Craig fishing report at Kingfisher lodge is that fishing has remained very good in almost all areas fished. Boats are spread out if weather is permitting and King salmon, silver salmon and legal sized halibut, ling cod, red snapper are in abundance. Limits for coho salmon are being caught at very good time ratio’s as well as king salmon, although the king salmon limits might not all be met. Today a group of 12 on 2 boats had their silver limits by 10 am or so which is 72 fish as well as 5 king salmon. Nebraska folks are very happy but don’t like the roll the ocean had to offer.
July 16th the Stutz group decided to head for the same spot so we left Kingfisher Lodge near Craig for our third day of fishing. We expected the silver salmon fishing to be slow in the beginning since we had noticed slow fishing early the day before which we attributed to the later outgoing tide. Sure enough it was slow but the advantage is that it gives more opportunity for any king salmon that might be around to actually get time to bite our bait. This is exactly what happened 2 days in a row and we picked up 2 nice king salmon each day. After an hour of fishing and picking up a few silver salmon as well the catching and biting began to speed up and by 8:15 we had 33 silver salmon and 2 king salmon. For the next 45 minutes we could not get the remaining 3 silver salmon we needed and so planned to go hit our halibut spot while the tide was swinging, and then come back expecting the coho’s to be biting once again. So off we went to a rougher sea than expected due to the very light winds the past few days. I guess a system must be off shore and with the larger tides maybe humped up the water. We landed our 6 halibut and headed in to calmer water for black sea bass and a couple more ling cod which we accomplished after a time. Then back to our salmon fishing spot and sure enough we picked up our last 3 silver salmon to limit us out on them. Thus ended another great fishing trip and the group of 6 figured they landed approximately 220 plus fish with their salmon and bottom fish. So catching was what they did here this year as last year the salmon fishing was very poor this same week. Until next year same week.
July 15th we left the dock at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska at about 5:15 arriving at the same spot we were the previous day.We expected to start out the same as the day before with tripples and doubles, but possibly with the tide 50 minutes or so later our alaska silver salmon did not show up for about that long. When it began it was one here, one there followed by steady catching. We also caught 2 king salmon while fishing for the silver salmon which was what we wanted to happen. By 8:15 we had our 36 silver salmon, 2 kings and a couple rock fish. We decided to head for bottom fish grounds as the ocean was much calmer than yesterday. Catching started slow there as well but soon had yellow eye, ling cod, and picked up one halibut and one medium sized octopus. After that we headed for some halibut fishing and finished up on those fairly quickly landing all between 32″ and 37″ so had a good rack of quality halibut within the new alaska halibut regulation in unit 2C. After the halibut fishing we headed for a black sea bass pinnacle and got our limit of those pretty quickly and headed in for the dock by 1 pm. Craig Alaska weather was overcast skies, calm winds, flat water on the inside with a 6 foot sea running on the outside. No puking today!
July 14th we left Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska at 5 am heading for the southern waters as word was the silver salmon had moved in. We stopped off Sumez island and dropped into a wide open salmon bite landing 36 coho’s, 3 chums 4 pinks, and loosing one king salmon by 7:30 am. We tried a few other spots for King salmon but no luck and decided to try for some big halibut just for fun since we can’t keep any over 37″. No big halibut were found but we did get the crew sick and within an hour 3 of the 6 were out of comission. We changed our plan and moved to another spot landing our limit of halibut under the 37″ rule in an hour and then needed to get the guys back to flat water. We went back inside landing more silvers and releasing them looking for the king salmon but no luck for us today on the king’s. First day in 60 over days we haven’t boated a king, but also first day to boat over 40 silver salmon. Word is wide open coho’s up and down the coast near Craig.
July 12th we left Kingfisher Lodge dock near Craig Alaska at 5 am headed for the Cape on Noyes Island where we had finished the day before. I expected a rough ride out but was good and calm till we got to Pt. Incarnation off of Steamboat Bay where the swell from the ocean began to slow us down. We arrived after a bit of a slogging up the strait where we were the 3rd boat to arrive. Dropping our mooching rigs with our cut plug herring Chuck instantly hooked into a nice 18 pound king salmon which made him the first to catch a king salmon 3 days in a row which is a pretty impressive display of luck. Catching salmon was very steady getting singles, doubles, tripples, and quads but not always landing the silver salmon. Dan landed a nice 30 pound king salmon early on as well and after that no more king salmon but lots of silver salmon. By 10 am we had 19 silver salmon and 2 king salmon, but catching slowed way down. With a stiff westerly blowing and a big sea running we stayed put rather than go get beat up on the outside waters where we had done so well previous days. At 11 am we went looking for our halibut which we caught within a short amount of time since looking for any halibut over 37 inches is a waste of time. We spent the rest of the day looking for more king salmon with no luck and landed a few more silver salmon. Thus ended the 3rd day for the Weyerhauser family resulting in 13 king salmon, 60 silver salmon, 15 halibut and a variety of bottom fish for the trip. Until next year same time same place.
July 11th found us off Noyes island straight off the Pinapple rock this morning. It started out pretty good landing an 18 pound king salmon, then some silver salmon. We kept doing long drifts in 160 feet of water picking up the salmon from the bottom up to 60 feet or so. Mooching of course is the prefered technique and with that you pick up a large quantity of pan sized halibut that raise havoc with leaders but give the fishermen a good pull and every now and then land one worth keeping. Today while trying to release one it shook his head and the salmon hooks ended up in my hand so we had to to a hook removal procedure I have not had to do in the 30 plus years of ocean fishing or in all my 55 years of life. So the guys thought I was like Robert Duval in “Lonesome Dove” since I looked pretty tough pushing the hook through my hand, but the reality was the hook landed in an area with no nerves so was pretty painless. After the surgery we kept picking up silver salmon and a couple more king salmon but then the lumpy water got one of the guys chumming more than we thought necessary so we went north to settle his stomach and ended up off Roller bay landing another king and more silver salmon. By noon we had enough of the rollers and Roller bay and headed to the Cape landing our 5th King salmon and totaled out at 26 silver salmon, so had a great day. We also cleaned up on black sea bass that are quite prolific at Roller bay so the guys got their limits of those bait thieves as well.
July 10th we left the dock at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig in calm waters headed for Noyes Island in search of our limits of King salmon. Our first stop was the Chicken hole which produced nothing in the half hour of fishing. We continued on off the west coast of Noyes Island where the previous day the fishing had been very good from the reports. It started out pretty slow for us and most other boats as I got antsy we headed north to Roller bay and immediatly caught 3 coho’s and a king salmon. We continued making drifts landing halibut, black sea bass, silver salmon and another king salmon. Reports were that catching had gotten pretty good where we had been so we ended up back north of Shaft rock and started landing silvers and king salmon which the end result was 7 king salmon landed, 14 silver salmon landed and 4 or 5 silvers lost. Most boats limited on King salmon and had a mixed count of silver salmon. The ocean was very calm with very light winds and sunny skies. Great day.
July 7th, again no guests so had to give my Alaska king salmon or could be Canadian king salmon a go and see what I might catch so left the place about 5 am or so and went my half mile across the bay and dropped my gear and hooked up within a few minutes. The fish just took off almost spooling my Shimano 600LC which holds 1000 ft of tuff line and 25 pound mono. At 800′ on the line counter he stopped and then I started to gain on him. I thought when he started running and kept at it that I might have hooked into the humpback whale that was feeding near me since the stripping of the line was so steady and seemingly to not end until the line was all gone, but he did stop and after a few short runs had used up his high octane fuel and I just gaffed him and threw him in the boat. I put him on my certified scale and he topped out at 41.6 pounds. So I was pretty happy with the largest fish for me this season. (Although when I weighed him in officially he had dropped to 40.8 pounds). I dropped the line and right away hooked up with another 18 pounder or so landing it. From there I went and picked up my daughter Anjuli and she came and landed 3 herself. So we headed back to our dock at 9 am or so with 5 king salmon and a coho. The end result was 75 pounds of filets out of the catch.
Reports for the outer coast was very good catching on king salmon and silver salmon limits but a lumpy ocean.
July 5th as we had no guests at our Alaska fishing lodge, but I wanted to know if the king salmon fishing was still as good for me as it had been and since I need a daily fix of catching at least one king salmon for the day. So off I went out in front of the lodge and dropped my gear and went to my usual depth for the area that I have been fishing and was rewarded with a nice king salmon in the first hour of fishing. After landing the fish I again dropped down and in another hour landed another nice king salmon so that finished me for the morning fishing since I had projects to accomplish other than catching salmon.
When evening came the neighbor had some friends visiting and so took them out which was a set of 7 year old twin boys, their 11 year old sister, the mother and the neighbor. Within a hour we hooked a nice bright king salmon but lost it. We didn’t like that much so back to it we went and dropping down again to the same depth we trolled around for another hour and a half with the twins jumping around like Mexican jumping beans banging on the windows and just being boys, and finally hooked and landed a nice bright 20 pound king so the 11 year old who had been watching the rod waiting for any little twitch of the rod tip was rewarded for her patience.
July 4th was a blustery day with winds gusting to 25 knots and since it was a holiday and no guests here at the lodge I decided to go out for the day. With the wind blowing me around I dropped my flasher and green hoochi down to 5o feet and within a half hour had a nice King salmon landed. With good king salmon fishing holding out here in Port St. Nicholas I dropped down to again my 50 feet and trolled around for a while more and with no luck and the wind continuing to build and blow me around I kept landing or hooking up to many rock fish and I think I landed about 15 of the Dusky Rock Fish before landing my second king of the day. No pictures were taken so just have to take my word that they were nice fish.