A fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for August 21st thru the 23rd. Coho or Silver salmon fishing remained strong the past three days with our boats limiting on silver salmon in a few hours and many other boats doing the same if fishing in good areas. The commercial troll fleet had a opener and they found some good fishing off the outer coast with a mix of Silver salmon as well although Coho fishing for the trollers is considered slow for them this year, a boat that might average 200 a day on a good season might be down to 100 plus fish for the day so far this year. ADF & G tag reporting for the Coho’s we are bringing in to our lodge are returning to the Klawock hatchery on the Klawock river operated by SSRAA, again we are grateful for this contribution to the local fishery. Bottom fishing remains good although halibut fishing isn’t like in the old days where you went to your spot and dropped in got your fish and moved on it has been slower this year and most all the boats have had to work at their halibut limits to land respectable fish just under the 38″ mark. Ling cod fishing remains strong with big Lings still fairly easy to find. Thanks for reading my reports, only 3 more days for us here at Kingfisher.
Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the dates of August 9th thru the 15th. Coho fishing has picked up with fish showing up in multiple areas with good numbers allowing boats to limit in fairly short time frames compared to earlier in the season where it was difficult to even get limits. Coho’s are much larger than many years although not in as large of numbers those returning are probably in the
8 pound plus average., everyone comments on the size of the fish. Weather was not bad but ocean conditions were very rough limiting boats to the inside waters. Yesterday the boats stuck their noses out off the cape for halibut and experienced 10 to 12 foot seas making it difficult to fish although the wind wasn’t too bad. Today after getting most of their Coho limits the boats went after their 4 GAF halibut they needed to tag out on those pre-purchased fish which the photo shows they did quite well and in a short time period. Over the years we have learned where and how to target big halibut although it isn’t always a guarantee that you will get them. We always hope that the IPHC and NMFS has their management program correct in the harvest of these large trophy halibut which are purchased or leased from the commercial halibut permit holders thus taking it out of the commercial sector and putting it in the hands of the sport fisherman to harvest. It seems to be something our guests like to do and opens opportunity to harvest more than the one small halibut. Thanks for reading the report.
Craig Alaska fishing report for July 23rd thru the 25th for Kingfisher Lodge. Last three days started good and got better by the last day as more silvers and kings started to move in. We were landing close to limits of Coho’s and a few king salmon and some boats were limiting on King salmon in the Craig charter fleet. We spent each day looking for GAF fish so limited ourselves to more salmon fishing but landing 5 GAF halibut in the 3 days. Fish and Game graph shows Coho’s meeting 2013 returns for the past 4 days this week and we did see the increase in the sport fishing as well. Thanks for reading my report and we are hoping that the fish keep coming!
Craig Alaska fishing report for the 2nd thru the 5th of July. First of all we had beautiful weather and ocean conditions the past 3 days and everyone had a great time enjoying the beauty S.E. has to offer. King and Silver salmon fishing has been extra tough the past 3 days although all 16 guests landed their limits of King salmon only 5 Silvers or Coho were caught. Bottom fishing for rockfish and Ling cod is very good though saving our bacon and keeping the guests happy landing limits of these fish they have sometimes overlooked in the past due to larger numbers of salmon around. The commercial troll opening was on July 1st and they have also been way down on their catches and surely will affect the sport fisherman to a degree. We are optimistic that more fish will begin to show up as traditionally is the case but as of yesterday it was a struggle. Halibut fishing for the 38″ and under has also been tough off Noyes island, there seems to be plenty of the big ones around but unless a person has purchased a GAF fish they must be released. Looking forward to more fish coming in, stay tuned for the next report, thanks for reading.
Craig Alaska sport fishing report for July 26th thru the 28th on the southwest side of Prince of Wales island. Salmon fishing remains strong as both Coho and King salmon have been being caught in good numbers in the Craig area. Limits for both species have been fairly easy to procure the past couple of weeks although sometimes the King salmon are a crap shoot, it seems the past few days there were more king salmon getting caught. August 1st will shut down the Yellow eye rockfish limits until I believe the 27th of the month so don’t plan on being able to keep a Yellow eye. Ling cod and halibut the same limits. ADF&G feels the fishery needs to be closed (although there have been large numbers of the Yellow fish where ever we go) they believe there is a reduction in numbers, we can only trust that their management is correct and erring on conservative measures is always best on such a long lived fish, but we also hope it isn’t just for allocation issues. Klawock river hatchery now operated by SSRAA and run by Jeff Lundberg are doing a great job and we attribute the strong Coho runs to this hatchery. Jeff says this run is looking like the 2013 run when there were lots of fish, we are hoping it continues, great job Jeff! Check out our Facebook for more pictures.
My fishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge in Craig Alaska for the above dates. Last 4 days fishing was again good and then died off or got much slower the last day for this group. The first two days we saw limits of Silver or Coho salmon then the third day drop off dramatically. Many boats came back to the dock without limits of Coho the last day as boats searched all the points and usual drags hoping to find the fish in some kind of numbers.
A few King salmon are still being caught and heard the seiners were catching big ones off Granite Point this last opener. Granite has been too rough to check out lately due to weather. Trollers are struggling to find Coho salmon, but that could change at any time if fish move into the area. We are hoping for that change as we still have a few weeks left of fishing.
Thanks for reading my report and will post more pictures on Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My fishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge in Craig Alaska on the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island. The past 4 days we had 16 anglers on our 3 boats focused mostly on Silver or Coho salmon.
Coho’s seemed in good numbers with limits fairly easy to land with the fish a good average size of around 8 pounds which is good for this time of year. Pink salmon are in fairly abundant numbers as you find out trying to get the Coho getting into large schools of the Pinks at times landing up to 6 Pinks to one Coho, other times a much better ratio. Overall we landed limits of Coho the first 3 days and the last and 4th day we put our time into King salmon and Halibut, looking for a 43 inch size to the Halibut as our goal. We invested an average of 3 hours a day for 6 halibut which was time well spent.
Captain Nils boat landed limits of King salmon on the last day and as well as Kings other days with the largest at 35 pounds. We landed a small handful of Kings as well as Joel his best day limiting on Kings.
Overall the fishing is pretty good in the Craig area with most boats limiting on the species they focus on weather it is King salmon or Coho. It appears that Coho numbers are consistent, still knocking on wood that fish numbers remain strong throughout the summer.
Thanks for reading my report. I will post more pictures on our Facebook page if you would like to see more.
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.