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Craig Alaska sportfishing report for August 20th thru the 22nd

Steve Peace group with a great catch of fish.

Steve Peace group with a great catch of fish.

A sportfishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge on Prince of Wales island in Craig Alaska for the above dates. The past three days we had 14 anglers, weather and fishing was very good. Wind died down and ocean conditions were very good and catch rates were great landing limits of Coho and Halibut all three days as well as limits of Ling cod. Coho were of a very large average of at least 10 pounds the largest being 17 pounds.

Weir/McEnany family with another great catch!

Weir/McEnany couples with another great catch!

Boats or lodges that kept to the inside waters struggled for limits, offshore was the place to be this past 3 days.

Pat Burns group with a great catch!

Pat Burns group with a great catch!

We have 6 more fishing days at our lodge so hope the fish and weather cooperate!!

 

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Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 16th thru the 18th.

David Gutridge group with a great display of fish!

David Gutridge group with a great display of fish!

Alaska sport fishing report for the Craig area on Prince of Wales Island for the above dates. My report for our Alaska fishing lodge for the 3rd week of August is a positive fishing report. Last three days fishing has been as good as can be expected with limits of big Coho and great bottom fishing. We didn’t fish for King salmon but focused on our Coho’s which some made the 15 pound size with more of a 10 pound average.

Bruce Berry group with another great catch!

Bruce Berry group with another great catch!

Getting off shore Coho many of those fish are destined for Canadian rivers and so their large size is reflected by the size of the river they are bound for, but also many are from the Klawock river hatchery POWHA (now under SSRAA). Commercial boats are now seeing more big Coho showing up, but most commercial trollers are focused on King salmon as their quota is still being filled and Kings are bringing $100 each so they are trying to get their share of the valuable fish, the Coho being worth between $10.00 and $20.00 each.
We are optimistic to finish with a strong sport fishing season!

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Craig Alaska sport fishing report for August 8th thru the 10th

Steve Wild group

Steve Wild group

Craig Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the above dates. Last three days fishing was really good for Coho the first 2 days then drastically tapered off yesterday with a average catch rate of less than half limits of Coho (that is a guestimate of mine only). Our boats landed about 70 percent of our limit of Coho for the day but chatter on the radio was much less due to boats running trying to find fish.



Dalgoff family

Dalgoff family

If you found a few fish you needed to stick it out and grind what you could. Bottom fishing is still good but weather has been an issue due to wind and ocean conditions. Overall outlook is a bit bleak coming from the commercial boats not doing well off shore which is where our fish come from. We are all praying that will change in the next few days. Time will tell and as the saying goes “all is well that ends well”.
Thanks for reading my report, more photos on our Facebook page.

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August 1st thru the 3rd fishing report

Lyle Randon group with a great display of fish!

Lyle Randon group with a great display of fish!

Alaska fishing lodge report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig for July 31st thru August 3rd. Coho and King salmon runs remain strong throughout the Craig area the past 3 days.

Pahor family with another great catch!

Pahor family with another great catch!


We focused on Coho limits and did not attempt to catch our King salmon although from reports those boats that focused on King salmon were able to get limits or if not close to limits of King salmon. Bottom fishing remains strong as well although finding the perfect 43″ halibut is not so easy unless being lucky or time is spent. to consistently catch up towards the 43″ limit requires a commitment of at least a few hours depending on how many people on your boat. Large or oversized halibut seem to be very prolific this year as we have had to release many oversized fish from over 43″ to well over 72″.
We are looking forward to seeing you who are yet to come and hope the fish runs remain strong throughout the summer. Thanks for reading my report.

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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 18th thru July 20th, 2015.

The Stutz and Hutcherson families with a wonderful day fishing.

The Stutz and Hutcherson families with a wonderful day fishing posing with a boat limit of fish.

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.

Enjoying the campfire after a fun day fishing.

Enjoying the campfire and good music after a fun day fishing.

Debra Jordan fighting a big fish.

Debra Jordan fighting a big fish.

LaShawn Stutz with a nice 30 pound King salmon.

LaShawn Stutz with a nice 30 pound King salmon.

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Fishing report for July 14th thru July 16th, 2015.

Weyerhaeuser family with a great catch of fish.

Weyerhaeuser family with a great catch of fish.

Coho fishing in calm waters.

Coho fishing in calm waters.

Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig July 14th thru July 16th, 2015. These past 3 days King salmon fishing was very good as more King salmon have moved into the area as well as Silvers or Coho salmon. Although we didn’t catch limits of silvers the first two days we did limit on King salmon for the three days and day 3 landed limits of silvers for both boats. Most charter boats were doing the same landing limits of King salmon as well as mostly limits of Coho or were limiting out. Halibut and bottom fishing remains good. I will post more pictures on our Facebook page if you want to visit it click on the link to the right of the blog. Thanks for reading.

Blackmond group with a great catch of King salmon, silvers, and halibut.

Blackmond group with a great catch of King salmon, silvers, and halibut.

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Fishing report for June 27th thru June 30th, 2015.

Dave Poleski with Don Lenny's 40 pound King salmon.

Dave Poleski with Don Lenny’s 40 pound King salmon.

Alaska Fishing report June 27th thru June 30th, 2015 for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. We had a group of 10 in for the past 4 days from Alberta Canada, Wisconsin and Illinois. King salmon fishing was a bit scratchy or we had to work for our limits even though we had 4 days to accomplish landing a total of 60 King salmon for the 10 guests. The first day both boats landed limits of King salmon, and halibut, the other days were less productive, but in 4 days we landed the total bag limits for a non resident. The last day was a bonus day landing limits of silvers as well so all in all the trip was a huge success and we again enjoyed the group from Alberta Canada. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures of the trips.

Boys from Alberta with a great catch of fish, good job guys.

Boys from Alberta with a great catch of fish, good job guys.

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June 14th thru June17th 2015 fishing report

 

Kevin Jones group with a outstanding catch of King salmon and bottom fish!

Kevin Jones group with a outstanding catch of King salmon and bottom fish!

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.

Harry Saal group with a great catch of Kings and halibut.

Harry Saal group with a great catch of Kings and halibut.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 17th

 

Quinn with a halibut by the tail!

Quinn with a halibut by the tail!

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

Chuck, Laura, Quinn, Kayla, Annette, and Tellan with a great catch of fish!

Chuck, Laura, Quinn, Kayla, Annette, and Tellan with a great catch of fish!

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.

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