Craig Alaska Charter fishing for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island the past week has been pretty steady considering the weather last week when we experienced high winds and high seas making fishing more difficult. Our boats had 4 GAF to catch and so one day limits of Coho were sacrificed to make time to catch the big halibut. Captain Braden Harding landed his two GAF on the first day plus most of his Coho limit and Captain Nils Backstrome landed his two GAF on the second day of the 3 day trip as well as his Coho limit, Captain Sean Curry landed his limits on day one and three but day two was cut short due to the high winds and rain the guests wanted to come in. The last group of the season is only comprised of 4 anglers and Captain Nils Backstrome is guiding them so yesterday and today he landed his limits of Coho and bottom fish including the black sea bass. He has one more day ending the season but I have on doubt he will accomplish what he has to do landing those limits as weather has been outstanding the past few days and the 10 day forecast
remains very good for wind and sun! Thanks to all for reading my report for the summer although I was late in starting I did keep it consistent for the summer. (Jeff Lundberg from SSRAA who runs the Klawock Hatchery gave me some crap for being “Lazy”) so thanks Jeff for getting on me and I want to thank SSRAA, Jeff Lundberg and his great staff for producing a outstanding run of Coho salmon for Prince of Wales sport fishing in the Craig area as well as Sea Otter sound area. Jeff tells me that as of the day of this writing the Klawock hatchery is responsible for 100,000 Coho contribution to the fishery with 9,000 of those fish to sport, that’s 75,000 more than the next closest hatchery! Great job Klawock hatchery!!
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Wishing everyone a great rest of the year and look forward to all those returning guests to Craig Alaska and Kingfisher Lodge.
Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for the above dates our three boats having 18 anglers landed limits each day on Coho’s and bottom fish. Although again Coho’s are not in great numbers and in isolated groups our captains Nils, Braden and Sean are producing limits with skill and perseverance and it is important for those anglers fishing with us to “fish” since its up to the angler to produce the fish as the guide can only put the angler on the fish, so with active movement of the bait through the water column will help produce those limits everyone strives for. The overall Coho forecast is still unknown but my feeling is that it will prove to be a slower or less abundant year but hopefully we will be able to continue to get limits or close to Coho limits for our guests. I can only speculate on how other charter boats are doing although I have a few charter boat friends in the Craig area who have said they have been struggling to produce Coho limits.
Bottom fishing remains strong and we are winding down our GAF year with only a few left to catch but have again produced some very nice Trophy GAF halibut for our guests, as well as some trophy sized Ling Cod as our photo’s show. Although I have very mixed feelings on harvesting these large female Halibut I have to trust the IPHC biologists who claim the fishery is stable again these females are probably in the 25 to 30 plus year age group and so reproduction of these giants is a slow process and I hope we are not overharvesting them.
Thanks for reading my report and look forward to our remaining guests arriving this month as our season ends with the close of the month.