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Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Doudle group with an outstanding days catch.

 

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.

How about those Kings! Another great day for the Doudle group!

Its not all about fishing, having a great time after fishing enjoying fresh caught fish and friends!

 

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fishing report for the month of June 2019

Eugene Haydu with his 45 pound May king salmon.

Matesi group with a great days catch on a stormy day!

McIntyre group with a great catch, as usual!

 

The Andres/Angelo group with some trophy fish!

George Biel group with a great day of Kings!

Chang group with a great catch of fish!

 

 

The Saal group with a great catchI am back for my reports after getting folks saying they miss my reports which I obviously haven’t been updating this year. so I will give a summary of the past 6 weeks. We started fishing May 23rd and during that time had 2 groups one of which was Wounded Warriors with a group of 6 men. The month of May was a bit down from other years but still ok landing limits of Kings although the past two years we have had to work for the limits. June started out pretty decent as well not many boats to compete with so fishing was pretty good or good enough to get limits most days. I might mention the largest king on our dock this year was caught by my brother Eugene on the 24th of May I believe and weighed in at 45 pounds. We weren’t thinking of the derby until the fish was in the net and then we realized we didn’t get our derby tickets which we always do, he would be in the lead so far this year I believe! Oh well. Harry Saal caught the 2nd largest king at Kingfisher at 34 pounds it is in 4th place in the Craig Salmon derby last I heard. By mid June the fishing got pretty good many times getting limits before 8 am and all went well till the last group of June and we really struggled to get our limits along with other boats. Also most of the kings were around Noyes Island this year, Sumez and Baker were not producing many kings for most boats at least on a consistent basis. So that is the summary of King salmon in the Craig area for the month of June, now we are into July and since we are down to one King salmon per season after the 1st of July we have been able to get that done although there still isn’t a abundance of King salmon and the trollers are scratching as  well so not big schools of King salmon off the coast that I have heard, although we shall see maybe some boats are doing well and I just haven’t heard. Coho’s are starting to show up, yesterday we landed 4 silvers out in the ocean off shore 7 miles and could have probably got more but were focused on bottom fish so didn’t put in the effort. We are hoping they show up near shore very soon!Halibut and bottom fishing has been improving as the halibut move in from deep water after their spawn cycle where they go off shore in February to spawn. We are seeing better fishing closer to the beach or islands as the summer progresses, although I have to say we have burned more fuel this year than any other year accomplishing our halibut limits since some of our steady halibut spots just haven’t produced or are very spotty being inconsistent at best. Well that’s it for now I will try to do a more consistent job of reporting from here on out. Thanks for reading and check out our Facebook page for more photos.

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Craig Alaska charter fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island for the 28th of August, 2018

Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge for the last group of the season and last week of the month of August. We had 15 guests in for the last groups and landed the remainder of our 42 GAF halibut and limits of Coho salmon all except the one day Captain Harding needed 2 GAF halibut so he put his efforts into catching two 100 plus fish as well as 90 plus big Coho’s for his boat, good job Braden! Nils finished strong as well landing limits of Coho’s and halibut and some really nice Ling cod. Captain Steenstra landed his limits of fish as well and this concludes Captain Joel Steenstra’s last season for Kingfisher Lodge. Joel has become one of the best guides in the area and has a work ethic like non other. Not many captains can guide  anglers without a deck hand and produce limits day after day and year after year. Joel will do well in his new business “Wide Open Charters” and anyone that fishes with Joel will not be disappointed. We can’t say enough great things about Joel and he has become like a family member to us over all these past 10 or 12 years of working for us. He started as a single guy and now he has a wonderful family of 5, his own home, boat and business, Thanks Joel and good luck in all you do. You will do well no doubt about that.

Thanks again for reading my reports this summer and look forward to next year and hopefully lots of fish to catch.

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Craig Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, August 21st thru the 23rd, 2018.

The John Stone-David Finley group with a nice catch of fish.

Tom Olvitt family with a great catch of fish.

Jared, John and Janet Braithwaite with a great catch of fish!!

A fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for August 21st thru the 23rd. Coho or Silver salmon fishing remained strong the past three days with our boats limiting on silver salmon in a few hours and many other boats doing the same if fishing in good areas. The commercial troll fleet had a opener and they found some good fishing off the outer coast with a mix of Silver salmon as well although Coho fishing for the trollers is considered slow for them this year, a boat that might average 200 a day on a good season might be down to 100 plus fish for the day so far this year. ADF & G tag reporting for the Coho’s we are bringing in to our lodge are returning to the Klawock hatchery on the Klawock river operated by SSRAA, again we are grateful for this contribution to the local fishery. Bottom fishing remains good although halibut fishing isn’t like in the old days where you went to your spot and dropped in got your fish and moved on it has been slower this year and most all the boats have had to work at their halibut limits to land respectable fish just under the 38″ mark. Ling cod fishing remains strong with big Lings still fairly easy to find. Thanks for reading my reports, only 3 more days for us here at Kingfisher.

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Prince of Wales sportfishing report, Craig Alaska August 20th, 2018.

The Bruce Berry group on their last day of fishing with the crew.

Jack Monco and Henry Ruder group with a great catch of fish!

The Keith Lederhosn family and friends on a great catching day!

Curt Karo in the forground on a great morning of Coho fishing.

A fishing report at Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for the dates of August 17th thru the 19th. The past 3 days fishing for Coho salmon or Silver salmon was very good and weather cooperated as well with the wind dying down on the afternoon of the 17th and becoming very calm and sunny the last two days of the 3 day trip giving our anglers a great opportunity to harvest all their Coho limits as well as most of their halibut and ling cod limits. The Coho or Silver salmon seem to be in good numbers and the size is remarkable as we figured about a 10 pound average live weight with the largest yesterday weighing in at 14 pounds. We took the weight of filleted salmon and divided by the number of fish caught per day and came up with 4.7 pounds of fillets per fish which is a higher than normal per fish size. Some of the Coho were larger than some of the King salmon we caught in June and given the number of fish per limit it makes for a great winter supply of wild salmon to enjoy throughout the year making August a prime time for sport fishing for Alaska salmon and bottom fish. We hope to see you at our Alaskan family run lodge in the future if you haven’t been here before and thanks for reading my report. “Tight Lines” as they say.

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Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, August 15th, 2018.

The Steve Hall-John Thompson group with a great catch for the day!

Having a good time after fishing.

Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the dates of August 9th thru the 15th. Coho fishing has picked up with fish showing up in multiple areas with good numbers allowing boats to limit in fairly short time frames compared to earlier in the season where it was difficult to even get limits. Coho’s are much larger than many years although not in as large of numbers those returning are probably in the

The Hall-Thompson group with an outstanding catch of GAF halibut!

8 pound plus average., everyone comments on the size of the fish. Weather was not bad but ocean conditions were very rough limiting boats to the inside waters. Yesterday the boats stuck their noses out off the cape for halibut and experienced 10 to 12 foot seas making it difficult to fish although the wind wasn’t too bad. Today after getting most of their Coho limits the boats went after their 4 GAF halibut they needed to tag out on those pre-purchased fish which the photo shows they did quite well and in a short time period. Over the years we have learned where and how to target big halibut although it isn’t always a guarantee that you will get them. We always hope that the IPHC and NMFS has their management program correct in the harvest of these large trophy halibut which are purchased or leased from the commercial halibut permit holders thus taking it out of the commercial sector and putting it in the hands of the sport fisherman to harvest. It seems to be something our guests like to do and opens opportunity to harvest more than the one small halibut. Thanks for reading the report.

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Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska August 5-7, 2018.

The Idaho group with limits of fish including GAF halibut.

The Seth Mitchner group with a great catch of fish.

Idaho boys with another successful day.

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge located in Craig Alaska has been a sportfishing lodge since 1994 a family run operation specializing in ocean salmon and halibut fishing trips including bottom fish of different varieties. This report is for August 5-7. The past 3 days weather was as good as it gets with sunny skies and flat calm water. Coho or Silver salmon fishing which what is the focus this time of year has been spotty, meaning one day very good the next maybe not so good. It seems that within most guests 3 day trip they will get one really good day and the other days will be partial limits of Coho. King salmon have been good considering a non resident is only allowed one King salmon for his trip after August 1st but if given the time it is possible to fill that limit. Bottom fishing and Halibut fishing has been good but we are traveling more distance to accomplish that goal. The retention of Yellow eye and all n0n-pelagic rock fish are closed throughout August, although Pelagic rock fish are open which would be your black sea bass. I will let the pictures speak for how the past groups did these past 3 days. Thanks for reading my report.

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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report for August 1st thru the 3rd, 2018.

Lyle Randon group with a great catch and a 72″ GAF halibut (175lbs.) Guide Joel Steenstra next to halibut.

The Jake Wipf group with a great catch and a nice GAF fish.

Bob and Joan Pahor family one of our oldest returning customers every year since 1996!

Jim Nelson and Lyle Randon with a trophy halibut. Lyle has also been a long returning customer!

Alaska Kingfisher Lodge is a trophy fishing lodge located on Prince of Wales island near Craig Alaska. This is a fishing report for the past 3 days fishing for 3 groups of anglers from different locations around the U.S..

Coho catch rate increased dramatically the past 3 days landing limits each day or close to it with a few Kings mixed in (3 total I believe). I can’t speak for other lodges or anglers but I believe most boats were at least getting good numbers of Coho if they were in the right spots. Halibut fishing was good but ocean conditions were not too nice and some of the fishermen got sick trying to get GAF halibut off the outer coast, but by day 2 they did land 2 of the 3 GAF fish. The last day winds increased up to 35 knots and outside ocean conditions were not what most folks wanted to brave so fishing remained on the inside calmer waters yesterday and what would normally be a 45 minute ride home ended up about 90 minutes due to the choppy seas. I would also like to mention the Bob Pahor family is the longest customer who has returned each and every year since 1996, and they can catch fish! We thank them for all their business over the many years of our family operation. They watched our children grow from little children to having children of their own and still involved in the family business.

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S.E. Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska July 30th.

Jim Spaletta with his 48 pound King salmon.

Jim with his father in law and brother in law

Captain Harding with his big King salmon!

Kingfisher Lodge is a saltwater sportfishing lodge near Craig Alaska. We are a saltwater fishing charter only focusing on salmon, halibut and other bottom fish. The past three days have been consistent on the Coho salmon although not good enough for boats to land full limits each day. Our boats having up to six guests have been working hard putting in the hours and it is paying off for our guests. Most of the past 3 days we have seen the boats coming in with 2/3rds of their Coho limits. King salmon have been slower due to weather on the outside having Northwest winds up to 30 knots the seas have kept most charter boats off the open ocean where the King salmon have been the most abundant. Captain Braden Harding my son in law with a long history of commercial fishing behind him is guiding for us now and landed the largest King salmon of the season for us at 48 pounds on the 30th. The fish was caught by Jim Spaletta who seems to catch big things. Last year while halibut fishing he caught a large carpet thinking he had a unknown monster of the deep he was surprised to bring up a very large carpet, just try doing that in the middle of the Pacific! As far as the Coho fishing goes we are optimistic that it will continue to improve although we may not see all days with limits we hope to see improved Coho fishing. The Coho are larger than last year so even though limits may not be reached the result is very good. I weighed the average fillets of the Coho and they were 4.1 pounds of fillets per fish, very good for this time of year. Halibut fishing remains spotty or at least now as good as we are used to having to work for our halibut to get a good grade, but able to get limits. Ling cod and Yellow eye continue to be prolific.

John OHare group with a great catch.

Frank Cannon group with a great catch of fish.

Thank you for reading my report. Until next time.

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Craig Alaska fishing report for July 23rd thru the 25th, 2018

The Wang-Shenck group with a nice display of fish!

The Volmer-Rasmasson group with another great catch.

Young-Branske group with a great catch of fish.

ADF&G numbers for Commercial troll per boat.

Craig Alaska fishing report for July 23rd thru the 25th for Kingfisher Lodge. Last three days started good and got better by the last day as more silvers and kings started to move in. We were landing close to limits of Coho’s and a few king salmon and some boats were limiting on King salmon in the Craig charter fleet. We spent each day looking for GAF fish so limited ourselves to more salmon fishing but landing 5 GAF halibut in the 3 days. Fish and Game graph shows Coho’s meeting 2013 returns for the past 4 days this week and we did see the increase in the sport fishing as well. Thanks for reading my report and we are hoping that the fish keep coming!

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