Prince of Wales sportfishing report from Kingfisher Lodge near Craig alaska for August 23rd and 24th 2011. Both days were great days for both boats landing up to 25 silver salmon a day each and limits of halibut and a mix of rock fish and sea bass. Our young angler was less enthusiastic the last couple days after wearing himself out the first day but he still managed to land some nice bass and I expect to see him someday on TV as a professional Bass fisherman. Silver salmon fishing remains steady in the area with fish moving in to the area and on to the streams with the heavy rainfall that we have experienced the past week.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 22nd. Today we had two boats out with a large family reunion of 11 persons which the youngest is 2 1/2 years old which is the youngest angler ever to fish our lodge (Reven is his name) not counting our own children. I was impressed with this young angler as I decided that with a 2 1/2 year old, a 5 year old, and an 8 year old we needed to start catching fish right off the bat so we headed for a black sea bass spot that the kids could do just that…catch fish! Long story short is that Reven landed 10 Black sea bass himself with the rod in the rod holder he put the line out and brought it in all by himself which was very impressive and so cute to witness. During the day he also landed a 35″ halibut from 270 feet (don’t want to hear adults complain about the depth anymore), as well as a silver salmon or two! What a day we had landing limits of Black sea bass, halibut and a mix of silver and pink salmon.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report from Kingfisher lodge in Craig Alaska for August 19th. The 19th we decided to head for Port Alice up off Hecata Island since the weather was scheduled to blow in the direction that would make it tough to fish Hole in the Wall and the catching was slowing down at that spot. Port Alice was very good after our 90 minute boat ride with us landing 42 silver salmon in about 3 hours time. The guys decided that the trip was nice but too long and my gas bill proved that burning about 70 gallons for the day verses about 55 gallons normally.
August 20th was very windy with gusts to 45 mph so we mostly went for a 3 hour boat ride. The photo shows the only catch of the day.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for kingfisher lodge near Craig Alaska for August 18th. Today we awakened to flat water and light clouds. We checked out a few local spots landing one silver and then headed west we fished where we had been a few days ago landing 16 silver salmon in about one half hour and then the catching died off and it was a slow pick from there. We spotted a few boats running here and there and a group of boats had headed north to Cape Alice off Hecata island and word was the catching was pretty good with limits in a few hours but fish were small. Today we landed 26 silver salmon, 6 halibut, a ling cod and a few rock fish for the day. We hope to hang in where we have been and not have to head north and that the next few days more fish will move in. Weather forcast is for gale force winds so hopefully the storm will hold off for a few more days….
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 15th. Weather reports for the day were 30 knot SE winds, so a departure time of 5:15 was important and got us to our fishing grounds by 6 am which gave us two hours before low slack tide which was important as the silver salmon were biting much better on the outgoing tide and then as the tide slacked off the bite slowed down. Our goals were to get our fish before the slack happened and also the wind building. So we had 48 coho’s to get in two hours for two boats. Capt Joel on the Trinity outfished us again for the third day having his limit within an hour and a half and we finished our limits by the slack tide or within two hours of starting. We went out to the ocean looking for halibut despite word that the ocean was jacked up and blowing. Today the trollers were in numbers for their 3 day king salmon opening, so we dodged a few trollers in 25 knot winds and 8 foot seas but jogged our way to our halibut grounds. By the time we got there one of the guys was ready to chum for us which he did rather quickly so we dropped our lines taking advantage of the fresh chum. Taking a bit but getting bites within 15 minutes or so but by the time we had fish on the wind had increased to 30 knots and seas were breaking over the back of the boat making it difficult to fish with the drift due to the wind. One of the guys(won’t mention any names) landed a nice ling cod and as soon as the fish was boarded he performed an amazing power chum that will be etched in my memory for some time to come. I have never seen such a display of sure power in puking. At that point we had 2 more fish on the other lines and landed one halibut and one arrow tooth flounder. We decided to head in with the trollers that were mostly heading for calmer waters, and from there we fished for black sea bass catching our limits we headed in for the dock and hot showers. Such ended the 3 day trip for Don Blackmond and his crew, and Grady Jennings and his group. They limited each day on silver salmon, halibut, and picked up a few kings for the mix. Thanks guys for coming and hope to see you again soon.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 14th. The morning greeted us with flat calm water and high partly cloudy skies. We headed west to a spot we have frequented and was greeted by a few nice king salmon and 8 limits of silver salmon by a very early morning. From the wonderful biting silver salmon to the biting halibut we ended our day catching black sea bass and over sized and undersized ling cod. We took photo’s of the largest ling cod and released him which he was obviously very happy about as he sped to the bottom. Chatter on the radio sounded like limits for many boats were only a dream as silver salmon continue to be in low numbers in some areas although they seem to be consentrated along the kelp lines of many islands. Looking and working those areas can produce limits if persistant and lucky. Good job to the fishermen on both boats today!
Prince of Wales sportfishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig alaska on August 13th. Today both boats left the dock at about 5 am headed for Hole in the Wall and catching started out slow and although Capt. Joel landed 15 coho’s in a few hour we only had 6 coho’s for our start of the day. We also landed a 37″ halibut and a 40″ halibut we had to release. We went out to a flat calm ocean to fish for the remainder of our halibut but catching was very slow for us and hooked what we believe to be a large shark which we had on for some time before it cut the 200 lb mono leader. We eventually got our halibut in another spot and went back to salmon fishing and found a spot that produced the rest of our limits for both boats. So the day ended well for us both but we put in a long day in doing so.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge in Craig Alaska on August 11th was a slow down on coho salmon which translates into a grind or pick working for limits. King salmon were still available to some anglers with a possible average of one per boat. Today we left the dock at our 5 am departure and went to the Tree hole picking up a handfull of coho’s and a few king salmon between both boats or 10 fishermen for a few hours fishing. We went to a few spots picking up one or two silver salmon here and there but in the end Captain Joel on the Trinity found a nice batch of fish finishing his limit of Coho’s in a few hours time. We followed over in the Jeanette Elaine and landed more ourselves and one nice king salmon for a total of 18 silvers and 3 king salmon for our boat and Joels boat landed 30 silver salmon and one king salmon. Halibut fishing we landed our limits and a small selection of sea bass as well. So today ends the third day for this group mostly from Idaho…until next year and we appreciate the group of guys coming to fish with us. See you in June we hope!
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for the Craig Alaska area at Kingfisher Charters & Lodge on August 10th is KINGS! Today we left the dock at 5 am heading west to our old standby spot although Capt. Joel Steenstra went in to a spot he has been doing well at and I went to a spot I have been doing well. Joel’s boat landed 4 king salmon on his first drift and another on his second one so we high tailed it to where he was and landed 2 kings in 2 drifts and then that was it for us for awhile while Joel’s boat landed an additional couple kings. We continued fishing landing silver salmon but much slower than the previous day. In the end we limited on king salmon for both boats and about 65% limits on silvers. First day in a while we didn’t land our limits or close to limits of silver salmon. Chatter was mostly slower fishing for most boats as the coho’s were scarcer than previous days…optimistic that more will flush in as the season continues. Limits of halibut and sea bass were also completed today. Ocean was jacked up a bit but fishable, wind out of the west at 15 to 20 knots.
Prince of wales sportfishing report from Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 9th. Today we had 10 fishermen out in 2 boats leaving the dock at our Alaska Lodge in Craig at 5 am we headed for Diamond Pt. and started landing silvers although not a fast bite we ended up with 20 coho, one king, and one halibut between two boats before leaving for the outer coast. Fishing the Tree we picked up our remaining silvers and another king salmon. Halibut fishing was good also landing some nice 37″ regulation halibut along with half a limit of black sea bass. We tried one more spot landing one more king and some silvers before heading back to the lodge. Thus ended the day with limits of Coho’s, and halibut for both boats and 3 king salmon for the group. Weather was sunny skies and NW winds at 20 knots.