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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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
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
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!