June 17th Craig Alaska fishing report at Kingfisher lodge. Today we left the lodge at 2:30 pm with a half day trip scheduled, arriving at our destination we landed 4 King salmon (one undersized) and 3 halibut in the 4 hours fished that afternoon. We also marked a few other fish and missed a few bites but were optimistic to return the following morning before the Waterfall Resort boats showed up enmass.
Here is my Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, or Prince of Wales sportfishing report.
This morning before 5 am I headed out by myself to the head of the bay to see if the St. Nicholas King salmon had any numbers congregating at the creek entrance by finding none I headed towards the islands in front of the house and although the area looked barren of King salmon or bait fish I put my downriggers out and within a few minutes had a King on which I promptly lost. I rerigged dropped down and again lost a king and so was the extent of the morning bite for me. The afternoon after the Matesi group had left Anjuli and I headed out to look for King salmon for her and her husbands freezer. Long story short she landed 4 King salmon retaining 3 and 4 silver salmon which wasn’t bad for a half day fishing.
June 15th Kingfisher Lodge fishing started out with light winds at 5 am with a forecast for 35 knot winds for the afternoon. Our goal was to get our King salmon early then off to get halibut before the winds made it too difficult to accomplish.
My daughter Anjuli went with us as Nick and Dylan had to go home, so our goal was 5 King salmon and 4 halibut. Dropping in at 6 am we doubled up on Kings landed both of those, we then hooked another landing it. Other boats had got word of the success and with a windy forcast making other spots more difficult to fish were there as well competing for the fish and sure enough they also were landing salmon so our catch rate started slowing down, but we did land one more and hooked 2 more, loosing them. So our total for the morning was 4 King salmon landed and 2 lost.
Then off we went for halibut and were not disappointed as we hooked a very nice halibut right off the bat, but had to let it go since it was about 55″ which falls into the 45-68″ size we must release. Then we hooked a nice halibut and while trying to get it in the boat knocked it off the hook so, with a sick stomach due to that disaster we continued on and eventually landed our limit of medium sized halibut and headed in towards home as the winds were now blowing a steady 25 knots. We are now in the dry of the lodge and watching the winds gust to 35 knots as predicted with rain pelting down and we are grateful for the fish that is now in the walk in freezer ready for the guests trip home tomorrow. Total kings for the group of 5 for 4 days fishing was 19 not including the 6 landed and released.
June 14th 5:14 departure from the dock at Kingfisher Lodge was again a pleasant morning with flat calm waters which made that early morning cup of coffee while underway a pleasure to enjoy not to mention the sea scape that was before us. King salmon fishing was our destination this morning and our goals were quickly realized as we caught King after King finishing our 5 fish limit in exactly one hour. We released 2 others one of which was larger than some that we kept, but having one hooked deep in the throat we kept him and released the larger one that was only hooked in the lip.
Our next destination was halibut and we chose a more northern spot than yesterday’s disapointment of the small halibut. Luck was on our side and we limited on a nicer grade of halibut with the largest measuring in at 43″ or about 40 pounds. The new regulation allows halibut that are 45″ and under or over 68″, all in between those numbers must be released so we were pretty happy to not have to let the larger one go.
Weather forcast for tomorrow is for gale force winds in the afternoon so hopefully we can get our fish and get back before the main storm arrives. Good job to the guests today!
June 13th was again flat calm as we hummed along at 27 knots heading for our first destination King salmon. Dropping the cut plug herring by 6 am it took about 10 minutes to hook our first King salmon. Although the area didn’t show alot of bait we kept working it over and soon hooked another nice King salmon and landed that one. Continuing this process we steadily hooked and landed our King salmon with one double of the day. We landed a total of 7 King salmon by 8:30 keeping 5 and we returned 2 back.
Halibut fishing has been difficult in finding any respectable size fish for us the last couple of days, so tomorrow we hope to search out better size halibut if we can limit on our Kings early enough to spend more time on the butts. Today we spent several hours in one of my spots that I generally do quite well on medium sized fish but only could catch a couple small ones we let go searching for that better grade. We continued our search and eventually settled on a small grade of fish with the hope of doing better tomorrow.
Today we left the dock at 5:15 to a beautiful morning including flat water and partly cloudy skies. A group of 5 with a goal of landing at least 5 King salmon, 5 Halibut, and a limit of rockfish. Our first destination we located a large mass of baitfish and landed 6 king salmon with 2 double headers and keeping 4 Kings and with much optimism continued fishing but never did find the large mass of baitfish again while there so decided to move on to our next spot. Destination number 2 was a bit of a disapointment due to the NW winds that I was not expecting although not unfishable was a bit chilly as we were looking at a hillside with snow not more than a half mile away. We were not long in waiting before Denny hooked a very active king in the 30 pound range jumping and running about and as it turned out had the hook in his nose and is no doubt the reason for all the acrobatic behavior as you could imagine having a hook in your nose you would want it out the sooner the better. So here are some pictures of some beautiful fish and happy faces.
Rick, Carson, Kevin, Matt, Shaun, Emory, and Paul with Bear in the forground.
June 8th brought us a group of 7 great folks with a great attitude about catching fish, even though fishing was slow in some areas the first two days we did very well getting our limits of Kings, halibut and other rock fish. The last day the wind picked up to 35 knots and our fishing was more of a struggle landing only 4 Kings for 7 anglers. Total King salmon for the groups three days fishing was 18 for the 7 anglers. Hope to see this wonderful group of guys back next year.
Emory and Kevin
Prince of Wales sportfishing report from Kingfisher lodge in Craig Alaska for August 19th. The 19th we decided to head for Port Alice up off Hecata Island since the weather was scheduled to blow in the direction that would make it tough to fish Hole in the Wall and the catching was slowing down at that spot. Port Alice was very good after our 90 minute boat ride with us landing 42 silver salmon in about 3 hours time. The guys decided that the trip was nice but too long and my gas bill proved that burning about 70 gallons for the day verses about 55 gallons normally.
August 20th was very windy with gusts to 45 mph so we mostly went for a 3 hour boat ride. The photo shows the only catch of the day.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge in Craig Alaska on August 11th was a slow down on coho salmon which translates into a grind or pick working for limits. King salmon were still available to some anglers with a possible average of one per boat. Today we left the dock at our 5 am departure and went to the Tree hole picking up a handfull of coho’s and a few king salmon between both boats or 10 fishermen for a few hours fishing. We went to a few spots picking up one or two silver salmon here and there but in the end Captain Joel on the Trinity found a nice batch of fish finishing his limit of Coho’s in a few hours time. We followed over in the Jeanette Elaine and landed more ourselves and one nice king salmon for a total of 18 silvers and 3 king salmon for our boat and Joels boat landed 30 silver salmon and one king salmon. Halibut fishing we landed our limits and a small selection of sea bass as well. So today ends the third day for this group mostly from Idaho…until next year and we appreciate the group of guys coming to fish with us. See you in June we hope!
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for the Craig Alaska area at Kingfisher Charters & Lodge on August 10th is KINGS! Today we left the dock at 5 am heading west to our old standby spot although Capt. Joel Steenstra went in to a spot he has been doing well at and I went to a spot I have been doing well. Joel’s boat landed 4 king salmon on his first drift and another on his second one so we high tailed it to where he was and landed 2 kings in 2 drifts and then that was it for us for awhile while Joel’s boat landed an additional couple kings. We continued fishing landing silver salmon but much slower than the previous day. In the end we limited on king salmon for both boats and about 65% limits on silvers. First day in a while we didn’t land our limits or close to limits of silver salmon. Chatter was mostly slower fishing for most boats as the coho’s were scarcer than previous days…optimistic that more will flush in as the season continues. Limits of halibut and sea bass were also completed today. Ocean was jacked up a bit but fishable, wind out of the west at 15 to 20 knots.