Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge for the last group of the season and last week of the month of August. We had 15 guests in for the last groups and landed the remainder of our 42 GAF halibut and limits of Coho salmon all except the one day Captain Harding needed 2 GAF halibut so he put his efforts into catching two 100 plus fish as well as 90 plus big Coho’s for his boat, good job Braden! Nils finished strong as well landing limits of Coho’s and halibut and some really nice Ling cod. Captain Steenstra landed his limits of fish as well and this concludes Captain Joel Steenstra’s last season for Kingfisher Lodge. Joel has become one of the best guides in the area and has a work ethic like non other. Not many captains can guide anglers without a deck hand and produce limits day after day and year after year. Joel will do well in his new business “Wide Open Charters” and anyone that fishes with Joel will not be disappointed. We can’t say enough great things about Joel and he has become like a family member to us over all these past 10 or 12 years of working for us. He started as a single guy and now he has a wonderful family of 5, his own home, boat and business, Thanks Joel and good luck in all you do. You will do well no doubt about that.
Thanks again for reading my reports this summer and look forward to next year and hopefully lots of fish to catch.
Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the dates of August 9th thru the 15th. Coho fishing has picked up with fish showing up in multiple areas with good numbers allowing boats to limit in fairly short time frames compared to earlier in the season where it was difficult to even get limits. Coho’s are much larger than many years although not in as large of numbers those returning are probably in the
8 pound plus average., everyone comments on the size of the fish. Weather was not bad but ocean conditions were very rough limiting boats to the inside waters. Yesterday the boats stuck their noses out off the cape for halibut and experienced 10 to 12 foot seas making it difficult to fish although the wind wasn’t too bad. Today after getting most of their Coho limits the boats went after their 4 GAF halibut they needed to tag out on those pre-purchased fish which the photo shows they did quite well and in a short time period. Over the years we have learned where and how to target big halibut although it isn’t always a guarantee that you will get them. We always hope that the IPHC and NMFS has their management program correct in the harvest of these large trophy halibut which are purchased or leased from the commercial halibut permit holders thus taking it out of the commercial sector and putting it in the hands of the sport fisherman to harvest. It seems to be something our guests like to do and opens opportunity to harvest more than the one small halibut. Thanks for reading the report.
Kingfisher Lodge is a saltwater sportfishing lodge near Craig Alaska. We are a saltwater fishing charter only focusing on salmon, halibut and other bottom fish. The past three days have been consistent on the Coho salmon although not good enough for boats to land full limits each day. Our boats having up to six guests have been working hard putting in the hours and it is paying off for our guests. Most of the past 3 days we have seen the boats coming in with 2/3rds of their Coho limits. King salmon have been slower due to weather on the outside having Northwest winds up to 30 knots the seas have kept most charter boats off the open ocean where the King salmon have been the most abundant. Captain Braden Harding my son in law with a long history of commercial fishing behind him is guiding for us now and landed the largest King salmon of the season for us at 48 pounds on the 30th. The fish was caught by Jim Spaletta who seems to catch big things. Last year while halibut fishing he caught a large carpet thinking he had a unknown monster of the deep he was surprised to bring up a very large carpet, just try doing that in the middle of the Pacific! As far as the Coho fishing goes we are optimistic that it will continue to improve although we may not see all days with limits we hope to see improved Coho fishing. The Coho are larger than last year so even though limits may not be reached the result is very good. I weighed the average fillets of the Coho and they were 4.1 pounds of fillets per fish, very good for this time of year. Halibut fishing remains spotty or at least now as good as we are used to having to work for our halibut to get a good grade, but able to get limits. Ling cod and Yellow eye continue to be prolific.
Thank you for reading my report. Until next time.
Craig Alaska fishing report for July 23rd thru the 25th for Kingfisher Lodge. Last three days started good and got better by the last day as more silvers and kings started to move in. We were landing close to limits of Coho’s and a few king salmon and some boats were limiting on King salmon in the Craig charter fleet. We spent each day looking for GAF fish so limited ourselves to more salmon fishing but landing 5 GAF halibut in the 3 days. Fish and Game graph shows Coho’s meeting 2013 returns for the past 4 days this week and we did see the increase in the sport fishing as well. Thanks for reading my report and we are hoping that the fish keep coming!
Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report August 4th – 6th, 2017 located on Prince of Wales island, Craig Alaska. We are now in our last month of our guide and lodge service and this past three days was exceptional with all boats landing limits of Kings, Coho and halibut. The fish are all of respectable size with our largest King salmon at 33 pounds, largest Coho 15 pounds, largest halibut 121 pounds! All lodge and charter boats in the Craig area are mostly landing limits of Coho and many are landing limits of King salmon as well. Soon to change on the King salmon as the Commercial troll fleet will have a King salmon opener in the next week, just not sure of the dates. Weather has been exceptional with one day reaching high 70’s, little wind on the ocean so our last day was very nice on the water. The last day was exceptional for King salmon after limiting on King salmon we landed a total of 18 Kings trying to get our limit of Coho’s which we eventually did. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures and look forward to seeing all those folks coming here in the next few weeks. Crossing our fingers, saying our prayers that the weather and fishing remain good! Thanks for reading my reports.
Prince of Wales Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska July 31 – August 2nd. This past week was even better than the previous 3 days fishing with more large Coho and King salmon showing up. Most boats should be limiting on Coho and King salmon if they target them. Halibut and bottom fishing remain the same and weather was outstanding sunny warm weather with no w
ind and flat calm seas!! ( I need to whisper that word). For those of you coming to the Craig area or with us cross your fingers and say your prayers that the remainder of the month continues with what we have had this past week. My son in law has been out trolling and says in one day he released 50 large Kings so I hope they keep coming in. I also want to mention and Thank Bob and Joan Pahor from Las Vegas as this is their 21st year at Kingfisher Lodge, thanks for all your loyal business, and Thanks for reading my report and enjoy the pictures. More on our Facebook page.
Craig Alaska sport fishing report for July 26th thru the 28th on the southwest side of Prince of Wales island. Salmon fishing remains strong as both Coho and King salmon have been being caught in good numbers in the Craig area. Limits for both species have been fairly easy to procure the past couple of weeks although sometimes the King salmon are a crap shoot, it seems the past few days there were more king salmon getting caught. August 1st will shut down the Yellow eye rockfish limits until I believe the 27th of the month so don’t plan on being able to keep a Yellow eye. Ling cod and halibut the same limits. ADF&G feels the fishery needs to be closed (although there have been large numbers of the Yellow fish where ever we go) they believe there is a reduction in numbers, we can only trust that their management is correct and erring on conservative measures is always best on such a long lived fish, but we also hope it isn’t just for allocation issues. Klawock river hatchery now operated by SSRAA and run by Jeff Lundberg are doing a great job and we attribute the strong Coho runs to this hatchery. Jeff says this run is looking like the 2013 run when there were lots of fish, we are hoping it continues, great job Jeff! Check out our Facebook for more pictures.
My fishing report for our Alaska fishing lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island. With the season tapering off we only had one group of 6 people at the lodge and thus only running one boat. Coho fishing for the last three days was good with a few short the first and third day. However this was made up by the large size ranging from 12-16 lbs. that allowed everybody to go home with 2 fish boxes each.
Halibut fishing was very good, allowing us to get limits every day except for the first day where we ended being one short. However we had to release 4 oversized halibut with the biggest being 140 lbs. Russell Ruder was the lucky chosen one that had to tangle with the halibut for approximately 35 minutes before we were able to release it.
That was all for this season, now we are off to the Alaska Range to go for sheep and moose hunting. To sum it all up it was a great season and we wish all our guests the best until we see them again next year.
Craig Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the above dates. Last three days fishing was really good for Coho the first 2 days then drastically tapered off yesterday with a average catch rate of less than half limits of Coho (that is a guestimate of mine only). Our boats landed about 70 percent of our limit of Coho for the day but chatter on the radio was much less due to boats running trying to find fish.
If you found a few fish you needed to stick it out and grind what you could. Bottom fishing is still good but weather has been an issue due to wind and ocean conditions. Overall outlook is a bit bleak coming from the commercial boats not doing well off shore which is where our fish come from. We are all praying that will change in the next few days. Time will tell and as the saying goes “all is well that ends well”.
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My Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the above dates. Past 3 days we had 18 guests targeting Coho salmon and Halibut with 2 GAF halibut on the agenda.
Limits of Coho were readily available but not without a price to pay due to (as Ray Troll’s tee shirt says) “Humpies from Hell”! That was exactly what it was with some times using 20 dozen bait herring to land 36 coho due to the large number of Pinks or Humpies in the mix.
Guests had fun though landing lots of salmon and we threw in a few King salmon to spice up the deal along with two 110 plus pound GAF halibut. Many boats were struggling for limits of Coho, which shows there are spotty schools of fish moving through, but we were able to land on the fish and work through the Pinks to get what we needed these past 3 days. Weather was northwest 25 to 30 knots making the ocean lumped up and to those not used to the rougher water sea sickness was their lot.
Still knocking on wood hoping the fish to keep coming. Be back in 3 more days, thanks for reading my report.