Here is my Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, or Prince of Wales sportfishing report.
This morning before 5 am I headed out by myself to the head of the bay to see if the St. Nicholas King salmon had any numbers congregating at the creek entrance by finding none I headed towards the islands in front of the house and although the area looked barren of King salmon or bait fish I put my downriggers out and within a few minutes had a King on which I promptly lost. I rerigged dropped down and again lost a king and so was the extent of the morning bite for me. The afternoon after the Matesi group had left Anjuli and I headed out to look for King salmon for her and her husbands freezer. Long story short she landed 4 King salmon retaining 3 and 4 silver salmon which wasn’t bad for a half day fishing.
June 15th Kingfisher Lodge fishing started out with light winds at 5 am with a forecast for 35 knot winds for the afternoon. Our goal was to get our King salmon early then off to get halibut before the winds made it too difficult to accomplish.
My daughter Anjuli went with us as Nick and Dylan had to go home, so our goal was 5 King salmon and 4 halibut. Dropping in at 6 am we doubled up on Kings landed both of those, we then hooked another landing it. Other boats had got word of the success and with a windy forcast making other spots more difficult to fish were there as well competing for the fish and sure enough they also were landing salmon so our catch rate started slowing down, but we did land one more and hooked 2 more, loosing them. So our total for the morning was 4 King salmon landed and 2 lost.
Then off we went for halibut and were not disappointed as we hooked a very nice halibut right off the bat, but had to let it go since it was about 55″ which falls into the 45-68″ size we must release. Then we hooked a nice halibut and while trying to get it in the boat knocked it off the hook so, with a sick stomach due to that disaster we continued on and eventually landed our limit of medium sized halibut and headed in towards home as the winds were now blowing a steady 25 knots. We are now in the dry of the lodge and watching the winds gust to 35 knots as predicted with rain pelting down and we are grateful for the fish that is now in the walk in freezer ready for the guests trip home tomorrow. Total kings for the group of 5 for 4 days fishing was 19 not including the 6 landed and released.
June 14th 5:14 departure from the dock at Kingfisher Lodge was again a pleasant morning with flat calm waters which made that early morning cup of coffee while underway a pleasure to enjoy not to mention the sea scape that was before us. King salmon fishing was our destination this morning and our goals were quickly realized as we caught King after King finishing our 5 fish limit in exactly one hour. We released 2 others one of which was larger than some that we kept, but having one hooked deep in the throat we kept him and released the larger one that was only hooked in the lip.
Our next destination was halibut and we chose a more northern spot than yesterday’s disapointment of the small halibut. Luck was on our side and we limited on a nicer grade of halibut with the largest measuring in at 43″ or about 40 pounds. The new regulation allows halibut that are 45″ and under or over 68″, all in between those numbers must be released so we were pretty happy to not have to let the larger one go.
Weather forcast for tomorrow is for gale force winds in the afternoon so hopefully we can get our fish and get back before the main storm arrives. Good job to the guests today!
Today we left the dock at 5:15 to a beautiful morning including flat water and partly cloudy skies. A group of 5 with a goal of landing at least 5 King salmon, 5 Halibut, and a limit of rockfish. Our first destination we located a large mass of baitfish and landed 6 king salmon with 2 double headers and keeping 4 Kings and with much optimism continued fishing but never did find the large mass of baitfish again while there so decided to move on to our next spot. Destination number 2 was a bit of a disapointment due to the NW winds that I was not expecting although not unfishable was a bit chilly as we were looking at a hillside with snow not more than a half mile away. We were not long in waiting before Denny hooked a very active king in the 30 pound range jumping and running about and as it turned out had the hook in his nose and is no doubt the reason for all the acrobatic behavior as you could imagine having a hook in your nose you would want it out the sooner the better. So here are some pictures of some beautiful fish and happy faces.
Rick, Carson, Kevin, Matt, Shaun, Emory, and Paul with Bear in the forground.
June 8th brought us a group of 7 great folks with a great attitude about catching fish, even though fishing was slow in some areas the first two days we did very well getting our limits of Kings, halibut and other rock fish. The last day the wind picked up to 35 knots and our fishing was more of a struggle landing only 4 Kings for 7 anglers. Total King salmon for the groups three days fishing was 18 for the 7 anglers. Hope to see this wonderful group of guys back next year.
Emory and Kevin
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 15th. Weather reports for the day were 30 knot SE winds, so a departure time of 5:15 was important and got us to our fishing grounds by 6 am which gave us two hours before low slack tide which was important as the silver salmon were biting much better on the outgoing tide and then as the tide slacked off the bite slowed down. Our goals were to get our fish before the slack happened and also the wind building. So we had 48 coho’s to get in two hours for two boats. Capt Joel on the Trinity outfished us again for the third day having his limit within an hour and a half and we finished our limits by the slack tide or within two hours of starting. We went out to the ocean looking for halibut despite word that the ocean was jacked up and blowing. Today the trollers were in numbers for their 3 day king salmon opening, so we dodged a few trollers in 25 knot winds and 8 foot seas but jogged our way to our halibut grounds. By the time we got there one of the guys was ready to chum for us which he did rather quickly so we dropped our lines taking advantage of the fresh chum. Taking a bit but getting bites within 15 minutes or so but by the time we had fish on the wind had increased to 30 knots and seas were breaking over the back of the boat making it difficult to fish with the drift due to the wind. One of the guys(won’t mention any names) landed a nice ling cod and as soon as the fish was boarded he performed an amazing power chum that will be etched in my memory for some time to come. I have never seen such a display of sure power in puking. At that point we had 2 more fish on the other lines and landed one halibut and one arrow tooth flounder. We decided to head in with the trollers that were mostly heading for calmer waters, and from there we fished for black sea bass catching our limits we headed in for the dock and hot showers. Such ended the 3 day trip for Don Blackmond and his crew, and Grady Jennings and his group. They limited each day on silver salmon, halibut, and picked up a few kings for the mix. Thanks guys for coming and hope to see you again soon.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 14th. The morning greeted us with flat calm water and high partly cloudy skies. We headed west to a spot we have frequented and was greeted by a few nice king salmon and 8 limits of silver salmon by a very early morning. From the wonderful biting silver salmon to the biting halibut we ended our day catching black sea bass and over sized and undersized ling cod. We took photo’s of the largest ling cod and released him which he was obviously very happy about as he sped to the bottom. Chatter on the radio sounded like limits for many boats were only a dream as silver salmon continue to be in low numbers in some areas although they seem to be consentrated along the kelp lines of many islands. Looking and working those areas can produce limits if persistant and lucky. Good job to the fishermen on both boats today!
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for the Craig Alaska area at Kingfisher Charters & Lodge on August 10th is KINGS! Today we left the dock at 5 am heading west to our old standby spot although Capt. Joel Steenstra went in to a spot he has been doing well at and I went to a spot I have been doing well. Joel’s boat landed 4 king salmon on his first drift and another on his second one so we high tailed it to where he was and landed 2 kings in 2 drifts and then that was it for us for awhile while Joel’s boat landed an additional couple kings. We continued fishing landing silver salmon but much slower than the previous day. In the end we limited on king salmon for both boats and about 65% limits on silvers. First day in a while we didn’t land our limits or close to limits of silver salmon. Chatter was mostly slower fishing for most boats as the coho’s were scarcer than previous days…optimistic that more will flush in as the season continues. Limits of halibut and sea bass were also completed today. Ocean was jacked up a bit but fishable, wind out of the west at 15 to 20 knots.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for August 5th from Kingfisher Charters & Lodge in Craig Alaska. Leaving the dock at 5 am we fished the Tree hole landing silver salmon and king salmon for both boats, finishing up off St. Joe’s for our king salmon. The Trinity guided by Capt. Joel Steenstra landed their 5 king salmon, 29 Coho’s, yellow eye, ling cod, and halibut limits, and the Jeanette Elaine landed 4 king salmon, 30 coho’s, limits of halibut for the day. Weather was sunny skies, 10 mph winds from the NW.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for the Craig area for August 3rd was good catching for Kingfisher Charters and Lodge. The Jeanette Elaine was the only boat out today with Dario and his son Neil DeGhethaldi. We started in for silvers first off landing 6 silver salmon in about 45 minutes. We then headed to the outside of Noyes island where we hooked 4 king salmon, landed 3 releasing one. Reports from the trollers is that they are shaking lots of King Salmon but not many Silver salmon out there as yet off shore.
Halibut fishing was next on the list and so we headed to an old spot off shore for our 37″ limit. Catching was slower than hoped but we finished up on those after about one hour settling for a couple at about 33 inches long. Later in the day we fished some rock piles landing limits of black sea bass, and yellow eye. Dario also landed a 120 pound halibut based on his length which we let go since the maximum halibut retained on a charter boat is 37″. So ended a 4 day trip with Dario and his two sons. We hope to see them back again in the future.