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Alaska fishing report for July 6th thru the 8th.

Pat Dylan group with GAF halibut.

Pat Dylan group with GAF halibut.

Alaska fishing report for July 6th thru the 8th, Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska, an Alaska sport fishing lodge. The past 3 days fishing was very good for us landing some really nice King salmon and halibut. This group had pre-purchased 4 GAF halibut which gave us the option to keep 4 halibut any size in addition to the regular 1 halibut daily limit but with the size restriction of 43 inches. GAF or Guided Angler Fish is when the lodge sets up a lease from a commercial permit holder of halibut and then the angler who wants a halibut of any size will pay the fee for that fish which reimburses the cost of the lease, roughly about $400/fish. The Pat Dylan group had set this up this spring and had pre-purchased the 4 fish,  so we spent an afternoon looking for big ones landing and keeping 4, but also releasing at least 7 other very large halibut as we looked for our daily limit halibut. There was also some very nice ling cod and yellow eye landed over the course of the 3 days.

Big king day!

Big king day!

King salmon fishing was very good for us as well limiting each day with our second day a larger strain of fish moved in so we landed two at 46 and 47 pounds as well as 3 or 4 in the 30 pound range, the next day those fish seemed to have moved on although Joel’s boat landed a couple in the 30’s on the last day.
Coho fishing remains spotty and low numbers for now but we expect that to change at any day as the fish move in, our best day was about 16 Coho for 12 anglers. Reports are there are schools of fish off shore so our optimism remains high that we will have a consistent Coho fishery this season. I have posted more pictures and video on our Facebook page so please click on the Facebook emblem on the upper right corner to check them out. Thanks again for reading my reports!

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July 2nd through the July 4th 2016

Thompson family with a great catch of fish!

Thompson family with a great catch of fish!

 

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days we saw a reduction of fish due to the commercial troll opener as expected. King salmon limits were reduced to 1 per day for a non resident so this took the pressure off guides to produce larger limits with less fish due to the commercial opener. Weather on the 2nd was still stirred up with the ocean jacked up a bit. My crew decided to open the morning with a few shots of “Fireball” which not realizing when they started we were in calm water but rather quickly we moved out to lumpy ocean conditions where 3 had to re-taste the “Fireball” for a second time due to upset stomachs! Next few days the “Fireball” was left untouched, and catching fish improved. Well enough of that yes limits were had by our boats which our largest for 3 days was 22 lbs. but Captain Nils boat landed a nice 45 lb. fish and a 37 lb. fish caught by Kevin Thompson and his cousin Savanah Mott respectively. Coho’s seem to be showing up in trickling numbers so we are hoping to see more consistent numbers soon. Check out our Facebook page on the upper right corner of the report page and see more pictures of the past 3 days and other trips this summer.
Thanks for reading my reports!

Seth Michener group with a great catch as well.

Seth Michener group with a great catch as well.

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Fishing report for June 27th thru the 30th of June

Big day for the boys from Alberta.

Big day for the boys from Alberta.

Fishing report for June 27th thru the 30th of June at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska.
The past 4 days was exceptional fishing in the Craig area off Prince of Wales island. The King salmon and bottom fishing has been exceptional as King salmon were stacked up along the outer coast of Noyes island where most charter boats were concentrated landing limits of King salmon rather early then moving on to their bottom fishing. The limits for King salmon will drop to 1 per day for a non resident as of the 1st of July and as well the commercial fleet started this morning early and though I am not out fishing I am sure the catch rate for the sport boats will drop dramatically today as the commercial fleet will be hitting it hard for the next 5 days. Coho fishing should begin to heat up as the Coho numbers begin to build with the migration.  Word from a troller friend from Sitka informed me he saw schools of Coho on the surface as he worked his way down the coast of Baranof island this week. We have been catching some now and will change our focus to the Coho or Silver salmon for the next few months although we will continue to target King salmon.

We have been spending 3 to 4 hours a day on bottom fish looking for nice size fish and seems better numbers of halibut have been showing up as they move in from deeper water following in the baitfish and salmon,  we hope those numbers continue to build as we try to keep halibut in closer to the 43″ top of the slot limit.

 

Kim, Dan and Drew with their great catch of fish!

Kim, Dan and Drew with their great catch of fish!

Captain Nils Baeckstroem guest landed a nice 80 plus inch halibut that would have been legal to keep as it was above the 80″ slot, but Drew Cole from San Diego California decided to let the big female go which if she survives until next February will  spawn her 4 to 5 million eggs she produces, congrats to you Drew!  Check out more photo’s and a nice video of some Humpback whales feeding off the Cape yesterday on our Facebook page. See the link above.

Thanks again for reading my report and looking forward to seeing all of you coming to the lodge this summer.

 

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Kingfisher Lodge fishing report for June 23rd thru the 25th

Andres group with a 63" 127 lb. GAF halibut

Andres group with a 63″ 127 lb. GAF halibut

Fishing report for Prince of Whales sport fishing at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for June 23rd thru the 25th. We had 15 anglers up from 2 separate groups with the potential for 90 King salmon in a 3 day period, fishing has been outstanding landing 90 of the 90. Most all anglers from lodges and weekend warriors have been able to land their limits of King salmon in the Craig area. Our largest King for the past three days was in the high 20’s and have not heard of any wall hangers not saying there haven’t been any. We are landing some nice halibut and as our group had pre-purchased a GAF halibut we went after and landed a 63 inch fish weighing in at 127 pounds according to the book of weight to length chart, we also landed a variety of large halibut but chose to keep only the 63″ fish being the largest landed. Commercial season opens on the 1st of July so we can expect King salmon numbers to decline but also the limits for King salmon are reduced to 1 per day 6 in possession after the 1st. We hope that the silver salmon will be showing up in numbers here shortly, so far we have only landed a few for the lodge this year. Thanks again for reading the report and check out Facebook for more photos and video clips.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 18th – 20th, 2014

Jeff Vandel group last day photo, not including Jeff!

Jeff Vandel group last day photo, not including Jeff!

Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the days of July 18th – 20th. Silver salmon or Coho salmon runs continue to grow in numbers as the month of July comes to an end with most boats limiting on the little beauties if much effort is put into it. The fish continue to run up the Gulf of Esquibel around well known points to their destination of local streams but most of the to the Klawock River where the Prince of Wales Hatchery releases 5 million Coho. Limits of King salmon are also possible if effort and a bit of luck are put in. A few monster King salmon have been caught by local boats around Noyes island with one boat landing a 67 pound beauty this past week and several in the mid to high 50’s. Our boats have been concentrating on getting limits of King salmon so with 12 anglers on two boats we have been going off shore and completing that mission. We also were looking for a big halibut that meets the new 2014 76″ regulation trophy size but fell short as Angelina Stutz landed a 70″ to 72″ monster falling short of the 76″ size, there is a short video clip of that fish on our Facebook page as well as more pictures of the past 3 days fishing. Thanks for checking out my fishing blog or report.


Kingfisher Charters & Lodge fishing report for June 19th thru the 21st.

Dave and John Underwood with David's 72" GAF halibut.

Dave and John Underwood with David’s 72″ GAF halibut.

Kingfisher Charters & Lodge fishing report for June 19th thru the 21st in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days fishing was again very good although out of the 80 king salmon we could catch we landed 75 Kings and fed over 25 to the very large Stellar Sea lion who is prodigious fish thief! Regardless we did well and this very large group of outstanding individuals kept their poise despite the large carnivore raping their lines each day always keeping great respect for Gods great creatures. Since these folks had pre-arranged for GAF halibut we landed 2 monsters one at 73 inches and one 72 inches so check out our Facebook page for more pictures its too involved to add them to my Word Press blog, sorry. Overall fishing in the Craig area is very good as usual most if not all boats landing limits of salmon and halibut despite the tremendous loss of King salmon to the Sea Lions. Thanks for reading my posts!

Jeff Vandel group last day photo, not including Jeff!

Jeff Vandel group last day photo, not including Jeff!

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May17th thru June 15th fishing report

Craig Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge. Due to computer problems and being very busy getting the lodge up and running I am just now getting to my fishing report. So since May 17th we have been fishing consistently and for the past month haven’t had a trip without limiting on King salmon. All guests have been able to get their King salmon limits which has been a great relief and joy to our captains! Today was no different although I haven’t been able to download my photos from my phone to the computer due to technical difficulty I don’t understand. Suffice to say fishing is very good!! Check out the Kingfisher Facebook on the website link and see some of the photos and video.
I will get the photo problem solved and start adding photos.
Thanks for checking out our site. Good fishing and tight lines!

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Last Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 29th to the 30th of August.

Scott Donnelly with his first and beautiful King salmon

Scott Donnelly with his first and beautiful King salmon

This is the last Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 29th to the 30th of August 2015. The weather came in from very nice sunny skies and light winds to heavy rain and gale force winds to finish the season out. We were allowed one day of partial sun and good King salmon fishing off the

Harley Lisherness with his 30 pound King salmon.

Harley Lisherness with his 30 pound King salmon.

 

outer coast of Noyes island at Pineapple rock where we landed 4 out of the 6 Kings hooked and Joel landed 5 out of the 6 Kings he hooked. The largest King landed

RWC group catch.

RWC group catch.

was 30 pounds by Harley Lisherness and he thought is was the largest of his fishing career. Silver fishing turned out very good despite the weather landing limits of Coho all three days as well as our halibut. We didn’t attempt snapper or ling cod fishing due to weather conditions.
Thanks again to all who checked out my reports this summer and looking foreword to seeing you all again next year. I’m off to the Alaska Range looking for Dall sheep and the quiet and solitude of the Mountains! Wishing you all the best until 2016!

 

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Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 25th to the 27th of August.

Rick Knudsen group family and friends with great looking fish.

Rick Knudsen group family and friends with great looking fish.

The fishing or catching the past three days was first of all sunny skies and beautiful ocean and again King salmon limits could be caught and we did pretty good landing almost all our daily limit of King salmon over the 3 day period but fell far short on our Silver salmon. Joel limited one day on the silvers but we were far short on 2 of the 3 days and so put our time in fishing for King salmon and bottom fish. We did land some nice fish though with some great Lings and Yellow eye.

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of bottom fish.

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of bottom fish.

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Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 20th to the 23rd of August.

Larry Foster group with a nice catch of fish.

Larry Foster group with a nice catch of fish.

Fishing these past three days was a bit wet and wild but the second day was the best as the weather allowed us to fish outside where the King salmon were more abundant as Coho or the Silvers have been again spotty from mid August on landing limits one day and struggling the next. So we did land some limits of King salmon and limits of Silvers one day and about half the next. It is keeping us guessing and working for our fish, no guarantee’s. Last day the wind was predicted to blow 35 knots with 17 foot seas and so we stayed on the inside landing half a limit of silvers and a nice grade of halibut.

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