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June 23rd Prince of Wales Sportfishing report, Craig Alaska

Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 23rd 2012 was blue skies, 80 degree temperatures, a NW 15 knot wind.

Today we went fishing off the coast a short distance and many other boats joined us as word has spread of fish being caught in that area and it appears other favorite spots have been slower fishing. The fish have been biting early and then tapers off within the first 3 hours fishing in the morning so if you capitalize on an early morning bite you stand a good chance of securing your limit of King salmon. We had our limit of King salmon by 8:30 or so in the morning and since the silver salmon have been showing up in better numbers continued to catch them and ended up with 10 silver salmon for the 4 anglers on the boat. Listening to the chatter on the radio it sounded as though boats were anywhere from no king salmon to having a limit with many boats landing silver salmon. Since the King salmon were at much lower depths than the silver salmon I suspect that the boats catching only silvers were fishing higher depths opting for the more action by staying up higher and less chance of having to pull up another small chicken halibut that one will quickly hook if you hang out near the bottom.

Halibut fishing for the day was slower as we are always looking for that 45″ halibut but only finding one in almost 2 hours of fishing we moved on to a spot that has more fish but smaller and finished up with our limit settling on a few smaller grade halibut.

I want to thank the Wiper family for coming fishing with us and hope to see them again in the future as they have also become a welcome group to our lodge and become friends over the years.

Kara, Jeff, Cole, and Chase

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June 22nd Prince of Wales Sportfishing report, Craig Alaska

 

Kingfisher Lodge dock June 22nd

Kara, Cole, and Jeff with Cole's nice King salmon

Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 22nd.

Cole, Kara, Jeff, and Chase Wiper

June 22nd we headed for open water for our King salmon and within a short time secured 5 legal King salmon with the smallest at 28″ and the largest around 18 pounds and releasing one under 28″. While salmon fishing we landed 3 very nice halibut as shown above so that was a bonus and later in the day had to release a nice halibut since we had our legal limit already secured in the slushed ice box. As we could land a total of 7 King salmon we continued to fish but caught no more King salmon but did catch one silver and lost a few other salmon that we could not identify. In the early afternoon we went to a inside spot and landed an additional 3 Kings with the larges at about 27 pounds and had to release one about 22 pounds as we had our limit.

Word on the radio was slow fishing but limits were being secured by most boats. It seems that the halibut are showing up in better numbers with some size to them as today we landed 4 that were in the 37″ to 45″ range which is a nice 35 – 43 pound fish.

Jeff with Chase and his nice King salmon

 

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June 20th, “Saal Day of the big King Salmon”

June 20th Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska.

Today we left the lodge to flat water and cloudy skies with a half day fishing we needed to be back at the dock by 10 am and then we have another group coming in to also fish the afternoon. We landed our first King salmon by 6:45  am by Nate Saal from Palo Alto California weighing in the Craig Klawock King salmon derby at a wopping 54.5 pounds putting him in first place. (There is still 9 more days to beat him out of his first place and we will by trying to better that weight with our next groups).  Once we put the big one in the boat we landed a couple nice halibut one oversized we had to let go and two others at under 45″. From there we moved on to another spot and in a short time secured an additional 6 King salmon and then it was time to head back the lodge to weigh in the fish and get the new guests. Thus ended a great trip with some great guys.

Nate with his 54.5 pound King salmon derby leader

Very happy face

Official weighing in of Nates derby leader

The second half of the day was more of a struggle as we headed out with the Wiper family and finally landed our 3 King salmon closing our day with a happy ending.

Chase, Jeff, and Kara

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June 19th Prince of Wales Sportfishing report, Craig Alaska

June 19th Craig Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher lodge on Prince of Wales Island Alaska.

Ivo, Mike, Nate, and Richard

 

This morning we left the dock at 5 am headed for King Salmon and was torn between somewhere new and our old spot where the Waterfall boats had converged on us the day before. Reports for King salmon were dismal and so wanting to fish alone we headed out to search for our King salmon. First stop yeilded one King salmon and not hearing much good news on the radio decided to head out to the ocean and try our luck with the bottom fishing hitting low slack tide. Off we went and in a couple hours secured a limit of nice halibut and then decided to head for rockfish. Hitting some rockfish spots we landed 4 yellow eye, one oversized halibut (50″) a Ling cod and while fishing we spotted some salmon on the sounder so dropping down our salmon gear landed the remaining 3 of our King salmon. So ended a successful day of fishing at Kingfisher lodge and some happy customers. Tomorrow is half day morning then a new group with a half day scheduled for the afternoon as well so will put in a long day but will hope for light winds, sunny skies and hungry fish.

Richard, Nate, Ivo, and Mike

Ivo with his respectable Halibut at 43"

Nate, Ivo, Richard, and Mike

 

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June 17th Prince of Wales Sportfishing report, Craig Alaska

June 17th Craig Alaska fishing report at Kingfisher lodge. Today we left the lodge at 2:30 pm with a half day trip scheduled, arriving at our destination we landed 4 King salmon (one undersized) and 3 halibut in the 4 hours fished that afternoon. We also marked a few other fish and missed a few bites but were optimistic to return the following morning before the Waterfall Resort boats showed up enmass.

Ivo, Mike, Richard and Nate

 

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June 16th Fathers day Vigil

Here is my Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, or Prince of Wales sportfishing report.

This morning before 5 am I headed out by myself to the head of the bay to see if the St. Nicholas King salmon had any numbers congregating at the creek entrance by finding none I headed towards the islands in front of the house and although the area looked barren of King salmon or bait fish I put my downriggers out and within a few minutes had a King on which I promptly lost. I rerigged dropped down and again lost a king and so was the extent of the morning bite for me. The afternoon after the Matesi group had left Anjuli and I headed out to look for King salmon for her and her husbands freezer. Long story short she landed 4 King salmon retaining 3 and 4 silver salmon which wasn’t bad for a half day fishing.

Anjuli with King 1

Anjuli with King salmon 2

Anjuli with King Salmon #3.

 

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June 15th Prince of Wales Sportfishing report, Craig Alaska

Eugene, Kim, Dan, and Anjuli

June 15th Kingfisher Lodge fishing started out with light winds at 5 am with a forecast for 35 knot winds for the afternoon. Our goal was to get our King salmon early then off to get  halibut before the winds made it too difficult to accomplish.

My daughter Anjuli went with us as Nick and Dylan had to go home, so our goal was 5 King salmon and 4 halibut. Dropping in at 6 am we doubled up on Kings landed both of those, we then hooked another landing it. Other boats had got word of the success and with a windy forcast making other spots more difficult to fish were there as well competing for the fish and sure enough they also were landing salmon so our catch rate started slowing down, but we did land one more and hooked 2 more, loosing them. So our total for the morning was 4 King salmon landed and 2 lost.

Then off we went for halibut and were not disappointed as we hooked a very nice halibut right off the bat, but had to let it go since it was about 55″ which falls into the 45-68″ size we must release. Then we hooked a nice halibut and while trying to get it in the boat knocked it off the hook so, with a sick stomach due to that disaster we continued on and eventually landed our limit of medium sized halibut and headed in towards home as the winds were now blowing a steady 25 knots. We are now in the dry of the lodge and watching the winds gust to 35 knots as predicted with rain pelting down and we are grateful for the fish that is now in the walk in freezer ready for the guests trip home tomorrow. Total kings for the group of 5 for 4 days fishing was 19 not including the 6 landed and released.

 

Gusty 35 knot winds 7 pm

 

 

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June 14th “Where is Geno Jr.”

Nick, Dylan, Dan, Kim, Eugene, and missing is Geno Jr.

June 14th 5:14 departure from the dock at Kingfisher Lodge was again a pleasant morning with flat calm waters which made that early morning cup of coffee while underway a pleasure to enjoy not to mention the sea scape that was before us. King salmon fishing was our destination this morning and our goals were quickly realized as we  caught King after King finishing our 5 fish limit in exactly one hour. We released 2 others one of which was larger than some that we kept, but having one hooked deep in the throat we kept him and released the larger one that was only hooked in the lip.

Our next destination was halibut and we chose a more northern spot than yesterday’s disapointment of the small halibut. Luck was on our side and we limited on a nicer grade of halibut with the largest measuring in at 43″ or about 40 pounds. The new regulation allows halibut that are 45″ and under or over 68″, all in between those numbers must be released so we were pretty happy to not have to let the larger one go.

Kim, Dan, Nick, Eugene, and Dylan.

Weather forcast for tomorrow is for gale force winds in the afternoon so hopefully we can get our fish and get back before the main storm arrives. Good job to the guests today!

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June 13th Prince of Wales Sportfishing report, Craig Alaska

 

 

11 year old Dylan Matesi with a nice King salmon

 

Eugene with his prize of the day.

 

June 13th was again flat calm as we hummed along at 27 knots heading for our first destination King salmon. Dropping the cut plug herring by 6 am it took about 10 minutes to hook our first King salmon. Although the area didn’t show alot of bait we kept working it over and soon hooked another nice King salmon and landed that one. Continuing this process we steadily hooked and landed our King salmon with one double of the day. We landed a total of 7 King salmon by 8:30 keeping 5 and we returned 2 back.

Halibut fishing has been difficult in finding any respectable size fish for us the last couple of days, so tomorrow we hope to search out better size halibut if we can limit on our Kings early enough to spend more time on the butts. Today we spent several hours in one of my spots that I generally do quite well on medium sized fish but only could catch a couple small ones we let go searching for that better grade. We continued our search and eventually settled on a small grade of fish with the hope of doing better tomorrow.

Dan, Kim, Nick, Dylan, and Eugene.

 

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June 12th

Today we left the dock at 5:15 to a beautiful morning including flat water and partly cloudy skies. A group of 5 with a goal of landing at least 5 King salmon, 5 Halibut, and a limit of rockfish. Our first destination we located a large mass of baitfish and landed 6 king salmon with 2 double headers and keeping 4 Kings and with much optimism continued fishing but never did find the large mass of baitfish again while there so decided to move on to our next spot. Destination number 2 was a bit of a disapointment due to the NW winds that I was not expecting although not unfishable was a bit chilly as we were looking at a hillside with snow not more than a half mile away. We were not long in waiting before Denny hooked a very active king in the 30 pound range jumping and running about and as it turned out had the hook in his nose and is no doubt the reason for all the acrobatic behavior as you could imagine having a hook in your nose you would want it out the sooner the better. So here are some pictures of some beautiful fish and happy faces.

Danny with his nice nose hooked King

Kim, Gene, Dylan, Nick, and Dan with their respectable catch.

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