Craig Alaska charter fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on the 20th of August 2019. The past 3 days fishing was very good except one day with strong northwest winds which made offshore fishing more difficult or out of the question for most anglers. Coho fishing remains strong at this point with limits being had by early morning most days. The Coho’s are gaining size and some off shore fish yesterday were quite impressive in size and Captain Harding found a large school of Coho off shore while black sea bass fishing, he said he couldn’t get through the Coho’s to get to the sea bass, that’s a great problem to have! Halibut fishing is good off shore but much more difficult inshore due to much pressure over the years is my guess. Next three days will be tough weather days as northwest gales to 45 miles per hour are in the forecast with 15 foot seas so it will be tough fishing for any offshore hopes. Coho fishing should be very doable though despite the wind and rain.
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!
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.
Craig Alaska charter fishing on Prince of Wales island for the 1st of August has been steady for Coho and bottom fishing. Although the Coho salmon are not in great numbers our boats have been limiting most days but the fish are very localized and in only a few areas. Charter boats that get antsy may fall far short of landing limits of these Silver salmon so perseverance pays the bills on that number. Trollers are now shut down until the 13th I believe which will help numbers a bit for the sport fishermen. Many of the highline commercial trollers (my son in law included) normally would average say 200 per day are now struggling to get 75 to 100 which indicates low numbers in the ocean which is a bit concerning. At any rate we are happy to be able to produce limits or close to limits each day for our guests and look forward to seeing the rest of you that will be coming later this month. You can check out our Facebook page for more pictures and thanks for reading my report!
Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the week of the 25th. Since I missed the past groups report I am now adding the past 6 days fishing with today being the last day fishing for our groups. King salmon fishing remains steady and if pursued limits of 1 per season per angler are not to hard to obtain. Coho fishing has been on and off depending on the commitment to getting them. Coho limits are also obtainable if you stick it out and put your hours in fishing for them in the right places. These Coho are heading back to the Klawock river where the Klawock river hatchery produces 5 million Coho smolt per year and after spending 18 months in the salt water are now returning home to spawn. (I might add that without this hatchery production the Craig area would be very bleak for Coho salmon so we very much thank the hatchery which is owned by SSRAA and run by Jeff Lundberg.) Last week we were limiting within a 3 hour period but the area off hole in the wall was very concentrated and sport charter boats were competing with commercial trollers and tempers were up a bit with the trollers frustration of sport boats scattered in where they were fishing. That area although fish still coming in were thinned out and now boats are fishing off Heceta island getting limits, although working for them. King salmon are also mixed in with the Coho or Silver salmon. Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a fishing report out that states that the Coho numbers are down in the Sitka area. “Silver fishing continues to slowly improve in the Sitka area with anglers starting to catch a few more silvers near Cape Edgecumbe and West Kruzof. Catch rates are lower than the recent ten-year average for the sample period of July 17th through July 21st and are the lowest catch rates Sitka has observed since 2010. It is still early, and more will be known about catch rates as the bulk of the runs near in the next couple weeks.”
King salmon will be closed by the Department of fish and Game as of August 1st. “The Southeast Alaska king salmon sport fishery is managed under the directives of the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 47.055). This plan prescribes management measures based upon the Southeast Alaska Winter Troll catch per unit effort (CPUE). The Southeast Alaska Winter Troll CPUE for the 2019 season is 3.38 which equates to 25,844 king salmon allocated to the sport fishery. To address the implementation of the new treaty agreement which includes provisions to reduce the Alaska harvest ceiling the following year if the Alaska harvest ceiling is exceeded, the sport fishery is being managed conservatively with a harvest target of 25,300 treaty king salmon in 2019. As directed by the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan, if restrictions are necessary to keep the sport fishery within its harvest allocation, nonresident anglers will be restricted first, and the department shall only restrict resident anglers if nonresident angler restrictions are insufficient to remain within the sport harvest allocation. Based on king salmon harvest estimates to date and the projected harvest for the remainder of the season, a period of king salmon nonretention for nonresident anglers is necessary to ensure that the sport fishery remains within its harvest allocation.”
Bottom fishing remains strong in the Craig area, but Alaska department of fish and game will be closing the retention of rock fish which includes Yellow Eye and all rock fish, but not Ling cod as of midnight July 25th. Black sea bass are a pelagic fish and do not fall under that description so they will be available to catch.
The sportfishing report for the west Prince of Wales island area off Craig Alaska for the past 3 days showed an increase in salmon in the area especially after a much needed rain. On the 3rd day of the trip after a good rain the Coho and King salmon appeared in larger numbers off the inside waters of Noyes island. The first two days we didn’t get much rain but the evening of the second day it rained a good amount and the next morning the Silver or Coho salmon were abundant and limits were caught by most charter boats in the Craig area during the day and it appeared the trollers were also catching better as they passed by the sport boats. Bottom fishing remains steady.
Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for the 14th of July. The past three days weather has been as good as it could get with flat calm seas, no rain, and partly sunny skies with some patchy fog. King salmon fishing remains good with nice fish being caught in the 40’s and a few in the 50’s although an average size of 20 pounds would be more of the norm. We have been going on day one and getting our kings hopefully early then spending the next three days on bottom fish and Coho salmon. Yesterday the 13th was the first day 2 of our boats had Coho or Silver salmon limits and it appears that we will hopefully be getting a steady increase in Coho numbers, weather or not limits can be obtained each day remains to be seen, but even half limits will be very good for this part of the season. Bottom fishing remains strong or good. Check out our Facebook page for more photos.
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Fishing report for the 1st of July thru the 11th of July at Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island Alaska. The past week has been very good for King salmon and a big grade of Kings have been getting caught off Noyes island in the regular spots although for us the Cape has been our go to spot each day and haven’t been down to the Rock pile or Pineapple rock for quite some time since we are getting what we need before having to go down. Coho’s have been sprinkling in to the area mostly off shore but some making there way inside although the most we have got on one boat is 11 I believe in a day for one boat. Yesterday we got our Kings very quickly landing 15 Kings in an hour for 3 boats and then later landing and releasing 5 more off shore while coho fishing on my boat. We only landed 5 Coho or Silvers yesterday on our boat and the other boats landing 10 or so between 2 boats, but lost a few as well. The Kings were nice though averaging 25 pounds the largest at 29 pounds.
Halibut fishing has been picking up as well and bottom fishing remains good too in the Craig, Prince of Wales area. Thanks for reading the report and look forward to seeing those coming up this summer, everyone has been having a great time this summer with very calm and warm weather so far……we are hoping it continues although we need some heavy rain for the streams as we had very little snow pack in the mountains this winter.
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.
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.