Reports

July 2nd through the July 4th 2016

Thompson family with a great catch of fish!

Thompson family with a great catch of fish!

 

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days we saw a reduction of fish due to the commercial troll opener as expected. King salmon limits were reduced to 1 per day for a non resident so this took the pressure off guides to produce larger limits with less fish due to the commercial opener. Weather on the 2nd was still stirred up with the ocean jacked up a bit. My crew decided to open the morning with a few shots of “Fireball” which not realizing when they started we were in calm water but rather quickly we moved out to lumpy ocean conditions where 3 had to re-taste the “Fireball” for a second time due to upset stomachs! Next few days the “Fireball” was left untouched, and catching fish improved. Well enough of that yes limits were had by our boats which our largest for 3 days was 22 lbs. but Captain Nils boat landed a nice 45 lb. fish and a 37 lb. fish caught by Kevin Thompson and his cousin Savanah Mott respectively. Coho’s seem to be showing up in trickling numbers so we are hoping to see more consistent numbers soon. Check out our Facebook page on the upper right corner of the report page and see more pictures of the past 3 days and other trips this summer.
Thanks for reading my reports!

Seth Michener group with a great catch as well.

Seth Michener group with a great catch as well.

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Fishing report for June 27th thru the 30th of June

Big day for the boys from Alberta.

Big day for the boys from Alberta.

Fishing report for June 27th thru the 30th of June at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska.
The past 4 days was exceptional fishing in the Craig area off Prince of Wales island. The King salmon and bottom fishing has been exceptional as King salmon were stacked up along the outer coast of Noyes island where most charter boats were concentrated landing limits of King salmon rather early then moving on to their bottom fishing. The limits for King salmon will drop to 1 per day for a non resident as of the 1st of July and as well the commercial fleet started this morning early and though I am not out fishing I am sure the catch rate for the sport boats will drop dramatically today as the commercial fleet will be hitting it hard for the next 5 days. Coho fishing should begin to heat up as the Coho numbers begin to build with the migration.  Word from a troller friend from Sitka informed me he saw schools of Coho on the surface as he worked his way down the coast of Baranof island this week. We have been catching some now and will change our focus to the Coho or Silver salmon for the next few months although we will continue to target King salmon.

We have been spending 3 to 4 hours a day on bottom fish looking for nice size fish and seems better numbers of halibut have been showing up as they move in from deeper water following in the baitfish and salmon,  we hope those numbers continue to build as we try to keep halibut in closer to the 43″ top of the slot limit.

 

Kim, Dan and Drew with their great catch of fish!

Kim, Dan and Drew with their great catch of fish!

Captain Nils Baeckstroem guest landed a nice 80 plus inch halibut that would have been legal to keep as it was above the 80″ slot, but Drew Cole from San Diego California decided to let the big female go which if she survives until next February will  spawn her 4 to 5 million eggs she produces, congrats to you Drew!  Check out more photo’s and a nice video of some Humpback whales feeding off the Cape yesterday on our Facebook page. See the link above.

Thanks again for reading my report and looking forward to seeing all of you coming to the lodge this summer.

 

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Kingfisher Lodge fishing report for June 23rd thru the 25th

Andres group with a 63" 127 lb. GAF halibut

Andres group with a 63″ 127 lb. GAF halibut

Fishing report for Prince of Whales sport fishing at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for June 23rd thru the 25th. We had 15 anglers up from 2 separate groups with the potential for 90 King salmon in a 3 day period, fishing has been outstanding landing 90 of the 90. Most all anglers from lodges and weekend warriors have been able to land their limits of King salmon in the Craig area. Our largest King for the past three days was in the high 20’s and have not heard of any wall hangers not saying there haven’t been any. We are landing some nice halibut and as our group had pre-purchased a GAF halibut we went after and landed a 63 inch fish weighing in at 127 pounds according to the book of weight to length chart, we also landed a variety of large halibut but chose to keep only the 63″ fish being the largest landed. Commercial season opens on the 1st of July so we can expect King salmon numbers to decline but also the limits for King salmon are reduced to 1 per day 6 in possession after the 1st. We hope that the silver salmon will be showing up in numbers here shortly, so far we have only landed a few for the lodge this year. Thanks again for reading the report and check out Facebook for more photos and video clips.

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Kingfisher Charters & Lodge fishing report for June 19th thru the 21st.

Dave and John Underwood with David's 72" GAF halibut.

Dave and John Underwood with David’s 72″ GAF halibut.

Kingfisher Charters & Lodge fishing report for June 19th thru the 21st in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days fishing was again very good although out of the 80 king salmon we could catch we landed 75 Kings and fed over 25 to the very large Stellar Sea lion who is prodigious fish thief! Regardless we did well and this very large group of outstanding individuals kept their poise despite the large carnivore raping their lines each day always keeping great respect for Gods great creatures. Since these folks had pre-arranged for GAF halibut we landed 2 monsters one at 73 inches and one 72 inches so check out our Facebook page for more pictures its too involved to add them to my Word Press blog, sorry. Overall fishing in the Craig area is very good as usual most if not all boats landing limits of salmon and halibut despite the tremendous loss of King salmon to the Sea Lions. Thanks for reading my posts!

Jeff Vandel group last day photo, not including Jeff!

Jeff Vandel group last day photo, not including Jeff!

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May17th thru June 15th fishing report

Craig Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge. Due to computer problems and being very busy getting the lodge up and running I am just now getting to my fishing report. So since May 17th we have been fishing consistently and for the past month haven’t had a trip without limiting on King salmon. All guests have been able to get their King salmon limits which has been a great relief and joy to our captains! Today was no different although I haven’t been able to download my photos from my phone to the computer due to technical difficulty I don’t understand. Suffice to say fishing is very good!! Check out the Kingfisher Facebook on the website link and see some of the photos and video.
I will get the photo problem solved and start adding photos.
Thanks for checking out our site. Good fishing and tight lines!

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Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 25th to the 27th of August.

Rick Knudsen group family and friends with great looking fish.

Rick Knudsen group family and friends with great looking fish.

The fishing or catching the past three days was first of all sunny skies and beautiful ocean and again King salmon limits could be caught and we did pretty good landing almost all our daily limit of King salmon over the 3 day period but fell far short on our Silver salmon. Joel limited one day on the silvers but we were far short on 2 of the 3 days and so put our time in fishing for King salmon and bottom fish. We did land some nice fish though with some great Lings and Yellow eye.

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of bottom fish.

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of bottom fish.

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Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 20th to the 23rd of August.

Larry Foster group with a nice catch of fish.

Larry Foster group with a nice catch of fish.

Fishing these past three days was a bit wet and wild but the second day was the best as the weather allowed us to fish outside where the King salmon were more abundant as Coho or the Silvers have been again spotty from mid August on landing limits one day and struggling the next. So we did land some limits of King salmon and limits of Silvers one day and about half the next. It is keeping us guessing and working for our fish, no guarantee’s. Last day the wind was predicted to blow 35 knots with 17 foot seas and so we stayed on the inside landing half a limit of silvers and a nice grade of halibut.

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Alaska fishing and wedding report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska August 16th thru the 18th.

Left to right, Bruce Weber, Renae Weber, Joel Steenstra, Robert Williams and Dee Williams!

Left to right, Bruce Weber, Renae Weber, Joel Steenstra, Robert Williams and Dee Williams!

Kingfisher Lodge fishing and wedding report in Craig Alaska August 16th thru the 18th.

To start off the 3 days of fishing we had our first wedding at Kingfisher Lodge officiated by Captain and (appointed minister) Joel Steenstra! Wed on August 15th on our dock was Renae Weber to

Sealing the vows, now lets go fishing!

Sealing the vows, now lets go fishing!

Robert Williams and in attendance was Dee Williams, Richard Williams, Bruce Weber and David Meyer. I am posting more pictures on the Facebook page.

Fishing the past three days we limiting on Silver salmon or Coho and two different days landing limits of King salmon which is a great bonus this time of year. The last

Dee Williams group with a great catch of fish!

Dee Williams group with a great catch of fish!

day of the trip the weather turned on us to SW 30 knots and 13 foot seas so we didn’t venture out to the outside of Noyes island due to rough seas and windy conditions. The 2 separate groups had a great time and caught lots of fish!

 

Jim, Nick, Bruce and Curt  with a great catch of Kings.

Jim, Nick, Bruce and Curt with a great catch of Kings.

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Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska August 12th thru the 14th.

Steve Hall and John Thompson group with a great catch of fish!

Steve Hall and John Thompson group with a great catch of fish!

Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska August 12th thru the 14th. The past 3 days was great fishing as we limited on King salmon and Silver salmon 2 out of the 3 days with the largest weighing in at 40 pounds caught by Steve Hall and second by John Thompson at 30 pounds. Coho fishing remains good although not wide open by any means but were able to land Coho limits within a few hours. Some days they play hide and seek and other days they seem abundant. Kings continue to be caught mostly off Noyes island so if the ocean is nice enough and the guests have their sea legs, you get your Coho then you can head out and look for Kings. We have been focusing on the Coho, then our Halibut, with Kings last and that has been working out most of the time.

Steve Hall with a nice 40 lb. King salmon.

Steve Hall with a nice 40 lb. King salmon.

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Fishing report for July 31st thru August 2nd 2015.

Lyle Randon group with a great catch of fish and the large octopus.

Lyle Randon group with a great catch of fish and the large octopus.

Randon group with a great catch of limit size halibut.

Randon group with a great catch of limit size halibut.

Alaska Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 31st thru August 2nd 2015. This past 3 days was outstanding for both Coho and King salmon limiting all days on both species and most boats if not all charter boats doing the same. Commercial trollers are closed for King salmon and while trolling for Silver salmon they have been releasing many King salmon off shore so hopefully the King salmon fishing will remain strong for some time yet. There are usually at least one 50 plus pounder caught each day in the Craig area although we have not had the opportunity to land such a fine fish ourselves with 42 our largest this season. The Lyle Randon group landed quite a few large halibut in the 100 to 210 pound class looking for a nicer grade of Halibut and in hopes of landing the 80 incher. I will post more photo’s on our Facebook page.

Pahor family with a great catch of fish!

Pahor family with a great catch of fish!

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