Reports

May 20 – 24th 2015

Sharon Haydu fighting a fish with her brother in Law Joe in the backround fighting a fish as well.

Sharon Haydu fighting a fish with her brother in Law Joe in the backround fighting a fish as well.

 

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska May 20th thru the 24th. We had family up for the season start fishing 4 days and as it turned out outstanding King salmon fishing and weather was as good as it gets in SE Alaska.

The Haydu family landed 44 King salmon in 4 days with one day only landing one King salmon and loosing six on that particular day.

Haydu Family with a great catch of Alaska King salmon.

Haydu Family with a great catch of Alaska King salmon.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 28th- August 30th, 2014

 

Steve Binder group with a great catch of fish!

Steve Binder group with a great catch of fish!

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska a family run fishing lodge since 1994. The last three days fishing for the lodge for 2014 brought us 12 anglers turned out pretty good considering the weather that blew in after the second day. The first day we did very well landing limits of silvers and nice halibut, but by the 29th the winds picked up to 25 knots with rain so we did well on the Coho’s but got very wet in the process, by the time we got back to the dock everyone was soaked and ready for a shower. It appears the Coho run has tapered off with what charter boats were left were not getting full limits although we did end up within a fish or two of our limits except for the last day we were a limit short. We did land nice limits of Halibut and everyone was very happy over all with the trip as the last day the weather was nicer with light winds and occasional sun. This concludes my sportfishing reports for our lodge for 2014 and we thank all our customers that came up fishing and have been reading my fishing blog. By writing the blog it keeps a fishing log of the seasons fishing for me and for others looking to come up fishing in the future what we do here at Kingfisher Lodge. We are looking forward to seeing many of you next year as most everyone has rebooked for 2015, thanks again for all your support in our business!

Steve and the guys with a geat catch for the day.

Steve and the guys with a geat catch for the day.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 20th- August 22nd, 2014

 

The Deghetaldi family with a great variety of fish!

The Deghetaldi family with a great variety of fish!

 

Neil and his 20 lb. Yellow eye.

Neil and his 20 lb. Yellow eye.

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska where catching fish is our business. The past three days was consistant with the earlier trips this month as the Coho continue to move through. We had 14 anglers here at our lodge running 3 boats, all of the boats landed their salmon each day by around 9 am and then were off looking for respectable halibut and bottom fish. Our last day fishing we landed 4 tagged Coho’s and will be sending in the heads for identification of what river system they are from. The previous 2 days landing over 160 Cohowith no tagged fish so we were happy to have these 4 on the last day of their trip. We have 9 more days of fishing at the lodge and are optimistic that the fish will continue to move through making  good trips for the last two groups of the year. For more pictures click on the Facebook emblem to the right. I posted a video of a breaching Humback calf so check it out, it came pretty close to the boat but I missed the best breach when I turned off the camera thinking the show was over.

Steve, Margie, Delorna and John with a great catch of fish!

Steve, Margie, Delorna and John with a great catch of fish!

Craig, Ron, Bruce, Greg, Rich, and Al with a great catch of fish!

Craig, Ron, Bruce, Greg, Rich, and Al with a great catch of fish!

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 16th- August 18th, 2014

 

Tiffany, Will, Dee, Tony, Kendra, and Tom with a nice catch of Coho!

Tiffany, Will, Dee, Tony, Kendra, and Tom with a nice catch of Coho!

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska a family run fishing lodge where catching is our business. The past three days the Coho salmon have been coming in very good numbers near the outer coast with the fish averaging around 10 pounds live weight, the largest this last week at 12 pounds and the previous week we landed several at 16 pounds. It is amazing to see the size of these fish looking much like small King salmon,  everyone is exceptionally happy with what they have been catching. King salmon numbers  have tapered off with the commercial troll fleet having had 5 days of fishing and as the King salmon are moving on to their respective rivers to spawn. Landing limits of Coho by 8:30 am we then have been spending time looking for nice halibut, Ling cod, etc so not spending time looking for King salmon. The past 3 days all boats in the Craig charter fleet have been limiting on Coho in a reletively short time since the Coho numbers are up so well.  I will be getting tag reports from ADF&G for the Coho’s that we landed that were tagged and I expect the majority of these fish to be POWHA fish on the Klawock river. I take my hat off to the staff there raising these beauties as we enjoy their return to the Klawock river and how important this hatchery is to S.E. Alaska sport and commercial fishery.

Tiffany showing her appreciation to her Coho

Tiffany showing her appreciation to her Coho

Mike, Dwight, Bruce, Dave, and Curt with a great catch of fish!

Mike, Dwight, Bruce, Dave, and Curt with a great catch of fish!

Tiffany, Tom, Tony, Will, Kendra, and Dee with a great catch of fish!

Tiffany, Tom, Tony, Will, Kendra, and Dee with a great catch of fish!

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 11th- August 14th, 2014

 

Mark, Carl, Jerry, Steve, Tim, Rocky, Dave, Bob, Clem, Greg, Bill, Kirk, John, and Clint with a great catch of fish.

Mark, Carl, Jerry, Steve, Tim, Rocky, Dave, Bob, Clem, Greg, Bill, Kirk, John, and Clint with a great catch of fish.

The Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska for the above 4 days was great weather and fishing. As our last groups were leaving after weathering 3 days of wind and rain the new group of 15 arrived with the skies clearing, wind subsiding and as they flew in early in the moring we headed out for a half day of fishing. The guys were wound up like 9 day clocks ready to catch fish. We headed in for some inside spots and immediately started landing Coho’s and in 3 hours or so landed most if not all our limits of Coho for the day and headed back to the lodge. The next 3 days fishing was much the same as the guys were always on the dock by 4:45 am ready to go catch fish with the youngest in his 20’s and the oldest in the mid 80’s we had a great spread of age groups all just as ready to land fish. The group had money on the biggest Ling cod and biggest Halibut each day so we landed many nice fish with the largest Halibut at 71″ by Bob Kokalas and the largest Ling cod by Steve Hall at the limit of 45″, although there were many 100 plus halibut caught on the trip by many of the guys. Silver salmon fishing was very good every day and limits were had by most boats in the Craig area as the fish seem to be moving in and out in steady numbers. Check out the Facebook page link to the right for more pictures.

Steve Hall with his 45" 50lb??? Ling cod!

Steve Hall with his 45″ 50lb??? Ling cod!

 

Mongo, Steve, Tim, John, Clem, Bob, Dave, Dave Jr., Rocky, and Jerry with a great half day fishing!

Mongo, Steve, Tim, John, Clem, Bob, Dave, Dave Jr., Rocky, and Jerry with a great half day fishing!

John Thompson with his 45" Ling cod!

John Thompson with his 45″ Ling cod!

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 8th- August 10th, 2014

 

John and Bud enjoying 30 Knot winds and heavy rain catching their limits of Silvers despite the weather.

John and Bud enjoying 30 Knot winds and heavy rain catching their limits of Silvers despite the weather.

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 8th- August 10th, 2014 brought rain and windy weather for two of the three days, but fishing or catching of Coho’s was good despite the windy conditions. Halibut was tougher due to weather and inability to go to areas we would normally fish so we did not limit on our halibut the last two of the three days. Comments from some of the guests was that “the weather added to the experience”. Those are words from die hard outdoorsmen and the type we like to have at our lodge and when the good weather is here it is much appreciated!!

Larry, Marc, Frank, Bud, Dave, & Jim with a great catch of fish!

Preston, Dustin, Dan, Jim, & Rodger with a great catch of fish!

Larry, Marc, Frank, Bud, Dave, and John with another great day!

Larry, Marc, Frank, Bud, Dave, and John with another great day!

 

 

 

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 31th – August 1st, 2014

 

Strawns and Pahors with a great catch of fish.

Strawns and Pahors with a great catch of fish.

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska August 1st 2014. The past 3 days we were blessed with wonderful people, sunny skies, and flat water mixed with outstanding fishing landing limits of King salmon and Silver salmon each day as well as nice halibut and bottom fish. Since we have been fishing alone for a week or so our information is sketchy at best but what I hear is most boats are getting limits of King salmon and most of their silver salmon if not all of the limits in the Craig area. It appears the the Colombia river fish are showing up in good numbers with our guests landing and releasing many Kings trying to get their limits of Silver salmon so many of our long returning guests rate this week for them as the best ever in the past 20 years which says quite a bit, this of course has to do with the abundance  of King salmon in the area rather than the Silver salmon since those numbers are down from 2013.

Ken, Bob, Lyle, Jim, Tom and Joel with their great catch of fish.

Ken, Bob, Lyle, Jim, Tom and Joel with their great catch of fish.

Bob, Joel, Tom, Lyle, Jime and Ken with another great day.

Bob, Joel, Tom, Lyle, Jime and Ken with another great day.

 

 

Karen and Tom with Karen's big fish.

Karen and Tom with Karen’s big fish.

Joan and Chuck with Joan's beautiful King salmon.

Joan and Chuck with Joan’s beautiful King salmon.

 

 

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

 

Destin, Stan, Steve, Carter, Ben, LaShaun, David, Angelina, Deb, Jon, David, and Mike with a great catch of fish.

Destin, Stan, Steve, Carter, Ben, LaShaun, David, Angelina, Deb, Jon, David, and Mike with a great catch of fish.

The Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for July 18th – 20th. The Craig sportfishing has continued to gain momentum in the Coho or Silver salmon runs as more and more fish seem to be showing up. Charter boats and local boats have been limiting on Silver salmon with moderate effort and King salmon are still in good numbers with boats getting limits as well with some effort. There has been some nice King salmon caught by the local sportfishermen with one charter boats client landing a 67 lb.. There have been some Kings caught in the 50 pound range as well although not sure how many of those fish have been entered in the local King salmon derby. We have been concentrating on landing limits of King salmon so we have not looking in along the traditional areas that the bigger King salmon are more likely to be found. We did put quite a bit of effort into searching out a 78″ plus halibut (2014 trophy minimum size limit). David Stutz who’s goal it was to land one came up short although his wife Angelina landed one at about 70″ to 72″ by our best effort of measurement which left it falling 4 inches short of the new ruling. More pictures can be seen on our Facebook page and there is a short video clip of Angelina and her big halibut she released. Thanks for reading the “blog” or my “fishing report” and I will post pictures on the Facebook if not every day every other day.

Steve, Angelina, Deb, LaShaun (with her 30 lb. King) David, and Jon with some great King salmon.

Steve, Angelina, Deb, LaShaun (with her 30 lb. King) David, and Jon with some great King salmon.

Angelina, LaShaun, and David with LaShaun and her 30lb. King salmon.

Angelina, LaShaun, and David with LaShaun and her 30lb. King salmon.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 14th – 16th, 2014

 

Weyerhaueser family with a great catch of fish. One of our oldest returning families.

Weyerhaueser family with a great catch of fish. One of our oldest returning families.

Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska. The past three days fishing was very good and enjoying sunny skies despite some wind from the northwest which blew up during the day, but was plenty fishable in most places. It seems the Coho salmon are in a few specific spots as everyone continues to be bunched up in a few areas. We have looked around to traditional spots for this time of year but end up back with the rest of the boats chipping away at our limits. I am waiting to get my tag reports from the clipped fin Coho’s we have been catching on the inside but are sure they are from the Prince of Wales Hatchery in Klawock. It appears that without the hatchery the Coho fishing in the Craig area would be dismal this year,  but we are optimistic that the run will grow in numbers as the summer progresses. King salmon are in good numbers off the outside of St. Joe island and many boats go there to limit on them which are fairly easy to catch but not great size to them. There have been a few King salmon in the 50 pound range being landed but lucky anglers who fish the Cape or other traditional spots for large Kings. Having 6 anglers we have been going for numbers rather than size as getting our limit has been more important than getting one big one….maybe. Overall the fishing has been pretty good with most if not all boats getting limits of Kings, Silvers, and their bottom fish and again weather has been tolerably good and we hope it continues although a little less wind would be nice. Here are some pictures of the past three days with two separate groups and more pictures are posted on our Facebook page along with some video clips that are fun to look at.

Lexi, Cody, Jacki, Tyler, Christy, and Lonnie with a great catch and home early!

Lexi, Cody, Jacki, Tyler, Christy, and Lonnie with a great catch and home early!

Mike, Jon, Bill, Curtis, Chuck and Dan at their favorite fishing hole.

Mike, Jon, Bill, Curtis, Chuck and Dan at their favorite fishing hole.

 

 

The Henrikson family from South Dakota on their first trip to Alaska.

The Henrikson family from South Dakota on their first trip to Alaska.

Mike, Dan, Jon, Bill, Chuck, Chuck, and Amanda.

Mike, Dan, Jon, Bill, Curtis, Chuck, Chuck, and Amanda.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 12th, 2014

Sandor Hites witha 31.5 pound King salmon.

Sandor Hites witha 31.5 pound King salmon.

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Today we headed off Noyes island to hunt out more King salmon. Word was out that a 50 plus pound King salmon had been caught off the Pinnapple yesterday although we did not go there we still were in the vacinity to catch a big one. We fished pretty hard for 5 hours or so landing 4 King salmon and Joel landed 2 during that time frame plus a few Silver salmon but after about 9 am it was pretty slow. About noon we headed off getting our halibut then from there off where a Coho bite was going on, although we found lots of boats there we stayed off a bit landing 7 or 8 Coho and one nice King salmon. There were some kings caught on many boats and quite a few Coho were caught in different areas around Craig so it appears that more and more Coho are showing up, still not like last year yet and we don’t expect it to be that good for 2014 as 2013 was a unbelievable year as it was. See more pictures of these groups on our Facebook page.

Scott, Dan, Jeff, Barney, and Jeff with a great catch of fish.

Scott, Dan, Jeff, Barney, and Jeff with a great catch of fish.

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