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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 4- August 6th, 2014

 

Ray Stevenson with his 16 pound Coho!

Ray Stevenson with his 16 pound Coho!

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.

Mark, Don, Brad, Terry, and Ray with a great catch of fish.

Mark, Don, Brad, Terry, and Ray with a great catch of fish.

Don, Terry, Hollis, Larry, and Bill with their catch of fish.

Don, Terry, Hollis, Larry, and Bill with their catch of fish.

Bill, Larry, Mark, Brad, Phil, Ray, Don, Hollis, Terry, and Gayle with the last day of fish!

Bill, Larry, Mark, Brad, Phil, Ray, Don, Hollis, Terry, and Gayle with the last day of fish!

 

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 31th – August 1st, 2014

 

Strawns and Pahors with a great catch of fish.

Strawns and Pahors with a great catch of fish.

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.

Ken, Bob, Lyle, Jim, Tom and Joel with their great catch of fish.

Ken, Bob, Lyle, Jim, Tom and Joel with their great catch of fish.

Bob, Joel, Tom, Lyle, Jime and Ken with another great day.

Bob, Joel, Tom, Lyle, Jime and Ken with another great day.

 

 

Karen and Tom with Karen's big fish.

Karen and Tom with Karen’s big fish.

Joan and Chuck with Joan's beautiful King salmon.

Joan and Chuck with Joan’s beautiful King salmon.

 

 

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 26th – 29th, 2014

Bob, Frank, Chuck, Gordon, Larry (Frank Sr. missing)

Bob, Frank, Chuck, Gordon, Larry (Frank Sr. missing)

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.

Cori, John, Meg, Heather, Jim, and Dick with a great catch of fish!

Cori, John, Meg, Heather, Jim, and Dick with a great catch of fish!

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 18th – 20th, 2014

 

Destin, Stan, Steve, Carter, Ben, LaShaun, David, Angelina, Deb, Jon, David, and Mike with a great catch of fish.

Destin, Stan, Steve, Carter, Ben, LaShaun, David, Angelina, Deb, Jon, David, and Mike with a great catch of fish.

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.

Steve, Angelina, Deb, LaShaun (with her 30 lb. King) David, and Jon with some great King salmon.

Steve, Angelina, Deb, LaShaun (with her 30 lb. King) David, and Jon with some great King salmon.

Angelina, LaShaun, and David with LaShaun and her 30lb. King salmon.

Angelina, LaShaun, and David with LaShaun and her 30lb. King salmon.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 14th – 16th, 2014

 

Weyerhaueser family with a great catch of fish. One of our oldest returning families.

Weyerhaueser family with a great catch of fish. One of our oldest returning families.

Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska. The past three days fishing was very good and enjoying sunny skies despite some wind from the northwest which blew up during the day, but was plenty fishable in most places. It seems the Coho salmon are in a few specific spots as everyone continues to be bunched up in a few areas. We have looked around to traditional spots for this time of year but end up back with the rest of the boats chipping away at our limits. I am waiting to get my tag reports from the clipped fin Coho’s we have been catching on the inside but are sure they are from the Prince of Wales Hatchery in Klawock. It appears that without the hatchery the Coho fishing in the Craig area would be dismal this year,  but we are optimistic that the run will grow in numbers as the summer progresses. King salmon are in good numbers off the outside of St. Joe island and many boats go there to limit on them which are fairly easy to catch but not great size to them. There have been a few King salmon in the 50 pound range being landed but lucky anglers who fish the Cape or other traditional spots for large Kings. Having 6 anglers we have been going for numbers rather than size as getting our limit has been more important than getting one big one….maybe. Overall the fishing has been pretty good with most if not all boats getting limits of Kings, Silvers, and their bottom fish and again weather has been tolerably good and we hope it continues although a little less wind would be nice. Here are some pictures of the past three days with two separate groups and more pictures are posted on our Facebook page along with some video clips that are fun to look at.

Lexi, Cody, Jacki, Tyler, Christy, and Lonnie with a great catch and home early!

Lexi, Cody, Jacki, Tyler, Christy, and Lonnie with a great catch and home early!

Mike, Jon, Bill, Curtis, Chuck and Dan at their favorite fishing hole.

Mike, Jon, Bill, Curtis, Chuck and Dan at their favorite fishing hole.

 

 

The Henrikson family from South Dakota on their first trip to Alaska.

The Henrikson family from South Dakota on their first trip to Alaska.

Mike, Dan, Jon, Bill, Chuck, Chuck, and Amanda.

Mike, Dan, Jon, Bill, Curtis, Chuck, Chuck, and Amanda.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 12th, 2014

Sandor Hites witha 31.5 pound King salmon.

Sandor Hites witha 31.5 pound King salmon.

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Today we headed off Noyes island to hunt out more King salmon. Word was out that a 50 plus pound King salmon had been caught off the Pinnapple yesterday although we did not go there we still were in the vacinity to catch a big one. We fished pretty hard for 5 hours or so landing 4 King salmon and Joel landed 2 during that time frame plus a few Silver salmon but after about 9 am it was pretty slow. About noon we headed off getting our halibut then from there off where a Coho bite was going on, although we found lots of boats there we stayed off a bit landing 7 or 8 Coho and one nice King salmon. There were some kings caught on many boats and quite a few Coho were caught in different areas around Craig so it appears that more and more Coho are showing up, still not like last year yet and we don’t expect it to be that good for 2014 as 2013 was a unbelievable year as it was. See more pictures of these groups on our Facebook page.

Scott, Dan, Jeff, Barney, and Jeff with a great catch of fish.

Scott, Dan, Jeff, Barney, and Jeff with a great catch of fish.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 9th and 10th, 2014

The Sandor Hites family with a great catch of salmon and bottom fish.

The Sandor Hites family with a great catch of salmon and bottom fish.

Alaska sport fishing report for the Craig area and Kingfisher Lodge for the 9th, and 10th of July.  The 9th of July we had one group of 5 fishing a half day so we headed off Baker island since we had done pretty well the day before so heading back we began fishing in the early afternoon and had a great catch of King salmon and Silver salmon by 4 pm. We caught 24 Coho and 5 Kings plus a limit of small halibut caught while salmon fishing. There were 6 boats there and everyone was catching King salmon and silver salmon so was pretty darn good for a few hours time.

Dan and Scott Dahlgren with Dan's nice 30.5 lb. "Tyee" King salmon

Dan and Scott Dahlgren with Dan’s nice 30.5 lb. “Tyee” King salmon

Today on the 10th of July with 2 boats of 9 anglers we headed again off Baker island and fishing the same spot of the previous day, we landed a King salmon early on and a few silver salmon but in time it was becoming apparent that it might be early afternoon again before the fish showed up. There were 10 to 15 boats that showed up with us as word was out that there was fish caught the previous day but within a few hours boats started going off shore into deeper water looking for salmon, which is what we did. We ended up landing a dozen silver salmon and a limit of King salmon. Captain Joel Steenstra on the Trinity did about the same on salmon and we all went halibut fishing landing nice limits of halibut with a few near the 44″ mark and the others in the 38 to 42 inch size range. We went back to our good spot of the day before hoping the afternoon bite might develope but all we caught was more King salmon and a few silver salmon. We called it a day and headed home. Word on the radio was limits of King salmon for most boats and half limits for Coho or Silver salmon. See more photo’s on our Facebook page.

Barney, Jeff, Jeff, Scott and Dan with a great catch of fish.

Barney, Jeff, Jeff, Scott and Dan with a great catch of fish.

 

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 6th, 2014

Mike and Chris with their nice King salmon.

Mike and Chris with their nice King salmon.

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 6th, 2014. The next three days we have 12 anglers looking to catch limits of King salmon, silver salmon, halibut and other bottom fish and today we fished off Noyes island. Joel’s boat landed their 6 King salmon pretty early in the morning while we were at 3 for much of the morning then going off Baker island we were able to find a nice bunch of King salmon as well as Silvers landing a total of 25 silvers for two boats which is quite a bit less than last year at this time. Our halibut we landed while salmon fishing getting some nice 38 to 40″ fish.

Scott, Darren, Mitch, Mike, Richard, Pat, Brian, Chris, Dave, Jerry, Milton, and Bill.

Scott, Darren, Mitch, Mike, Richard, Pat, Brian, Chris, Dave, Jerry, Milton, and Bill.

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 4th, 2014

 

Rodgers family with a great catch of King salmon.

Rodgers family with a great catch of King salmon.

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July. Today we headed out with the Rodgers family of 9 anglers on two boats with Captain Joel Steenstra having 4 boys and two adults and myself having 3 adults and my son in law. We started out in fishing on the inside waters and Joel and his crew landed 6 nice King salmon before we knew what happened and ourselves only having one. They of course had to come by so we could take pictures of them as they boasted their proud catch. So being soundly beaten by a bunch of kids we humbly left that spot and headed off Baker island looking for a few nice Kings to redeem ourselves as there are always 4 quarters to a game, at least in football. We didn’t outdo them in size but we did get 4 nice King salmon and 18 Coho or Silver salmon as well as 4 nice halibut so we felt really good about the day as it ended. Joel and his crew ended up with a really nice catch as well with 4 Coho, 6 Yellow eye, a Ling cod and limit of Halibut and of course their 6 King salmon. Overall sportfishing in the Craig area was very good catching for King salmon and Coho seems to be picking up.

More pictures are posted on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge?hc_location=timeline

Mike, Venessa, and Steven with a great catch of Alaska fish.

Mike, Venessa, and Steven with a great catch of Alaska fish.

 

Beautiful old troller off Baker island, Alaska

Beautiful old troller off Baker island, Alaska

 

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 2nd and 3rd, 2014

 

Kerry, Conner, Brady, and Mike Rodgers

Kerry, Conner, Brady, and Mike Rodgers

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. The past few days fishing was pretty good considering the commercial trollers were out in numbers offshore catching King salmon off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. With King salmon limits for non-resident sportfishermen reduced to one a day from two as of July 1st. we had an easier time landing limits of King salmon early. We sportfished some inside spots the past few days and also a few off shore trying to avoid the Sea lion problem off the outer islands landing our limits of King salmon and some silver salmon. Most boats were complaining of the Sea lions taking many fish yesterday and today and as we have had our belly’s full of losing fish to them we were happy to have avoided them. It sounds as though most boats are limiting on King salmon in the Craig area but Coho’s are less abundant but seem to be showing up more each day. The last few days we have landed about half a dozen Coho per boats. Above photo shows the Mike Rodgers family with 10 year old Brady with his 26.5 King salmon. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge

Ryan, Andy, Mike, Kerry, Brady, Conner, Chase, Vanessa, and Steve.

Ryan, Andy, Mike, Kerry, Brady, Conner, Chase, Vanessa, and Steve.

 

 

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