Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 9th we were greeted with light south winds with forecast of switching to NW 20 in the afternoon so we were anxious to land our limits of Silvers and get out to get our bottom fish at the tide change and then back for Kings or the remainder of our Silvers if need be. Since Joel had done so well the previous day we had high hopes of following in his
footsteps but that isn’t how it worked out. As it went we landed half our Silvers by the tide change (Joel had his limit by then) then we went off shore and landed our Halibut and 4 nice Ling cod. After that we went in and eventually landed our limits of Silvers but landed no King salmon. Joel landed a nice King but had to release it due to his group landed theirs the day before. Sounded like most boats had a off day where most boats got their limits but had to work harder the we have been used to for the Coho’s.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers are reduced each day the commercial troll season is open. Today was the 3rd day the trollers were working off Noyes Island and their numbers appeared to be less than the day before and chatter on the radio was it had slowed down for them as well. We did well on King salmon landing 5 or 6 King salmon but only retaining 2 as many were smaller Kings and as they have one more day they wanted to save 2 tags for tomorrow. Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat with the Rodgers family did will landing many Kings and retaining 4 for the day and 6 person limits of Coho’s. Coho fishing is very good and limits are pretty easily had so that is good as ADF&G has reduced the King salmon bag limit down to 2 for a non resident, but still can catch 6 Silver salmon per day with no season limit. Silver salmon fishing should be a benchmark year as the Klawock river hatchery returning Coho’s are estimated at around 70,000 back to the river which means lots of Silvers on their way to the river which all sport and commercial fishermen will be after.
The Mike Rodgers family is up for a family fishing vacation and they are having a great time catching their limits of pretty much everything that is legal to catch including this nice 40 pound Halibut that Mike caught today. The boys are up each morning by 4:30 am and down at the dock by the 5 am departure which I am very impressed with and every time I see them they are reeling in a fish!