Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales Island. 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. If you come to Craig you will experience great fishing, great scenery and wildlife all without the crowds of towns like Sitka, Ketchikan and other larger coastal towns. When you come to Craig to sport fish you get the whole package of fishing unlike anywhere else in the world since this area has it all. Today Captain Joel Steenstra upheld the reputation of this area by landing a great King salmon weighing in at 47.7 pounds which isn’t a monster such as a 70 pounder, but a great trophy King salmon in any fishery. Luke Deghetaldi leads the Craig Klawock King salmon derby with his nice fish he landed today, congratulations to both him and Captain Joel. Joel said that 3 other boats hooked up on King salmon the same time he did and with Stellar Sea Lions cleaning up most Anglers catches these days he was pretty worried about the fish they had on but the fish god’s were good to Joel and Luke today as they picked on the other 3 boats who all lost their fish to the sea lions leaving Joel and Luke to land the trophy King salmon. We spent our time looking for the elusive “monster Halibut” as David has his hopes on one around 300 pounds to beat last years 215 pounder. After 6 hours we came up short but did land a respectable catch and released several in the 45″ – 68″ slot.
Craig Alaska sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge for outside waters off Prince of Wales Island in southern S.E. Alaska. Today was another ho hum day of catching fish believe it or not as Coho fishing remains strong and predictable here in southern south east Alaska. Trollers and sport fishermen alike are enjoying the great numbers of salmon swimming under the boats as hungry as ever to bite on a fresh mooched herring. Halibut fishing for quality halibut on the other hand remains a tough fishery and many hours need to be counted on to produce nice catches like the photo’s below show. Today Captain Joel’s boats spent over 5 hours fishing for these quality fish and my boat spent 6 1/2 hours for our bottom fish catch.
Alaska Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today Captain Joel Steenstra was fishing with 3 anglers. Having hot weather and choppy water he easily limited on Silver salmon and King salmon, as well as beautiful 48″ and under halibut while releasing one over sized fish. Captain Joel Steenstra continues to out perform most boats with his consistent catches both in salmon but especially halibut and other bottom fish. I rank him one of the top guides in Alaska due to his ability to always find fish, looking for new areas and always learning about the habitat of the fish.
Chatter on the radio was boats were struggling more to find their fish. Some of this was probably due to the sloppy outside waters keeping anglers from fishing many outside areas. King salmon limits for non resident anglers dropped to one for the rest of the season due to the apparent poor assessment of King salmon numbers by Alaska Department of fish and Game.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Flat calm water and 70 degree temperature is what we dealt with today and limits of salmon by early morning. Although the groups King salmon limits had been filled the previous two days King salmon were still being caught as Joel’s boat landed 4 and my boat landed 2 Kings and releasing all but one on our boat. Salmon runs remain strong in the Craig area and will hopefully continue throughout the summer. Halibut fishing remained good as well as other bottom fish.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Fishing or catching remains outstanding as limits of King salmon and Coho’s or Silver salmon are easily caught by early morning as these fish are everywhere. Today was no different as limits were easily acquired by early morning then off to the halibut fishing where both boats had to release oversized halibut but did land some nice ones under 45″ but no over 68″.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Fishing or catching remains outstanding as limits of King salmon and Coho’s or Silver salmon are easily caught by early morning as these fish are everywhere and at one point Joel and I went to using only the herring heads and could not keep the Kings or the Coho off the hooks, it made no difference if a person used a herring or just the herring head and one guy caught them on bare hooks!!
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Kingfisher Lodge is a family run catering to family vacations. Today we have a father-son-brother trip with some of our old time customers, and today was their day as we had a field day catching King salmon, Silver salmon and Halibut and the pictures will say a thousand words to the happiness we see on the faces of these guys. The King salmon were plentiful to day as well as the Halibut with the largest King of the day at 31 pounds. Dan Dahlgren from Seattle Washington landed a nice 192 pound 73 inch butt that kept him on the rod for over an hour fighting this tough fish and we were happy that it taped out at 73 inches with our scale weighing it in at 192 pounds making it the largest at the lodge for the year so far. The ocean was pretty rough with 8 foot seas and wind chop on top making it difficult to fight the fish, but was worth the time spent. Dan did a great job and we congratulate him on his catch both in it’s size and the roughness of the sea.
Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat landed all his King, Silver salmon and Halibut with his group of 6 as well and will get the picture and post it later of the guys and their catch.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today the wind was predicted to blow 20 knots SW and that it did so we were more limited on where we might fish. We decided to head for our Coho spot with Blake and his crew and Joel decided to run off shore where he heard there was a good King bite the previous day. We had 30 Coho’s within an hour or so and then needed to find some King salmon. Joel’s report was windy, rain in the face and had not a fish in the box yet. We decided to head to a more protected spot in hopes of finding some King salmon but en-rout Joel called and let me know he had found a good bite having a double on Kings so we swung and headed his direction and when we arrived he had his 4 Kings and was still marking fish. There were also other boats showing up and landing Kings so we dropped in and soon were landing kings as well and it became chaotic but in a short time landed out limit as well and also Captain Blake with his crew of 4. Halibut fishing was a bit tougher as the waves had not quite met the 8 footers that the weather service had forecasted but was close with a 15 knot wind to make it interesting. We spent 3 hours looking for our limit of halibut and ended up landing some nice under 45″ butts as well as some Yellow Eye and a nice Ling cod we then headed for the dock.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers have been reduced by the commercial troll fishery. Today we had 14 anglers at our lodge in 3 boats and by 8 am limits were had by all boats for a total of 84 Coho. Captain Joel got his limit of 24 Coho in one drift and we had our 36 in two drifts, Captain Blake also had his limit in 2 drifts.
We started the day with non stop coho’s 6 on most constantly until our limits were met, this is as good as it gets for Silver salmon and we can only guess that these fish are the result of the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association and it’s 5 million Coho release last June. We are hoping the Coho returns remain strong all summer as is predicted so if all goes well those coming to the Craig area to fish should be very happy anglers. King salmon were harder to come by today but since there are so many Silver salmon around it is also hard to find what Kings are around. Halibut fishing was good for us today with all boats limiting and we boated one Halibut over 68″ on the nose after over 5 hours of Halibut fishing for some bruisers.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers are reduced each day the commercial troll season is open. Today was the 3rd day the trollers were working off Noyes Island and their numbers appeared to be less than the day before and chatter on the radio was it had slowed down for them as well. We did well on King salmon landing 5 or 6 King salmon but only retaining 2 as many were smaller Kings and as they have one more day they wanted to save 2 tags for tomorrow. Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat with the Rodgers family did will landing many Kings and retaining 4 for the day and 6 person limits of Coho’s. Coho fishing is very good and limits are pretty easily had so that is good as ADF&G has reduced the King salmon bag limit down to 2 for a non resident, but still can catch 6 Silver salmon per day with no season limit. Silver salmon fishing should be a benchmark year as the Klawock river hatchery returning Coho’s are estimated at around 70,000 back to the river which means lots of Silvers on their way to the river which all sport and commercial fishermen will be after.
The Mike Rodgers family is up for a family fishing vacation and they are having a great time catching their limits of pretty much everything that is legal to catch including this nice 40 pound Halibut that Mike caught today. The boys are up each morning by 4:30 am and down at the dock by the 5 am departure which I am very impressed with and every time I see them they are reeling in a fish!