Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 18th the forecast was for 20 knot winds and 9 foot seas so we decided both boats would avoid the outside waters and fish the protected waters on the inside. Silver salmon fishing has been consistently good due mostly to the Prince of Wales Hatchery located on the Klawock river which produces 5 million Coho smolt each year. 2013 has been a year that will be in the record books as off the charts for returning Coho’s in S.E. Alaska. Alaska Department of fish and game unofficially has credited 45% of the total returns of Coho in S.E. Alaskan waters to POWHA, or Prince of Wales Hatchery Association. As we expected fishing was good and with two boats and 11 anglers we landed our limits of 66 silvers before 8 am in the morning which was good but not unexpected for reasons stated above. From our Salmon fishing we moved on to Halibut fishing and again staying on the inside waters and both boats found good Halibut fishing and landed our limits without much problems and due to stormy, rainy weather decided to make it an early day.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 17th we left the lodge with light winds, slightly choppy water, overcast skies, and a weather outlook of 20 knot winds and 8 foot seas. We made it to the outside of Noyes island with flat water and 15 knot or less wind speed and with the seine fleet out we were not sure what to expect but when we got to fishing it had for sure slowed down. We did land 2 King salmon and lost one and Joel landed 3 and a few silvers for starters. After a few hours of releasing many halibut having only 1 silver and two Kings on the boat it was time to head some where else as I felt the seiners were just going to continue to deplete what fish was there. We headed off as Joel stayed
put and we got a bit beat up getting to our destination, once we got there I talked to Joel and he said they started biting and had 22 Coho in the box…. so I thought well I screwed up, but before long we had our limit of Coho’s. We then went off shore for halibut. When we got there the seas were not too bad so started fishing but by the time we got done there were 8′ seas with 20 plus knots of wind on them…not too much fun and one of the guys started chumming and soon we had what we thought was a big halibut but after a half hour Dave landed a nice 5′ Skate or Ray. We let it go and after landing a limit of small halibut headed for home. Captain Joel and his group limited on Silvers, got 3 Kings salmon and a really nice limit of Halibut.
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.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 13th we left the lodge with light winds and flat water, overcast skies, and high in the mid 60’s which was a great day to catch King salmon, Silver salmon and bottom fish. We started at the Pineapple rock which was awful dead looking and left after 15 minutes or so then moved north and dropping in tripled on beautiful King salmon, then it was non stop catching of big Coho’s or Silver salmon (most of these fish are averaging 10 pounds) until our limit was met at 8:30 a.m. Joel’s boat landed the largest trophy Silver of the year to date, here at Kingfisher Lodge at just over 18 pounds by Clint Olsen. Halibut fishing proved to be a great day as we landed several in the 40 to 45 inch range as well as some beauties at 60 or so inches that we had to let go due to the slot limit but the guys got a kick out of bringing them up. All these fish we turn loose are still full of vigor as they speed to the bottom or just swim off as we release them which makes us all feel good knowing they will survive another day and continue to perpetuate.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 10th we left the lodge with light winds and moderate seas with high temperature of 75 for the day. We stopped short from our destination and landed half a dozen or so Silver salmon then off to the outer coast and fishing a popular salmon spot where many charter boats fish and landed most of our 36 Coho’s and then as the bite died off we went after our halibut which we landed in just under two hours as well as some ling cod. Then we needed 15 more Silver salmon and so went searching and after 3 stops found a wide open Coho bite and landed the remainder of our fish in short order then headed for the beer garden and fire pit at the lodge!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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″.