Fishing Report Craig Alaska July 6th
July 6, 2020
Due to cancellations we only ran 1 boat this last group but with that said what a blast it was. Finally we got a little break from the weather that has consistently been hitting us with 20 mph wind out of the west/northwest for the past 2 weeks.
Our group was the Dowdle Family that has been coming for the last few years have always been a blast. Great people who love fishing.
First day started out a bit slow, we were done with kings by noon, went out for keeper halibut to then on to try and get our GAF halibut. It took patience but after 1,5 hours we got our bite and it was a big one that I would estimate being in the 150 lbs range. Unfortunately it broke off leaving us with a limit of Kings and halibut but no GAF halibut.
Day 2 we were on a mission, heading north for our Kings and found a nice bite allowing us to limit by 9.30 AM. Now it was off to the halibut grounds where we spent the rest of the day and boy was it worth it. 2 GAF halibut weighing in at 100 lbs along with nice keepers ranging from 35 to 45 inches. As you can see it put a smile on everybody’s face including captain Nils behind the camera.
Day 3 we went out for kings and found a nice run of kings with an average size in the +20 lbs range. We wanted to get some in the 40 lbs range but it was not meant to be. The focus for the rest of the day was bottom fishing where we picked up a limit of black bass, keeper halibut along with some really nice lingcod.
All in all it was a very succesful 3 days of fishing and we would like to say thank you to the Dowdle family for coming up and we wish them safe travels back to California and we can not wait until we have them back next year.
Looking forward, we have seen a small decline in the king numbers due to the commercial salmon trolling opening on July 1st, with that said I would still say it is very good king salmon fishing. We can also see that the coho season is right around the corner and it is starting look very promising with a few to a handful being caught per boat every day. Now we are hoping for some big congregations of them so we can start pushing for silver salmon limits.
Thank you for reading.