Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 13th we left the lodge with light winds and flat water, overcast skies, and high in the mid 60’s which was a great day to catch King salmon, Silver salmon and bottom fish. We started at the Pineapple rock which was awful dead looking and left after 15 minutes or so then moved north and dropping in tripled on beautiful King salmon, then it was non stop catching of big Coho’s or Silver salmon (most of these fish are averaging 10 pounds) until our limit was met at 8:30 a.m. Joel’s boat landed the largest trophy Silver of the year to date, here at Kingfisher Lodge at just over 18 pounds by Clint Olsen. Halibut fishing proved to be a great day as we landed several in the 40 to 45 inch range as well as some beauties at 60 or so inches that we had to let go due to the slot limit but the guys got a kick out of bringing them up. All these fish we turn loose are still full of vigor as they speed to the bottom or just swim off as we release them which makes us all feel good knowing they will survive another day and continue to perpetuate.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 10th we left the lodge with light winds and moderate seas with high temperature of 75 for the day. We stopped short from our destination and landed half a dozen or so Silver salmon then off to the outer coast and fishing a popular salmon spot where many charter boats fish and landed most of our 36 Coho’s and then as the bite died off we went after our halibut which we landed in just under two hours as well as some ling cod. Then we needed 15 more Silver salmon and so went searching and after 3 stops found a wide open Coho bite and landed the remainder of our fish in short order then headed for the beer garden and fire pit at the lodge!
Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Prince of Wales Island, Craig, Alaska, August 11th brought us flat water and sunny skies with highs in the upper 70’s, what a day. We started out by hitting some of the spots in closer to the lodge but the fish had moved on. The Silvers we had done so well the previous afternoon at flood tide were not to be found in our “great spot” the previous day even though we were at a flood tide so by now we had been fishing one hour and only landed 2 silvers and one nice 38 inch Halibut. Now we went and checked out another hopeful and it also appeared pretty dead so after a few minutes fishing we again moved on and by now I am getting a bit nervous about going out on a limb and looking for new fish in areas that no one was fishing. So nothing ventured nothing gained we went forward and after arriving at my 4th or 5th spot at first appearance looked pretty dead with no birds and little on the sounder, but since we traveled there might as well give it a go. Dropping the baits down as we had 6 anglers on board it wasn’t too long in landing the first few Coho’s and they were “hogs”. Still though the screen looked awful blue but what the heck keep at it I said. Soon I saw another boat from another lodge coming in towards us. They came dropped in and after 10 minutes left as they thought it was too dead or didn’t like our company. When they were leaving we hit the mother load and soon we were landing 5 and 6 at a time and within an hour we landed over 40 Coho keeping only the nicest 36 of those fish. What a score so then we still needed 6 King salmon so we went got our Halibut then after that spent the next 2 hours looking for King salmon and in the end landed our limits of Kings and then off to the lodge to enjoy our great day fishing. John Dye landed the largest Silver salmon of the season up to now at our lodge at just over 15 pounds as you can see in the photo above, and John is 6’3″ and somewhere in the 260 pound and up range. Great job John!
Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 9th we were greeted with light south winds with forecast of switching to NW 20 in the afternoon so we were anxious to land our limits of Silvers and get out to get our bottom fish at the tide change and then back for Kings or the remainder of our Silvers if need be. Since Joel had done so well the previous day we had high hopes of following in his
footsteps but that isn’t how it worked out. As it went we landed half our Silvers by the tide change (Joel had his limit by then) then we went off shore and landed our Halibut and 4 nice Ling cod. After that we went in and eventually landed our limits of Silvers but landed no King salmon. Joel landed a nice King but had to release it due to his group landed theirs the day before. Sounded like most boats had a off day where most boats got their limits but had to work harder the we have been used to for the Coho’s.
Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for August 8th was a great day for Captain Joel Steenstra and his 4 anglers who went out and landed limits of Silvers in an hour then off to land 4 nice King salmon, 4 nice Ling cod, as well as their limits of Yellow eye. What a great day and home early.
Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for August 5th & 6th again is consistent salmon fishing with fish most everywhere you want to fish. Some places are slower than others but you should be able to catch a salmon wherever you drop a line with any bait or lure remotely resembling a herring or needle fish. Yesterday leaving the dock off the lodge their was a school of 20 or more Silvers swimming on the surface although we tossed our bait at them they swam off so we felt that fishing off the dock wouldn’t be what the guys came to Alaska to do so we headed for more secluded fishing. King salmon fishing again is still good and even caught one with the halibut gear dropping to the bottom so seems you can’t help but catch a salmon this year. We worked hard for our Halibut last couple days looking for the barn door but came up short landing 5 or 6 in the 75 to 130 pound range, just too long for the 45″ minimum and too short for the 68″ minimum on maximum size. We did land some that were the 35″ to 45″ range which are the best in my opinion anyhow. They look good and taste better and leave the big females to do their spawning!
Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for August 4th was another outstanding day of fishing as Silver salmon limits were landed by early morning and as the day progressed landed limits of nice halibut and then finished strong with almost all anglers limiting on their King salmon.
Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the past 3 days fishing was again stellar fishing with limits of all fish readily caught as Silver salmon runs continue to stay strong for sport fishermen as well as commercial boats. King salmon fishing remains strong as well as the season continues it is very evident that Alaska Department of Fish and game under estimated the number of King salmon in the ocean. Limits of King salmon although limited to one per non resident angler for the remainder of the season is quite easy to accomplish as not only the sport anglers are landing fish but some of the trollers I talked with have been releasing many King salmon as well. Joan Pahor caught this Wolf eel while fishing for King salmon, her first and our first for the season.
Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Craig is located in southern south east Alaska and boasts some of the most productive salmon and halibut fishing in the world due to its great location on the outer coast where migrating salmon interception is the best in the world. The remote location of Craig which is off the beaten path of the cruise ship route helps keep sport fish pressure down compared to places like Sitka. Sitka would be a rival if it were not for that reason. Sitka sport fishing is very good and many times better depending on the migration of salmon, but also be prepared to share that area with a hoard of tourists clamoring to get to their boats in the over crowded harbors and off to the fishing grounds. Kingfisher Lodge boasts all that Sitka has and more without the crowds. Today our 10 anglers left the dock at 5 am as usual and by 7:30 had limits of Silver salmon as Coho fishing remains strong here in the Craig area, probably all over S.E. Alaska for that matter. Larry Haas landed a beautiful 13 pound silver which was the largest we have boated this year, although many fall into the 10 pound range. Halibut fishing was again good, but we spent over 3 hours trying to get that better grade of butts and ended up with a nice catch in the end.
Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Craig is located in southern south east Alaska and boasts some of the most productive salmon and halibut fishing in the world due to its great location. Today was a great day for trophy King salmon and Silver salmon fishing as the previous day we landed 5 King salmon and needed one more for today which was tagged out by John O’Hayre landing a 39.7 pound King which was entered in the Craig-Klawock King salmon Derby. John fought the King for over an hour and I expected it to be in the mid to upper forty pound range so was surprised it wasn’t bigger but just was a tough fish to land. Silver fishing was accomplished very early on as Silver salmon fishing remained strong and most boats limiting early on salmon. Halibut fishing remains good but time must be spent to consistently land upper grade fish so expect to put time into Halibut fishing if you want a good grade of fish. A good grade in my book is 32″ to 45″ with an occasional over 68″.