Prince of Wales sport fishing report for June 19th thru June 21st 2015 at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days fishing for our group of 12 was pretty good overall but it went as follows. The weather all three days was outstanding with flat calm seas and partly cloudy to clear skies as the days progressed. First day fishing both boats landed their limits and many boats in the Craig area doing the same by the sound of it on the radio. Day two was a different story and almost every boat struggled to get the King salmon my boat only landing 3 and Joels boat landing 6 for the day. Day 3 was much better with 21 Kings landed between 12 anglers and sounded like more fish were landed with the other charter boats as well.
Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island June 14th thru the 17. This week we had very good weather for fishing as winds were light for the most part and seas were only 3 feet or so which made fishing the outer coast a pleasant experience and the ability to fish many other spots that in rough weather are out of the question. Overall we did very well considering the fishing or numbers of fish are down from last year but one has to remember that the limit now being 2 King salmon per day puts the stakes much higher for the guides as with a normal limit of one per day would make the year a average or better than average year for King salmon numbers. For the 3 days fishing Joel’s boat landed its limit of 36 King salmon where my boat fell short by 12 Kings we landing only 24 Kings. Not to say we didn’t have our opportunities. I am not sure of how the other charter boats were doing but what I gathered on the radio chatter it has been tougher for most captains to limit on King salmon. Halibut fishing has been pretty good and it seems that larger fish are starting to show up as the season progresses. Here are a few pictures of the last three days fishing and I will post more pictures on our Facebook page as well.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska a family run fishing lodge since 1994. The last three days fishing for the lodge for 2014 brought us 12 anglers turned out pretty good considering the weather that blew in after the second day. The first day we did very well landing limits of silvers and nice halibut, but by the 29th the winds picked up to 25 knots with rain so we did well on the Coho’s but got very wet in the process, by the time we got back to the dock everyone was soaked and ready for a shower. It appears the Coho run has tapered off with what charter boats were left were not getting full limits although we did end up within a fish or two of our limits except for the last day we were a limit short. We did land nice limits of Halibut and everyone was very happy over all with the trip as the last day the weather was nicer with light winds and occasional sun. This concludes my sportfishing reports for our lodge for 2014 and we thank all our customers that came up fishing and have been reading my fishing blog. By writing the blog it keeps a fishing log of the seasons fishing for me and for others looking to come up fishing in the future what we do here at Kingfisher Lodge. We are looking forward to seeing many of you next year as most everyone has rebooked for 2015, thanks again for all your support in our business!
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska a family run fishing lodge where catching is our business. The past three days the Coho salmon have been coming in very good numbers near the outer coast with the fish averaging around 10 pounds live weight, the largest this last week at 12 pounds and the previous week we landed several at 16 pounds. It is amazing to see the size of these fish looking much like small King salmon, everyone is exceptionally happy with what they have been catching. King salmon numbers have tapered off with the commercial troll fleet having had 5 days of fishing and as the King salmon are moving on to their respective rivers to spawn. Landing limits of Coho by 8:30 am we then have been spending time looking for nice halibut, Ling cod, etc so not spending time looking for King salmon. The past 3 days all boats in the Craig charter fleet have been limiting on Coho in a reletively short time since the Coho numbers are up so well. I will be getting tag reports from ADF&G for the Coho’s that we landed that were tagged and I expect the majority of these fish to be POWHA fish on the Klawock river. I take my hat off to the staff there raising these beauties as we enjoy their return to the Klawock river and how important this hatchery is to S.E. Alaska sport and commercial fishery.
The Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska for the above 4 days was great weather and fishing. As our last groups were leaving after weathering 3 days of wind and rain the new group of 15 arrived with the skies clearing, wind subsiding and as they flew in early in the moring we headed out for a half day of fishing. The guys were wound up like 9 day clocks ready to catch fish. We headed in for some inside spots and immediately started landing Coho’s and in 3 hours or so landed most if not all our limits of Coho for the day and headed back to the lodge. The next 3 days fishing was much the same as the guys were always on the dock by 4:45 am ready to go catch fish with the youngest in his 20’s and the oldest in the mid 80’s we had a great spread of age groups all just as ready to land fish. The group had money on the biggest Ling cod and biggest Halibut each day so we landed many nice fish with the largest Halibut at 71″ by Bob Kokalas and the largest Ling cod by Steve Hall at the limit of 45″, although there were many 100 plus halibut caught on the trip by many of the guys. Silver salmon fishing was very good every day and limits were had by most boats in the Craig area as the fish seem to be moving in and out in steady numbers. Check out the Facebook page link to the right for more pictures.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 8th- August 10th, 2014 brought rain and windy weather for two of the three days, but fishing or catching of Coho’s was good despite the windy conditions. Halibut was tougher due to weather and inability to go to areas we would normally fish so we did not limit on our halibut the last two of the three days. Comments from some of the guests was that “the weather added to the experience”. Those are words from die hard outdoorsmen and the type we like to have at our lodge and when the good weather is here it is much appreciated!!
Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska August 4th-6th was close to exceptional for King salmon and Silver salmon including the weather. Coho or Silver salmon had moved in off Baker island and after 8 days of having it literally to ourselves word got out that there was fish there and by the 6th there were most all the boats in the Craig area fishing in Veta bay. It was quite impressive to see the armada of boats coming out to join us in the morning as around 50 boats were in line heading to catch the hungry salmon. The 4th and 5th the fish were biting early on and most boats had their limits fairly early on the Silver salmon but on the 6th it was slow and many boats fished for a few hours only landing a handful of salmon, but near the tide change the fish started moving in and feeding well and in no time we had our limits of Coho salmon. We ended the last day with only 3 King salmon but were happy with what we caught as many of the Silvers were as big as small Kings with one weighing in at 16 pounds that Ray Stevenson caught. Over all the past 3 days was exceptional fishing. Check out the rest of the photo’s on our Facebook page in the link to the right.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska August 1st 2014. The past 3 days we were blessed with wonderful people, sunny skies, and flat water mixed with outstanding fishing landing limits of King salmon and Silver salmon each day as well as nice halibut and bottom fish. Since we have been fishing alone for a week or so our information is sketchy at best but what I hear is most boats are getting limits of King salmon and most of their silver salmon if not all of the limits in the Craig area. It appears the the Colombia river fish are showing up in good numbers with our guests landing and releasing many Kings trying to get their limits of Silver salmon so many of our long returning guests rate this week for them as the best ever in the past 20 years which says quite a bit, this of course has to do with the abundance of King salmon in the area rather than the Silver salmon since those numbers are down from 2013.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the last week of July 2014. Although it appeared that the catch rate for Coho salmon has dropped the last week of July off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island fishing was still very good for King salmon and bottom fish including halibut. We limited on King salmon everyday but were short on Silver salmon on all but the last day in which Joel having 6 anglers landed their limits of big Coho or Silver salmon as well as limits of King salmon. After 15 years of fishing at our lodge Bob Cormack said it was his best day of fishing as he remembers. The local charter boats seem to be catching more and more fish as the rain, wind, and bigger tides may have brought more fish into the area as the migration of salmon builds off the outer coast and inside waters. The Colombia river has estimated 1.6 million Chinook or King salmon returning to that system this fall and we are for sure getting our share of those fish here as the information from the coded tags we have been catching conclude this.
The Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for July 18th – 20th. The Craig sportfishing has continued to gain momentum in the Coho or Silver salmon runs as more and more fish seem to be showing up. Charter boats and local boats have been limiting on Silver salmon with moderate effort and King salmon are still in good numbers with boats getting limits as well with some effort. There has been some nice King salmon caught by the local sportfishermen with one charter boats client landing a 67 lb.. There have been some Kings caught in the 50 pound range as well although not sure how many of those fish have been entered in the local King salmon derby. We have been concentrating on landing limits of King salmon so we have not looking in along the traditional areas that the bigger King salmon are more likely to be found. We did put quite a bit of effort into searching out a 78″ plus halibut (2014 trophy minimum size limit). David Stutz who’s goal it was to land one came up short although his wife Angelina landed one at about 70″ to 72″ by our best effort of measurement which left it falling 4 inches short of the new ruling. More pictures can be seen on our Facebook page and there is a short video clip of Angelina and her big halibut she released. Thanks for reading the “blog” or my “fishing report” and I will post pictures on the Facebook if not every day every other day.