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. Kingfisher Lodge is a family run catering to family vacations. Today we have a father-son-brother trip with some of our old time customers, and today was their day as we had a field day catching King salmon, Silver salmon and Halibut and the pictures will say a thousand words to the happiness we see on the faces of these guys. The King salmon were plentiful to day as well as the Halibut with the largest King of the day at 31 pounds. Dan Dahlgren from Seattle Washington landed a nice 192 pound 73 inch butt that kept him on the rod for over an hour fighting this tough fish and we were happy that it taped out at 73 inches with our scale weighing it in at 192 pounds making it the largest at the lodge for the year so far. The ocean was pretty rough with 8 foot seas and wind chop on top making it difficult to fight the fish, but was worth the time spent. Dan did a great job and we congratulate him on his catch both in it’s size and the roughness of the sea.
Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat landed all his King, Silver salmon and Halibut with his group of 6 as well and will get the picture and post it later of the guys and their catch.
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.
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 again another spectacular day as the salmon fishing is as good as it has been for the sport fishermen in the Craig area for the past 20 years. Although we have had many good years in the past this year will stand out as the best for abundance of King salmon here in the Craig area off Noyes Island. It is hard to imagine a low abundance of King salmon when everywhere you go you catch king salmon and not just a few. With 6 anglers on the boat it has been very regular to hook up to 6 King salmon at once but with the Stellar Sea Lions in very large numbers we lost as many as 15 Kings to the Sea Lions trying to get our limits. The boys from Alberta Canada were amazed at the quality of fishing here in Craig and will never be the same again after this fishing trip. They kept singing Alberta Bound as another fish was brought into the boat. Below are photo’s of the days catch.
June 28th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and the outside waters off Prince of Wales island. King salmon fishing and Halibut fishing is as good as it gets here and as good as I have seen in 20 years for a large abundance of King salmon in this area. Are all the King salmon just here in this area or is it this abundant all over the outside waters of SE Alaska? That is a question I have no answer for as my information is just of this area and have no news of other areas. Catching a King salmon in the Craig area off the outer coast is as easy as dropping a herring in the water from 20 feet to the bottom and before you know it you will have one on. Be prepared to have it stolen from a beastly Stellar Sea Lion as they have literally gang raped us the last few days as we hook up to 6 Kings at once we will have up to 7 Sea Lions attack our boat and taking our Kings leaving us neatly cut off heads. There is not a problem getting your limit despite the harassment of these very aggressive and talented predators. If you are coming to the Craig area be prepared to catch salmon, Kings as well as Silver salmon are in good abundance. Halibut fishing has also been outstanding as we have landed several huge Halibut with the largest of the season so far caught by Lloyd Skelecky from Alberta Canada at a whopping 190 pounds on Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat. Kent Halvorsen caught a 68″ monster as well weighing in at over 160 pounds although he let it go since we had out limit already. Everyone on our boat landed at least one over 90 pounds although since the slot limit is 45″ – 68″ they had to let them go but they still enjoyed the opportunity to land the fish.
June 26th sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. Today began with light and variable winds and calm waters, we headed out to the outside of Noyes Island where the fish were waiting for us. We started 0ut off East Addington where we had done well the previous days but after landing one King salmon and a few Silver salmon we could see that not all was as it had been the day before. We called another captain fishing off the out side of Noyes island and he said the fish were biting and it was wide open so off we went. We got there after a short stop to check out the fish eating Stellar Sea lion rookery and then off to catch King salmon. We were not disappointed as we dropped in and quaded up on Kings landing all 4 but since one was small we kept the nicest 3 of the 4. Catching continued throughout the morning until we finished our limit of 6 nice King salmon loosing a monster King which tried to spool one of our rods but then lost it as the hook pulled out.
Halibut fishing was great on both boats landing many nice size halibut of 45 inches and smaller and a few in the slot size between the 45″ and 68″ with the largest landed by Butch Smith at 104 pounds based on the tide books table.
The sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on the 24th of June was another outstanding day of catching both King salmon and Halibut. Weather remained stable with light and variable winds and calm seas. Limits of King salmon were accomplished with relative ease as well as half limits or more of Silver salmon depending on where you were fishing. It appears that all outside waters in southern S.E. Alaska contain large schools of King salmon and the halibut continue to come in better numbers of larger fish.