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.
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.
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.
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!
This is the last Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 29th to the 30th of August 2015. The weather came in from very nice sunny skies and light winds to heavy rain and gale force winds to finish the season out. We were allowed one day of partial sun and good King salmon fishing off the
outer coast of Noyes island at Pineapple rock where we landed 4 out of the 6 Kings hooked and Joel landed 5 out of the 6 Kings he hooked. The largest King landed
was 30 pounds by Harley Lisherness and he thought is was the largest of his fishing career. Silver fishing turned out very good despite the weather landing limits of Coho all three days as well as our halibut. We didn’t attempt snapper or ling cod fishing due to weather conditions.
Thanks again to all who checked out my reports this summer and looking foreword to seeing you all again next year. I’m off to the Alaska Range looking for Dall sheep and the quiet and solitude of the Mountains! Wishing you all the best until 2016!
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
Kingfisher fishing report for July 21st thru July 23rd, 2015 in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days was probably at the top of the season for great trips for our groups as nice King and Coho salmon were moving in. It was apparent that most boats in the area were landing limits of King as well as silver salmon making everyone very happy. The weather forecast was for 30 knot winds on the 23rd but never did develop which really helped everyone have a great trip. Michael Drews landed the largest King salmon of the trip at 42 pounds so congrats to Mike on the big catch. He thought he was stuck on the bottom till the fish started to move, then it was “game on”. There have been some nice 50 pound plus fish being landed and I heard of a 70 plus also being landed by Waterfall resort, but not a confirmed weight on that. The silver salmon that we have been catching are of nice size so for those of you coming up it should continue to get better as the season progresses, also the trollers are telling me they are turning lots of King salmon loose as their season is over but appears many more Kings to migrate through our area. I will post more pictures of this group on the Facebook
page so you can click on the tab to the right to access that site. Thanks for checking the blog.
Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report for July 18th thru July 20th, 2015. The past three days fishing with two families of 11 members brought lots of fun and laughs with our youngest at 7 years old although not the youngest in our fishing history. It wasn’t all about catching fish with these groups as the kids loved catching fish but they mostly enjoyed getting back to the lodge and swinging on the tree swing over the water, swimming and running in the woods. Catching fish was very productive though except the first day when all the kids had anti sea sick medicine and they had a really hard time keeping their eyes open to fish but after that got straightened out catching picked up. So for King salmon their seems to be plenty of them around if you have a bit of luck and are persistent can catch both limits of Kings as well as silvers. The Coho or Silvers are in good numbers landing limits again if patient and persistent. Halibut fishing remains good. David Stutz loves to look for big fish (been on Wicked Tuna twice for big Tuna, Australia for Black Marlin and Kingfisher Lodge for big halibut) Dave wanted the 80″ or bigger butt and so we went a looking landing the largest at 150 pounds landed by Debra Jordan, and many in the 100 pound and under but finding not close to the 80 inch mark. A King salmon derby contender was landed yesterday by Wayne Baxter from Klawock at 64 pounds (fishing with Rich Manning who owns Catch a King lodge). Wayne is a huge contributor and organizer for Craig-Klawock King salmon derby so I really hope Wayne wins, Good job Wayne and Rich!
The past three days was a hoot and look forward for another year with these folks. Check out the Facebook page for more pictures and thanks for checking in with us.