Reports

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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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 16th- August 18th, 2014

 

Tiffany, Will, Dee, Tony, Kendra, and Tom with a nice catch of Coho!

Tiffany, Will, Dee, Tony, Kendra, and Tom with a nice catch of Coho!

Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska a family run fishing lodge where catching is our business. The past three days the Coho salmon have been coming in very good numbers near the outer coast with the fish averaging around 10 pounds live weight, the largest this last week at 12 pounds and the previous week we landed several at 16 pounds. It is amazing to see the size of these fish looking much like small King salmon,  everyone is exceptionally happy with what they have been catching. King salmon numbers  have tapered off with the commercial troll fleet having had 5 days of fishing and as the King salmon are moving on to their respective rivers to spawn. Landing limits of Coho by 8:30 am we then have been spending time looking for nice halibut, Ling cod, etc so not spending time looking for King salmon. The past 3 days all boats in the Craig charter fleet have been limiting on Coho in a reletively short time since the Coho numbers are up so well.  I will be getting tag reports from ADF&G for the Coho’s that we landed that were tagged and I expect the majority of these fish to be POWHA fish on the Klawock river. I take my hat off to the staff there raising these beauties as we enjoy their return to the Klawock river and how important this hatchery is to S.E. Alaska sport and commercial fishery.

Tiffany showing her appreciation to her Coho

Tiffany showing her appreciation to her Coho

Mike, Dwight, Bruce, Dave, and Curt with a great catch of fish!

Mike, Dwight, Bruce, Dave, and Curt with a great catch of fish!

Tiffany, Tom, Tony, Will, Kendra, and Dee with a great catch of fish!

Tiffany, Tom, Tony, Will, Kendra, and Dee with a great catch of fish!

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 27th and 28th, 2014

 

Dale, Rod, Ron, Lloyd, Doug and Dave with a great catch today.

Dale, Rod, Ron, Lloyd, Doug and Dave with a great catch today.

Salmon fishing in Alaska these past few days has continued to be strong as Washington State fish continue to be caught here off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. We are getting at least half a dozen tagged or fin clipped fish with reports from ADF&G coming back as Colombia river fish. Past two days the Kent Halvorsen group from Alberta Canada has been limiting on King salmon with the largest just under 30 pounds. The Stellar sea lions have been well fed by my boat as Joel seems to be invisible to the salmon eating monsters. We have lost 12 King salmon to them over the past two days and our frustration is at a peak. We blame Kent Halvorsen for his politically incorrect comments about the fish eating mammels and believe they are targeting us based on his statements. We are looking forward to the commercial fleet starting and am sure that the sea lions will get an education here in the next few days, something a charter boat would not dream of doing is educating sea lions. Check out more pictures on our facebook page at and like us if you do: https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge?ref=hl

Chris, Larry, Rick, Darren, and Kent with a great catch.

Chris, Larry, Rick, Darren, and Kent with a great catch.

 

Chris, Kerry, Larry, Rick, Kent, and Darren with their great display of fish!

Chris, Kerry, Larry, Rick, Kent, and Darren with their great display of fish!

 

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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 15 sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.

 

Captain Chuck with Carl Vedders 178 pound trophy Halibut.

Captain Chuck with Carl Vedders 178 pound trophy Halibut.

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.  August 15th we left the lodge with no wind, flat water, overcast skies, and high in the mid 60’s which was a great day to catch Silver salmon and bottom fish. We started locally for our Coho’s and landing a few limits moved on to the outer coast which was a little slower landing the limits of 66 Coho for 11 anglers but completed the job by 10 am then off for our Halibut and Ling cod, yellow eye as we needed a few more to tag out for the group. The group landed a great catch of fish in the 40″ to 45″ size range then Carl Vedders landed a beautiful 69 1/2 inch trophy weighing in at 178 pounds. When he brought it up it had a flasher in it’s mouth as it had eaten a Silver salmon off a troller and got the hoochi and flasher as a memento, so when she came up that flasher was along side her and would have been interesting to see how hard it pulled on the trollers lines. After the excitement from the group from landing the trophy halibut we went off to fish for our ling Cod and Jeff Nelson landed a beautiful trophy ling taping in at just 45″ which is the maximum in the slot limit unless you land one over 55″ which we have not done yet.

Tim, John, Steve, Clem, Mark, Don, Kirk, Jeff, Rocky, Clint, and Carl with another outstanding catch of fish!

Tim, John, Steve, Clem, Mark, Don, Kirk, Jeff, Rocky, Clint, and Carl with another outstanding catch of fish!

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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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August 5th & 6th sport fishing report for Kingfisher lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

 

Ray, Don, Jim, Phil, Terry, Kirk, Brad, Hollis, Barry, and Larry

Ray, Don, Jim, Phil, Terry, Kirk, Brad, Hollis, Barry, and Larry

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for August 5th & 6th again is consistent salmon fishing with fish most everywhere you want to fish. Some places are slower than others but you should be able to catch a salmon wherever you drop a line with any bait or lure remotely resembling  a herring or needle fish. Yesterday leaving the dock off the lodge their was a school of 20 or more Silvers swimming on the surface although we tossed our bait at them they swam off so we felt that fishing off the dock wouldn’t be what the guys came to Alaska to do so we headed for more secluded fishing. King salmon fishing again is still good and even caught one with the halibut gear dropping to the bottom so seems you can’t help but catch a salmon this year.  We worked hard for our Halibut last couple days looking for the barn door but came up short landing 5 or 6 in the 75 to 130 pound range, just too long for the 45″ minimum and too short for the 68″ minimum on maximum size. We did land some that were the 35″ to 45″ range which are the best in my opinion anyhow. They look good and taste better and leave the big females to do their spawning!

Jim with his trophy 45" monster Ling cod

Jim with his trophy 45″ monster Ling cod

Brad, Jim, Don, Terry, Mark, and Larry.

Brad, Jim, Don, Terry, Mark, and Larry.

 

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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 28th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Larry Haas with his 13 pound Silver salmon.

Larry Haas with his 13 pound Silver salmon.

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. 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 on the outer coast where migrating salmon interception is the best in the world. The remote location of Craig which is off the beaten path of the cruise ship route helps keep sport fish pressure down compared to places like Sitka. Sitka would be a rival if it were not for that reason. Sitka sport fishing is very good and many times better depending on the migration of salmon, but also be prepared to share that area with a hoard of tourists clamoring to get to their boats in the over crowded harbors and off to the fishing grounds. Kingfisher Lodge boasts all that Sitka has and more without the crowds. Today our 10 anglers left the dock at 5 am as usual and by 7:30 had limits of Silver salmon as Coho fishing remains strong here in the Craig area, probably all over S.E. Alaska for that matter. Larry Haas landed a beautiful 13 pound silver which was the largest we have boated this year, although many fall into the 10 pound range. Halibut fishing was again good, but we spent over 3 hours trying to get that better grade of butts and ended up with a nice catch in the end.

Ron, Bruce, Pete, and Jim with their great catch of fish.

Ron, Bruce, Pete, and Jim with their great catch of fish.

Sean, Dick, Jerry, John, Bob, and Larry.

Sean, Dick, Jerry, John, Bob, and Larry.

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July 27th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

John and his 39.7 pound King salmon.

John and his 39.7 pound King salmon.

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. 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. Today was a great day for trophy King salmon and Silver salmon fishing as the previous day we landed 5 King salmon and needed one more for today which was tagged out by John O’Hayre landing a 39.7 pound King which was entered in the Craig-Klawock King salmon Derby. John fought the King for over an hour and I expected it to be in the mid to upper forty pound range so was surprised it wasn’t bigger but just was a tough fish to land. Silver fishing was accomplished very early on as Silver salmon fishing remained strong and most boats limiting early on salmon. Halibut fishing remains good but time must be spent to consistently land upper grade fish so expect to put time into Halibut fishing if you want a good grade of fish. A good grade in my book is 32″ to 45″ with an occasional over 68″.

Sean, Dick, Gerry, John, Bob, and Larry with a fine catch of fish!

Sean, Dick, Gerry, John, Bob, and Larry with a fine catch of fish!

Bruce, Pete, and Ron, and Jim (missing)

Bruce, Pete, and Ron, and Jim (missing)

 

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