Prince of Wales sportfishing report for kingfisher lodge near Craig Alaska for August 18th. Today we awakened to flat water and light clouds. We checked out a few local spots landing one silver and then headed west we fished where we had been a few days ago landing 16 silver salmon in about one half hour and then the catching died off and it was a slow pick from there. We spotted a few boats running here and there and a group of boats had headed north to Cape Alice off Hecata island and word was the catching was pretty good with limits in a few hours but fish were small. Today we landed 26 silver salmon, 6 halibut, a ling cod and a few rock fish for the day. We hope to hang in where we have been and not have to head north and that the next few days more fish will move in. Weather forcast is for gale force winds so hopefully the storm will hold off for a few more days….
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 15th. Weather reports for the day were 30 knot SE winds, so a departure time of 5:15 was important and got us to our fishing grounds by 6 am which gave us two hours before low slack tide which was important as the silver salmon were biting much better on the outgoing tide and then as the tide slacked off the bite slowed down. Our goals were to get our fish before the slack happened and also the wind building. So we had 48 coho’s to get in two hours for two boats. Capt Joel on the Trinity outfished us again for the third day having his limit within an hour and a half and we finished our limits by the slack tide or within two hours of starting. We went out to the ocean looking for halibut despite word that the ocean was jacked up and blowing. Today the trollers were in numbers for their 3 day king salmon opening, so we dodged a few trollers in 25 knot winds and 8 foot seas but jogged our way to our halibut grounds. By the time we got there one of the guys was ready to chum for us which he did rather quickly so we dropped our lines taking advantage of the fresh chum. Taking a bit but getting bites within 15 minutes or so but by the time we had fish on the wind had increased to 30 knots and seas were breaking over the back of the boat making it difficult to fish with the drift due to the wind. One of the guys(won’t mention any names) landed a nice ling cod and as soon as the fish was boarded he performed an amazing power chum that will be etched in my memory for some time to come. I have never seen such a display of sure power in puking. At that point we had 2 more fish on the other lines and landed one halibut and one arrow tooth flounder. We decided to head in with the trollers that were mostly heading for calmer waters, and from there we fished for black sea bass catching our limits we headed in for the dock and hot showers. Such ended the 3 day trip for Don Blackmond and his crew, and Grady Jennings and his group. They limited each day on silver salmon, halibut, and picked up a few kings for the mix. Thanks guys for coming and hope to see you again soon.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 14th. The morning greeted us with flat calm water and high partly cloudy skies. We headed west to a spot we have frequented and was greeted by a few nice king salmon and 8 limits of silver salmon by a very early morning. From the wonderful biting silver salmon to the biting halibut we ended our day catching black sea bass and over sized and undersized ling cod. We took photo’s of the largest ling cod and released him which he was obviously very happy about as he sped to the bottom. Chatter on the radio sounded like limits for many boats were only a dream as silver salmon continue to be in low numbers in some areas although they seem to be consentrated along the kelp lines of many islands. Looking and working those areas can produce limits if persistant and lucky. Good job to the fishermen on both boats today!
July 27th we left Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for Diamond point with the Jeanette Elaine in search of Silver salmon and King salmon, while the Trinity headed for Hog rock for the same. The Jeanette Elaine crew had one king salmon and 29 silver salmon by 7:30 am so catching was very good for the silver salmon. We were using the mooching technique which of course is a proven and very effective method which gives the angler most enjoyment and frustration at times. The Trinity in the mean time had two king salmon and 10 coho’s about the same time so we headed up to see if we could get our limit of King salmon. We arrived at Hog rock where there were about 20 boats fishing pretty close together. We worked the area over for an hour or so then headed out for halibut returning to land one more king for a total of 3 kings landed one released for undersized. The Trinity landed 5 king salmon with the largest being 30.3 pounds. So limits of salmon and halibut were the order of the day.
July 26th we left Kingfisher dock at 5:15 am and since we had to wait for a couple of the guys to fly into Craig early in the morning since their flight was canceled we decided to fish close to home to pick them up at 9 am. The Jeanette Elaine stayed in close and the Trinity went out to the Tree off Noyes island with their crew. By 9 am the Jeanette Elaine had 3 kings and 18 silvers and came in to pick up the other 2 fishermen. We then went back to where we had been and picked up about another 5 silvers or so then called Joel on the Trinity and he was doing well on king salmon and silver salmon out west of us near the Cape. The group on the Trinity had limited on king salmon and silver salmon and headed for their halibut. We headed that direction and went to Hog Rock landing 2 kings and half a dozen silvers. Then went out halibut fishing landing our halibut and then on in to find more silver salmon which we did landing several quads which put us up to 35 coho’s for the day and 5 king salmon. Thus ended our day of salmon and halibut fishing near Craig both boats landing limits of salmon and halibut.
June 23rd at Kingfisher Lodge started the same as many days leaving the dock at 5 am but would end much different. Both boats arrived at the tree again and right off the silvers and kings were biting. The Trinity ended up landing 6 king salmon very soon and had 14 or so silver salmon as well by early on. Scott Wetstone had landed a 48.2 pound king salmon (6 hours later) which was the largest for him and for the group as a whole in I believe the 14 years of fishing salmon together. The Jeanette Elaine ended up landing their limit of silver salmon, 5 king salmon, halibut, and went on as the ocean was very nice to land their ling cod and yellow eye (snapper). What a day both boats had with limits of salmon, halibut, bottom fish, and a whopper king salmon for Scott and his group.
June 21st at Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska started by the “Nebraska Hookers” departing for Nebraska and the Jeff Wiper group arriving from Washington and California. They had planned on a half day fishing once they arrived so we left the dock at about 11 am and headed west to “Hog Rock” off St. Joseph island west of Prince of Wales island. We arrived to the lee side of the island after bucking a stiff westerly wind. Dropping in we immediatley started catching silver salmon, then a few kings. After the boats all left the king salmon really started biting and we had a few doubles and maybe a tripple hookup on King salmon. We landed 20 silver salmon and 10 king salmon in the 3 hour fishing trip. Off to a great start of their 3 day trip.
July 19th fishing report for the prince of wales island area of Craig Alaska for king salmon, silver salmon, halibut and bottom fish remains strong. Limits can be had in all species as fish are plentiful and weather conditions are good enough for fishing in most waters if the fishermen have medium hardy stomachs. Todays king salmon were nice average size of 26 pounds for our two boats with coho salmon having a 7 pound average. Halibut are kept to the 37″ rule put into action by the IPHC. Visiting fishermen who come to the Craig area for fishing vacations are pleased for the most part as the salmon are in good numbers and plenty of bottom fish to satisfy most anglers. Weather has been a big help as well as it has remained a pretty stable system throughout the summer except for the 4th of July’s storm.
July 12th we left Kingfisher Lodge dock near Craig Alaska at 5 am headed for the Cape on Noyes Island where we had finished the day before. I expected a rough ride out but was good and calm till we got to Pt. Incarnation off of Steamboat Bay where the swell from the ocean began to slow us down. We arrived after a bit of a slogging up the strait where we were the 3rd boat to arrive. Dropping our mooching rigs with our cut plug herring Chuck instantly hooked into a nice 18 pound king salmon which made him the first to catch a king salmon 3 days in a row which is a pretty impressive display of luck. Catching salmon was very steady getting singles, doubles, tripples, and quads but not always landing the silver salmon. Dan landed a nice 30 pound king salmon early on as well and after that no more king salmon but lots of silver salmon. By 10 am we had 19 silver salmon and 2 king salmon, but catching slowed way down. With a stiff westerly blowing and a big sea running we stayed put rather than go get beat up on the outside waters where we had done so well previous days. At 11 am we went looking for our halibut which we caught within a short amount of time since looking for any halibut over 37 inches is a waste of time. We spent the rest of the day looking for more king salmon with no luck and landed a few more silver salmon. Thus ended the 3rd day for the Weyerhauser family resulting in 13 king salmon, 60 silver salmon, 15 halibut and a variety of bottom fish for the trip. Until next year same time same place.