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Fishing report for June 27th thru June 30th, 2015.

Dave Poleski with Don Lenny's 40 pound King salmon.

Dave Poleski with Don Lenny’s 40 pound King salmon.

Alaska Fishing report June 27th thru June 30th, 2015 for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. We had a group of 10 in for the past 4 days from Alberta Canada, Wisconsin and Illinois. King salmon fishing was a bit scratchy or we had to work for our limits even though we had 4 days to accomplish landing a total of 60 King salmon for the 10 guests. The first day both boats landed limits of King salmon, and halibut, the other days were less productive, but in 4 days we landed the total bag limits for a non resident. The last day was a bonus day landing limits of silvers as well so all in all the trip was a huge success and we again enjoyed the group from Alberta Canada. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures of the trips.

Boys from Alberta with a great catch of fish, good job guys.

Boys from Alberta with a great catch of fish, good job guys.

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June 14th thru June17th 2015 fishing report

 

Kevin Jones group with a outstanding catch of King salmon and bottom fish!

Kevin Jones group with a outstanding catch of King salmon and bottom fish!

Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island June 14th thru the 17. This week we had very good weather for fishing as winds were light for the most part and seas were only 3 feet or so which made fishing the outer coast a pleasant experience and the ability to fish many other spots that in rough weather are out of the question. Overall we did very well considering the fishing or numbers of fish are down from last year but one has to remember that the limit now being 2 King salmon per day puts the stakes much higher for the guides as with a normal limit of one per day would make the year a average or better than average year for King salmon numbers. For the 3 days fishing Joel’s boat landed its limit of 36 King salmon where my boat fell short by 12 Kings we landing only 24 Kings. Not to say we didn’t have our opportunities. I am not sure of how the other charter boats were doing but what I gathered on the radio chatter it has been tougher for most captains to limit on King salmon. Halibut fishing has been pretty good and it seems that larger fish are starting to show up as the season progresses. Here are a few pictures of the last three days fishing and I will post more pictures on our Facebook page as well.

Harry Saal group with a great catch of Kings and halibut.

Harry Saal group with a great catch of Kings and halibut.

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May 31 thru June 3rd fishing report

 

Feld group with a great catch of fish!

Feld group with a great catch of fish!

May 31 thru June 3rd fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island Craig Alaska. We had a total of 16 guests for our lodge this week which is a bunch for us but fishing and weather was cooperative with us as our folks came from all over the US. The 4 days of fishing with the liberal King salmon limits for the non resident in 2015 of 6 per season ( up from the normal 3) left us with 96 kings to catch in 4 days so as it turned out we landed 95 King salmon in the 4 days which was really an outstanding trip for us all and weather was fantastic as well.

Alaska King salmon catching at its best!

Alaska King salmon catching at its best!

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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 24th- August 26th, 2014

 

Sunrise off Balandra island of San Juan Batista island.

Sunrise looking at Balandra island off San Juan Batista island looking towards Craig and Sunnahae mt..

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska a family run lodge. The past three days the fishing remained strong although appeared to slow down on the Silver salmon fishing on the last day of the trip but we still landed all our Coho’s by early morning for 12 anglers which a good thing to happen. All boats that were out were landing limits in similar time and most were out looking for bottom fish by at least late morning. Halibut fishing was very good as the picture shows with both boats releasing 6 – 8 oversized halibut in the 75 lb. to 150 pound range. The picture below is the only one the group took in 3 days fishing as the pictures were not important to them so this is all I have. Three more days of fishing for us this season. Most lodges in the Craig area have put their boats up for winter except for a few of us still left. By the end of August I believe all the lodges in the Craig area will have closed their doors. Weather has been outstanding this past few weeks with very little wind making fishing a pure pleasure as you can see by the beautiful sunrise picture I have posted on our way out early in the morning. Please check out our Facebook page on the right of the blog for more pictures and like us if you do.

Charlie, Ted, Ryan, Keith, Jim, John, Phil, Graham, Carl, Charlie, Tim, and Don with a great catch of fish.

Charlie, Ted, Ryan, Keith, Jim, John, Phil, Graham, Carl, Charlie, Tim, and Don with a great catch of fish.

 

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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 July 9th and 10th, 2014

The Sandor Hites family with a great catch of salmon and bottom fish.

The Sandor Hites family with a great catch of salmon and bottom fish.

Alaska sport fishing report for the Craig area and Kingfisher Lodge for the 9th, and 10th of July.  The 9th of July we had one group of 5 fishing a half day so we headed off Baker island since we had done pretty well the day before so heading back we began fishing in the early afternoon and had a great catch of King salmon and Silver salmon by 4 pm. We caught 24 Coho and 5 Kings plus a limit of small halibut caught while salmon fishing. There were 6 boats there and everyone was catching King salmon and silver salmon so was pretty darn good for a few hours time.

Dan and Scott Dahlgren with Dan's nice 30.5 lb. "Tyee" King salmon

Dan and Scott Dahlgren with Dan’s nice 30.5 lb. “Tyee” King salmon

Today on the 10th of July with 2 boats of 9 anglers we headed again off Baker island and fishing the same spot of the previous day, we landed a King salmon early on and a few silver salmon but in time it was becoming apparent that it might be early afternoon again before the fish showed up. There were 10 to 15 boats that showed up with us as word was out that there was fish caught the previous day but within a few hours boats started going off shore into deeper water looking for salmon, which is what we did. We ended up landing a dozen silver salmon and a limit of King salmon. Captain Joel Steenstra on the Trinity did about the same on salmon and we all went halibut fishing landing nice limits of halibut with a few near the 44″ mark and the others in the 38 to 42 inch size range. We went back to our good spot of the day before hoping the afternoon bite might develope but all we caught was more King salmon and a few silver salmon. We called it a day and headed home. Word on the radio was limits of King salmon for most boats and half limits for Coho or Silver salmon. See more photo’s on our Facebook page.

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

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

 

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 7th, & 8th, 2014

Enjoying the time together around the fire despite the inclimate weather, truely hearty souls.

Enjoying the time together around the fire despite the inclimate weather, truely hearty souls.

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge and the Craig area. Today my boat had a hard time finding our King salmon while Joel landed 5 King salmon we only landed 3 although we did land 16 Silvers and Joel 20, in all the 7th was a good day but not as good as we would have liked. The 8th turned out to be much better landing our limits of King salmon although we had to work at it all day and landing a few nice Halibut along while salmon fishing. Both boats landed a total of 20 silver salmon and 12 King salmon as well as bottom fish. Largest halibut of the day was 44″. Weather was pretty tough as winds blew from the south at 20 knots as forecasted with a heavy mist of rain pelting us in the face but we stuck it out as other boats left one by one with less than their limits and chatter on the radio sounded as though boats were struggling to get their fish. Silvers still have not shown up in numbers so we are anxious for that. Word from a local lodge that they were traveling north and limiting on silvers but the distance is beyond what we want to travel and expect the Silvers to continue to show up in better numbers as the days pass by. Check out more pictures on our facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge or click on the Facebook icon on the blog page.

The boys with the days catch of fish not including the rest of their bottom fish.

The boys with the days catch of fish not including the rest of their bottom fish.

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