June 1st brought us stable sunny weather with calm seas and very good fishing for early season. The alaska salmon fishing was very productive as the sportfishermen and women on our boats limited each day while here except the last day where fishing slowed a bit. Halibut fishing this week was pretty good as well as we had the ability to go anywhere on the outside looking for halibut. The halibut fishing was good although finding any over 68 inches proved fruitless.
Alaska Salmon and Halibut fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, August 22nd, 2012. The next three days is the last days of our fishing at King fisher lodge and we have just 2 guests Brian and his son Mason who did very well today landing 12 nice Silver salmon and 2 nice Halibut limiting them on the most sought after species. I will be gone by the time they return from fishing today to continue the report as I will be up to Fairbanks and off to the the Alaska Range hunting for Dall Sheep with my brother Frank, then on to Moose on the 1st of September with Jeanette which is her time to tag a moose, and will give a report of our hunting success when I return.
Alaska Salmon and Halibut fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, August 5th, & 6th, 2012. Silver salmon fishing remained strong again these two days as limits by all boats in the Craig area landing limits by early morning and some boats landing King salmon. Both our boats landed a king or two each day along with the limits of silver salmon. Largest King for the 3 days was a 31 pounder caught by Clark Fidler on the 6th and the largest Halibut by Jim Gonzolas at 73″ or over 210 pounds.
Halibut fishing remains strong as time spent fishing for thesecan result in nice sized butts as shown in the photo’s.
Alaska Salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, August 4th, 2012 was another great day for salmon fishing and mooching as the Coho runs remain strong on the outside and inside waters around the Craig area. Boats around Noyes island were all limiting on Silver salmon early in the day and some landing King salmon. The ocean was settling down with no wind on the water but still built up a bit from the previous days wind and large tides. The Jeanette Elaine fished inside Noyes island limiting on our coho by 10 am but the Trinity limited on silvers in record time including a nice 23 pound King salmon caught by Ray Stevenson and they limited by 9 am or so within an hour after arriving to the rock pile.
Halibut fishing is also remaining strong as the groups on both boats landed nice halibut with Phil Soulen landed a nice 69″ butt and the rest of the group landing nice size butts as shown by the group photo above. There were at least 5 over-under sized fish that were in the 75-100 pound range that had to be released. The remaining halibut were ranging from 45″ down to 38″.
Alaska Salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and Prince of Wales island for July 31st and August 1st. July 31st the weather was predicted to blow up to 30 knots and seas building to 8 feet and the weather man is always right when he predicts wind and rain it seems. We got our limits of Silver salmon and Halibut yesterday but had to pound our way back to the lodge at a modest speed of 15 knots or so and we were all soaking wet due to the torrential rain and pretty beat up by the time we tied the boats to the dock, not pictures as everyone headed for hot showers and stiff drinks!
August 1st we woke to the flags draped around the flag pole and not a ripple on the water or any rain. We went straight to St. Joseph island and picked away at our Silver salmon which by 9:30 or so had close to our limits of those and went out to land our Halibut. Joni Pahor landed a nice 100 pound halibut but had to let it go since it was under the 68″ required by the IPHC. We landed 2 nice 44″ “Butts” though and then one smaller one as well as a nice 38″ Ling cod. From there we headed up to the Rock Pile to try our luck at King salmon and were rewarded with one nice 23 pound King caught by Don Pahor. Joel’s boat landed 4 nice King salmon and limits of Silver salmon, one nice halibut they had to release and 4 nice 40 pounders to finish the day including some nice yellow eye. Lyle Randon had said he was waiting for a nice King salmon and true to his word landed a nice one topping off his day.
Prince of Wales and S.E. Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on the days of the 18th through the 20th of July 2012 was very good for silver salmon although we had the 19th with 25 knot winds gusting to 30 knots we were still able to land limits of the Coho salmon.
The 18th was a great day with sunny skies light winds heading for a spot not far from the lodge and having it to ourselves Silver salmon were jumping in the boat and by early morning had one King salmon and limits of the silver Coho’s. Halibut fishing was also very good landing some nice ones under the 45″ rule but none over 68″. Chatter on the radio was all boats limiting early on Silver salmon and then heading out for their halibut to outside waters.
The Gutridge group enjoying the flat water and good fishing.
The 19th the wind blew in and as we looking out we saw the American and Alaska flags forced by the wind straight out and rain falling as well, but not loosing heart we left the dock at 5 am as scheduled and were not sure how the wind would be blowing into our fishing spot as it was subjected to the S.E. wind. The wind wasn’t as bad as we had imagined and soon were landing many silvers. Word on the radio was the other spots boats had done well the day before had slowed down and wind was making it uncomfortable for them to fish so before long our fishing spot was full of boats looking for fish in calmer water and were not disappointed as all boats were limiting on the silvers with a few landing some King salmon, although we did not land any ourselves. The wind being strong and the outside waters built up we chose to try our luck on the inside for Halibut, but had no success after an hour so decided to call it a day and go enjoy the fireplace, drinks and maybe a card game. Joel’s group stayed out fishing for Halibut landing a nice one, loosing one to a Sea Lion and then limiting after a bit of time and returning to the lodge.
The 20th we were welcomed by seeing the flags down against the pole with no wind on the water and partly sunny skies. So off we went and were soon joined by many other boats, but fishing was much slower than the previous 2 days and boats were scratching for silvers. We picked up a dozen or so and watched some boats doing quite well while others struggled. We then moved on to look for some salmon elsewhere and lucking out finding fish were successful in landing our 24 Silvers and then out to finish our Halibut for the day on a very calm ocean and sunny skies.
Prince of Wales & S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska was a windy day to be on the water. Sportfishing off of Prince of Wales on the west side was westerly winds blowing 25 knots and by Monday were up to gale force winds with boats restricted to the lee side of any island that would offer protection from the built up seas on the outer coast. Inside spots were slim that had any quantity of fish and for many they ended up off of East side of Cape Addington where boats are protected but the wind blows over the cape and down causing williwaws and pretty tough fishing. We chose to fish the inside islands which worked well on Sunday landing 31 Coho’s on our boat and Joel ended up with 3 King salmon and 8 or 10 Coho’s. I had 3 children on my boat LaShawn 13, Carter 10 and David 8 and each one outfished the adults landing their limits early on in the morning. Halibut fishing was great and we ended up braving the ocean wind and swell and were rewarded with a nice 75″ or over 200 pound halibut caught by 13 year old LaSawn Stutz. We also landed several other under 45″ halibut, as well as two of which we had to release that were in the 75 to 100 pound class but in the slot size 45″ – 68″.
Monday fishing was very tough for us as we headed for our last spot of success the day before, but landed only 7 silvers there then spending the next 4 hours looking for large halibut, but with the winds even more severe than on Sunday were restricted to where we could fish. Long story put short we ended up burning some gas traveling up to Cape Addington to land some small halibut to finish up that limit. Word was most boats struggled to catch anywhere near limits due to the gale force winds that is keeping boats off major salmon and halibut migration routes. I might add that on Monday the kids were all wore out from the two previous days and since they were not fishing I suspect that is why our fish count was down as they were the ones putting fish in the boat on Sunday.
Prince of Wales & S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 12th. Sportfishing on Prince of Wales island in the Craig area was a bit slower today as not only did fishing die down a bit but the N.W. winds picked up to 25 knots which limited areas to fish. We started out fishing the inside and many boats found quick morning bites that landed them some of their King salmon and Silver salmon but most of those petered out for the most part and many boats came home shy of limits. We for our part ended up landing 3 Kings, 12 Coho, 6 nice halibut and one Ling cod. Joel landed 4 Kings, 10 Coho, and half his limit of Halibut due to landing up to 8 large skates which took up a bunch of his time. We ended up landing some nice halibut but on one which we estimated between 75 and 100 pounds an extra large bull sea lion took our halibut from 200 feet of water and up to the surface it came out about 500 yards or more. David Stutz brought his Shimano TLD 50 two speed reels and thats what he hooked it on thankfully but after about a half hour of pulling against that big old bull all he got back was part of the head. He said it was better than fighting a large marlin. So check out the picture of what was left…not much but lips and some gill plate. Had a great day though but with the winds building and seas mounting by the time we were done it was blowing 25 knots and 6 to 7 foot seas on the outside waters and we had 4 in the cabin and 2 out fishing. Tomorrow will be to rough to fish those outside waters I am pretty sure.
Sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge on Prince of Wales Island, Craig Alaska July 12th, 2012. Today was a great day to be a sport fisherman or a landlubber since the water was great for both as water was flat calm on the wide Pacific Ocean and light winds made it easy to be a ocean fisherman or angler. The west coast of Baker island was the choice for most charter fishermen and their clients as the salmon fishing there had been good the past few days. The 11th or previous day the Orca or Killer whales made their appearance and covered the whole Noyes and Baker islands probably laying waste to a fair amount of salmon so on the following morning it seemed all boats were marking fish on their sounders but biters were few and far between. Was it the Orca that put the fear into the fish was much speculation with us all…as it was if you stuck with it you finished up on your Chinook limit and did pretty well on Coho limits as well. Halibut fishing remained good and if you put effort into the fishery can come out pretty good with effort and a bit of luck. So the photographs show nice halibut from our groups and happy anglers were the result of the effort put forth.
Sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge on Prince of Wales Island, Craig Alaska July 11th, 2012 was a great day to be an Angler especially if your name is Larry Whitefoot who landed a wopper 49 pound King salmon, unfortunately he didn’t buy a King salmon derby ticket so might have been a little richer if he had of.
My boat went to east Addington and landed one King salmon and 14 or so silver salmon, not counting about 75 small halibut that we had to let loose. Joel did the same but landed one or two King salmon and 3 limits of silver salmon or 18, as well Rafael who also landed several limits of silvers and one King salmon. We all ended up going south to Granite point where boats were limiting on King salmon very early but as we had gone later the bite slowed down. Our boat landed the remainder of our King salmon which was 6 and then went out for halibut which we landed 6 nice ones in a couple hours fishing. Joel did the same landing some nice 45″ halibut and having to release 5 over one hundred pounds as they did not fall into the 68″ and over limit. Rafael’s boat also went out halibut fishing landing his limit of nice halibut.
Sooo…the story of Larry’s big king as told by his buddies goes like this. Larry was feeling pretty “chummy” due to the flu bug and after a two hour nap came out made 2 casts and hooked the big one weighed in at the dock as 49 pounds. Rafael was the skipper so hats off to both of them.