Prince of Wales sportfishing report for August 5th from Kingfisher Charters & Lodge in Craig Alaska. Leaving the dock at 5 am we fished the Tree hole landing silver salmon and king salmon for both boats, finishing up off St. Joe’s for our king salmon. The Trinity guided by Capt. Joel Steenstra landed their 5 king salmon, 29 Coho’s, yellow eye, ling cod, and halibut limits, and the Jeanette Elaine landed 4 king salmon, 30 coho’s, limits of halibut for the day. Weather was sunny skies, 10 mph winds from the NW.
July 27th we left Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for Diamond point with the Jeanette Elaine in search of Silver salmon and King salmon, while the Trinity headed for Hog rock for the same. The Jeanette Elaine crew had one king salmon and 29 silver salmon by 7:30 am so catching was very good for the silver salmon. We were using the mooching technique which of course is a proven and very effective method which gives the angler most enjoyment and frustration at times. The Trinity in the mean time had two king salmon and 10 coho’s about the same time so we headed up to see if we could get our limit of King salmon. We arrived at Hog rock where there were about 20 boats fishing pretty close together. We worked the area over for an hour or so then headed out for halibut returning to land one more king for a total of 3 kings landed one released for undersized. The Trinity landed 5 king salmon with the largest being 30.3 pounds. So limits of salmon and halibut were the order of the day.
June 18th started out at Pinnapple rock quite slow and after a few hours only landing 1 king and letting go a nice 35 pound halibut that was over sized…hate that. We decided to head to our spot we have been fishing the last few days so in doing we landed the rest of our kings which was 6 more for a total of 7. We landed an 8th letting it go. We also lost an additional 3 kings for the day as well, including one silver. Most boats had a slower day than we have been experiencing the past few weeks.
After that we got another halibut in excess of 37″ about 45 pounds so sent him off to the deep.
Such ended our wonderful day of fishing.
The 13th of June started out fishing the Chicken hole for a big 0 so from there we checked out some spots along Baker island looking for kings or halibut although we found lots of bait fish and whales we did not score on any kings or halibut. We moved on to the Cape and limited on small halibut with no kings that wanted our bait there. We went on to our now favorite fishing spot and within one hour landed 7 kings and loosing 3 thus ended our search for kings. We then fished for some bottom and pelagic fish and then headed for the showers, wine and a not so good hockey game.
June 12th started out with halibut in mind as we wanted to find some more respectable sized flat ones but kept running into undersized ones eventually finding a acceptable size based on the new “37” rule. From haliut fishing we moved on to salmon fishing about 10 am after having a sea lion show on the rocks. We caught our first salmon about 10:30 and soon after about 50 “Orca” or Killer whales showed up and spoiled the fishing but gave us a great whale show.
From there we moved on to our now favorite spot landing 6 more kings and hooking an additional 3 or 4.
Day ended good with some sight seeing around Archada rock.
I am going to attach a video of some of our salmon today and hope it works for you.
Jeane video 2
Today we started out with some halibut fishing and since I had family up we were not regulated by the 37″ rule so we caught a 75 pounder, 45 pounder, and a few at about 35 pounds.
King salmon fishing was as good as previous days but we did get our 12 kings by about 11 am which time wise was better than the past few days.
Largest kings of the day were 33 pounds by Dennis Caldwell and a 30 pounder by Frank Haydu.
Monday morning had continuing west wind at 25 knots building to 30 knots in the afternoon making fishing a bit difficult but with the sun out and the fish biting it made it a great day. Halibut fishing was tough though since we were limited to our options and were not interested in fighting the ocean conditions. Limits for salmon were completed by late morning landing 11 kings the largest being in the 25 lb. class.
We decided to go to the north end of Noyes island for our fishing day which when we showed up there were kings jumping out of the water but had a bit of a time hooking them until I had us switch to the downriggers from mooching and we landed a king immediately and lost one. Then soon after they started biting on cut plug herring so we switched and in the end landed 9 kings keeping 5. We then went for our halibut, bottom and rock fish.
June 3rd started out with a king on the first drift, landing 2 and loosing one in the first hour of the day. From our first stop we went on west to our next stop which we landed a nice 22 lb king on the first drop, landing a total of 2 on the first drift and finishing up with 5 kings landed and 2 lost by 9:30 am. Then we went looking for halibut under 37″ and kept catching kings and having to release them having a tripple header on at the last and having to release them. After landing our halibut we went on to finish up on Yellow eye, black sea bass and some Rough eye.
Day was sunny with 5 mph winds and 4 ft. swell coming out of the SW.
Fishing report for Wednesday June 2nd was good solid fishing with king limits by 9 am and all boats in our area limiting out by mid morning. Weather was sunny skies, 65 degree temp. 5 mph wind speed, 2 ft. swell. See photo’s for todays catch.