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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 24th, 2014

 

8 year old Sackett with his halibut he landed from 180' down.

8 year old Sackett with his halibut he landed from 180′ down.

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, in Craig Alaska for June 24th. Today we left the dock at 5 am and headed off Cape Felix since that has been the best salmon fishing in the Craig area. Today was good fishing but we had to work for our fish while Joel finished up early on his 12 King salmon we were still at 7 and needed 5 more. The bite seemed to slow down and as there had been many boats from the local lodges they were beginning to thin out either by limiting or getting impatient and looking elsewhere. We stuck it out and in the end there was only a handfull of boats but the bite came on again later and we were able to finish up with a great catch of Alaska salmon.

Dave, Cor, Bill, Sackett, Shaan, and Greg with a great catch of Alaska salmon.

Dave, Cor, Bill, Sackett, Shaan, and Greg with a great catch of Alaska salmon.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 19th

Talon Stephan with his 68" 170 pound trophy Halibut

Talon Stephan with his 68″ 170 pound trophy Halibut

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.  August 19th was again forecasted for heavy seas and 20 knot winds although we fished on the inside and kept out of the big water and my boat landed our Silver salmon in close to town while Joel and his crew went and tested the outside waters. They were happy to find a nice spot with a large swell but no wind and pleasant fishing with great catching of big Coho’s landing their limits in short order. Halibut fishing was again good with our boat landing a nice limit of  35″ to 45″ butts, and Joel’s boat landing a nice 68″ 170 pound halibut by Talon Stephan. Joel was guiding the Stephan family from North Dakota for their family fishing vacation and they said it was their best family vacation ever which says quite a bit for this area and their captain.

Chuck, Quinn, Laura, Annette, Kara, and Talon

Chuck, Quinn, Laura, Annette, Kara, and Talon

Kerry, Robert, Bruce, Curtis, and Dave with a great catch of fish

Kerry, Robert, Bruce, Curtis, and Dave with a great catch of fish

Stephan family on the water.

Stephan family on the water.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 18th

 

Laura holding Quinn's 45" Halibut!

Laura holding Quinn’s 45″ Halibut!

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.  August 18th the forecast was for 20 knot winds and 9 foot seas so we decided both boats would avoid the outside waters and fish the protected waters on the inside. Silver salmon fishing has been consistently good due mostly to the Prince of Wales Hatchery located on the Klawock river which produces 5 million Coho smolt each year. 2013 has been a year that will be in the record books as off the charts for returning Coho’s in S.E. Alaska. Alaska Department of fish and game unofficially has credited 45% of the total returns of Coho in S.E. Alaskan waters to POWHA, or Prince of Wales Hatchery Association.  As we expected fishing was good and with two boats and 11 anglers we landed our limits of 66 silvers before 8 am in the morning which was good but not unexpected for reasons stated above. From our Salmon fishing we moved on to Halibut fishing and again staying on the inside waters and both boats found good Halibut fishing and landed our limits without much problems and due to stormy, rainy weather decided to make it an early day.

Talon, Kala, Laura, Quinn, Annette, and Chuck with a great catch despite the rainy weather.

Talon, Kala, Laura, Quinn, Annette, and Chuck with a great catch despite the rainy weather.

Curtis, Bruce with Bear, Kerry, Dave, with Robert missing.

Curtis, Bruce with Bear, Kerry, Dave, with Robert missing.

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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher lodge August 13th, Prince of Wales Island, Craig

 

Clint Olsen with his 18 plus pound trophy Silver salmon caught on Capt. Joel Steenstra's boat.

Clint Olsen with his 18 plus pound trophy Silver salmon caught on Capt. Joel Steenstra’s boat.

Steve Hall group with another outstanding catch of fish!

Steve Hall group with another outstanding catch of fish!

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.  August 13th we left the lodge with light winds and flat water, overcast skies, and high in the mid 60’s which was a great day to catch King salmon, Silver salmon and bottom fish. We started at the Pineapple rock which was awful dead looking and left after 15 minutes or so then moved north and dropping in tripled on beautiful King salmon, then it was non stop catching of big Coho’s or Silver salmon (most of these fish are averaging 10 pounds) until our limit was met at 8:30 a.m. Joel’s boat landed the largest trophy Silver of the year to date, here at Kingfisher Lodge at just over 18 pounds by Clint Olsen. Halibut fishing proved to be a great day as we landed several in the 40 to 45 inch range as well as some beauties at 60 or so inches that we had to let go due to the slot limit but the guys got a kick out of bringing them up. All these fish we turn loose are still full of vigor as they speed to the bottom or just swim off as we release them which makes us all feel good knowing they will survive another day and continue to perpetuate.

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August 8th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for August 8th was a great day for Captain Joel Steenstra and his 4 anglers who went out and landed limits of Silvers in an hour then off to land 4 nice King salmon, 4 nice Ling cod, as well as their limits of Yellow eye. What a great day and home early.

Butch, Charlie, Rodger, and Brett with a great catch of trophy fish.

Butch, Charlie, Rodger, and Brett with a great catch of trophy fish.

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July 31 thru August 2nd sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Cody holding Joan's Wolf eel.

Cody holding Joan’s Wolf eel.

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the past 3 days fishing was again stellar fishing with limits of all fish readily caught as Silver salmon runs continue to stay strong for sport fishermen as well as commercial boats. King salmon fishing remains strong as well as the season continues it is very evident that Alaska Department of Fish and game under estimated the number of King salmon in the ocean. Limits of King salmon although limited to one per non resident angler for the remainder of the season is quite easy to accomplish as not only the sport anglers are landing fish but some of the trollers I talked with have been releasing many King salmon as well. Joan Pahor caught this Wolf eel while fishing for King salmon, her first and our first for the season.

Todd, Bob, Rich, Lyle, Ken, and Wade with a outstanding catch of fish

Todd, Bob, Rich, Lyle, Ken, and Wade with a outstanding catch of fish

Joan, Bob, and Don with a great catch of King, and Silver salmon, and bottom fish.

Joan, Bob, and Don with a great catch of King, and Silver salmon, and bottom fish.

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July 20th sport fishing report, Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

LaShawn Stutz with her beautiful 30 pound King salmon.

LaShawn Stutz with her beautiful 30 pound King salmon.

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales Island. Craig is located in southern south east Alaska and boasts some of the most productive salmon and halibut fishing in the world due to its great location. If you come to Craig you will experience great fishing, great scenery and wildlife all without the crowds of towns like Sitka, Ketchikan and other larger coastal towns. When you come to Craig to sport fish you get the whole package of fishing unlike anywhere else in the world since this area has it all.

Today we did business as usual except we landed our King salmon as if they were penned up waiting for us. Captain Joel had already landed his King salmon the previous three days so we were needing ours as we had focused mostly on silver salmon and bottom fish our previous 2 days. Today our focus was first Silver salmon, then King salmon, and third bottom fish. So after we landed our silver salmon we went searching for King salmon which avoiding the sea lions and other boats went on the prowl in new areas and were rewarded by a great King salmon bite that lasted 40 minutes or so, but ended in a great catch of King salmon. Then off to get our Halibut which proved to be another long day trying to catch the “big one” but did land a few smaller and one nice 44″ butt. Let the photo’s tell the tale.

Destin, LaShawn, David, David, and Stan with their great catch of King salmon and bottom fish. (Missing is Carter)

Destin, LaShawn, David, David, and Stan with their great catch of King salmon and bottom fish. (Missing is Carter)

Luke, Neil, and Dario with their great catch of halibut and silver salmon.

Luke, Neil, and Dario with their great catch of halibut and silver salmon.

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July 15th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Fishing or catching remains outstanding as limits of King salmon and Coho’s or Silver salmon are easily caught by early morning as these fish are everywhere. Today was no different as limits were easily acquired by early morning then off to the halibut fishing where both boats had to release oversized halibut but did land some nice ones under 45″ but no over 68″.

Chuck, Bill, Dan, Chuck Curtis, Nils, and Jack

Chuck, Bill, Dan, Chuck Curtis, Nils, and Jack

Tim, Don, and Don Sr.

Tim, Don, and Don Sr.

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July 8th fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today the wind was predicted to blow 20 knots SW and that it did so we were more limited on where we might fish. We decided to head for our Coho spot with Blake and his crew and Joel decided to run off shore where he heard there was a good King bite the previous day. We had 30 Coho’s within an hour or so and then needed to find some King salmon. Joel’s report was windy, rain in the face and had not a fish in the box yet. We decided to head to a more protected spot in hopes of finding some King salmon but en-rout  Joel called and let me know he had found a good bite having a double on Kings so we swung and headed his direction and when we arrived he had his 4 Kings and was still marking fish. There were also other boats showing up and landing Kings so we dropped in and soon were landing kings as well and it became chaotic but in a short time landed out limit as well and also Captain Blake with his crew of 4. Halibut fishing was a bit tougher as the waves had not quite met the 8 footers that the weather service had forecasted but was close with a 15 knot wind to make it interesting. We spent 3 hours looking for our limit of halibut and ended up landing some nice under 45″ butts as well as some Yellow Eye and a nice Ling cod we then headed for the dock.

Tyler, Darren, Mike, Pat, Mike, & Scott with a great catch of Salmon and bottom fish.

Tyler, Darren, Mike, Pat, Mike, & Scott with a great catch of Salmon and bottom fish.

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July 6th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Darren Mitchel with his 163 pound Halibut.

Darren Mitchel with his 163 pound Halibut.

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers have been reduced by the commercial troll fishery. Today we had 14 anglers at our lodge in 3 boats and by 8 am limits were had by all boats for a total of 84 Coho. Captain Joel got his limit of 24 Coho in one drift and we had our 36 in two drifts, Captain Blake also had his limit in 2 drifts.

We started the day with non stop coho’s 6 on most constantly until our limits were met, this is as good as it gets for Silver salmon and we can only guess that these fish are the result of the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association and it’s 5 million Coho release last June. We are hoping the Coho returns remain strong all summer as is predicted so if all goes well those coming to the Craig area to fish should be very happy anglers. King salmon were harder to come by today but since there are so many Silver salmon around it is also hard to find what Kings are around. Halibut fishing was good for us today with all boats limiting and we boated one Halibut over 68″ on the nose after over 5 hours of Halibut fishing for some bruisers.

Scott, Pat, Matt, Mike, Mike, & Darren.

Scott, Pat, Matt, Mike, Mike, & Darren.

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