June 18th Prince of Wales fishing report for the Craig area at Kingfisher Lodge. Today we left early in hopes of beating the Waterfall boats to our spot we fished yesterday afternoon knowing they would be there which we did and landed 2 King salmon before they arrived after which time I saw 1 other King salmon landed. We fished there for the next couple hours with no success and finally went to try for halibut in a large built up ocean due to the high winds that had blown in the few days before. We fished for an hour with no results and decided to head out to a spot with undersized halibut to just get some in the boat as we still needed 2 more King salmon to fill our limit. We hooked and landed a King in the process as well as our limit of small halibut and intending to head back to our spot that we did well yesterday afternoon in hopes that we would have it to ourselves and get the afternoon bite. When we arrived we saw the Waterfall boats coming enmass and was pretty disappointed to have them come in and take over the spot. So being crowded out we left them and headed anywhere for a more private fishing experience which we did but did not fill out the last King salmon so ended the day with 3 King salmon 4 halibut and a Ling cod. Word on the radio was slow fishing for most of the charter fleet for the Craig area.
June 17th Craig Alaska fishing report at Kingfisher lodge. Today we left the lodge at 2:30 pm with a half day trip scheduled, arriving at our destination we landed 4 King salmon (one undersized) and 3 halibut in the 4 hours fished that afternoon. We also marked a few other fish and missed a few bites but were optimistic to return the following morning before the Waterfall Resort boats showed up enmass.
Here is my Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, or Prince of Wales sportfishing report.
This morning before 5 am I headed out by myself to the head of the bay to see if the St. Nicholas King salmon had any numbers congregating at the creek entrance by finding none I headed towards the islands in front of the house and although the area looked barren of King salmon or bait fish I put my downriggers out and within a few minutes had a King on which I promptly lost. I rerigged dropped down and again lost a king and so was the extent of the morning bite for me. The afternoon after the Matesi group had left Anjuli and I headed out to look for King salmon for her and her husbands freezer. Long story short she landed 4 King salmon retaining 3 and 4 silver salmon which wasn’t bad for a half day fishing.
June 15th Kingfisher Lodge fishing started out with light winds at 5 am with a forecast for 35 knot winds for the afternoon. Our goal was to get our King salmon early then off to get halibut before the winds made it too difficult to accomplish.
My daughter Anjuli went with us as Nick and Dylan had to go home, so our goal was 5 King salmon and 4 halibut. Dropping in at 6 am we doubled up on Kings landed both of those, we then hooked another landing it. Other boats had got word of the success and with a windy forcast making other spots more difficult to fish were there as well competing for the fish and sure enough they also were landing salmon so our catch rate started slowing down, but we did land one more and hooked 2 more, loosing them. So our total for the morning was 4 King salmon landed and 2 lost.
Then off we went for halibut and were not disappointed as we hooked a very nice halibut right off the bat, but had to let it go since it was about 55″ which falls into the 45-68″ size we must release. Then we hooked a nice halibut and while trying to get it in the boat knocked it off the hook so, with a sick stomach due to that disaster we continued on and eventually landed our limit of medium sized halibut and headed in towards home as the winds were now blowing a steady 25 knots. We are now in the dry of the lodge and watching the winds gust to 35 knots as predicted with rain pelting down and we are grateful for the fish that is now in the walk in freezer ready for the guests trip home tomorrow. Total kings for the group of 5 for 4 days fishing was 19 not including the 6 landed and released.
June 13th was again flat calm as we hummed along at 27 knots heading for our first destination King salmon. Dropping the cut plug herring by 6 am it took about 10 minutes to hook our first King salmon. Although the area didn’t show alot of bait we kept working it over and soon hooked another nice King salmon and landed that one. Continuing this process we steadily hooked and landed our King salmon with one double of the day. We landed a total of 7 King salmon by 8:30 keeping 5 and we returned 2 back.
Halibut fishing has been difficult in finding any respectable size fish for us the last couple of days, so tomorrow we hope to search out better size halibut if we can limit on our Kings early enough to spend more time on the butts. Today we spent several hours in one of my spots that I generally do quite well on medium sized fish but only could catch a couple small ones we let go searching for that better grade. We continued our search and eventually settled on a small grade of fish with the hope of doing better tomorrow.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 15th. Weather reports for the day were 30 knot SE winds, so a departure time of 5:15 was important and got us to our fishing grounds by 6 am which gave us two hours before low slack tide which was important as the silver salmon were biting much better on the outgoing tide and then as the tide slacked off the bite slowed down. Our goals were to get our fish before the slack happened and also the wind building. So we had 48 coho’s to get in two hours for two boats. Capt Joel on the Trinity outfished us again for the third day having his limit within an hour and a half and we finished our limits by the slack tide or within two hours of starting. We went out to the ocean looking for halibut despite word that the ocean was jacked up and blowing. Today the trollers were in numbers for their 3 day king salmon opening, so we dodged a few trollers in 25 knot winds and 8 foot seas but jogged our way to our halibut grounds. By the time we got there one of the guys was ready to chum for us which he did rather quickly so we dropped our lines taking advantage of the fresh chum. Taking a bit but getting bites within 15 minutes or so but by the time we had fish on the wind had increased to 30 knots and seas were breaking over the back of the boat making it difficult to fish with the drift due to the wind. One of the guys(won’t mention any names) landed a nice ling cod and as soon as the fish was boarded he performed an amazing power chum that will be etched in my memory for some time to come. I have never seen such a display of sure power in puking. At that point we had 2 more fish on the other lines and landed one halibut and one arrow tooth flounder. We decided to head in with the trollers that were mostly heading for calmer waters, and from there we fished for black sea bass catching our limits we headed in for the dock and hot showers. Such ended the 3 day trip for Don Blackmond and his crew, and Grady Jennings and his group. They limited each day on silver salmon, halibut, and picked up a few kings for the mix. Thanks guys for coming and hope to see you again soon.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for August 6th from Kingfisher Charters & Lodge in Craig Alaska. Leaving the dock at 5 am we fished the Tree hole with Capt. Joel’s boat landing 4 king salmon and 30 silver salmon. The Trinity crew also landed limits of halibut. The Jeanette Elaine landing 28 silver salmon and 2 king salmon there at the Tree. From the Tree we went looking for our halibut while finding our limits we then headed off looking for 3 more king salmon on the Jeanette Elaine. We fished hard while marking king salmon on the Furuno fish finder we eventually were rewarded with our 3 more king salmon giving us 5 for the day. Weather was sunny skies, 10 mph winds from the NW. Today ended the third day fishing for both groups, we totally enjoyed their company and hope these wonderful folks make it back to our lodge again in the near future.
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 29th Prince of Wales fishing report for Kingfisher lodge in Craig Alaska began at 4:30 am departure landing the first king salmon and silver salmon by 5 am. The Trinity guided by Joel Steenstra landed 5 king salmon and 20 or so silver salmon by 6:30 am or so. The Jeanette Elaine was nearby and landing a total of 25 silver salmon but not one king salmon so we headed northwest by 6:45 am and catching our halibut went back to where we had been catching king salmon the previous day. We eventually landed 2 nice king salmon the largest by Larry was 30.2 pounds, good job Larry. So the group from Naples Florida landed a total of 240 silver salmon, 36 king salmon, and 40 halibut for their trip. Until next year same time same place.
July 28th 10 fishermen left Kingfisher Charters and Lodge dock near Craig Alaska and headed for a early morning bite not far from the lodge. Today both boats headed to the same spot and started landing silver salmon while using the mooching technique. 5 persons on each boat landed about 15 coho’s in a hour or so and loosing one king on the Jeanette Elaine. We then headed for Hog rock which arriving to a flood of Waterfall resort boats we stuck out fishing there watching some kings getting landed but only landing 2 silvers ourself in a hour of fishing. From there we went out to land our halibut and returned to where we had been and began landing kings and silvers. We finished at 1 pm landing 60 coho’s and 8 king salmon between the two boats for the day. The salmon report for the Craig area seems to be a drop in salmon in the general area and hopefully we will get a flood of new fish here in the next few days. The report from off shore is not many silvers showing up as the trollers have not been doing well. We cross our fingers and hope for the best. No photo today as the guys didn’t want one as they were all ready for a drink and could not wait.