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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, August 14th

 

Don Hall with his $215 winning halibut that taped out at 45" (after much scrutiny by the other boys in the pot)

Don Hall with his $215 winning halibut that taped out at 45″ (after much scrutiny by the other boys in the pot)

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.

Jeff, Clint, Tim, Carl, Don, and Steve with a great catch of Halibut

Jeff, Clint, Tim, Carl, Don, and Steve with a great catch of Halibut

"Gallant Maid" with a net full of fish off Noyes Island Alaska

“Gallant Maid” with a net full of fish off Noyes Island Alaska

John, Steve, Tim, Rocky, Clem, Don, Carl, Mark, Jeff, Kirk, and Curtis.

John, Steve, Tim, Rocky, Clem, Don, Carl, Mark, Jeff, Kirk, and Curtis.

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August 8th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for August 8th was a great day for Captain Joel Steenstra and his 4 anglers who went out and landed limits of Silvers in an hour then off to land 4 nice King salmon, 4 nice Ling cod, as well as their limits of Yellow eye. What a great day and home early.

Butch, Charlie, Rodger, and Brett with a great catch of trophy fish.

Butch, Charlie, Rodger, and Brett with a great catch of trophy fish.

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August 5th & 6th sport fishing report for Kingfisher lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

 

Ray, Don, Jim, Phil, Terry, Kirk, Brad, Hollis, Barry, and Larry

Ray, Don, Jim, Phil, Terry, Kirk, Brad, Hollis, Barry, and Larry

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for August 5th & 6th again is consistent salmon fishing with fish most everywhere you want to fish. Some places are slower than others but you should be able to catch a salmon wherever you drop a line with any bait or lure remotely resembling  a herring or needle fish. Yesterday leaving the dock off the lodge their was a school of 20 or more Silvers swimming on the surface although we tossed our bait at them they swam off so we felt that fishing off the dock wouldn’t be what the guys came to Alaska to do so we headed for more secluded fishing. King salmon fishing again is still good and even caught one with the halibut gear dropping to the bottom so seems you can’t help but catch a salmon this year.  We worked hard for our Halibut last couple days looking for the barn door but came up short landing 5 or 6 in the 75 to 130 pound range, just too long for the 45″ minimum and too short for the 68″ minimum on maximum size. We did land some that were the 35″ to 45″ range which are the best in my opinion anyhow. They look good and taste better and leave the big females to do their spawning!

Jim with his trophy 45" monster Ling cod

Jim with his trophy 45″ monster Ling cod

Brad, Jim, Don, Terry, Mark, and Larry.

Brad, Jim, Don, Terry, Mark, and Larry.

 

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July 31 thru August 2nd sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Cody holding Joan's Wolf eel.

Cody holding Joan’s Wolf eel.

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the past 3 days fishing was again stellar fishing with limits of all fish readily caught as Silver salmon runs continue to stay strong for sport fishermen as well as commercial boats. King salmon fishing remains strong as well as the season continues it is very evident that Alaska Department of Fish and game under estimated the number of King salmon in the ocean. Limits of King salmon although limited to one per non resident angler for the remainder of the season is quite easy to accomplish as not only the sport anglers are landing fish but some of the trollers I talked with have been releasing many King salmon as well. Joan Pahor caught this Wolf eel while fishing for King salmon, her first and our first for the season.

Todd, Bob, Rich, Lyle, Ken, and Wade with a outstanding catch of fish

Todd, Bob, Rich, Lyle, Ken, and Wade with a outstanding catch of fish

Joan, Bob, and Don with a great catch of King, and Silver salmon, and bottom fish.

Joan, Bob, and Don with a great catch of King, and Silver salmon, and bottom fish.

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July 28th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Larry Haas with his 13 pound Silver salmon.

Larry Haas with his 13 pound Silver salmon.

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Craig is located in southern south east Alaska and boasts some of the most productive salmon and halibut fishing in the world due to its great location on the outer coast where migrating salmon interception is the best in the world. The remote location of Craig which is off the beaten path of the cruise ship route helps keep sport fish pressure down compared to places like Sitka. Sitka would be a rival if it were not for that reason. Sitka sport fishing is very good and many times better depending on the migration of salmon, but also be prepared to share that area with a hoard of tourists clamoring to get to their boats in the over crowded harbors and off to the fishing grounds. Kingfisher Lodge boasts all that Sitka has and more without the crowds. Today our 10 anglers left the dock at 5 am as usual and by 7:30 had limits of Silver salmon as Coho fishing remains strong here in the Craig area, probably all over S.E. Alaska for that matter. Larry Haas landed a beautiful 13 pound silver which was the largest we have boated this year, although many fall into the 10 pound range. Halibut fishing was again good, but we spent over 3 hours trying to get that better grade of butts and ended up with a nice catch in the end.

Ron, Bruce, Pete, and Jim with their great catch of fish.

Ron, Bruce, Pete, and Jim with their great catch of fish.

Sean, Dick, Jerry, John, Bob, and Larry.

Sean, Dick, Jerry, John, Bob, and Larry.

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July 27th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

John and his 39.7 pound King salmon.

John and his 39.7 pound King salmon.

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Craig is located in southern south east Alaska and boasts some of the most productive salmon and halibut fishing in the world due to its great location. Today was a great day for trophy King salmon and Silver salmon fishing as the previous day we landed 5 King salmon and needed one more for today which was tagged out by John O’Hayre landing a 39.7 pound King which was entered in the Craig-Klawock King salmon Derby. John fought the King for over an hour and I expected it to be in the mid to upper forty pound range so was surprised it wasn’t bigger but just was a tough fish to land. Silver fishing was accomplished very early on as Silver salmon fishing remained strong and most boats limiting early on salmon. Halibut fishing remains good but time must be spent to consistently land upper grade fish so expect to put time into Halibut fishing if you want a good grade of fish. A good grade in my book is 32″ to 45″ with an occasional over 68″.

Sean, Dick, Gerry, John, Bob, and Larry with a fine catch of fish!

Sean, Dick, Gerry, John, Bob, and Larry with a fine catch of fish!

Bruce, Pete, and Ron, and Jim (missing)

Bruce, Pete, and Ron, and Jim (missing)

 

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July 26th sport fishing report for Prince of Wales Island, Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Dick O'Grady with his 74" 215 pound halibut

Dick O’Grady with his 74″ 215 pound halibut

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Craig is located in southern south east Alaska and boasts some of the most productive salmon and halibut fishing in the world due to its great location. The Prince of Wales sport fishing report for all three days has been business as usual for 2013 sport fishing and that is lots of fish or I should day lots of salmon. Today was no different than the whole summer as fish continue to flood into the Noyes Island area both King salmon and Silver salmon are abundant with most boats limiting within an hour of fishing. It helps that so far few seine boats have been fishing the outside area due to few pinks in close to the shore I assume that is why they are somewhere else. Alaska salmon fishing appears that it will remain strong throughout the summer which is our hope. Weather continues to be unreal with calm seas and sunny skies. Today we landed some nice King salmon as well as silvers salmon, Halibut fishing was outstanding with Dick O’Grady landing a 74″ 215 pound Halibut and Larry Haas loosing one up to the boat that was within an inch of Dick’s. We also released several over one hundred pounds due to the under 68″ rule but also landed some nice 45″ and under. Joel’s boat landed many King salmon and limits of Silver, Yellow Eye, Ling Cod etc. One large Ling Cod had a full King salmon in it’s belly which was pretty impressive. What predators they are!

Jerry, Sean, John, Larry, Bob, and Dick

Jerry, Sean, John, Larry, Bob, and Dick

Jim, Bruce, Ron, and Pete with a great catch!

Jim, Bruce, Ron, and Pete with a great catch!

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July 20th sport fishing report, Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

LaShawn Stutz with her beautiful 30 pound King salmon.

LaShawn Stutz with her beautiful 30 pound King salmon.

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales Island. Craig is located in southern south east Alaska and boasts some of the most productive salmon and halibut fishing in the world due to its great location. If you come to Craig you will experience great fishing, great scenery and wildlife all without the crowds of towns like Sitka, Ketchikan and other larger coastal towns. When you come to Craig to sport fish you get the whole package of fishing unlike anywhere else in the world since this area has it all.

Today we did business as usual except we landed our King salmon as if they were penned up waiting for us. Captain Joel had already landed his King salmon the previous three days so we were needing ours as we had focused mostly on silver salmon and bottom fish our previous 2 days. Today our focus was first Silver salmon, then King salmon, and third bottom fish. So after we landed our silver salmon we went searching for King salmon which avoiding the sea lions and other boats went on the prowl in new areas and were rewarded by a great King salmon bite that lasted 40 minutes or so, but ended in a great catch of King salmon. Then off to get our Halibut which proved to be another long day trying to catch the “big one” but did land a few smaller and one nice 44″ butt. Let the photo’s tell the tale.

Destin, LaShawn, David, David, and Stan with their great catch of King salmon and bottom fish. (Missing is Carter)

Destin, LaShawn, David, David, and Stan with their great catch of King salmon and bottom fish. (Missing is Carter)

Luke, Neil, and Dario with their great catch of halibut and silver salmon.

Luke, Neil, and Dario with their great catch of halibut and silver salmon.

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July 17th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Alaska Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today Captain Joel Steenstra was fishing with 3 anglers. Having hot weather and choppy water  he easily limited on Silver salmon and King salmon, as well as beautiful 48″ and under halibut while releasing one over sized fish. Captain Joel Steenstra continues to out perform most boats with his consistent catches both in salmon but especially halibut and other bottom fish. I rank him one of the top guides in Alaska due to his ability to always find fish,  looking for new areas and always learning about the habitat of the fish.

 Chatter on the radio was boats were struggling more to find their fish. Some of this was probably due to the sloppy outside waters keeping anglers from fishing many outside areas. King salmon limits for non resident anglers dropped to one for the rest of the season due to the apparent poor assessment of King salmon numbers by Alaska Department of fish and Game.  

Neil, Luke, and Dario with an outstanding catch of King salmon, Silvers, and Halibut

Neil, Luke, and Dario with an outstanding catch of King salmon, Silvers, and Halibut

 

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July 16th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska

Nils Backstrome with a trophy Ling Cod

Nils Backstrome with a trophy Ling Cod

 

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska.  Flat calm water and 70 degree temperature is what we dealt with today and limits of salmon by early morning. Although the groups King salmon limits had been filled the previous two days King salmon were still being caught as Joel’s boat landed 4 and my boat landed 2 Kings and releasing all but one on our boat. Salmon runs remain strong in the Craig area and will hopefully continue throughout the summer. Halibut fishing remained good as well as other bottom fish.

 

 

Don, Larry, and Tim with a nice catch. (missing is Don Sr. and Barry).

Don, Larry, and Tim with a nice catch. (missing is Don Sr. and Barry).

Jack, Bill, Curtis, Chuck, Chuck, and Dan after 3 days of great weather and fishing.

Jack, Bill, Curtis, Chuck, Chuck, and Dan after 3 days of great weather and fishing.

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