Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska a family run fishing lodge where catching is our business. The past three days the Coho salmon have been coming in very good numbers near the outer coast with the fish averaging around 10 pounds live weight, the largest this last week at 12 pounds and the previous week we landed several at 16 pounds. It is amazing to see the size of these fish looking much like small King salmon, everyone is exceptionally happy with what they have been catching. King salmon numbers have tapered off with the commercial troll fleet having had 5 days of fishing and as the King salmon are moving on to their respective rivers to spawn. Landing limits of Coho by 8:30 am we then have been spending time looking for nice halibut, Ling cod, etc so not spending time looking for King salmon. The past 3 days all boats in the Craig charter fleet have been limiting on Coho in a reletively short time since the Coho numbers are up so well. I will be getting tag reports from ADF&G for the Coho’s that we landed that were tagged and I expect the majority of these fish to be POWHA fish on the Klawock river. I take my hat off to the staff there raising these beauties as we enjoy their return to the Klawock river and how important this hatchery is to S.E. Alaska sport and commercial fishery.
The Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska for the above 4 days was great weather and fishing. As our last groups were leaving after weathering 3 days of wind and rain the new group of 15 arrived with the skies clearing, wind subsiding and as they flew in early in the moring we headed out for a half day of fishing. The guys were wound up like 9 day clocks ready to catch fish. We headed in for some inside spots and immediately started landing Coho’s and in 3 hours or so landed most if not all our limits of Coho for the day and headed back to the lodge. The next 3 days fishing was much the same as the guys were always on the dock by 4:45 am ready to go catch fish with the youngest in his 20’s and the oldest in the mid 80’s we had a great spread of age groups all just as ready to land fish. The group had money on the biggest Ling cod and biggest Halibut each day so we landed many nice fish with the largest Halibut at 71″ by Bob Kokalas and the largest Ling cod by Steve Hall at the limit of 45″, although there were many 100 plus halibut caught on the trip by many of the guys. Silver salmon fishing was very good every day and limits were had by most boats in the Craig area as the fish seem to be moving in and out in steady numbers. Check out the Facebook page link to the right for more pictures.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 8th- August 10th, 2014 brought rain and windy weather for two of the three days, but fishing or catching of Coho’s was good despite the windy conditions. Halibut was tougher due to weather and inability to go to areas we would normally fish so we did not limit on our halibut the last two of the three days. Comments from some of the guests was that “the weather added to the experience”. Those are words from die hard outdoorsmen and the type we like to have at our lodge and when the good weather is here it is much appreciated!!
Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska. The past three days fishing was very good and enjoying sunny skies despite some wind from the northwest which blew up during the day, but was plenty fishable in most places. It seems the Coho salmon are in a few specific spots as everyone continues to be bunched up in a few areas. We have looked around to traditional spots for this time of year but end up back with the rest of the boats chipping away at our limits. I am waiting to get my tag reports from the clipped fin Coho’s we have been catching on the inside but are sure they are from the Prince of Wales Hatchery in Klawock. It appears that without the hatchery the Coho fishing in the Craig area would be dismal this year, but we are optimistic that the run will grow in numbers as the summer progresses. King salmon are in good numbers off the outside of St. Joe island and many boats go there to limit on them which are fairly easy to catch but not great size to them. There have been a few King salmon in the 50 pound range being landed but lucky anglers who fish the Cape or other traditional spots for large Kings. Having 6 anglers we have been going for numbers rather than size as getting our limit has been more important than getting one big one….maybe. Overall the fishing has been pretty good with most if not all boats getting limits of Kings, Silvers, and their bottom fish and again weather has been tolerably good and we hope it continues although a little less wind would be nice. Here are some pictures of the past three days with two separate groups and more pictures are posted on our Facebook page along with some video clips that are fun to look at.
Alaska sport fishing report for the Craig area and Kingfisher Lodge for the 9th, and 10th of July. The 9th of July we had one group of 5 fishing a half day so we headed off Baker island since we had done pretty well the day before so heading back we began fishing in the early afternoon and had a great catch of King salmon and Silver salmon by 4 pm. We caught 24 Coho and 5 Kings plus a limit of small halibut caught while salmon fishing. There were 6 boats there and everyone was catching King salmon and silver salmon so was pretty darn good for a few hours time.
Today on the 10th of July with 2 boats of 9 anglers we headed again off Baker island and fishing the same spot of the previous day, we landed a King salmon early on and a few silver salmon but in time it was becoming apparent that it might be early afternoon again before the fish showed up. There were 10 to 15 boats that showed up with us as word was out that there was fish caught the previous day but within a few hours boats started going off shore into deeper water looking for salmon, which is what we did. We ended up landing a dozen silver salmon and a limit of King salmon. Captain Joel Steenstra on the Trinity did about the same on salmon and we all went halibut fishing landing nice limits of halibut with a few near the 44″ mark and the others in the 38 to 42 inch size range. We went back to our good spot of the day before hoping the afternoon bite might develope but all we caught was more King salmon and a few silver salmon. We called it a day and headed home. Word on the radio was limits of King salmon for most boats and half limits for Coho or Silver salmon. See more photo’s on our Facebook page.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge and the Craig area. Today my boat had a hard time finding our King salmon while Joel landed 5 King salmon we only landed 3 although we did land 16 Silvers and Joel 20, in all the 7th was a good day but not as good as we would have liked. The 8th turned out to be much better landing our limits of King salmon although we had to work at it all day and landing a few nice Halibut along while salmon fishing. Both boats landed a total of 20 silver salmon and 12 King salmon as well as bottom fish. Largest halibut of the day was 44″. Weather was pretty tough as winds blew from the south at 20 knots as forecasted with a heavy mist of rain pelting us in the face but we stuck it out as other boats left one by one with less than their limits and chatter on the radio sounded as though boats were struggling to get their fish. Silvers still have not shown up in numbers so we are anxious for that. Word from a local lodge that they were traveling north and limiting on silvers but the distance is beyond what we want to travel and expect the Silvers to continue to show up in better numbers as the days pass by. Check out more pictures on our facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge or click on the Facebook icon on the blog page.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July. Today we headed out with the Rodgers family of 9 anglers on two boats with Captain Joel Steenstra having 4 boys and two adults and myself having 3 adults and my son in law. We started out in fishing on the inside waters and Joel and his crew landed 6 nice King salmon before we knew what happened and ourselves only having one. They of course had to come by so we could take pictures of them as they boasted their proud catch. So being soundly beaten by a bunch of kids we humbly left that spot and headed off Baker island looking for a few nice Kings to redeem ourselves as there are always 4 quarters to a game, at least in football. We didn’t outdo them in size but we did get 4 nice King salmon and 18 Coho or Silver salmon as well as 4 nice halibut so we felt really good about the day as it ended. Joel and his crew ended up with a really nice catch as well with 4 Coho, 6 Yellow eye, a Ling cod and limit of Halibut and of course their 6 King salmon. Overall sportfishing in the Craig area was very good catching for King salmon and Coho seems to be picking up.
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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. The past few days fishing was pretty good considering the commercial trollers were out in numbers offshore catching King salmon off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. With King salmon limits for non-resident sportfishermen reduced to one a day from two as of July 1st. we had an easier time landing limits of King salmon early. We sportfished some inside spots the past few days and also a few off shore trying to avoid the Sea lion problem off the outer islands landing our limits of King salmon and some silver salmon. Most boats were complaining of the Sea lions taking many fish yesterday and today and as we have had our belly’s full of losing fish to them we were happy to have avoided them. It sounds as though most boats are limiting on King salmon in the Craig area but Coho’s are less abundant but seem to be showing up more each day. The last few days we have landed about half a dozen Coho per boats. Above photo shows the Mike Rodgers family with 10 year old Brady with his 26.5 King salmon. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge
Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, in Craig Alaska for June 24th. Today we left the dock at 5 am and headed off Cape Felix since that has been the best salmon fishing in the Craig area. Today was good fishing but we had to work for our fish while Joel finished up early on his 12 King salmon we were still at 7 and needed 5 more. The bite seemed to slow down and as there had been many boats from the local lodges they were beginning to thin out either by limiting or getting impatient and looking elsewhere. We stuck it out and in the end there was only a handfull of boats but the bite came on again later and we were able to finish up with a great catch of Alaska salmon.
This morning fishing was incredible as both boats limited in King salmon by early morning landing 24 Kings. The largest King was 29 pounds but all fish were respectable size and with the 2 fish limit the guests were content with all fish landed. Weather and water conditions were very nice with sunny skies and moderate winds. Alaska salmon fishing is for now proving to be very productive in the Craig area.