Reports

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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Craig Alaska fishing report for July 15th thru the 17th, 2018

Great times with a great family.

Craig Alaska sportfishing report for the 15th thru the 17th of July at Kingfisher Lodge. The past three days were fair enough for Coho or Silvers considering the dismal reports up and down the coast especially in Sitka. the past 3 days our 18 anglers landed 130 Coho out of the 320 they could catch in 3 days so not great but not terrible either, as I said considering what is going on up and down the coast. Each day that passes we are expecting more fish to move in and wouldn’t be out of reason to have limits showing up any day now so we are keeping our fingers crossed and saying our prayers this happens. Bottom fishing was good for the past groups and the Blackmond group landed 2 GAF halibut to add to their catch. King salmon fishing is very slow and for that reason most boats are focused on Coho. (I will post more pictures but my phone went dead so I am waiting to receive pictures from guests)

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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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Craig Alaska sportfishing report for August 20th thru the 22nd

Steve Peace group with a great catch of fish.

Steve Peace group with a great catch of fish.

A sportfishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge on Prince of Wales island in Craig Alaska for the above dates. The past three days we had 14 anglers, weather and fishing was very good. Wind died down and ocean conditions were very good and catch rates were great landing limits of Coho and Halibut all three days as well as limits of Ling cod. Coho were of a very large average of at least 10 pounds the largest being 17 pounds.

Weir/McEnany family with another great catch!

Weir/McEnany couples with another great catch!

Boats or lodges that kept to the inside waters struggled for limits, offshore was the place to be this past 3 days.

Pat Burns group with a great catch!

Pat Burns group with a great catch!

We have 6 more fishing days at our lodge so hope the fish and weather cooperate!!

 

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August 1st thru the 3rd fishing report

Lyle Randon group with a great display of fish!

Lyle Randon group with a great display of fish!

Alaska fishing lodge report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig for July 31st thru August 3rd. Coho and King salmon runs remain strong throughout the Craig area the past 3 days.

Pahor family with another great catch!

Pahor family with another great catch!


We focused on Coho limits and did not attempt to catch our King salmon although from reports those boats that focused on King salmon were able to get limits or if not close to limits of King salmon. Bottom fishing remains strong as well although finding the perfect 43″ halibut is not so easy unless being lucky or time is spent. to consistently catch up towards the 43″ limit requires a commitment of at least a few hours depending on how many people on your boat. Large or oversized halibut seem to be very prolific this year as we have had to release many oversized fish from over 43″ to well over 72″.
We are looking forward to seeing you who are yet to come and hope the fish runs remain strong throughout the summer. Thanks for reading my report.

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Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 25th to the 27th of August.

Rick Knudsen group family and friends with great looking fish.

Rick Knudsen group family and friends with great looking fish.

The fishing or catching the past three days was first of all sunny skies and beautiful ocean and again King salmon limits could be caught and we did pretty good landing almost all our daily limit of King salmon over the 3 day period but fell far short on our Silver salmon. Joel limited one day on the silvers but we were far short on 2 of the 3 days and so put our time in fishing for King salmon and bottom fish. We did land some nice fish though with some great Lings and Yellow eye.

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of bottom fish.

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of bottom fish.

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July 16th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska

Nils Backstrome with a trophy Ling Cod

Nils Backstrome with a trophy Ling Cod

 

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska.  Flat calm water and 70 degree temperature is what we dealt with today and limits of salmon by early morning. Although the groups King salmon limits had been filled the previous two days King salmon were still being caught as Joel’s boat landed 4 and my boat landed 2 Kings and releasing all but one on our boat. Salmon runs remain strong in the Craig area and will hopefully continue throughout the summer. Halibut fishing remained good as well as other bottom fish.

 

 

Don, Larry, and Tim with a nice catch. (missing is Don Sr. and Barry).

Don, Larry, and Tim with a nice catch. (missing is Don Sr. and Barry).

Jack, Bill, Curtis, Chuck, Chuck, and Dan after 3 days of great weather and fishing.

Jack, Bill, Curtis, Chuck, Chuck, and Dan after 3 days of great weather and fishing.

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July 6th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Darren Mitchel with his 163 pound Halibut.

Darren Mitchel with his 163 pound Halibut.

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers have been reduced by the commercial troll fishery. Today we had 14 anglers at our lodge in 3 boats and by 8 am limits were had by all boats for a total of 84 Coho. Captain Joel got his limit of 24 Coho in one drift and we had our 36 in two drifts, Captain Blake also had his limit in 2 drifts.

We started the day with non stop coho’s 6 on most constantly until our limits were met, this is as good as it gets for Silver salmon and we can only guess that these fish are the result of the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association and it’s 5 million Coho release last June. We are hoping the Coho returns remain strong all summer as is predicted so if all goes well those coming to the Craig area to fish should be very happy anglers. King salmon were harder to come by today but since there are so many Silver salmon around it is also hard to find what Kings are around. Halibut fishing was good for us today with all boats limiting and we boated one Halibut over 68″ on the nose after over 5 hours of Halibut fishing for some bruisers.

Scott, Pat, Matt, Mike, Mike, & Darren.

Scott, Pat, Matt, Mike, Mike, & Darren.

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July 3rd sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Ryan, Mike, Brady, Andy, Conner, & Kerry with a super catch.

Ryan, Mike, Brady, Andy, Conner, & Kerry
with a super catch.

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers are reduced each day the commercial troll season is open. Today was the 3rd day the trollers were working off Noyes Island and their numbers appeared to be less than the day before and chatter on the radio was it had slowed down for them as well. We did well on King salmon landing 5 or 6 King salmon but only retaining 2 as many were smaller Kings and as they have one more day they wanted to save 2 tags for tomorrow. Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat with the Rodgers family did will landing many Kings and retaining 4 for the day and 6 person limits of Coho’s. Coho fishing is very good and limits are pretty easily had so that is good as ADF&G has reduced the King salmon bag limit down to 2 for a non resident, but still can catch 6 Silver salmon per day with no season limit. Silver salmon fishing should be a benchmark year as the Klawock river hatchery returning Coho’s are estimated at around 70,000 back to the river which means lots of Silvers on their way to the river which all sport and commercial fishermen will be after.

The Mike Rodgers family is up for a family fishing vacation and they are having a great time catching their limits of pretty much everything that is legal to catch including this nice 40 pound Halibut that Mike caught today. The boys are up each morning by 4:30 am and down at the dock by the 5 am departure which I am very impressed with and every time I see them they are reeling in a fish!

Conner, Brady, Grampa Mike, & Andy

Conner, Brady, Grampa Mike, & Andy

Jack with Captain Chuck and his beautiful King salmon

Jack with Captain Chuck and his beautiful King salmon

 

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