July 8th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island in Craig Alaska began with flat calm water, and overcast skies. We went to the outside of Noyes Island to where we fished the last couple of days and fishing there had slowed down quite a bit but were successful in landing one King salmon per boat and sat there from 6:30 am to 9 am or so then went bottom fishing landing a fair number of nice halibut having to again cut loose 2 in the 55″ range since 2012 regulation is for a 58″ or larger to retain the trophy halibut. It is quite a feat trying to measure a large halibut using my special made measuring stick as the halibut is not always very cooperative with this effort as the ocean swell and the movement of the fish makes it very difficult. You have to use a little “Kentucky Windage” almost but in doing make darn sure that the fish is well above the length of the stick before committing to killing it since once you do you had better be right. So we ended the halibut expedition with a nice catch including a nice Ling cod which limited out our guests as they needed one more to finish up there quota of one lingcod under 45″ each.
King salmon was again next on our agenda as we headed back to Pinnapple rock to try our luck and withing a few minutes landed the two kings we doubled up on which put us up to 3 kings and still shy of the 6 we needed to tag out since we had a resident on board that could catch 3 himself. We moved on to a new spot and were readily catching Coho salmon pretty regularly and then finished up with our Kings as well. Joel came in behind us after he had landed a nice catch of Halibut and also landed 15 silvers and a total of 3 out of 4 King salmon for the day.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for July 7th 2012. Today starting out with a 5 a.m. departure 20 knot winds 50 degree temperatures, and rain so getting to our destination on the outside of Noyes Island was slow in areas of high tidal movement and wind but once we arrived to our destination the famous “Pinapple rock” being about the 5th boat or so there we figured to fish there till the Waterfall resort boats showed up en-mass and then we would move on. Catching was a bit slow but steady as we landed a King salmon, then hooked one loosing it to a big sea lion, then hooked another but was undersized so let it go, then eventually landing 5 nice 20 pound Kings there and never did leave since although there were lots of boats (25) everyone was spread out enough that it wasn’t too bad and since fishing was slow elsewhere we decided to stay put. The “Trinity” captained by Joel Steenstra did well 2 days in a row landing his 4 kings in record time and heading off for bottom fishing. We got done with our 5 Kings by 11:30 and went out for halibut landing about 8 nice halibut letting 2 go over one hundred pounds but under the 68″ rule and retaining 4 nice 44″ butts, then calling it a day.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for July 6th 2012. Today started out with a 5 a.m. departure with light winds hand high 50 degree temperatures, overcast skies so travel to our destination outside Noyes island was fast and comfortable. Joel’s boat limited on 4 kings within an hour or so but we came up with bare hooks and little halibut for much of the morning and finally started landing some kings and a couple silver salmon. So with 4 persons on board 3 non residents and one resident we could catch 6 King salmon, but as it was we came up short one by the end of the day landing a total of 6 king salmon, releasing one and loosing another. Halibut fishing was a bit rough as the wind picked up to about 20 knots with a incoming tide we tried to sort through the smaller halibut but with the seas a bit rough settled on some smaller halibut with intentions of putting higher goals for the following day.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island for July 2nd 2012 was again a great day to be an angler as ocean conditions remained calm with very good King salmon and Halibut fishing as well as bottom fishing. Most charter boats unded up outside of Noyes Island as the schools of King salmon were in good numbers there and most if not all boats limiting on their King salmon. Silver salmon were less abundant landing only a handful in our boats. The King salmon averaged about 20 pounds with our largest at 29 pounds. Halibut fishing was good as we searched for larger grade of halibut we ended up landing and releasing one about 110 pounds and our best keeper size was in at the regulation 45″. We also landed a nice ling cod at the regulation limit as well of 45″ and it weighed in at 35 pounds. Trollers were still working the 50 fathom edge for the two days so far into the opener so my guess is they are doing at least well enough to stay put.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on July 1st 2012. Weather was light winds and temperatures in the high fifties. Today was also the opening of the Commercial salmon troll season on the outside in area 2C. Trollers lined the outer coast searching for and catching Kings and Silver salmon, although their main fish they want to catch are the high priced King salmon. Sportfishermen in our area were again productive as the effect of the Trollers will not make a showing until tomorrow morning we will probably see a reduction of King salmon due to their efforts. Most charter boats in the Craig area limited on King salmon fairly early as well has halibut fishing that continues to improve. Silver salmon were being caught but only incidently with most boats. Kingfisher lodge boats landed about 12 silver salmon total plus the limits of King salmon.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for June 25th 2012 started out with heavy overcast skies which kept our early arrival of guests arriving late due to the weather. We were scheduled for a half day fishing which once they arrived we geared up and headed out. Both boats landed a total of 5 King salmon and 10 Silver salmon for the half day fishing. Weather was for windy and wet the next 2 days.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 23rd 2012 was blue skies, 80 degree temperatures, a NW 15 knot wind.
Today we went fishing off the coast a short distance and many other boats joined us as word has spread of fish being caught in that area and it appears other favorite spots have been slower fishing. The fish have been biting early and then tapers off within the first 3 hours fishing in the morning so if you capitalize on an early morning bite you stand a good chance of securing your limit of King salmon. We had our limit of King salmon by 8:30 or so in the morning and since the silver salmon have been showing up in better numbers continued to catch them and ended up with 10 silver salmon for the 4 anglers on the boat. Listening to the chatter on the radio it sounded as though boats were anywhere from no king salmon to having a limit with many boats landing silver salmon. Since the King salmon were at much lower depths than the silver salmon I suspect that the boats catching only silvers were fishing higher depths opting for the more action by staying up higher and less chance of having to pull up another small chicken halibut that one will quickly hook if you hang out near the bottom.
Halibut fishing for the day was slower as we are always looking for that 45″ halibut but only finding one in almost 2 hours of fishing we moved on to a spot that has more fish but smaller and finished up with our limit settling on a few smaller grade halibut.
I want to thank the Wiper family for coming fishing with us and hope to see them again in the future as they have also become a welcome group to our lodge and become friends over the years.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 22nd.
June 22nd we headed for open water for our King salmon and within a short time secured 5 legal King salmon with the smallest at 28″ and the largest around 18 pounds and releasing one under 28″. While salmon fishing we landed 3 very nice halibut as shown above so that was a bonus and later in the day had to release a nice halibut since we had our legal limit already secured in the slushed ice box. As we could land a total of 7 King salmon we continued to fish but caught no more King salmon but did catch one silver and lost a few other salmon that we could not identify. In the early afternoon we went to a inside spot and landed an additional 3 Kings with the larges at about 27 pounds and had to release one about 22 pounds as we had our limit.
Word on the radio was slow fishing but limits were being secured by most boats. It seems that the halibut are showing up in better numbers with some size to them as today we landed 4 that were in the 37″ to 45″ range which is a nice 35 – 43 pound fish.
June 21st Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska.
Today the weather was calm with overcast skies when we headed out for our King salmon hoping to land another derby fish we went to the same fishing spot but caught no salmon there so moved off shore and soon found some King salmon. Although the fish were plentiful the size was small so we had to let some undersized Kings go until we finally landed our limit of legal size fish with the largest about 20 pounds.Halibut fishing for us was pretty good landing some nice fish with the largest at 43 pounds.
King salmon fishing in the Craig area remained steady as most boats are limiting on their King salmon although depending on where you are you may have to work for your fish or if you are looking for that bigger fish. It seems there are a fair number of schooling fish in the smaller or just legal size limit of 28 inches to 33 inches or so.
Halibut fishing in the Craig area has been picking up slowly as the salmon migration speeds up and water temperatures rise they seem to be in larger numbers although most guides are struggling to land respectable catches nearing the 45 in range.
June 19th Craig Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher lodge on Prince of Wales Island Alaska.
This morning we left the dock at 5 am headed for King Salmon and was torn between somewhere new and our old spot where the Waterfall boats had converged on us the day before. Reports for King salmon were dismal and so wanting to fish alone we headed out to search for our King salmon. First stop yeilded one King salmon and not hearing much good news on the radio decided to head out to the ocean and try our luck with the bottom fishing hitting low slack tide. Off we went and in a couple hours secured a limit of nice halibut and then decided to head for rockfish. Hitting some rockfish spots we landed 4 yellow eye, one oversized halibut (50″) a Ling cod and while fishing we spotted some salmon on the sounder so dropping down our salmon gear landed the remaining 3 of our King salmon. So ended a successful day of fishing at Kingfisher lodge and some happy customers. Tomorrow is half day morning then a new group with a half day scheduled for the afternoon as well so will put in a long day but will hope for light winds, sunny skies and hungry fish.