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Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report July 13th 2017

A great day of fishing!

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.

June fishing at its best!

Awesome fishing

Thanks for reading and look forward to seeing you here this summer!!

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Alaska fishing report for July 6th thru the 8th.

Pat Dylan group with GAF halibut.

Pat Dylan group with GAF halibut.

Alaska fishing report for July 6th thru the 8th, Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska, an Alaska sport fishing lodge. The past 3 days fishing was very good for us landing some really nice King salmon and halibut. This group had pre-purchased 4 GAF halibut which gave us the option to keep 4 halibut any size in addition to the regular 1 halibut daily limit but with the size restriction of 43 inches. GAF or Guided Angler Fish is when the lodge sets up a lease from a commercial permit holder of halibut and then the angler who wants a halibut of any size will pay the fee for that fish which reimburses the cost of the lease, roughly about $400/fish. The Pat Dylan group had set this up this spring and had pre-purchased the 4 fish,  so we spent an afternoon looking for big ones landing and keeping 4, but also releasing at least 7 other very large halibut as we looked for our daily limit halibut. There was also some very nice ling cod and yellow eye landed over the course of the 3 days.

Big king day!

Big king day!

King salmon fishing was very good for us as well limiting each day with our second day a larger strain of fish moved in so we landed two at 46 and 47 pounds as well as 3 or 4 in the 30 pound range, the next day those fish seemed to have moved on although Joel’s boat landed a couple in the 30’s on the last day.
Coho fishing remains spotty and low numbers for now but we expect that to change at any day as the fish move in, our best day was about 16 Coho for 12 anglers. Reports are there are schools of fish off shore so our optimism remains high that we will have a consistent Coho fishery this season. I have posted more pictures and video on our Facebook page so please click on the Facebook emblem on the upper right corner to check them out. Thanks again for reading my reports!

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Last Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 29th to the 30th of August.

Scott Donnelly with his first and beautiful King salmon

Scott Donnelly with his first and beautiful King salmon

This is the last Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge Craig Alaska from the 29th to the 30th of August 2015. The weather came in from very nice sunny skies and light winds to heavy rain and gale force winds to finish the season out. We were allowed one day of partial sun and good King salmon fishing off the

Harley Lisherness with his 30 pound King salmon.

Harley Lisherness with his 30 pound King salmon.

 

outer coast of Noyes island at Pineapple rock where we landed 4 out of the 6 Kings hooked and Joel landed 5 out of the 6 Kings he hooked. The largest King landed

RWC group catch.

RWC group catch.

was 30 pounds by Harley Lisherness and he thought is was the largest of his fishing career. Silver fishing turned out very good despite the weather landing limits of Coho all three days as well as our halibut. We didn’t attempt snapper or ling cod fishing due to weather conditions.
Thanks again to all who checked out my reports this summer and looking foreword to seeing you all again next year. I’m off to the Alaska Range looking for Dall sheep and the quiet and solitude of the Mountains! Wishing you all the best until 2016!

 

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Fishing report for July 25th thru July 28th, 2015.

Bob Cormack family with a great catch of fish!

Bob Cormack family with a great catch of fish!

Emily with Grandpa and her nice King salmon.

Emily with Grandpa and her nice King salmon.

The Dick O'Grady family with an outstanding catch of fish.

The Dick O’Grady family with an outstanding catch of fish.

S.E. Alaska Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 25th thru July 28th, 2015. We had 2 separate groups in the O’Grady and Cormack groups both families bringing sons, grandsons, and a grand daughter, 12 in all. The King salmon fishing was very good with limits being had most days although we fell a few short overall, but the Coho fishing was outstanding as well as halibut fishing. Most all boats in the Craig area were limiting on Silver salmon and some or many boats limiting on King salmon during this week. More pictures will be added to the Facebook pages.

 

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Fishing report for July 21st thru July 23rd, 2015.

Steven Wang group with a great catch of fish, Michael Drews with his 42 pound King!!

Steven Wang group with a great catch of fish, Michael Drews with his 42 pound King!!

 

Paul Branske with a great trophy King salmon.

Paul Branske with a great trophy King salmon.

The Branske-Wang groups together with limits of salmon and halibut.

The Branske-Wang groups together with limits of salmon and halibut.

Kingfisher fishing report for July 21st thru July 23rd, 2015 in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days was probably at the top of the season for great trips for our groups as nice King and Coho salmon were moving in. It was apparent that most boats in the area were landing limits of King as well as silver salmon making everyone very happy. The weather forecast was for 30 knot winds on the 23rd but never did develop which really helped everyone have a great trip. Michael Drews landed the largest King salmon of the trip at 42 pounds so congrats to Mike on the big catch. He thought he was stuck on the bottom till the fish started to move, then it was “game on”. There have been some nice 50 pound plus fish being landed and I heard of a 70 plus also being landed by Waterfall resort, but not a confirmed weight on that. The silver salmon that we have been catching are of nice size so for those of you coming up it should continue to get better as the season progresses, also the trollers are telling me they are turning lots of King salmon loose as their season is over but appears many more Kings to migrate through our area. I will post more pictures of this group on the Facebook

Dr. Emory Chenoweth with his big King salmon.

Dr. Emory Chenoweth with his big King salmon.

page so you can click on the tab to the right to access that site. Thanks for checking the blog.

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Fishing report for July 18th thru July 20th, 2015.

The Stutz and Hutcherson families with a wonderful day fishing.

The Stutz and Hutcherson families with a wonderful day fishing posing with a boat limit of fish.

Alaska Kingfisher Lodge fishing report for July 18th thru July 20th, 2015. The past three days fishing with two families of 11 members brought lots of fun and laughs with our youngest at 7 years old although not the youngest in our fishing history. It wasn’t all about catching fish with these groups as the kids loved catching fish but they mostly enjoyed getting back to the lodge and swinging on the tree swing over the water, swimming and running in the woods. Catching fish was very productive though except the first day when all the kids had anti sea sick medicine and they had a really hard time keeping their eyes open to fish but after that got straightened out catching picked up. So for King salmon their seems to be plenty of them around if you have a bit of luck and are persistent can catch both limits of Kings as well as silvers. The Coho or Silvers are in good numbers landing limits again if patient and persistent. Halibut fishing remains good. David Stutz loves to look for big fish (been on Wicked Tuna twice for big Tuna, Australia for Black Marlin and Kingfisher Lodge for big halibut) Dave wanted the 80″ or bigger butt and so we went a looking landing the largest at 150 pounds landed by Debra Jordan, and many in the 100 pound and under but finding not close to the 80 inch mark. A King salmon derby contender was landed yesterday by Wayne Baxter from Klawock at 64 pounds (fishing with Rich Manning who owns Catch a King lodge). Wayne is a huge contributor and organizer for Craig-Klawock King salmon derby so I really hope Wayne wins, Good job Wayne and Rich!

The past three days was a hoot and look forward for another year with these folks. Check out the Facebook page for more pictures and thanks for checking in with us.

Enjoying the campfire after a fun day fishing.

Enjoying the campfire and good music after a fun day fishing.

Debra Jordan fighting a big fish.

Debra Jordan fighting a big fish.

LaShawn Stutz with a nice 30 pound King salmon.

LaShawn Stutz with a nice 30 pound King salmon.

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Fishing report for July 14th thru July 16th, 2015.

Weyerhaeuser family with a great catch of fish.

Weyerhaeuser family with a great catch of fish.

Coho fishing in calm waters.

Coho fishing in calm waters.

Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig July 14th thru July 16th, 2015. These past 3 days King salmon fishing was very good as more King salmon have moved into the area as well as Silvers or Coho salmon. Although we didn’t catch limits of silvers the first two days we did limit on King salmon for the three days and day 3 landed limits of silvers for both boats. Most charter boats were doing the same landing limits of King salmon as well as mostly limits of Coho or were limiting out. Halibut and bottom fishing remains good. I will post more pictures on our Facebook page if you want to visit it click on the link to the right of the blog. Thanks for reading.

Blackmond group with a great catch of King salmon, silvers, and halibut.

Blackmond group with a great catch of King salmon, silvers, and halibut.

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Fishing report for July 5th thru July 8th, 2015.

Pat Dylan group with a great catch of fish!

Pat Dylan group with a great catch of fish!

Alaska Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska Prince of Wales island for July 5th thru July 8th, 2015. We had 3 groups in for a total of 14 guests fishing off of 3 boats, two of ours and one Catch a King boat. King salmon fishing was very good with boats landing limits of Kings (one per day July regulation) and mostly landing limits of Coho or Silver salmon along with bottom fish. “Clincher’s Cove” (inside story on the name) was a great spot that produced a nice bunch of King salmon as well as regulation size halibut along with one about 150 pounds that Blake had to release due to the slot size needed to be 80 inches long to keep. During the 3 days most anglers landed limits of King salmon and close to limits of Silvers every day.

Brian (President Bush) with a nice 34 lb. King salmon.

Brian (President Bush) with a nice 34 lb. King salmon.

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June 19th thru June 21st 2015 fishing report

Jeff Vandel group with a great catch of fish!

Jeff Vandel group with a great catch of fish!

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for June 19th thru June 21st 2015 at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. The past 3 days fishing for our group of 12 was pretty good overall  but it went as follows. The weather all three days was outstanding with flat calm seas and partly cloudy to clear skies as the days progressed. First day fishing both boats landed their limits and many boats in the Craig area doing the same by the sound of it on the radio. Day two was a different story and almost every boat struggled to get the King salmon my boat only landing 3 and Joels boat landing 6 for the day. Day 3 was much better with 21 Kings landed between 12 anglers and sounded like more fish were landed with the other charter boats as well.

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May 20 – 24th 2015

Sharon Haydu fighting a fish with her brother in Law Joe in the backround fighting a fish as well.

Sharon Haydu fighting a fish with her brother in Law Joe in the backround fighting a fish as well.

 

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska May 20th thru the 24th. We had family up for the season start fishing 4 days and as it turned out outstanding King salmon fishing and weather was as good as it gets in SE Alaska.

The Haydu family landed 44 King salmon in 4 days with one day only landing one King salmon and loosing six on that particular day.

Haydu Family with a great catch of Alaska King salmon.

Haydu Family with a great catch of Alaska King salmon.

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