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August 1st thru the 3rd fishing report

Lyle Randon group with a great display of fish!

Lyle Randon group with a great display of fish!

Alaska fishing lodge report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig for July 31st thru August 3rd. Coho and King salmon runs remain strong throughout the Craig area the past 3 days.

Pahor family with another great catch!

Pahor family with another great catch!


We focused on Coho limits and did not attempt to catch our King salmon although from reports those boats that focused on King salmon were able to get limits or if not close to limits of King salmon. Bottom fishing remains strong as well although finding the perfect 43″ halibut is not so easy unless being lucky or time is spent. to consistently catch up towards the 43″ limit requires a commitment of at least a few hours depending on how many people on your boat. Large or oversized halibut seem to be very prolific this year as we have had to release many oversized fish from over 43″ to well over 72″.
We are looking forward to seeing you who are yet to come and hope the fish runs remain strong throughout the summer. Thanks for reading my report.

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Alaska fishing lodge fishing report for July 14th thru the 16th.

Don Blackmond group slaying the fish!

Don Blackmond group slaying the fish!

Fishing report for Alaska Kingfisher Lodge in Craig for the past three days has been very good still as runs remain strong for both King salmon and Coho salmon. King salmon may appear to be in smaller numbers but that is due to the larger number of Coho, Pinks and Dog salmon showing up. More time is spent landing the 6 fish limit on the Coho and with Pink salmon also being landed it takes away from King salmon opportunity.

Nebraska boys with another great catch!

Nebraska boys with another great catch!

Past three days two groups on Captain Joel’s and Captain Nils boat got their limits of King salmon and the last day limited on Coho.

Weyerhaeuser family with another great catch!

Weyerhaeuser family with another great catch!

My boat was short 4 Kings out of the 18 available to my anglers so my guys ended up with 14 King salmon 88 Coho out of the 108 they could have caught.
Weather was windy at 20 knots out of the northwest so boats were trying to avoid the wind and seek more protected fishing areas. Wind for the next three days looks lighter which will allow us more areas to fish.
Thanks for reading my report and check out the Facebook for more photos.

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Alaska fishing report for July 6th thru the 8th.

Pat Dylan group with GAF halibut.

Pat Dylan group with GAF halibut.

Alaska fishing report for July 6th thru the 8th, Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska, an Alaska sport fishing lodge. The past 3 days fishing was very good for us landing some really nice King salmon and halibut. This group had pre-purchased 4 GAF halibut which gave us the option to keep 4 halibut any size in addition to the regular 1 halibut daily limit but with the size restriction of 43 inches. GAF or Guided Angler Fish is when the lodge sets up a lease from a commercial permit holder of halibut and then the angler who wants a halibut of any size will pay the fee for that fish which reimburses the cost of the lease, roughly about $400/fish. The Pat Dylan group had set this up this spring and had pre-purchased the 4 fish,  so we spent an afternoon looking for big ones landing and keeping 4, but also releasing at least 7 other very large halibut as we looked for our daily limit halibut. There was also some very nice ling cod and yellow eye landed over the course of the 3 days.

Big king day!

Big king day!

King salmon fishing was very good for us as well limiting each day with our second day a larger strain of fish moved in so we landed two at 46 and 47 pounds as well as 3 or 4 in the 30 pound range, the next day those fish seemed to have moved on although Joel’s boat landed a couple in the 30’s on the last day.
Coho fishing remains spotty and low numbers for now but we expect that to change at any day as the fish move in, our best day was about 16 Coho for 12 anglers. Reports are there are schools of fish off shore so our optimism remains high that we will have a consistent Coho fishery this season. I have posted more pictures and video on our Facebook page so please click on the Facebook emblem on the upper right corner to check them out. Thanks again for reading my reports!

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July 2nd through the July 4th 2016

Thompson family with a great catch of fish!

Thompson family with a great catch of fish!

 

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days we saw a reduction of fish due to the commercial troll opener as expected. King salmon limits were reduced to 1 per day for a non resident so this took the pressure off guides to produce larger limits with less fish due to the commercial opener. Weather on the 2nd was still stirred up with the ocean jacked up a bit. My crew decided to open the morning with a few shots of “Fireball” which not realizing when they started we were in calm water but rather quickly we moved out to lumpy ocean conditions where 3 had to re-taste the “Fireball” for a second time due to upset stomachs! Next few days the “Fireball” was left untouched, and catching fish improved. Well enough of that yes limits were had by our boats which our largest for 3 days was 22 lbs. but Captain Nils boat landed a nice 45 lb. fish and a 37 lb. fish caught by Kevin Thompson and his cousin Savanah Mott respectively. Coho’s seem to be showing up in trickling numbers so we are hoping to see more consistent numbers soon. Check out our Facebook page on the upper right corner of the report page and see more pictures of the past 3 days and other trips this summer.
Thanks for reading my reports!

Seth Michener group with a great catch as well.

Seth Michener group with a great catch as well.

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Fishing report for June 27th thru the 30th of June

Big day for the boys from Alberta.

Big day for the boys from Alberta.

Fishing report for June 27th thru the 30th of June at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska.
The past 4 days was exceptional fishing in the Craig area off Prince of Wales island. The King salmon and bottom fishing has been exceptional as King salmon were stacked up along the outer coast of Noyes island where most charter boats were concentrated landing limits of King salmon rather early then moving on to their bottom fishing. The limits for King salmon will drop to 1 per day for a non resident as of the 1st of July and as well the commercial fleet started this morning early and though I am not out fishing I am sure the catch rate for the sport boats will drop dramatically today as the commercial fleet will be hitting it hard for the next 5 days. Coho fishing should begin to heat up as the Coho numbers begin to build with the migration.  Word from a troller friend from Sitka informed me he saw schools of Coho on the surface as he worked his way down the coast of Baranof island this week. We have been catching some now and will change our focus to the Coho or Silver salmon for the next few months although we will continue to target King salmon.

We have been spending 3 to 4 hours a day on bottom fish looking for nice size fish and seems better numbers of halibut have been showing up as they move in from deeper water following in the baitfish and salmon,  we hope those numbers continue to build as we try to keep halibut in closer to the 43″ top of the slot limit.

 

Kim, Dan and Drew with their great catch of fish!

Kim, Dan and Drew with their great catch of fish!

Captain Nils Baeckstroem guest landed a nice 80 plus inch halibut that would have been legal to keep as it was above the 80″ slot, but Drew Cole from San Diego California decided to let the big female go which if she survives until next February will  spawn her 4 to 5 million eggs she produces, congrats to you Drew!  Check out more photo’s and a nice video of some Humpback whales feeding off the Cape yesterday on our Facebook page. See the link above.

Thanks again for reading my report and looking forward to seeing all of you coming to the lodge this summer.

 

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Last Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 29th to the 30th of August.

Scott Donnelly with his first and beautiful King salmon

Scott Donnelly with his first and beautiful King salmon

This is the last Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 29th to the 30th of August 2015. The weather came in from very nice sunny skies and light winds to heavy rain and gale force winds to finish the season out. We were allowed one day of partial sun and good King salmon fishing off the

Harley Lisherness with his 30 pound King salmon.

Harley Lisherness with his 30 pound King salmon.

 

outer coast of Noyes island at Pineapple rock where we landed 4 out of the 6 Kings hooked and Joel landed 5 out of the 6 Kings he hooked. The largest King landed

RWC group catch.

RWC group catch.

was 30 pounds by Harley Lisherness and he thought is was the largest of his fishing career. Silver fishing turned out very good despite the weather landing limits of Coho all three days as well as our halibut. We didn’t attempt snapper or ling cod fishing due to weather conditions.
Thanks again to all who checked out my reports this summer and looking foreword to seeing you all again next year. I’m off to the Alaska Range looking for Dall sheep and the quiet and solitude of the Mountains! Wishing you all the best until 2016!

 

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Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 25th to the 27th of August.

Rick Knudsen group family and friends with great looking fish.

Rick Knudsen group family and friends with great looking fish.

The fishing or catching the past three days was first of all sunny skies and beautiful ocean and again King salmon limits could be caught and we did pretty good landing almost all our daily limit of King salmon over the 3 day period but fell far short on our Silver salmon. Joel limited one day on the silvers but we were far short on 2 of the 3 days and so put our time in fishing for King salmon and bottom fish. We did land some nice fish though with some great Lings and Yellow eye.

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of bottom fish.

Rick Knudsen group with a great catch of bottom fish.

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Alaska fishing and wedding report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska August 16th thru the 18th.

Left to right, Bruce Weber, Renae Weber, Joel Steenstra, Robert Williams and Dee Williams!

Left to right, Bruce Weber, Renae Weber, Joel Steenstra, Robert Williams and Dee Williams!

Kingfisher Lodge fishing and wedding report in Craig Alaska August 16th thru the 18th.

To start off the 3 days of fishing we had our first wedding at Kingfisher Lodge officiated by Captain and (appointed minister) Joel Steenstra! Wed on August 15th on our dock was Renae Weber to

Sealing the vows, now lets go fishing!

Sealing the vows, now lets go fishing!

Robert Williams and in attendance was Dee Williams, Richard Williams, Bruce Weber and David Meyer. I am posting more pictures on the Facebook page.

Fishing the past three days we limiting on Silver salmon or Coho and two different days landing limits of King salmon which is a great bonus this time of year. The last

Dee Williams group with a great catch of fish!

Dee Williams group with a great catch of fish!

day of the trip the weather turned on us to SW 30 knots and 13 foot seas so we didn’t venture out to the outside of Noyes island due to rough seas and windy conditions. The 2 separate groups had a great time and caught lots of fish!

 

Jim, Nick, Bruce and Curt  with a great catch of Kings.

Jim, Nick, Bruce and Curt with a great catch of Kings.

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Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska August 12th thru the 14th.

Steve Hall and John Thompson group with a great catch of fish!

Steve Hall and John Thompson group with a great catch of fish!

Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska August 12th thru the 14th. The past 3 days was great fishing as we limited on King salmon and Silver salmon 2 out of the 3 days with the largest weighing in at 40 pounds caught by Steve Hall and second by John Thompson at 30 pounds. Coho fishing remains good although not wide open by any means but were able to land Coho limits within a few hours. Some days they play hide and seek and other days they seem abundant. Kings continue to be caught mostly off Noyes island so if the ocean is nice enough and the guests have their sea legs, you get your Coho then you can head out and look for Kings. We have been focusing on the Coho, then our Halibut, with Kings last and that has been working out most of the time.

Steve Hall with a nice 40 lb. King salmon.

Steve Hall with a nice 40 lb. King salmon.

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Fishing report for July 31st thru August 2nd 2015.

Lyle Randon group with a great catch of fish and the large octopus.

Lyle Randon group with a great catch of fish and the large octopus.

Randon group with a great catch of limit size halibut.

Randon group with a great catch of limit size halibut.

Alaska Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 31st thru August 2nd 2015. This past 3 days was outstanding for both Coho and King salmon limiting all days on both species and most boats if not all charter boats doing the same. Commercial trollers are closed for King salmon and while trolling for Silver salmon they have been releasing many King salmon off shore so hopefully the King salmon fishing will remain strong for some time yet. There are usually at least one 50 plus pounder caught each day in the Craig area although we have not had the opportunity to land such a fine fish ourselves with 42 our largest this season. The Lyle Randon group landed quite a few large halibut in the 100 to 210 pound class looking for a nicer grade of Halibut and in hopes of landing the 80 incher. I will post more photo’s on our Facebook page.

Pahor family with a great catch of fish!

Pahor family with a great catch of fish!

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