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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report July 26th – 28th, 2017

Kings for everyone!

OGrady, OHare family’s

Craig Alaska sport fishing report for July 26th thru the 28th on the southwest side of Prince of Wales island. Salmon fishing remains strong as both Coho and King salmon have been being caught in good numbers in the Craig area. Limits for both species have been fairly easy to procure the past couple of weeks although sometimes the King salmon are a crap shoot, it seems the past few days there were more king salmon getting caught. August 1st will shut down the Yellow eye rockfish limits until I believe the 27th of the month so don’t plan on being able to keep a Yellow eye. Ling cod and halibut the same limits. ADF&G feels the fishery needs to be closed (although there have been large numbers of the Yellow fish where ever we go) they believe there is a reduction in numbers, we can only trust that their management is correct and erring on conservative measures is always best on such a long lived fish, but we also hope it isn’t just for allocation issues. Klawock river hatchery now operated by SSRAA and run by Jeff Lundberg are doing a great job and we attribute the strong Coho runs to this hatchery. Jeff says this run is looking like the 2013 run when there were lots of fish, we are hoping it continues, great job Jeff! Check out our Facebook for more pictures.

The Dario trio.

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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report July 22nd – 24th, 2017

Don’t find these in Nebraska!

Alaska sport fishing report for July 22nd thru the 24th for the Craig area on Prince of Wales island. Weather was our friend the past 3 days with ideal ocean conditions and salmon fishing as good as it can get for Coho salmon. King salmon are still being caught and our boats landing part if not all limits each day, and same for most boats fishing in the Craig area. Coho limits seem to be quite easy to fill with hardly any Pink salmon being caught…(I say that with trepidation). I like to have some pinks around as they make great halibut bait but past 3 days I never even had one on. The commercial seiners have not been fishing much off Noyes island so that might be the reason but we don’t miss the seiners since they scoop up lots of Coho when they are stretching out their nets, and when they do we see a drop in numbers. Commercial trollers are saying it is slow Coho fishing off shore so not sure what that means if we will see a drop off in our sport numbers or not but for now it has been steady and good. Halibut fishing has been good but putting in many hours trying to find a quality size fish say 38″ to 44″. We have been spending up to an hour a fish at times and been fishing a large area scouting but not finding any consistency anywhere. There seem to be a large number of oversize halibut 46″ up to 65″ and have landed and released some in the 70″ plus size. The largest landed for a GAF halibut has been 72″ if my memory is correct.
That is what I have to report for now, thanks for reading my report and all those who come fishing at Kingfisher lodge in Craig, we appreciate your business, we love catching fish!! Check out more pictures on our Facebook page.

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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report July 13th 2017

A great day of fishing!

Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report July 13th 2017. Ok so I haven’t been posting fishing reports not because fishing hasn’t been good since it has been a good summer so far. Most guests went home with limits of King salmon throughout the month of June minus a few here or there but overall on a scale of one to ten I would say it has been a 6 for number of fish caught. Halibut fishing up to now has been a scratch and all lodges are struggling to find a steady supply of quality halibut. Putting in time is what it takes to get anything next to the 44″ maximum and many lodges are probably falling short on that, my guess is the average halibut caught is around 32 inches and that may be stretching it. There are a fair number of halibut in the 46 inch to 55 inch range but they outside the slot size to retain. Extra large halibut also seem to be in smaller numbers, those in the 68″ and above size. We have been landing quite a few in the 55 to 58″ size. Some of these I believe to be large males so hopefully there are still those large females that lay the 4.5 million

eggs each year, I feel some concern about these numbers.

July fishing we have done well with King salmon and since July 1st we say a decline as the commercial fleet took many thousands of King salmon but since they shut down the King salmon fishing our numbers have been returning so limits have been possible and most boats are limiting on King salmon. Guests and Kingfisher Lodge here in Craig have been able to limit on King salmon these past few weeks.
Coho fishing has been pretty fair landing 4 to 6 Coho per angler the past few days. I will try to post pictures on our Facebook page but will include a few here and try to update my fishing report every 3 days.

June fishing at its best!

Awesome fishing

Thanks for reading and look forward to seeing you here this summer!!

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Alaska sportfishing report for August 28th thru the 31st.

My fishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island. With the season tapering off we only had one group of 6 people at the lodge and thus only running one boat. Coho fishing for the last three days was good with a few short the first and third day. However this was made up by the large size ranging from 12-16 lbs. that allowed everybody to go home with 2 fish boxes each.

Nice set of halibut and a lot of coho

Nice set of halibut and a lot of coho

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halibut fishing was very good, allowing us to get limits every day except for the first day where we ended being one short. However we had to release 4 oversized halibut with the biggest being 140 lbs. Russell Ruder was the lucky chosen one that had to tangle with the halibut for approximately 35 minutes before we were able to release it.

David Ruder with hot hand, catching a late run King salmon

David Ruder with the hot hand catching a late run King salmon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was all for this season, now we are off to the Alaska Range to go for sheep and moose hunting. To sum it all up it was a great season and we wish all our guests the best until we see them again next year.

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Alaska sportfishing report for August 24th thru the 26th.

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of fish!

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of fish!

My fishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island. The past three days fishing was again exceptional as we were able to get most of our limits of Coho salmon all three days bringing in some respectable fish.


Tlustos couples with a great catch of fish

Tlustos couples with a great catch of fish

We fought some high winds the afternoon of the last day but overall was a great trip for our guests.

Marvin and friends with a great GAF halibut.

Marvin and friends with a great GAF halibut.

The last GAF halibut was caught by the Rick Knudsen group finishing up with a 110 pounder, or 60″ fish. Today is sunny and we are expecting favorable winds for the next three days which will finish up our season at our Alaska fishing lodge here in Craig Alaska! Thanks all of you for watching or reading my report this season again. I will post one more in 4 days and then off to the Alaska Range for my hunting season.

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Craig Alaska sportfishing report for August 20th thru the 22nd

Steve Peace group with a great catch of fish.

Steve Peace group with a great catch of fish.

A sportfishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge on Prince of Wales island in Craig Alaska for the above dates. The past three days we had 14 anglers, weather and fishing was very good. Wind died down and ocean conditions were very good and catch rates were great landing limits of Coho and Halibut all three days as well as limits of Ling cod. Coho were of a very large average of at least 10 pounds the largest being 17 pounds.

Weir/McEnany family with another great catch!

Weir/McEnany couples with another great catch!

Boats or lodges that kept to the inside waters struggled for limits, offshore was the place to be this past 3 days.

Pat Burns group with a great catch!

Pat Burns group with a great catch!

We have 6 more fishing days at our lodge so hope the fish and weather cooperate!!

 

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Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for august 11th to the 14th.

Hall/Thompson group with a great catch of fish!

Hall/Thompson group with a great catch of fish!

My fishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge in Craig Alaska for the above dates. Last 4 days fishing was again good and then died off or got much slower the last day for this group. The first two days we saw limits of Silver or Coho salmon then the third day drop off dramatically. Many boats came back to the dock without limits of Coho the last day as boats searched all the points and usual drags hoping to find the fish in some kind of numbers.

Group photo with GAF 135 lb halibut.

Group photo with GAF 135 lb halibut.

A few King salmon are still being caught and heard the seiners were catching big ones off Granite Point this last opener. Granite has been too rough to check out lately due to weather. Trollers are struggling to find Coho salmon, but that could change at any time if fish move into the area. We are hoping for that change as we still have a few weeks left of fishing.
Thanks for reading my report and will post more pictures on Facebook page.

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August 1st thru the 3rd fishing report

Lyle Randon group with a great display of fish!

Lyle Randon group with a great display of fish!

Alaska fishing lodge report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig for July 31st thru August 3rd. Coho and King salmon runs remain strong throughout the Craig area the past 3 days.

Pahor family with another great catch!

Pahor family with another great catch!


We focused on Coho limits and did not attempt to catch our King salmon although from reports those boats that focused on King salmon were able to get limits or if not close to limits of King salmon. Bottom fishing remains strong as well although finding the perfect 43″ halibut is not so easy unless being lucky or time is spent. to consistently catch up towards the 43″ limit requires a commitment of at least a few hours depending on how many people on your boat. Large or oversized halibut seem to be very prolific this year as we have had to release many oversized fish from over 43″ to well over 72″.
We are looking forward to seeing you who are yet to come and hope the fish runs remain strong throughout the summer. Thanks for reading my report.

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Fishing report for July 26th thru the 29th

John O'Hare and Dick O'Grady families.

John O’Hare and Dick O’Grady families.

My fishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge in Craig Alaska on the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island. The past 4 days we had 16 anglers on our 3 boats focused mostly on Silver or Coho salmon.

Dario DeGhatalde family.

Dario DeGhatalde family.

Coho’s seemed in good numbers with limits fairly easy to land with the fish a good average size of around 8 pounds which is good for this time of year. Pink salmon are in fairly abundant numbers as you find out trying to get the Coho getting into large schools of the Pinks at times landing up to 6 Pinks to one Coho, other times a much better ratio. Overall we landed limits of Coho the first 3 days and the last and 4th day we put our time into King salmon and Halibut, looking for a 43 inch size to the Halibut as our goal. We invested an average of 3 hours a day for 6 halibut which was time well spent.
Captain Nils boat landed limits of King salmon on the last day and as well as Kings other days with the largest at 35 pounds. We landed a small handful of Kings as well as Joel his best day limiting on Kings.

Frank Canon group.

Frank Canon group.

Overall the fishing is pretty good in the Craig area with most boats limiting on the species they focus on weather it is King salmon or Coho.  It appears that Coho numbers are consistent, still knocking on wood that fish numbers remain strong throughout the summer.

Thanks for reading my report. I will post more pictures on our Facebook page if you would like to see more.

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Alaska fishing report for July 22nd thru the 24th.

Greg Rasmussen group including Captain Nils with a great catch of fish heading for Nebraska!

Greg Rasmussen group including Captain Nils with a great catch of fish heading for Nebraska!


Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island, Craig Alaska for the above dates. The past three days weather was blown up with winds 20 to 25 knots out of the south with some rain. Ocean swells reached 11 foot so we stayed inside all three days landing limits of Coho salmon, some King salmon and Halibut.

Steve Wang group having a great day!

Steve Wang group having a great day and Joe with his  144 lb. GAF Halibut!

Captains Joel and Nils landed all their Kings on the last day and a few in the previous days.

Paul Branske group with Peter and his GAF Halibut

Paul Branske group with Peter and his GAF Halibut

My boat landed 3 Kings for the 3 days. We boated 2 GAF halibut one on Joel’s boat and one on my boat. Most boats in the Craig area landed limits of silvers some landing limits of King salmon. Rough water kept many boats from fishing the outside waters but my guess is most guests left happy with their catches fishing in lodges in the Craig area. We are optimistic that more fish are moving in as many points of land fish seem to be showing up, that is the Coho salmon.
Thanks for reading my fishing report and I will post more photos on our Facebook page. I will be back in 4 days!

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