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Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 30th 2018

Fishing report for June 27th thru the 29th of June 2018. The past 3 days King salmon fishing was good enough landing 45 out of 48 King salmon for the 16 guests. King salmon have been in most traditional areas off Noyes, Baker and Sumez islands with Sumez island being the most productive. The largest King I have heard of was caught by Catch a King charters at 50 lbs..  Our largest King salmon was caught yesterday at 37 pounds with a 35 with it. Bottom fishing remains strong landing limits of Ling cod and Yellow eye as well as black sea bass. Weather has remained cool with some wind but ocean conditions have been very tolerable.

The Canadians with their big King salmon, Congrats Lloyd and Dave!

John Underwood group with a GAF 100 pound halibut!

 

Glen Williams group with a great catch of fish!

 

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Kingfisher Lodge fishing report for June 16th – 18th

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.

Harry Saal group with a nice rack of fish.

Marsden Blanch family with lots of fish.

Jeff Vandel group with their great catch of fish.

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!!

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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report August 7th – 15th, 2017

Hall Thompson group last day of fishing. GAF halibut.

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the dates of the 7th to the 15th of August 2017. So since my last report we had fished 7 days straight so no time to write the report. As of the 10th of August the Alaska Dept. of fish and game put an emergency order that no King salmon may be retained so that ended all King salmon fishing or the ability to keep King salmon. It was a shame since there have been large numbers of King salmon in our area of nice chunky size and the trollers were shaking many large Kings as well as they never did get a second opener which was a big hit on their years income. Sounds political to me not management but too busy working to know all what is going on with the politics of it…pretty fishy though with all the whining by Canada and the lower 48 who haven’t held up their part of the treaty agreement from what I hear. Anyhow thanks to good returns from our Klawock hatchery Coho fishing has been very good and halibut, bottom fishing is good enough. They also shut down the rock fish retention on August 1st, so no rockfish including yellow eye till the 27th or some date like that for rockfish. Weather took a dive for us but fishing inside has been good so only a few who got sea sick when we were out near the entrance of the ocean and had the swell coming in made some queasy, but hey

At 45″ size maximum only 55″ can beat this!

nothing like more chum to get the fish to come in to the boat. Hoping the fish keep coming and we finish with a strong season. Best to all and thanks for reading the reports. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures.

 

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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report July 22nd – 24th, 2017

Don’t find these in Nebraska!

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.

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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 August 24th thru the 26th.

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of fish!

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of fish!

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.


Tlustos couples with a great catch of fish

Tlustos couples with a great catch of fish

We fought some high winds the afternoon of the last day but overall was a great trip for our guests.

Marvin and friends with a great GAF halibut.

Marvin and friends with a great GAF halibut.

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.

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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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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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Craig Alaska sport fishing report for August 8th thru the 10th

Steve Wild group

Steve Wild group

Craig Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the above dates. Last three days fishing was really good for Coho the first 2 days then drastically tapered off yesterday with a average catch rate of less than half limits of Coho (that is a guestimate of mine only). Our boats landed about 70 percent of our limit of Coho for the day but chatter on the radio was much less due to boats running trying to find fish.



Dalgoff family

Dalgoff family

If you found a few fish you needed to stick it out and grind what you could. Bottom fishing is still good but weather has been an issue due to wind and ocean conditions. Overall outlook is a bit bleak coming from the commercial boats not doing well off shore which is where our fish come from. We are all praying that will change in the next few days. Time will tell and as the saying goes “all is well that ends well”.
Thanks for reading my report, more photos on our Facebook page.

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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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