August 1st Prince of Wales sportfishing report from Craig Alaska at Kingfisher lodge is that fishing for kings remained steady but the silver salmon seems to be tapering off. Today the Trinity guided by Joel Steenstra landed its limit of kings the largest by Neil DeGhetaldi at 38 pounds. They also landed their limit of silver salmon and halibut. The Jeanette Elaine only landed one king salmon at 30.2 pounds and the limit of silver salmon and halibut, as well as ling cod.
Weather was light rain and calm winds.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Craig Alaska salmon and halibut fishing is that catching remains strong through today. Craig Alaska Charter fleet continued to limit on silver salmon as well as king salmon throughout the area. Although reports of the trollers seem to be low numbers of fish on the outside our catch rate is very high for the inside and coastal area. Limits on both our boats were completed by early morning as well as halibut limits. No rock fish or bottom fish were targeted by either group today. Weather remains calm with sunny skies this afternoon. Fishing on the outside of Noyes Island was very pleasant.
July 29th Prince of Wales fishing report for Kingfisher lodge in Craig Alaska began at 4:30 am departure landing the first king salmon and silver salmon by 5 am. The Trinity guided by Joel Steenstra landed 5 king salmon and 20 or so silver salmon by 6:30 am or so. The Jeanette Elaine was nearby and landing a total of 25 silver salmon but not one king salmon so we headed northwest by 6:45 am and catching our halibut went back to where we had been catching king salmon the previous day. We eventually landed 2 nice king salmon the largest by Larry was 30.2 pounds, good job Larry. So the group from Naples Florida landed a total of 240 silver salmon, 36 king salmon, and 40 halibut for their trip. Until next year same time same place.
July 26th we left Kingfisher dock at 5:15 am and since we had to wait for a couple of the guys to fly into Craig early in the morning since their flight was canceled we decided to fish close to home to pick them up at 9 am. The Jeanette Elaine stayed in close and the Trinity went out to the Tree off Noyes island with their crew. By 9 am the Jeanette Elaine had 3 kings and 18 silvers and came in to pick up the other 2 fishermen. We then went back to where we had been and picked up about another 5 silvers or so then called Joel on the Trinity and he was doing well on king salmon and silver salmon out west of us near the Cape. The group on the Trinity had limited on king salmon and silver salmon and headed for their halibut. We headed that direction and went to Hog Rock landing 2 kings and half a dozen silvers. Then went out halibut fishing landing our halibut and then on in to find more silver salmon which we did landing several quads which put us up to 35 coho’s for the day and 5 king salmon. Thus ended our day of salmon and halibut fishing near Craig both boats landing limits of salmon and halibut.
June 23rd at Kingfisher Lodge started the same as many days leaving the dock at 5 am but would end much different. Both boats arrived at the tree again and right off the silvers and kings were biting. The Trinity ended up landing 6 king salmon very soon and had 14 or so silver salmon as well by early on. Scott Wetstone had landed a 48.2 pound king salmon (6 hours later) which was the largest for him and for the group as a whole in I believe the 14 years of fishing salmon together. The Jeanette Elaine ended up landing their limit of silver salmon, 5 king salmon, halibut, and went on as the ocean was very nice to land their ling cod and yellow eye (snapper). What a day both boats had with limits of salmon, halibut, bottom fish, and a whopper king salmon for Scott and his group.
June 21st at Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska started by the “Nebraska Hookers” departing for Nebraska and the Jeff Wiper group arriving from Washington and California. They had planned on a half day fishing once they arrived so we left the dock at about 11 am and headed west to “Hog Rock” off St. Joseph island west of Prince of Wales island. We arrived to the lee side of the island after bucking a stiff westerly wind. Dropping in we immediatley started catching silver salmon, then a few kings. After the boats all left the king salmon really started biting and we had a few doubles and maybe a tripple hookup on King salmon. We landed 20 silver salmon and 10 king salmon in the 3 hour fishing trip. Off to a great start of their 3 day trip.
July 20th the “Nebraska Hookers” as they were named (based on the amount of King salmon, and Silver salmon they hooked) had another great day of fishing limiting on salmon and halibut by
12:30 pm. Fishing reports for the Craig, and west coast Prince of Wales island have been strong runs of salmon continuing as the summer hits mid season. Weather was also very stable allowing fishermen to enjoy their angling success with flat water and partly sunny skies. We thank the 6 couples who decided to fish with Kingfisher Lodge to do their family fishing vacation with us and we now have new friends from the great state of Nebraska!
July 19th fishing report for the prince of wales island area of Craig Alaska for king salmon, silver salmon, halibut and bottom fish remains strong. Limits can be had in all species as fish are plentiful and weather conditions are good enough for fishing in most waters if the fishermen have medium hardy stomachs. Todays king salmon were nice average size of 26 pounds for our two boats with coho salmon having a 7 pound average. Halibut are kept to the 37″ rule put into action by the IPHC. Visiting fishermen who come to the Craig area for fishing vacations are pleased for the most part as the salmon are in good numbers and plenty of bottom fish to satisfy most anglers. Weather has been a big help as well as it has remained a pretty stable system throughout the summer except for the 4th of July’s storm.
Craig fishing report at Kingfisher lodge is that fishing has remained very good in almost all areas fished. Boats are spread out if weather is permitting and King salmon, silver salmon and legal sized halibut, ling cod, red snapper are in abundance. Limits for coho salmon are being caught at very good time ratio’s as well as king salmon, although the king salmon limits might not all be met. Today a group of 12 on 2 boats had their silver limits by 10 am or so which is 72 fish as well as 5 king salmon. Nebraska folks are very happy but don’t like the roll the ocean had to offer.
July 16th the Stutz group decided to head for the same spot so we left Kingfisher Lodge near Craig for our third day of fishing. We expected the silver salmon fishing to be slow in the beginning since we had noticed slow fishing early the day before which we attributed to the later outgoing tide. Sure enough it was slow but the advantage is that it gives more opportunity for any king salmon that might be around to actually get time to bite our bait. This is exactly what happened 2 days in a row and we picked up 2 nice king salmon each day. After an hour of fishing and picking up a few silver salmon as well the catching and biting began to speed up and by 8:15 we had 33 silver salmon and 2 king salmon. For the next 45 minutes we could not get the remaining 3 silver salmon we needed and so planned to go hit our halibut spot while the tide was swinging, and then come back expecting the coho’s to be biting once again. So off we went to a rougher sea than expected due to the very light winds the past few days. I guess a system must be off shore and with the larger tides maybe humped up the water. We landed our 6 halibut and headed in to calmer water for black sea bass and a couple more ling cod which we accomplished after a time. Then back to our salmon fishing spot and sure enough we picked up our last 3 silver salmon to limit us out on them. Thus ended another great fishing trip and the group of 6 figured they landed approximately 220 plus fish with their salmon and bottom fish. So catching was what they did here this year as last year the salmon fishing was very poor this same week. Until next year same week.