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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 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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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 6th, 2014

Mike and Chris with their nice King salmon.

Mike and Chris with their nice King salmon.

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 6th, 2014. The next three days we have 12 anglers looking to catch limits of King salmon, silver salmon, halibut and other bottom fish and today we fished off Noyes island. Joel’s boat landed their 6 King salmon pretty early in the morning while we were at 3 for much of the morning then going off Baker island we were able to find a nice bunch of King salmon as well as Silvers landing a total of 25 silvers for two boats which is quite a bit less than last year at this time. Our halibut we landed while salmon fishing getting some nice 38 to 40″ fish.

Scott, Darren, Mitch, Mike, Richard, Pat, Brian, Chris, Dave, Jerry, Milton, and Bill.

Scott, Darren, Mitch, Mike, Richard, Pat, Brian, Chris, Dave, Jerry, Milton, and Bill.

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 4th, 2014

 

Rodgers family with a great catch of King salmon.

Rodgers family with a great catch of King salmon.

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July. Today we headed out with the Rodgers family of 9 anglers on two boats with Captain Joel Steenstra having 4 boys and two adults and myself having 3 adults and my son in law. We started out in fishing on the inside waters and Joel and his crew landed 6 nice King salmon before we knew what happened and ourselves only having one. They of course had to come by so we could take pictures of them as they boasted their proud catch. So being soundly beaten by a bunch of kids we humbly left that spot and headed off Baker island looking for a few nice Kings to redeem ourselves as there are always 4 quarters to a game, at least in football. We didn’t outdo them in size but we did get 4 nice King salmon and 18 Coho or Silver salmon as well as 4 nice halibut so we felt really good about the day as it ended. Joel and his crew ended up with a really nice catch as well with 4 Coho, 6 Yellow eye, a Ling cod and limit of Halibut and of course their 6 King salmon. Overall sportfishing in the Craig area was very good catching for King salmon and Coho seems to be picking up.

More pictures are posted on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge?hc_location=timeline

Mike, Venessa, and Steven with a great catch of Alaska fish.

Mike, Venessa, and Steven with a great catch of Alaska fish.

 

Beautiful old troller off Baker island, Alaska

Beautiful old troller off Baker island, Alaska

 

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 2nd and 3rd, 2014

 

Kerry, Conner, Brady, and Mike Rodgers

Kerry, Conner, Brady, and Mike Rodgers

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. The past few days fishing was pretty good considering the commercial trollers were out in numbers offshore catching King salmon off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. With King salmon limits for non-resident sportfishermen reduced to one a day from two as of July 1st. we had an easier time landing limits of King salmon early. We sportfished some inside spots the past few days and also a few off shore trying to avoid the Sea lion problem off the outer islands landing our limits of King salmon and some silver salmon. Most boats were complaining of the Sea lions taking many fish yesterday and today and as we have had our belly’s full of losing fish to them we were happy to have avoided them. It sounds as though most boats are limiting on King salmon in the Craig area but Coho’s are less abundant but seem to be showing up more each day. The last few days we have landed about half a dozen Coho per boats. Above photo shows the Mike Rodgers family with 10 year old Brady with his 26.5 King salmon. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge

Ryan, Andy, Mike, Kerry, Brady, Conner, Chase, Vanessa, and Steve.

Ryan, Andy, Mike, Kerry, Brady, Conner, Chase, Vanessa, and Steve.

 

 

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 27th and 28th, 2014

 

Dale, Rod, Ron, Lloyd, Doug and Dave with a great catch today.

Dale, Rod, Ron, Lloyd, Doug and Dave with a great catch today.

Salmon fishing in Alaska these past few days has continued to be strong as Washington State fish continue to be caught here off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. We are getting at least half a dozen tagged or fin clipped fish with reports from ADF&G coming back as Colombia river fish. Past two days the Kent Halvorsen group from Alberta Canada has been limiting on King salmon with the largest just under 30 pounds. The Stellar sea lions have been well fed by my boat as Joel seems to be invisible to the salmon eating monsters. We have lost 12 King salmon to them over the past two days and our frustration is at a peak. We blame Kent Halvorsen for his politically incorrect comments about the fish eating mammels and believe they are targeting us based on his statements. We are looking forward to the commercial fleet starting and am sure that the sea lions will get an education here in the next few days, something a charter boat would not dream of doing is educating sea lions. Check out more pictures on our facebook page at and like us if you do: https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge?ref=hl

Chris, Larry, Rick, Darren, and Kent with a great catch.

Chris, Larry, Rick, Darren, and Kent with a great catch.

 

Chris, Kerry, Larry, Rick, Kent, and Darren with their great display of fish!

Chris, Kerry, Larry, Rick, Kent, and Darren with their great display of fish!

 

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 25th, 2014

Cori and son Greg with a trophy Alaska King salmon.

Cori and son Greg with a trophy Alaska King salmon.

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. Fishing off the outer coast today was very good early and then later in the afternoon as well. We landed limits of Kings and had to let a few go as well as landing a 37.2 pound King salmon. Cori had requesteds a 40 pound King salmon when we left the dock this morning for his 10th wedding anniversary and the last salmon of the day was this 37.2 pound fish a few pounds under but a “Tyee” all the same, good job Cori!

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Bill, Greg, Cori, Dave, Sackett, and Shaun with a great catch.

Bill, Greg, Cori, Dave, Sackett, and Shaun with a great catch.

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 24th, 2014

 

8 year old Sackett with his halibut he landed from 180' down.

8 year old Sackett with his halibut he landed from 180′ down.

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, in Craig Alaska for June 24th. Today we left the dock at 5 am and headed off Cape Felix since that has been the best salmon fishing in the Craig area. Today was good fishing but we had to work for our fish while Joel finished up early on his 12 King salmon we were still at 7 and needed 5 more. The bite seemed to slow down and as there had been many boats from the local lodges they were beginning to thin out either by limiting or getting impatient and looking elsewhere. We stuck it out and in the end there was only a handfull of boats but the bite came on again later and we were able to finish up with a great catch of Alaska salmon.

Dave, Cor, Bill, Sackett, Shaan, and Greg with a great catch of Alaska salmon.

Dave, Cor, Bill, Sackett, Shaan, and Greg with a great catch of Alaska salmon.

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 23rd, 2014

 

Sackett and Dad Andres with a beautiful King salmon caught by Sackett.

Sackett and Dad Shawn Andres with a beautiful King salmon caught by Sackett Andres.

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge an Alaska sportfishing lodge. June 23rd was the ending of the 30 knot wind storm that had blown in on Sunday the 22nd stirring up the ocean to 10ft. seas or so. We decided to leave the dock a little later as both groups going and coming had to take the ferry to make their flights. We went to Granite pt. first off as the ocean had layed down to 4 or 5 foot swells and dropping in first was 8 year old Sackett Andres from Montana who immediately hooked a nice King salmon but after a few minutes of fighting the fish it was attacked and eaten by a very large bull Stellar Sea lion. This Sea Lion continued to harrass us eating 4 out of the 5 King salmon we hooked in less than one hour. After having enough of that entertainment we decided to go north to Noyes island where word was there was some fish and maybe less Sea Lion activity. We arrived and after a hour hooked our first King salmon and just as we thought we would land the fish the fish was also eaten by the local bull Sea lion. We talked to one of the other boat captains and he said he lost 9 out of the 10 King salmon to the pesky Sea Lions. We decided to burn some gas and headed south to avoid the fish eating mammels and try to get some in the boat. We finished the day with half our limits as Joel ended up with his 10 King salmon by sticking it out off Noyes island.

Butch Smith group with a great catch of fish.

Butch Smith group with a great catch of fish.

 

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