Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge for the last group of the season and last week of the month of August. We had 15 guests in for the last groups and landed the remainder of our 42 GAF halibut and limits of Coho salmon all except the one day Captain Harding needed 2 GAF halibut so he put his efforts into catching two 100 plus fish as well as 90 plus big Coho’s for his boat, good job Braden! Nils finished strong as well landing limits of Coho’s and halibut and some really nice Ling cod. Captain Steenstra landed his limits of fish as well and this concludes Captain Joel Steenstra’s last season for Kingfisher Lodge. Joel has become one of the best guides in the area and has a work ethic like non other. Not many captains can guide anglers without a deck hand and produce limits day after day and year after year. Joel will do well in his new business “Wide Open Charters” and anyone that fishes with Joel will not be disappointed. We can’t say enough great things about Joel and he has become like a family member to us over all these past 10 or 12 years of working for us. He started as a single guy and now he has a wonderful family of 5, his own home, boat and business, Thanks Joel and good luck in all you do. You will do well no doubt about that.
Thanks again for reading my reports this summer and look forward to next year and hopefully lots of fish to catch.
Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the dates of August 9th thru the 15th. Coho fishing has picked up with fish showing up in multiple areas with good numbers allowing boats to limit in fairly short time frames compared to earlier in the season where it was difficult to even get limits. Coho’s are much larger than many years although not in as large of numbers those returning are probably in the
8 pound plus average., everyone comments on the size of the fish. Weather was not bad but ocean conditions were very rough limiting boats to the inside waters. Yesterday the boats stuck their noses out off the cape for halibut and experienced 10 to 12 foot seas making it difficult to fish although the wind wasn’t too bad. Today after getting most of their Coho limits the boats went after their 4 GAF halibut they needed to tag out on those pre-purchased fish which the photo shows they did quite well and in a short time period. Over the years we have learned where and how to target big halibut although it isn’t always a guarantee that you will get them. We always hope that the IPHC and NMFS has their management program correct in the harvest of these large trophy halibut which are purchased or leased from the commercial halibut permit holders thus taking it out of the commercial sector and putting it in the hands of the sport fisherman to harvest. It seems to be something our guests like to do and opens opportunity to harvest more than the one small halibut. Thanks for reading the report.
Alaska sport fishing report for July 22nd thru the 24th for the Craig area on Prince of Wales island. Weather was our friend the past 3 days with ideal ocean conditions and salmon fishing as good as it can get for Coho salmon. King salmon are still being caught and our boats landing part if not all limits each day, and same for most boats fishing in the Craig area. Coho limits seem to be quite easy to fill with hardly any Pink salmon being caught…(I say that with trepidation). I like to have some pinks around as they make great halibut bait but past 3 days I never even had one on. The commercial seiners have not been fishing much off Noyes island so that might be the reason but we don’t miss the seiners since they scoop up lots of Coho when they are stretching out their nets, and when they do we see a drop in numbers. Commercial trollers are saying it is slow Coho fishing off shore so not sure what that means if we will see a drop off in our sport numbers or not but for now it has been steady and good. Halibut fishing has been good but putting in many hours trying to find a quality size fish say 38″ to 44″. We have been spending up to an hour a fish at times and been fishing a large area scouting but not finding any consistency anywhere. There seem to be a large number of oversize halibut 46″ up to 65″ and have landed and released some in the 70″ plus size. The largest landed for a GAF halibut has been 72″ if my memory is correct.
That is what I have to report for now, thanks for reading my report and all those who come fishing at Kingfisher lodge in Craig, we appreciate your business, we love catching fish!! Check out more pictures on our Facebook page.
Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report July 13th 2017. Ok so I haven’t been posting fishing reports not because fishing hasn’t been good since it has been a good summer so far. Most guests went home with limits of King salmon throughout the month of June minus a few here or there but overall on a scale of one to ten I would say it has been a 6 for number of fish caught. Halibut fishing up to now has been a scratch and all lodges are struggling to find a steady supply of quality halibut. Putting in time is what it takes to get anything next to the 44″ maximum and many lodges are probably falling short on that, my guess is the average halibut caught is around 32 inches and that may be stretching it. There are a fair number of halibut in the 46 inch to 55 inch range but they outside the slot size to retain. Extra large halibut also seem to be in smaller numbers, those in the 68″ and above size. We have been landing quite a few in the 55 to 58″ size. Some of these I believe to be large males so hopefully there are still those large females that lay the 4.5 million
eggs each year, I feel some concern about these numbers.
July fishing we have done well with King salmon and since July 1st we say a decline as the commercial fleet took many thousands of King salmon but since they shut down the King salmon fishing our numbers have been returning so limits have been possible and most boats are limiting on King salmon. Guests and Kingfisher Lodge here in Craig have been able to limit on King salmon these past few weeks.
Coho fishing has been pretty fair landing 4 to 6 Coho per angler the past few days. I will try to post pictures on our Facebook page but will include a few here and try to update my fishing report every 3 days.
Thanks for reading and look forward to seeing you here this summer!!
Alaska sport fishing report for the Craig area on Prince of Wales Island for the above dates. My report for our Alaska fishing lodge for the 3rd week of August is a positive fishing report. Last three days fishing has been as good as can be expected with limits of big Coho and great bottom fishing. We didn’t fish for King salmon but focused on our Coho’s which some made the 15 pound size with more of a 10 pound average.
Getting off shore Coho many of those fish are destined for Canadian rivers and so their large size is reflected by the size of the river they are bound for, but also many are from the Klawock river hatchery POWHA (now under SSRAA). Commercial boats are now seeing more big Coho showing up, but most commercial trollers are focused on King salmon as their quota is still being filled and Kings are bringing $100 each so they are trying to get their share of the valuable fish, the Coho being worth between $10.00 and $20.00 each.
We are optimistic to finish with a strong sport fishing season!
Alaska fishing lodge report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig for July 31st thru August 3rd. Coho and King salmon runs remain strong throughout the Craig area the past 3 days.
We focused on Coho limits and did not attempt to catch our King salmon although from reports those boats that focused on King salmon were able to get limits or if not close to limits of King salmon. Bottom fishing remains strong as well although finding the perfect 43″ halibut is not so easy unless being lucky or time is spent. to consistently catch up towards the 43″ limit requires a commitment of at least a few hours depending on how many people on your boat. Large or oversized halibut seem to be very prolific this year as we have had to release many oversized fish from over 43″ to well over 72″.
We are looking forward to seeing you who are yet to come and hope the fish runs remain strong throughout the summer. Thanks for reading my report.
Fishing report for Alaska Kingfisher Lodge in Craig for the past three days has been very good still as runs remain strong for both King salmon and Coho salmon. King salmon may appear to be in smaller numbers but that is due to the larger number of Coho, Pinks and Dog salmon showing up. More time is spent landing the 6 fish limit on the Coho and with Pink salmon also being landed it takes away from King salmon opportunity.
Past three days two groups on Captain Joel’s and Captain Nils boat got their limits of King salmon and the last day limited on Coho.
My boat was short 4 Kings out of the 18 available to my anglers so my guys ended up with 14 King salmon 88 Coho out of the 108 they could have caught.
Weather was windy at 20 knots out of the northwest so boats were trying to avoid the wind and seek more protected fishing areas. Wind for the next three days looks lighter which will allow us more areas to fish.
Thanks for reading my report and check out the Facebook for more photos.
Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days we saw a reduction of fish due to the commercial troll opener as expected. King salmon limits were reduced to 1 per day for a non resident so this took the pressure off guides to produce larger limits with less fish due to the commercial opener. Weather on the 2nd was still stirred up with the ocean jacked up a bit. My crew decided to open the morning with a few shots of “Fireball” which not realizing when they started we were in calm water but rather quickly we moved out to lumpy ocean conditions where 3 had to re-taste the “Fireball” for a second time due to upset stomachs! Next few days the “Fireball” was left untouched, and catching fish improved. Well enough of that yes limits were had by our boats which our largest for 3 days was 22 lbs. but Captain Nils boat landed a nice 45 lb. fish and a 37 lb. fish caught by Kevin Thompson and his cousin Savanah Mott respectively. Coho’s seem to be showing up in trickling numbers so we are hoping to see more consistent numbers soon. Check out our Facebook page on the upper right corner of the report page and see more pictures of the past 3 days and other trips this summer.
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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska where catching fish is our business. The past three days was consistant with the earlier trips this month as the Coho continue to move through. We had 14 anglers here at our lodge running 3 boats, all of the boats landed their salmon each day by around 9 am and then were off looking for respectable halibut and bottom fish. Our last day fishing we landed 4 tagged Coho’s and will be sending in the heads for identification of what river system they are from. The previous 2 days landing over 160 Cohowith no tagged fish so we were happy to have these 4 on the last day of their trip. We have 9 more days of fishing at the lodge and are optimistic that the fish will continue to move through making good trips for the last two groups of the year. For more pictures click on the Facebook emblem to the right. I posted a video of a breaching Humback calf so check it out, it came pretty close to the boat but I missed the best breach when I turned off the camera thinking the show was over.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska a family run fishing lodge where catching is our business. The past three days the Coho salmon have been coming in very good numbers near the outer coast with the fish averaging around 10 pounds live weight, the largest this last week at 12 pounds and the previous week we landed several at 16 pounds. It is amazing to see the size of these fish looking much like small King salmon, everyone is exceptionally happy with what they have been catching. King salmon numbers have tapered off with the commercial troll fleet having had 5 days of fishing and as the King salmon are moving on to their respective rivers to spawn. Landing limits of Coho by 8:30 am we then have been spending time looking for nice halibut, Ling cod, etc so not spending time looking for King salmon. The past 3 days all boats in the Craig charter fleet have been limiting on Coho in a reletively short time since the Coho numbers are up so well. I will be getting tag reports from ADF&G for the Coho’s that we landed that were tagged and I expect the majority of these fish to be POWHA fish on the Klawock river. I take my hat off to the staff there raising these beauties as we enjoy their return to the Klawock river and how important this hatchery is to S.E. Alaska sport and commercial fishery.