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!!
July 13 sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska. Today was a great day out King salmon fishing as we headed out with 12 anglers intent on landing 12 King salmon. Catching started out ok landing 3 Kings early then as the morning slowed down we went halibut fishing and after limiting on halibut we moved back to King salmon fishing and dropping down landed a nice 25 pound King right away. We had stumbled into a nice bunch of fish but had trouble landing some as they neared the boat some of the guys had poor hookups so hooks came out before we could land them. Perseverence paid off though and we ended up landing 10 Kings between 2 boats for the day. Word on the radio was for most boats getting their limits or close to it. Water conditions were ideal.
Tuesday June 11th was a good day to be fishing for King salmon as both boats with a total of 12 anglers limited on King salmon. Water was nice sun was out and we had a great time. Biggest King was 29 pounds caught by Julius Matesi. Halibut fishing and bottom fishing remains steady but still landing no 68″ or above yet.
June 5th thru the 9th brought us two groups of 6 and 4 persons the 4 person group being the Seth Mitchner group and the 6 person group being the Pete Anselmo group. The sport fishing report for this week for the Craig area started out by gale warnings from NOAA weather which was spot on as gale force winds blew in on the morning of the 6th with seas building to 15 feet by the 7th. Fishing was still ok although tough due to weather the guys did ok landing most of their limits of King salmon actually for both groups just shy of their limits by one king each or two kings for 10 anglers, not bad considering the water conditions. We had a tough crew though who came here to fish and weather or not toughed it out. Halibut fishing was a bit tougher as water conditions kept us from some of the areas we might normally fish. By the last day though we got limits of bottom fish and had to release a nice 90 pound halibut due to the size restriction of having to be over 68 inches which gave a few groans from the crew but were accepting of their fate of it all. Scott Benshoof of Las Vegas is now leading the King salmon derby with his 43 lb King.
Prince of Wales & S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska was a windy day to be on the water. Sportfishing off of Prince of Wales on the west side was westerly winds blowing 25 knots and by Monday were up to gale force winds with boats restricted to the lee side of any island that would offer protection from the built up seas on the outer coast. Inside spots were slim that had any quantity of fish and for many they ended up off of East side of Cape Addington where boats are protected but the wind blows over the cape and down causing williwaws and pretty tough fishing. We chose to fish the inside islands which worked well on Sunday landing 31 Coho’s on our boat and Joel ended up with 3 King salmon and 8 or 10 Coho’s. I had 3 children on my boat LaShawn 13, Carter 10 and David 8 and each one outfished the adults landing their limits early on in the morning. Halibut fishing was great and we ended up braving the ocean wind and swell and were rewarded with a nice 75″ or over 200 pound halibut caught by 13 year old LaSawn Stutz. We also landed several other under 45″ halibut, as well as two of which we had to release that were in the 75 to 100 pound class but in the slot size 45″ – 68″.
Monday fishing was very tough for us as we headed for our last spot of success the day before, but landed only 7 silvers there then spending the next 4 hours looking for large halibut, but with the winds even more severe than on Sunday were restricted to where we could fish. Long story put short we ended up burning some gas traveling up to Cape Addington to land some small halibut to finish up that limit. Word was most boats struggled to catch anywhere near limits due to the gale force winds that is keeping boats off major salmon and halibut migration routes. I might add that on Monday the kids were all wore out from the two previous days and since they were not fishing I suspect that is why our fish count was down as they were the ones putting fish in the boat on Sunday.
Prince of Wales & S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 12th. Sportfishing on Prince of Wales island in the Craig area was a bit slower today as not only did fishing die down a bit but the N.W. winds picked up to 25 knots which limited areas to fish. We started out fishing the inside and many boats found quick morning bites that landed them some of their King salmon and Silver salmon but most of those petered out for the most part and many boats came home shy of limits. We for our part ended up landing 3 Kings, 12 Coho, 6 nice halibut and one Ling cod. Joel landed 4 Kings, 10 Coho, and half his limit of Halibut due to landing up to 8 large skates which took up a bunch of his time. We ended up landing some nice halibut but on one which we estimated between 75 and 100 pounds an extra large bull sea lion took our halibut from 200 feet of water and up to the surface it came out about 500 yards or more. David Stutz brought his Shimano TLD 50 two speed reels and thats what he hooked it on thankfully but after about a half hour of pulling against that big old bull all he got back was part of the head. He said it was better than fighting a large marlin. So check out the picture of what was left…not much but lips and some gill plate. Had a great day though but with the winds building and seas mounting by the time we were done it was blowing 25 knots and 6 to 7 foot seas on the outside waters and we had 4 in the cabin and 2 out fishing. Tomorrow will be to rough to fish those outside waters I am pretty sure.
Sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge on Prince of Wales Island, Craig Alaska July 12th, 2012. Today was a great day to be a sport fisherman or a landlubber since the water was great for both as water was flat calm on the wide Pacific Ocean and light winds made it easy to be a ocean fisherman or angler. The west coast of Baker island was the choice for most charter fishermen and their clients as the salmon fishing there had been good the past few days. The 11th or previous day the Orca or Killer whales made their appearance and covered the whole Noyes and Baker islands probably laying waste to a fair amount of salmon so on the following morning it seemed all boats were marking fish on their sounders but biters were few and far between. Was it the Orca that put the fear into the fish was much speculation with us all…as it was if you stuck with it you finished up on your Chinook limit and did pretty well on Coho limits as well. Halibut fishing remained good and if you put effort into the fishery can come out pretty good with effort and a bit of luck. So the photographs show nice halibut from our groups and happy anglers were the result of the effort put forth.
Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales in Craig Alaska for July 10th started out with a South West wind so we sped up to Noyes island where we had fished the previous trip while Joel and Rapheal went off Baker island looking for salmon. We started out landing a couple king salmon fairly soon then a third but that slowed down so we moved on down the beach where other boats were landing fish and we started landing silvers and King salmon although the baby halibut were in such prodigious numbers that it wore me and all my leaders out trying to keep releasing them and rebaiting. By 11:30 we had 19 coho’s and 6 King salmon so were happy with that. Joel and Raphael had limited on Kings with their groups and moved on to Halibut as we did as well.