Craig Alaska Charter fishing or sport fishing remained somewhat consistent as a steady trickle of Coho or Silver salmon work their way into the inside waters off Noyes and Heceta islands as well as King salmon
. Our boats limited on Coho’s all but one day and they punched out on all but a couple King salmon for the 15 anglers at the lodge. King salmon will close today on the 31st of July for non resident anglers after reaching their allotted amount of 25,885 set by the Southeast Alaska Management plan.
Weather was good the past 4 days and will be good for a few more before northwest winds will begin in a few days. We are hoping more Coho’s move in but it may remain a steady trickle of fish despite the rain we had a few days ago.
Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the week of the 25th. Since I missed the past groups report I am now adding the past 6 days fishing with today being the last day fishing for our groups. King salmon fishing remains steady and if pursued limits of 1 per season per angler are not to hard to obtain. Coho fishing has been on and off depending on the commitment to getting them. Coho limits are also obtainable if you stick it out and put your hours in fishing for them in the right places. These Coho are heading back to the Klawock river where the Klawock river hatchery produces 5 million Coho smolt per year and after spending 18 months in the salt water are now returning home to spawn. (I might add that without this hatchery production the Craig area would be very bleak for Coho salmon so we very much thank the hatchery which is owned by SSRAA and run by Jeff Lundberg.) Last week we were limiting within a 3 hour period but the area off hole in the wall was very concentrated and sport charter boats were competing with commercial trollers and tempers were up a bit with the trollers frustration of sport boats scattered in where they were fishing. That area although fish still coming in were thinned out and now boats are fishing off Heceta island getting limits, although working for them. King salmon are also mixed in with the Coho or Silver salmon. Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a fishing report out that states that the Coho numbers are down in the Sitka area. “Silver fishing continues to slowly improve in the Sitka area with anglers starting to catch a few more silvers near Cape Edgecumbe and West Kruzof. Catch rates are lower than the recent ten-year average for the sample period of July 17th through July 21st and are the lowest catch rates Sitka has observed since 2010. It is still early, and more will be known about catch rates as the bulk of the runs near in the next couple weeks.”
King salmon will be closed by the Department of fish and Game as of August 1st. “The Southeast Alaska king salmon sport fishery is managed under the directives of the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 47.055). This plan prescribes management measures based upon the Southeast Alaska Winter Troll catch per unit effort (CPUE). The Southeast Alaska Winter Troll CPUE for the 2019 season is 3.38 which equates to 25,844 king salmon allocated to the sport fishery. To address the implementation of the new treaty agreement which includes provisions to reduce the Alaska harvest ceiling the following year if the Alaska harvest ceiling is exceeded, the sport fishery is being managed conservatively with a harvest target of 25,300 treaty king salmon in 2019. As directed by the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan, if restrictions are necessary to keep the sport fishery within its harvest allocation, nonresident anglers will be restricted first, and the department shall only restrict resident anglers if nonresident angler restrictions are insufficient to remain within the sport harvest allocation. Based on king salmon harvest estimates to date and the projected harvest for the remainder of the season, a period of king salmon nonretention for nonresident anglers is necessary to ensure that the sport fishery remains within its harvest allocation.”
Bottom fishing remains strong in the Craig area, but Alaska department of fish and game will be closing the retention of rock fish which includes Yellow Eye and all rock fish, but not Ling cod as of midnight July 25th. Black sea bass are a pelagic fish and do not fall under that description so they will be available to catch.
The sportfishing report for the west Prince of Wales island area off Craig Alaska for the past 3 days showed an increase in salmon in the area especially after a much needed rain. On the 3rd day of the trip after a good rain the Coho and King salmon appeared in larger numbers off the inside waters of Noyes island. The first two days we didn’t get much rain but the evening of the second day it rained a good amount and the next morning the Silver or Coho salmon were abundant and limits were caught by most charter boats in the Craig area during the day and it appeared the trollers were also catching better as they passed by the sport boats. Bottom fishing remains steady.
I thought I would add this picture when George brought his son and grandsons up this season after a roughly 10 years of not being here. The photo was one of George’s first trips up back when I had the old 22′ Glasply boats, no GPS, how limits, fishing, and equipment has changed.
Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for the 14th of July. The past three days weather has been as good as it could get with flat calm seas, no rain, and partly sunny skies with some patchy fog. King salmon fishing remains good with nice fish being caught in the 40’s and a few in the 50’s although an average size of 20 pounds would be more of the norm. We have been going on day one and getting our kings hopefully early then spending the next three days on bottom fish and Coho salmon. Yesterday the 13th was the first day 2 of our boats had Coho or Silver salmon limits and it appears that we will hopefully be getting a steady increase in Coho numbers, weather or not limits can be obtained each day remains to be seen, but even half limits will be very good for this part of the season. Bottom fishing remains strong or good. Check out our Facebook page for more photos.
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Fishing report for the 1st of July thru the 11th of July at Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island Alaska. The past week has been very good for King salmon and a big grade of Kings have been getting caught off Noyes island in the regular spots although for us the Cape has been our go to spot each day and haven’t been down to the Rock pile or Pineapple rock for quite some time since we are getting what we need before having to go down. Coho’s have been sprinkling in to the area mostly off shore but some making there way inside although the most we have got on one boat is 11 I believe in a day for one boat. Yesterday we got our Kings very quickly landing 15 Kings in an hour for 3 boats and then later landing and releasing 5 more off shore while coho fishing on my boat. We only landed 5 Coho or Silvers yesterday on our boat and the other boats landing 10 or so between 2 boats, but lost a few as well. The Kings were nice though averaging 25 pounds the largest at 29 pounds.
Halibut fishing has been picking up as well and bottom fishing remains good too in the Craig, Prince of Wales area. Thanks for reading the report and look forward to seeing those coming up this summer, everyone has been having a great time this summer with very calm and warm weather so far……we are hoping it continues although we need some heavy rain for the streams as we had very little snow pack in the mountains this winter.