Craig Alaska Charter fishing for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island the past week has been pretty steady considering the weather last week when we experienced high winds and high seas making fishing more difficult. Our boats had 4 GAF to catch and so one day limits of Coho were sacrificed to make time to catch the big halibut. Captain Braden Harding landed his two GAF on the first day plus most of his Coho limit and Captain Nils Backstrome landed his two GAF on the second day of the 3 day trip as well as his Coho limit, Captain Sean Curry landed his limits on day one and three but day two was cut short due to the high winds and rain the guests wanted to come in. The last group of the season is only comprised of 4 anglers and Captain Nils Backstrome is guiding them so yesterday and today he landed his limits of Coho and bottom fish including the black sea bass. He has one more day ending the season but I have on doubt he will accomplish what he has to do landing those limits as weather has been outstanding the past few days and the 10 day forecast
remains very good for wind and sun! Thanks to all for reading my report for the summer although I was late in starting I did keep it consistent for the summer. (Jeff Lundberg from SSRAA who runs the Klawock Hatchery gave me some crap for being “Lazy”) so thanks Jeff for getting on me and I want to thank SSRAA, Jeff Lundberg and his great staff for producing a outstanding run of Coho salmon for Prince of Wales sport fishing in the Craig area as well as Sea Otter sound area. Jeff tells me that as of the day of this writing the Klawock hatchery is responsible for 100,000 Coho contribution to the fishery with 9,000 of those fish to sport, that’s 75,000 more than the next closest hatchery! Great job Klawock hatchery!!
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Wishing everyone a great rest of the year and look forward to all those returning guests to Craig Alaska and Kingfisher Lodge.
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.
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.
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.
Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge for the last group of the season and last week of the month of August. We had 15 guests in for the last groups and landed the remainder of our 42 GAF halibut and limits of Coho salmon all except the one day Captain Harding needed 2 GAF halibut so he put his efforts into catching two 100 plus fish as well as 90 plus big Coho’s for his boat, good job Braden! Nils finished strong as well landing limits of Coho’s and halibut and some really nice Ling cod. Captain Steenstra landed his limits of fish as well and this concludes Captain Joel Steenstra’s last season for Kingfisher Lodge. Joel has become one of the best guides in the area and has a work ethic like non other. Not many captains can guide anglers without a deck hand and produce limits day after day and year after year. Joel will do well in his new business “Wide Open Charters” and anyone that fishes with Joel will not be disappointed. We can’t say enough great things about Joel and he has become like a family member to us over all these past 10 or 12 years of working for us. He started as a single guy and now he has a wonderful family of 5, his own home, boat and business, Thanks Joel and good luck in all you do. You will do well no doubt about that.
Thanks again for reading my reports this summer and look forward to next year and hopefully lots of fish to catch.
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.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge located in Craig Alaska has been a sportfishing lodge since 1994 a family run operation specializing in ocean salmon and halibut fishing trips including bottom fish of different varieties. This report is for August 5-7. The past 3 days weather was as good as it gets with sunny skies and flat calm water. Coho or Silver salmon fishing which what is the focus this time of year has been spotty, meaning one day very good the next maybe not so good. It seems that within most guests 3 day trip they will get one really good day and the other days will be partial limits of Coho. King salmon have been good considering a non resident is only allowed one King salmon for his trip after August 1st but if given the time it is possible to fill that limit. Bottom fishing and Halibut fishing has been good but we are traveling more distance to accomplish that goal. The retention of Yellow eye and all n0n-pelagic rock fish are closed throughout August, although Pelagic rock fish are open which would be your black sea bass. I will let the pictures speak for how the past groups did these past 3 days. Thanks for reading my report.
Alaska Kingfisher Lodge is a trophy fishing lodge located on Prince of Wales island near Craig Alaska. This is a fishing report for the past 3 days fishing for 3 groups of anglers from different locations around the U.S..
Coho catch rate increased dramatically the past 3 days landing limits each day or close to it with a few Kings mixed in (3 total I believe). I can’t speak for other lodges or anglers but I believe most boats were at least getting good numbers of Coho if they were in the right spots. Halibut fishing was good but ocean conditions were not too nice and some of the fishermen got sick trying to get GAF halibut off the outer coast, but by day 2 they did land 2 of the 3 GAF fish. The last day winds increased up to 35 knots and outside ocean conditions were not what most folks wanted to brave so fishing remained on the inside calmer waters yesterday and what would normally be a 45 minute ride home ended up about 90 minutes due to the choppy seas. I would also like to mention the Bob Pahor family is the longest customer who has returned each and every year since 1996, and they can catch fish! We thank them for all their business over the many years of our family operation. They watched our children grow from little children to having children of their own and still involved in the family business.
Craig Alaska fishing report for July 23rd thru the 25th for Kingfisher Lodge. Last three days started good and got better by the last day as more silvers and kings started to move in. We were landing close to limits of Coho’s and a few king salmon and some boats were limiting on King salmon in the Craig charter fleet. We spent each day looking for GAF fish so limited ourselves to more salmon fishing but landing 5 GAF halibut in the 3 days. Fish and Game graph shows Coho’s meeting 2013 returns for the past 4 days this week and we did see the increase in the sport fishing as well. Thanks for reading my report and we are hoping that the fish keep coming!
Craig Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for June 16th thru the 18th. Although fishing has been spotty here in the Craig area the past three days fishing was ok. Having 3 boats not all boats limited on Kings every day depending on where you decided to go fishing. Noyes Island has been a on off again area so if you decide to go on the wrong day it may not go well for you. It has been tougher on these three days but overall fishing was ok, I will add that there are an abundance of shaker or under 28″ Kings which are fun to land but don’t end up in the cooler.
We landed 3 GAF halibut so that helped quite a bit with the catch poundage along with sea bass, ling cod and yellow eye. Right now as I am writing this the boats are out and last two days including today the boats limited on Kings by 8:30 a.m.
so maybe it is looking up. Unfortunately the King salmon limits will be set back to one come July 1st so a non resident will only be able to retain one King salmon for the trip up. We are hoping the Silver salmon show up very soon!!