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Craig Alaska Charter fishing report for the 9th thru the 11th of August.

John Dye group with a great catch of Coho and halibut.

The Texas group with a great catch as well!

Craig Alaska Charter boats and Kingfisher Lodge fishing report for the above dates are as follows. King salmon fishing has been shut down since the 1st of August and so Coho fishing has been the focus as always this time of year. Limits for most charter boats and our lodge have been caught the past three days as the catching was up and down each day depending, and weather has been exceptional for most of the summer. Bottom fishing remains good although we are running farther than normal and harder to catch the 38″ maximum size flat fish. A little note about “farther” and “further”, (farther is an actual distance and further is figurative)! on my spelling check I discovered it as I didn’t realize it although I am sure most of you knew that already….am I correct? A little late on my report but thanks for reading. See you all soon!

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Craig Alaska charter fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 5th thru the 8th.

The Idaho boys with a outstanding catch of fish!

Travis Krawl caught these two big GAF fish largest at 180 pounds. (guided by Capt. Nils)

The Seth Mitchner group with another great day of fishing!!

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for the above dates our three boats having 18 anglers landed limits each day on Coho’s and bottom fish. Although again Coho’s are not in great numbers and in isolated groups our captains Nils, Braden and Sean are producing limits with skill and perseverance and it is important for those anglers fishing with us to “fish” since its up to the angler to produce the fish as the guide can only put the angler on the fish, so with active movement of the bait through the water column will help produce those limits everyone strives for. The overall Coho forecast is still unknown but my feeling is that it will prove to be a slower or less abundant year but hopefully we will be able to continue to get limits or close to Coho limits for our guests. I can only speculate on how other charter boats are doing although I have a few charter boat friends in the Craig area who have said they have been struggling to produce Coho limits.

Bottom fishing remains strong and we are winding down our GAF year with only a few left to catch but have again produced some very nice Trophy GAF halibut for our guests, as well as some trophy sized Ling Cod as our photo’s show. Although I have very mixed feelings on harvesting these large female Halibut I have to trust the IPHC biologists who claim the fishery is stable again these females are probably in the 25 to 30 plus year age group and so reproduction of these giants is a slow process and I hope we are not overharvesting them.

Thanks for reading my report and look forward to our remaining guests arriving this month as our season ends with the close of the month.

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Craig Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, August 21st thru the 23rd, 2018.

The John Stone-David Finley group with a nice catch of fish.

Tom Olvitt family with a great catch of fish.

Jared, John and Janet Braithwaite with a great catch of fish!!

A fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for August 21st thru the 23rd. Coho or Silver salmon fishing remained strong the past three days with our boats limiting on silver salmon in a few hours and many other boats doing the same if fishing in good areas. The commercial troll fleet had a opener and they found some good fishing off the outer coast with a mix of Silver salmon as well although Coho fishing for the trollers is considered slow for them this year, a boat that might average 200 a day on a good season might be down to 100 plus fish for the day so far this year. ADF & G tag reporting for the Coho’s we are bringing in to our lodge are returning to the Klawock hatchery on the Klawock river operated by SSRAA, again we are grateful for this contribution to the local fishery. Bottom fishing remains good although halibut fishing isn’t like in the old days where you went to your spot and dropped in got your fish and moved on it has been slower this year and most all the boats have had to work at their halibut limits to land respectable fish just under the 38″ mark. Ling cod fishing remains strong with big Lings still fairly easy to find. Thanks for reading my reports, only 3 more days for us here at Kingfisher.

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Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, August 15th, 2018.

The Steve Hall-John Thompson group with a great catch for the day!

Having a good time after fishing.

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

The Hall-Thompson group with an outstanding catch of GAF halibut!

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.

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Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska August 5-7, 2018.

The Idaho group with limits of fish including GAF halibut.

The Seth Mitchner group with a great catch of fish.

Idaho boys with another successful day.

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge located in Craig Alaska has been a sportfishing lodge since 1994 a family run operation specializing in ocean salmon and halibut fishing trips including bottom fish of different varieties. This report is for August 5-7. The past 3 days weather was as good as it gets with sunny skies and flat calm water. Coho or Silver salmon fishing which what is the focus this time of year has been spotty, meaning one day very good the next maybe not so good. It seems that within most guests 3 day trip they will get one really good day and the other days will be partial limits of Coho. King salmon have been good considering a non resident is only allowed one King salmon for his trip after August 1st but if given the time it is possible to fill that limit. Bottom fishing and Halibut fishing has been good but we are traveling more distance to accomplish that goal. The retention of Yellow eye and all n0n-pelagic rock fish are closed throughout August, although Pelagic rock fish are open which would be your black sea bass. I will let the pictures speak for how the past groups did these past 3 days. Thanks for reading my report.

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S.E. Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska July 30th.

Jim Spaletta with his 48 pound King salmon.

Jim with his father in law and brother in law

Captain Harding with his big King salmon!

Kingfisher Lodge is a saltwater sportfishing lodge near Craig Alaska. We are a saltwater fishing charter only focusing on salmon, halibut and other bottom fish. The past three days have been consistent on the Coho salmon although not good enough for boats to land full limits each day. Our boats having up to six guests have been working hard putting in the hours and it is paying off for our guests. Most of the past 3 days we have seen the boats coming in with 2/3rds of their Coho limits. King salmon have been slower due to weather on the outside having Northwest winds up to 30 knots the seas have kept most charter boats off the open ocean where the King salmon have been the most abundant. Captain Braden Harding my son in law with a long history of commercial fishing behind him is guiding for us now and landed the largest King salmon of the season for us at 48 pounds on the 30th. The fish was caught by Jim Spaletta who seems to catch big things. Last year while halibut fishing he caught a large carpet thinking he had a unknown monster of the deep he was surprised to bring up a very large carpet, just try doing that in the middle of the Pacific! As far as the Coho fishing goes we are optimistic that it will continue to improve although we may not see all days with limits we hope to see improved Coho fishing. The Coho are larger than last year so even though limits may not be reached the result is very good. I weighed the average fillets of the Coho and they were 4.1 pounds of fillets per fish, very good for this time of year. Halibut fishing remains spotty or at least now as good as we are used to having to work for our halibut to get a good grade, but able to get limits. Ling cod and Yellow eye continue to be prolific.

John OHare group with a great catch.

Frank Cannon group with a great catch of fish.

Thank you for reading my report. Until next time.

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Craig Alaska fishing report for July 23rd thru the 25th, 2018

The Wang-Shenck group with a nice display of fish!

The Volmer-Rasmasson group with another great catch.

Young-Branske group with a great catch of fish.

ADF&G numbers for Commercial troll per boat.

Craig Alaska fishing report for July 23rd thru the 25th for Kingfisher Lodge. Last three days started good and got better by the last day as more silvers and kings started to move in. We were landing close to limits of Coho’s and a few king salmon and some boats were limiting on King salmon in the Craig charter fleet. We spent each day looking for GAF fish so limited ourselves to more salmon fishing but landing 5 GAF halibut in the 3 days. Fish and Game graph shows Coho’s meeting 2013 returns for the past 4 days this week and we did see the increase in the sport fishing as well. Thanks for reading my report and we are hoping that the fish keep coming!

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Craig Alaska fishing report for July 7th thru the 13th, 2018

Dowdle group with a GAF day fishing!

Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the week of July 7th thru the 13th. I missed the first group report and now combining the two groups reports for the above dates. King salmon fishing remained slow but we were able to limit on the one King salmon per guest last two groups. By the second group arriving on the 10th we had one slower day and finished strong landing all King salmon limits and the best two days were 15 Coho and 13 Coho for one boat. Each day is a new day and one day we will see limits of Coho or Silver salmon. Some of the commercial trollers are landing up to 100 per day off shore so they are on their way. Bottom fishing remains strong and good halibut fishing depending on water conditions and where we are as far as getting to the halibut spots. The boats are out today so will give a report in 3 days coming. The top picture is the Steve Delamore group with a great catch of fish. Thanks for reading my reports.

The Wes Goldstein goup with a great catch of fish!

Wiper/Dahlgren group with a nice catch!

The Jerry Karlin “Cornhusker” group with a great catch!

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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report August 7th – 15th, 2017

Hall Thompson group last day of fishing. GAF halibut.

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the dates of the 7th to the 15th of August 2017. So since my last report we had fished 7 days straight so no time to write the report. As of the 10th of August the Alaska Dept. of fish and game put an emergency order that no King salmon may be retained so that ended all King salmon fishing or the ability to keep King salmon. It was a shame since there have been large numbers of King salmon in our area of nice chunky size and the trollers were shaking many large Kings as well as they never did get a second opener which was a big hit on their years income. Sounds political to me not management but too busy working to know all what is going on with the politics of it…pretty fishy though with all the whining by Canada and the lower 48 who haven’t held up their part of the treaty agreement from what I hear. Anyhow thanks to good returns from our Klawock hatchery Coho fishing has been very good and halibut, bottom fishing is good enough. They also shut down the rock fish retention on August 1st, so no rockfish including yellow eye till the 27th or some date like that for rockfish. Weather took a dive for us but fishing inside has been good so only a few who got sea sick when we were out near the entrance of the ocean and had the swell coming in made some queasy, but hey

At 45″ size maximum only 55″ can beat this!

nothing like more chum to get the fish to come in to the boat. Hoping the fish keep coming and we finish with a strong season. Best to all and thanks for reading the reports. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures.

 

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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report August 4th – 6th, 2017

Just how big is this King? Probably not as big here as it will be in Boise.

Trophy GAF halibut

Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report August 4th – 6th, 2017 located on Prince of Wales island, Craig Alaska. We are now in our last month of our guide and lodge service and this past three days was exceptional with all boats landing limits of Kings, Coho and halibut. The fish are all of respectable size with our largest King salmon at 33 pounds, largest Coho 15 pounds, largest halibut 121 pounds! All lodge and charter boats in the Craig area are mostly landing limits of Coho and many are landing limits of King salmon as well. Soon to change on the King salmon as the Commercial troll fleet will have a King salmon opener in the next week, just not sure of the dates. Weather has been exceptional with one day reaching high 70’s, little wind on the ocean so our last day was very nice on the water. The last day was exceptional for King salmon after limiting on King salmon we landed a total of 18 Kings trying to get our limit of Coho’s which we eventually did. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures and look forward to seeing all those folks coming here in the next few weeks. Crossing our fingers, saying our prayers that the weather and fishing remain good! Thanks for reading my reports.

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