Craig Alaska sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge for outside waters off Prince of Wales Island in southern S.E. Alaska. Today was another ho hum day of catching fish believe it or not as Coho fishing remains strong and predictable here in southern south east Alaska. Trollers and sport fishermen alike are enjoying the great numbers of salmon swimming under the boats as hungry as ever to bite on a fresh mooched herring. Halibut fishing for quality halibut on the other hand remains a tough fishery and many hours need to be counted on to produce nice catches like the photo’s below show. Today Captain Joel’s boats spent over 5 hours fishing for these quality fish and my boat spent 6 1/2 hours for our bottom fish catch.
Alaska Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today Captain Joel Steenstra was fishing with 3 anglers. Having hot weather and choppy water he easily limited on Silver salmon and King salmon, as well as beautiful 48″ and under halibut while releasing one over sized fish. Captain Joel Steenstra continues to out perform most boats with his consistent catches both in salmon but especially halibut and other bottom fish. I rank him one of the top guides in Alaska due to his ability to always find fish, looking for new areas and always learning about the habitat of the fish.
Chatter on the radio was boats were struggling more to find their fish. Some of this was probably due to the sloppy outside waters keeping anglers from fishing many outside areas. King salmon limits for non resident anglers dropped to one for the rest of the season due to the apparent poor assessment of King salmon numbers by Alaska Department of fish and Game.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Flat calm water and 70 degree temperature is what we dealt with today and limits of salmon by early morning. Although the groups King salmon limits had been filled the previous two days King salmon were still being caught as Joel’s boat landed 4 and my boat landed 2 Kings and releasing all but one on our boat. Salmon runs remain strong in the Craig area and will hopefully continue throughout the summer. Halibut fishing remained good as well as other bottom fish.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Fishing or catching remains outstanding as limits of King salmon and Coho’s or Silver salmon are easily caught by early morning as these fish are everywhere and at one point Joel and I went to using only the herring heads and could not keep the Kings or the Coho off the hooks, it made no difference if a person used a herring or just the herring head and one guy caught them on bare hooks!!
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today the wind was predicted to blow 20 knots SW and that it did so we were more limited on where we might fish. We decided to head for our Coho spot with Blake and his crew and Joel decided to run off shore where he heard there was a good King bite the previous day. We had 30 Coho’s within an hour or so and then needed to find some King salmon. Joel’s report was windy, rain in the face and had not a fish in the box yet. We decided to head to a more protected spot in hopes of finding some King salmon but en-rout Joel called and let me know he had found a good bite having a double on Kings so we swung and headed his direction and when we arrived he had his 4 Kings and was still marking fish. There were also other boats showing up and landing Kings so we dropped in and soon were landing kings as well and it became chaotic but in a short time landed out limit as well and also Captain Blake with his crew of 4. Halibut fishing was a bit tougher as the waves had not quite met the 8 footers that the weather service had forecasted but was close with a 15 knot wind to make it interesting. We spent 3 hours looking for our limit of halibut and ended up landing some nice under 45″ butts as well as some Yellow Eye and a nice Ling cod we then headed for the dock.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers have been reduced by the commercial troll fishery. Today we had 14 anglers at our lodge in 3 boats and by 8 am limits were had by all boats for a total of 84 Coho. Captain Joel got his limit of 24 Coho in one drift and we had our 36 in two drifts, Captain Blake also had his limit in 2 drifts.
We started the day with non stop coho’s 6 on most constantly until our limits were met, this is as good as it gets for Silver salmon and we can only guess that these fish are the result of the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association and it’s 5 million Coho release last June. We are hoping the Coho returns remain strong all summer as is predicted so if all goes well those coming to the Craig area to fish should be very happy anglers. King salmon were harder to come by today but since there are so many Silver salmon around it is also hard to find what Kings are around. Halibut fishing was good for us today with all boats limiting and we boated one Halibut over 68″ on the nose after over 5 hours of Halibut fishing for some bruisers.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers are reduced each day the commercial troll season is open. Today was the 3rd day the trollers were working off Noyes Island and their numbers appeared to be less than the day before and chatter on the radio was it had slowed down for them as well. We did well on King salmon landing 5 or 6 King salmon but only retaining 2 as many were smaller Kings and as they have one more day they wanted to save 2 tags for tomorrow. Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat with the Rodgers family did will landing many Kings and retaining 4 for the day and 6 person limits of Coho’s. Coho fishing is very good and limits are pretty easily had so that is good as ADF&G has reduced the King salmon bag limit down to 2 for a non resident, but still can catch 6 Silver salmon per day with no season limit. Silver salmon fishing should be a benchmark year as the Klawock river hatchery returning Coho’s are estimated at around 70,000 back to the river which means lots of Silvers on their way to the river which all sport and commercial fishermen will be after.
The Mike Rodgers family is up for a family fishing vacation and they are having a great time catching their limits of pretty much everything that is legal to catch including this nice 40 pound Halibut that Mike caught today. The boys are up each morning by 4:30 am and down at the dock by the 5 am departure which I am very impressed with and every time I see them they are reeling in a fish!
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today we had 9 anglers on the water in two boats and I was very curious how fishing or catching would be after the first day of the commercial opener. We were not disappointed though as catching was pretty good still getting doubles, triples and quads on King salmon from time to time. The fish we caught today were smaller on average but were happy with what we caught. Silver salmon also seemed easy enough to catch if one spent time after them only we did hook up with quite a few King salmon trying to get the limit of Silvers. We did come short on the silvers but only by a little, so tomorrow we will see what happens. Halibut fishing and bottom fishing was also good on Joel’s boat and we did not target bottom fish today on my boat.
Captain Joel Steenstra and his crew the Rodgers family had a great day out fishing off Noyes island. They caught their limits of King salmon, halibut, yellow eye, and 24 Coho’s for the days fishing. Great job to all the family! The boys really know how to reel in those King salmon, what a great family vacation.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today was the commercial troll opening for King salmon for S.E. Alaska. For us in our area we had a large fleet of trollers land in off Noyes island. We were greeted by the troll fleet as we rounded the cape of Ulitka and headed down to little Roller bay to look for some Silver salmon and a few King salmon. The ocean was very nice with a S.W. wind of 10 knots and although there were already many trollers fishing the area we were not disappointed in our fishing as we immediately started hooking salmon once we dropped our baits in the water and without the Sea Lions we were able to land what we needed for the day. I don’t know what happened to the Sea Lions, but possibly the overwhelming amount of boats made them a bit shy or possibly a rifle shot or two by a unknown troller might have made them wary of the boats. The trollers were doing quite well from what we could see and I talked to one at noon and he had landed over 200 King salmon and about 40 Silver salmon. If you do the math on that by at least one hundred trollers off Noyes island and if they were also catching in those numbers it adds up to a large number of King salmon being harvested. The trollers have a 6 day opener and each day the numbers of King salmon will decrease for them and us.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Fishing for King salmon, Silver salmon, Halibut and bottom fish was still again another spectacular day. We landed our limits of King salmon and a few limits of Silver salmon with Kent Halvorsen from Alberta Canada landing his first “Tyee” King salmon after 10 years of fishing Canada. His fish weighed in at 34 pounds and he was pretty happy about it saying “after 10 years of King salmon fishing I finally got a Tyee”. I told him he just was in the wrong place all these years. Halibut fishing also remains strong and a nice grade of halibut can be had if time and effort is put into it. The goal is any halibut 45″ or under or 68″ and over with any size in between those numbers having to be released. It appears the reduction of sport and commercial caught halibut has helped increase numbers and quality of the halibut.