June 20th sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and southern southeast Alaska on the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. Today the winds were calm with flat water to the outside where we were greeted by a light wind and 2 foot seas, overcast skies. King salmon and Silver salmon fishing was as good as I have seen for some years now with King salmon attacking our anglers baits from very shallow depths. We had limited on Kings very early and a nicer grade than we had seen earlier on the outer coast with average sizes about 19 pounds and catching 2 limits of Coho or Silver salmon along with the Kings. Coho limits are 6 per person per day. We had to release many Kings due to trying to catch the Coho as they were mixed in with the Coho’s. Once the salmon bite slowed down we went out bottom fishing and were not dissapointed as we landed out limits of Yellow eye and a few Ling cod. Halibut fishing was very good as we landed a nicer grade of smaller ones averaging about 20 pounds.
This abundance of King salmon apparently runs clear up to Sitka as word is there it is very good fishing which makes me believe we will see a steady run up to the commercial King salmon opener which will make a impact on the sportfishing for Kings. That season opens July 1. It makes me wonder why the index was set so low with so many King salmon in the area and also the Sitka area as well. Either way it is nice to have the fish here and with the amount of Silver salmon showing up and the large release of Prince of Wales Hatchery coho’s in 2012 at 4.8 million it is expected to be a spectacular season for salmon fishing here in the Craig area. For those that have booked trips here in the Craig area they can expect good fishing or catching if all that appears to be happening continues throughout the summer.
June 18 fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska and southern S.E. Alaska outside waters. We were greeted this morning with flat water outside the lodge and overcast skies so were off leaving the dock by 5 am. My boat had a half day fishing so had to get out and get it done and be back before 11 am while the other two boats were off for the day fishing. The day ended with all our boats limiting on King salmon and halibut as well as some silver salmon if one wanted to put the time into fishing for Coho or Silver salmon. Blake landed 9 silver salmon on his boat and said they had at least that many on that came off the hook. Joel concentrated on larger halibut after quickly landing his 4 King salmon so did not try for Silvers, their larges halibut was 35 pounds. My boat had a short day so Kings and Halibut was our goal.
June 17 fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Today started out with a southwest wind blowing in off the ocean making travel out to the fishing grounds a bit choppy and hard to drink a cup of coffee. We stayed inside fishing rather than going off shore, but most boats went on by us trying to get off flat rock on the outside of Noyes Island where they had been doing so well the previous days. The ocean was rougher and boats were complaining of a slower bite and sloppy water. Boats did limit on King salmon for the most part but did not enjoy the productive fishing that was present the previous days. Silver salmon were again being caught in small numbers today, halibut fishing was tougher mostly due to weather.
June 16th started with crystal clear skies flat water and lots of King salmon to catch as anyone that was out sport fishing was able to catch King salmon and limits were mostly caught by all boats today with many boats releasing Kings that might have put them over their limit or were close to the 28 inch minimum size for a King salmon. Most of the Kings have been smaller school fish in the 30 to 34 inch range on the outside of Noyes island. We were fishing in closer to shore inside looking for a nice grade of Kings which we did find but nothing larger than 25 pounds but the average was more like 19 pounds. Halibut fishing was slower as we were looking for some nice grade up to 45 inches and we did land some nice ones, releasing one about 50 inches landing one at 45 inches and the rest were smaller but respectable fish. As it was we put many hours in hunting for them. All our boats landed limits of salmon and halibut on this day. Silver salmon are still showing up with most boats hooking and landing at least a few.
June 15th sportfishing report for the Craig area and Kingfisher Charters and Lodge on Prince of Wales island. Kingfisher Lodge had a turn over day with guests leaving and a new crew coming. The Saal Group from California with 6 anglers and the Claude Trudue group from many places with a group of 7 will be fishing with us for the next 3 days.
Weather for S.E. Alaska is clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70’s for the next few days with winds light with a small ocean swell. Today the fishing for King salmon was nothing less than spectacular as more Kings have moved in although the size of the fish are smaller or say less than 20 pound average there are lots of them and today is was multiple hookups for most boats. We went out crew fishing and landed 7 Kings in short order with a quad on at one time and marking many fish in many areas. Hopefully the fish will stay or continue to pass through the islands until our silvers show up in numbers enough as by July 1 the non resident limit will be limited to 2 for a season bag limit. It is looking as though the 2013 salmon season will be a very good year to come fishing in the Craig area with our Prince of Wales Hatchery producing 5 million Coho each year and 2013 having a returning run based on a 4.3 million release we are expecting up to 78,000 Coho to return to the Klawock river. Tomorrow we are looking forward to a great day fishing so stay tuned!!
The June 14th sport fishing report for the Craig area and Kingfisher Lodge was even better than the previous day as we awoke to calm water, blue skies and fishing that was really very good. Today we were in search of bottom fish as we had pretty much tagged out on our King salmon the previous 3 days. We were allowed one King and Joels crew was allowed 2 Kings to tag them out for the 3 King salmon for the season per angler. My boat focused on Halibut we landed our limit of nice 45″ and under as well as landing and releasing two at about 64 ” which was 4″ under the 68″ slot size rule. We landed some nice regulation Ling cod as well topping off the day.
Joel’s boat landed some nice halibut as well with one over 68″ caught by Matt Fisher. They also landed nice Ling cod and finished up on their King salmon limit. Today boats were also limiting on King salmon and many coming in early. Weather continued to remain beautiful for the remainder of the day.
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 12th, 2012. Today we went Halibut fishing in the afternoon and did not salmon fish although reports were that fishing for Coho salmon has remained good. The goal today was to bring our daughters out to procure our white fish for the winter months and so I decided to bring them to a spot that I have let many fish go that I could not keep on a charter with the 45″ to 68″ slot size. We were not disappointed when once arriving we landed a nice Ling cod, then 2 nice 80 pound butts, another large Ling cod, and one very large halibut we let go for a couple of reasons, one being that the larger fish are females with many eggs and the other is they are tougher and the flesh is dryer and not as desirable at the table.
To see the day out fishing check out the utube video link below for a 3 minutes of fun. Alaskan Women Halibut fishing
Salmon & halibut fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, August 8th, & 9th, & 10th, 2012.
August 8th was a great day to be an angler here in the Craig area as the silver salmon and halibut fishing has been very good with all boats limiting very early in the day and even the most novice angler can be assured of hooking the silver acrobats and enjoying their day out on the water.
August 9th seemed like the fish took a bit of a day off although most boats limited on their salmon they had to work harder that the previous day. So many times our guys came up with bare hooks as the frustration grew trying to finish our limits took some time although still remained a very good day of fishing as anytime you can catch your limit of 6 silver salmon a day is good fishing…we just get spoiled expecting the fish to always be biting well for us. Halibut fishing was again strong and landing very nice regulation size fish.
August 10th was a good day for us as we had 21 Coho’s by 8:30 a.m. then halibut fishing went well and once we finished on the Halibut we went back for the salmon which proved well for us in the afternoon. The fish are very nice sized with the largest weighing in at over 14 pounds and fighting like King salmon. The largest halibut of the day was over 64″ but under the 68″ required and that was landed by Marc Brown who reluctantly had to say goodby as we let the beauty go and watch it swim away, nice job though Marc. Overall for the 3 days fishing both groups did very well stocking their freezers for their winter supply of fish.
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″.