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.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for August 4th in Craig Alaska at Kingfisher Charters & Lodge. Leaving the dock today with 10 fishermen in two boats the Trinity guided by Captain Joel Steenstra left for Diamond Pt. and arriving landed a nice king salmon. The Trinity continued on to the Tree hole and continued to land fish both king and silver in good numbers limiting on both species as well as halibut. The Jeanette Elaine went on to the Tree hole as well landing 2 king salmon and the limit of silver salmon as well. Catching appears to be slower but persistant fishing has been paying off with limits.
June 24th we left Kingfisher lodge at our regular 5 am departure arriving again at the Tree spot. When we arrived we spotted a troller working the same area. This troller is notorius for despising charter boats and makes a point of running through groups of them. So half hour into our fishing Art Wiper hooks a very large king salmon which just so happens to be when our troller friend is bearing down on us. The fish decides to head for the troller intent on spooling the reel which he almost does but gets tangled in the trollers gear. We proceeded to follow the troller hoping to somehow get the king salmon loose of the trolling gear but no luck. Once the guy running the troller came out to see why we were almost aboard his boat there were a few words exchanged about harrassing sportfishermen….. and then we went back to fishing. Day ended up with both boats landing limits of silver salmon, and halibut and shy one king salmon each. Great trip for both groups and we look forward to seeing them all next year. I did not have a picture for the Trinity group for the last day as they got into the lodge before we did.
July 14th we left Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska at 5 am heading for the southern waters as word was the silver salmon had moved in. We stopped off Sumez island and dropped into a wide open salmon bite landing 36 coho’s, 3 chums 4 pinks, and loosing one king salmon by 7:30 am. We tried a few other spots for King salmon but no luck and decided to try for some big halibut just for fun since we can’t keep any over 37″. No big halibut were found but we did get the crew sick and within an hour 3 of the 6 were out of comission. We changed our plan and moved to another spot landing our limit of halibut under the 37″ rule in an hour and then needed to get the guys back to flat water. We went back inside landing more silvers and releasing them looking for the king salmon but no luck for us today on the king’s. First day in 60 over days we haven’t boated a king, but also first day to boat over 40 silver salmon. Word is wide open coho’s up and down the coast near Craig.
July 12th we left Kingfisher Lodge dock near Craig Alaska at 5 am headed for the Cape on Noyes Island where we had finished the day before. I expected a rough ride out but was good and calm till we got to Pt. Incarnation off of Steamboat Bay where the swell from the ocean began to slow us down. We arrived after a bit of a slogging up the strait where we were the 3rd boat to arrive. Dropping our mooching rigs with our cut plug herring Chuck instantly hooked into a nice 18 pound king salmon which made him the first to catch a king salmon 3 days in a row which is a pretty impressive display of luck. Catching salmon was very steady getting singles, doubles, tripples, and quads but not always landing the silver salmon. Dan landed a nice 30 pound king salmon early on as well and after that no more king salmon but lots of silver salmon. By 10 am we had 19 silver salmon and 2 king salmon, but catching slowed way down. With a stiff westerly blowing and a big sea running we stayed put rather than go get beat up on the outside waters where we had done so well previous days. At 11 am we went looking for our halibut which we caught within a short amount of time since looking for any halibut over 37 inches is a waste of time. We spent the rest of the day looking for more king salmon with no luck and landed a few more silver salmon. Thus ended the 3rd day for the Weyerhauser family resulting in 13 king salmon, 60 silver salmon, 15 halibut and a variety of bottom fish for the trip. Until next year same time same place.