Alaska salmon fishing at its best! Today we were looking at gale force winds predicted so leaving the dock shortly after 5 am we went straight to the fishing grounds in hopes of landing our salmon as our guests were only fishing a half day. When we reached open water the wind was blowing 25 knots and wave height at about 4 feet, by the time we reached our fishing destination the winds were gusting 30 to 35 knots but the minute we dropped in we hooked up 3 Kings and with a very fast drift we landed 4 Kings. The next two drifts we landed our 12 King salmon and released 4 others with a close to record time of 45 minutes to limit on King salmon of 12 fish. This was also a fiasco with the gusty winds blowing the boat so everyone had to work together to keep from loosing the fish as they ran about under and around the boat loosing only one to the spinning propellers. Back at the dock by 7:50 am!
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. Today was outstanding again for the Alaska King salmon fishing as we limited on King salmon which was 12 fish by 9 am and most boats were doing the same in the area we were fishing off Sumez island. Halibut fishing was also very good when we finally found them althought their wasn’t any record breakers we were happy with the fish we landed. So far the fishing is reflective of the Alaska Department of fish and Game 2014 predictions of the Chinook or King salmon abundance. Photo’s below are an indication of what hopefully will continue this year.
This morning fishing was incredible as both boats limited in King salmon by early morning landing 24 Kings. The largest King was 29 pounds but all fish were respectable size and with the 2 fish limit the guests were content with all fish landed. Weather and water conditions were very nice with sunny skies and moderate winds. Alaska salmon fishing is for now proving to be very productive in the Craig area.
Today fishing was tough for most boats as chatter on the radio was tough fishing, but Captaing Joel did well catching his limit of 12 King salmon and us coming in second catching only 6 on our boat. Being in the right spot at the right time makes all the difference in the world and if you are not were the fish are you will end up short which is what we did. We did get a few nice halibut though while salmon fishing which helped out a bunch. We put in a long day trying for those remaining 6 Kings but to no avail.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 22nd, 23rd & 24th the weather cooperated in the wind department as we had no wind issues or big waves as the group before which means that the whole summer minus a few days we had better than average weather by far in fact the best from my point of view in 20 years. Fishing continues to be outstanding to say the least for Coho’s and bottom fish. This group we did not focus on King salmon but only Silver salmon and Bottom fish. All three days Coho limits for 12 anglers were accomplished in a few hour each day and bottom fishing we put in more hours but ended up with spectacular catching and the photo’s from the last day show the finale of the 12 member group. 2013 will go down in my book as probably one of the best years of fishing for the past 20 years and maybe in the future we will also look back as a top year.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 18th the forecast was for 20 knot winds and 9 foot seas so we decided both boats would avoid the outside waters and fish the protected waters on the inside. Silver salmon fishing has been consistently good due mostly to the Prince of Wales Hatchery located on the Klawock river which produces 5 million Coho smolt each year. 2013 has been a year that will be in the record books as off the charts for returning Coho’s in S.E. Alaska. Alaska Department of fish and game unofficially has credited 45% of the total returns of Coho in S.E. Alaskan waters to POWHA, or Prince of Wales Hatchery Association. As we expected fishing was good and with two boats and 11 anglers we landed our limits of 66 silvers before 8 am in the morning which was good but not unexpected for reasons stated above. From our Salmon fishing we moved on to Halibut fishing and again staying on the inside waters and both boats found good Halibut fishing and landed our limits without much problems and due to stormy, rainy weather decided to make it an early day.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 15th we left the lodge with no wind, flat water, overcast skies, and high in the mid 60’s which was a great day to catch Silver salmon and bottom fish. We started locally for our Coho’s and landing a few limits moved on to the outer coast which was a little slower landing the limits of 66 Coho for 11 anglers but completed the job by 10 am then off for our Halibut and Ling cod, yellow eye as we needed a few more to tag out for the group. The group landed a great catch of fish in the 40″ to 45″ size range then Carl Vedders landed a beautiful 69 1/2 inch trophy weighing in at 178 pounds. When he brought it up it had a flasher in it’s mouth as it had eaten a Silver salmon off a troller and got the hoochi and flasher as a memento, so when she came up that flasher was along side her and would have been interesting to see how hard it pulled on the trollers lines. After the excitement from the group from landing the trophy halibut we went off to fish for our ling Cod and Jeff Nelson landed a beautiful trophy ling taping in at just 45″ which is the maximum in the slot limit unless you land one over 55″ which we have not done yet.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska for August 14th we were again greeted by flat calm water as we left the dock at 5 am and returning to our fishing destination from the previous day we started fishing at about 6 am after watching a seiner land a net load of fish. The catching was obviously substantially slower as we could see that out of 5 boats in our vicinity that few fish were being caught compared to yesterday. We stuck it out for an hour or so landing 9 Silvers on our boat and Joel landing only 2. We decided to backtrack to a spot we had done well a few days ago and sure enough they were there so we landed our Silvers by 10:30 and then off to find our Halibut which we were pleasantly surprised by the quantity and quality of these butts so in no time both boats limited on the beauties and off to the lodge as the boys had emptied the coolers of all beer and bottle of Crown and were getting pretty thirsty.
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!