee that you will get them. We always hope that the IPHC and NMFS has their management program correct in the harvest of these large trophy halibut which are purchased or leased from the commercial halibut permit holders thus taking it out of the commercial sector and putting it in the hands of the sport fisherman to harvest. It seems to be something our guests like to do and opens opportunity to harvest more than the one small halibut. Thanks for reading the report.

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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report for August 1st thru the 3rd, 2018.

Lyle Randon group with a great catch and a 72″ GAF halibut (175lbs.) Guide Joel Steenstra next to halibut.

The Jake Wipf group with a great catch and a nice GAF fish.

Bob and Joan Pahor family one of our oldest returning customers every year since 1996!

Jim Nelson and Lyle Randon with a trophy halibut. Lyle has also been a long returning customer!

Alaska Kingfisher Lodge is a trophy fishing lodge located on Prince of Wales island near Craig Alaska. This is a fishing report for the past 3 days fishing for 3 groups of anglers from different locations around the U.S..

Coho catch rate increased dramatically the past 3 days landing limits each day or close to it with a few Kings mixed in (3 total I believe). I can’t speak for other lodges or anglers but I believe most boats were at least getting good numbers of Coho if they were in the right spots. Halibut fishing was good but ocean conditions were not too nice and some of the fishermen got sick trying to get GAF halibut off the outer coast, but by day 2 they did land 2 of the 3 GAF fish. The last day winds increased up to 35 knots and outside ocean conditions were not what most folks wanted to brave so fishing remained on the inside calmer waters yesterday and what would normally be a 45 minute ride home ended up about 90 minutes due to the choppy seas. I would also like to mention the Bob Pahor family is the longest customer who has returned each and every year since 1996, and they can catch fish! We thank them for all their business over the many years of our family operation. They watched our children grow from little children to having children of their own and still involved in the family business.

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S.E. Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska July 30th.

Jim Spaletta with his 48 pound King salmon.

Jim with his father in law and brother in law

Captain Harding with his big King salmon!

Kingfisher Lodge is a saltwater sportfishing lodge near Craig Alaska. We are a saltwater fishing charter only focusing on salmon, halibut and other bottom fish. The past three days have been consistent on the Coho salmon although not good enough for boats to land full limits each day. Our boats having up to six guests have been working hard putting in the hours and it is paying off for our guests. Most of the past 3 days we have seen the boats coming in with 2/3rds of their Coho limits. King salmon have been slower due to weather on the outside having Northwest winds up to 30 knots the seas have kept most charter boats off the open ocean where the King salmon have been the most abundant. Captain Braden Harding my son in law with a long history of commercial fishing behind him is guiding for us now and landed the largest King salmon of the season for us at 48 pounds on the 30th. The fish was caught by Jim Spaletta who seems to catch big things. Last year while halibut fishing he caught a large carpet thinking he had a unknown monster of the deep he was surprised to bring up a very large carpet, just try doing that in the middle of the Pacific! As far as the Coho fishing goes we are optimistic that it will continue to improve although we may not see all days with limits we hope to see improved Coho fishing. The Coho are larger than last year so even though limits may not be reached the result is very good. I weighed the average fillets of the Coho and they were 4.1 pounds of fillets per fish, very good for this time of year. Halibut fishing remains spotty or at least now as good as we are used to having to work for our halibut to get a good grade, but able to get limits. Ling cod and Yellow eye continue to be prolific.

John OHare group with a great catch.

Frank Cannon group with a great catch of fish.

Thank you for reading my report. Until next time.

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Craig Alaska fishing report for July 20th thru the 22nd, 2018

The Stutz-Hutcherson families with a great catch of fish!

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The Stutz-Hutcherson families with a great day of GAF fishing.

Craig Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the above dates. Coho fishing increased dramatically the past three days with our boats landing limits of Coho each day and I believe most boats were getting limits of Coho, thanks to the Klawock Coho hatchery located on the Klawock river. This hatchery puts out 5 million Coho and our appreciation for this facility is beyond bounds as without it Craig’s Coho fishing would be a much reduced fishery, so we are very glad to have these fish suddenly show up (owned and operated by SSRAA). We now are hoping that the Coho’s continue to flood into the inside waters outside the Craig area. Thanks for reading the post.

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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report August 4th – 6th, 2017

Just how big is this King? Probably not as big here as it will be in Boise.

Trophy GAF halibut

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.

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Alaska sportfishing report for August 28th thru the 31st.

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.

Nice set of halibut and a lot of coho

Nice set of halibut and a lot of coho

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

David Ruder with hot hand, catching a late run King salmon

David Ruder with the hot hand catching a late run King salmon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 16th thru the 18th.

David Gutridge group with a great display of fish!

David Gutridge group with a great display of fish!

Alaska sport fishing report for the Craig area on Prince of Wales Island for the above dates. My report for our Alaska fishing lodge for the 3rd week of August is a positive fishing report. Last three days fishing has been as good as can be expected with limits of big Coho and great bottom fishing. We didn’t fish for King salmon but focused on our Coho’s which some made the 15 pound size with more of a 10 pound average.

Bruce Berry group with another great catch!

Bruce Berry group with another great catch!

Getting off shore Coho many of those fish are destined for Canadian rivers and so their large size is reflected by the size of the river they are bound for, but also many are from the Klawock river hatchery POWHA (now under SSRAA). Commercial boats are now seeing more big Coho showing up, but most commercial trollers are focused on King salmon as their quota is still being filled and Kings are bringing $100 each so they are trying to get their share of the valuable fish, the Coho being worth between $10.00 and $20.00 each.
We are optimistic to finish with a strong sport fishing season!

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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.
Thanks for reading my report and check out the Facebook for more photos.

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