Craig Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 3rd-5th.
July 6, 2021
Sport fishing on Prince of Wales island Craig Alaska July 3rd thru the 5th. Northwest winds blew steady with seas building up to 8 feet, with sloppy water boats tended to stay in more protected waters off the lee of the islands. Craig Charter fleet has the distinct option of not having to fish in extreme open water as we do have inside or protected areas to fish if the ocean builds too much for most peoples stomachs.
King salmon limits were reduced to 2 Kings for July 1st to July 7th. Alaska department of fish and Game has reduced the King salmon catch as they will reduce the allowable King salmon to 1 for the 2021 season after July 7th. Rumor is that as of today, Tuesday the 6th the State will have a updated King salmon regulation with possible shut down due to potential over harvest. It is my opinion that the State of Alaska should not be so liberal in setting their initial limits for residents and non residents. The state set a liberal 4 per person non resident bag limit for the 2021 season and a 3 per day resident limit only to drastically drop it. The department is responsible to not overharvest King salmon and due to high volumes of non resident anglers as well as residents taking advantage of the 3 per day limit and possibly a error in ocean King salmon numbers the state has had to resort to emergency orders to cut and possibly shut down Kings. After so many folks had their hopes built on being able to come to Alaska and catch King salmon the state would have been better to keep residents to 2 per day and non residents to 1 per day 3 possession limit.
Regardless of what happens for now catching has remained steady for Kings and bottom fishing remains strong.
Coho salmon are slowly sprinkling in but not many numbers as of this publication so we will be out searching for schools of the Silver or Coho salmon.
Thanks for reading my reports and please let the State of Alaska area manager Troy Tydingco know how you feel about their King limits. You can also look on our Instagram and Facebook page for more pictures. Thanks for reading my reports.