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.
July 5th as we had no guests at our Alaska fishing lodge, but I wanted to know if the king salmon fishing was still as good for me as it had been and since I need a daily fix of catching at least one king salmon for the day. So off I went out in front of the lodge and dropped my gear and went to my usual depth for the area that I have been fishing and was rewarded with a nice king salmon in the first hour of fishing. After landing the fish I again dropped down and in another hour landed another nice king salmon so that finished me for the morning fishing since I had projects to accomplish other than catching salmon.
When evening came the neighbor had some friends visiting and so took them out which was a set of 7 year old twin boys, their 11 year old sister, the mother and the neighbor. Within a hour we hooked a nice bright king salmon but lost it. We didn’t like that much so back to it we went and dropping down again to the same depth we trolled around for another hour and a half with the twins jumping around like Mexican jumping beans banging on the windows and just being boys, and finally hooked and landed a nice bright 20 pound king so the 11 year old who had been watching the rod waiting for any little twitch of the rod tip was rewarded for her patience.
July 2nd started out similar to the previous day seeking our Alaska salmon fishing experience. We arrived at our destination around 6:30 am and landing our first King salmon within a half hour or so of arriving. Now the difference of the previous day was Geno hooked 4 kings to Nicks one where today the table was turned and Nick ended up hooking 4 kings to Geno’s one…how does that happen? We all just shake our heads and say, “luck of the draw”. Sportfishing for Alaskan salmon can be pretty interesting as you never know what or how you might hook a salmon. Using the cut plug herring and fishing up and down hoping for that subtle bite that sometimes comes when you least expect it catching you off guard sometimes. So Nick hooks a fish and we think he has the derby winner as this fish is hanging down deep under the boat not running out like many king salmon do. So time is going by fighting the fish, he hands the rod off to Harry who fights it till his hands cramp up, so he hands it off to son Geno and Geno fights it till it finally comes in, a good half hour later all told, and low and behold the fish is hooked in the tail. Nothing harder than landing a king salmon hooked in the tail. So since we have our limit at this point and the fact that the fish is foul hooked we let the thing go…..
There is another Alaskan fish story from our fishing report at Kingfisher lodge. By the way we also tried to go out to the Cape to fish halibut cuz the guys wanted the full Alaskan experience but after 10 minutes of up and down in building seas and realizing that it might be the “Deadliest Catch” the vote was to turn around and fish the calm waters of the inside and hope for some hungry Halibut which we did find a few, so ended a wet and windy day in S.E. Alaska on another great fishing adventure.
June 29th began with Captain Rich on the Trinity heading towards Sumez Island with the idea of heading out to Baker Island off Cape Bartolome. Forcast was for 11 foot seas of the outside so going out wasn’t something he was looking forward to doing despite the fact that the kings are out there. So they stopped short of the cape and doubled on kings one of which was 30.2 pounds, a respectable fish and the other at 20 pounds or so which is a great fish as well. Continuing fishing in the same spot for a hour or so no more bites so they bit the bullet and headed out to the outside. They doubled on kings right off, then got their halibut and by then 2 of the guys weren’t feeling too well so they headed in to finish their black sea bass in protected or semi protected waters. They decided due to the weather to come in a bit early and thus ended their day of fishing.
Today was a wonderful day leaving the dock at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig alaska to flat calm water and arriving to our fishing spot within 45 minutes. We then doubled up on kings mooching for the salmon using our cut plugs. It was pretty steady hooking with a few doubles and singles on kings landing about 15 and keeping our limit which was 7 total. Halibut fishing finished the day landing many small halibut, but sorting to keep the largest which was about 34″ a bit under the 37″ rule but the 37″ ones are hard to find right in that length. While halibut fishing off shore we had salmon hitting our baits as we dropped to the bottom trying to catch the halibut. We had several follow up the halibut to the boat as well as hooking up kings with the halibut gear. When you are having a hard time getting to the bottom with your halibut gear because the salmon are too thick that is a good problem to have.
Returned home on by 2 pm back to the dock to rest up for another day of fun fishing at Kingfisher Lodge.