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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 7th, & 8th, 2014

Enjoying the time together around the fire despite the inclimate weather, truely hearty souls.

Enjoying the time together around the fire despite the inclimate weather, truely hearty souls.

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge and the Craig area. Today my boat had a hard time finding our King salmon while Joel landed 5 King salmon we only landed 3 although we did land 16 Silvers and Joel 20, in all the 7th was a good day but not as good as we would have liked. The 8th turned out to be much better landing our limits of King salmon although we had to work at it all day and landing a few nice Halibut along while salmon fishing. Both boats landed a total of 20 silver salmon and 12 King salmon as well as bottom fish. Largest halibut of the day was 44″. Weather was pretty tough as winds blew from the south at 20 knots as forecasted with a heavy mist of rain pelting us in the face but we stuck it out as other boats left one by one with less than their limits and chatter on the radio sounded as though boats were struggling to get their fish. Silvers still have not shown up in numbers so we are anxious for that. Word from a local lodge that they were traveling north and limiting on silvers but the distance is beyond what we want to travel and expect the Silvers to continue to show up in better numbers as the days pass by. Check out more pictures on our facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge or click on the Facebook icon on the blog page.

The boys with the days catch of fish not including the rest of their bottom fish.

The boys with the days catch of fish not including the rest of their bottom fish.

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 6th, 2014

Mike and Chris with their nice King salmon.

Mike and Chris with their nice King salmon.

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 6th, 2014. The next three days we have 12 anglers looking to catch limits of King salmon, silver salmon, halibut and other bottom fish and today we fished off Noyes island. Joel’s boat landed their 6 King salmon pretty early in the morning while we were at 3 for much of the morning then going off Baker island we were able to find a nice bunch of King salmon as well as Silvers landing a total of 25 silvers for two boats which is quite a bit less than last year at this time. Our halibut we landed while salmon fishing getting some nice 38 to 40″ fish.

Scott, Darren, Mitch, Mike, Richard, Pat, Brian, Chris, Dave, Jerry, Milton, and Bill.

Scott, Darren, Mitch, Mike, Richard, Pat, Brian, Chris, Dave, Jerry, Milton, and Bill.

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 2nd and 3rd, 2014

 

Kerry, Conner, Brady, and Mike Rodgers

Kerry, Conner, Brady, and Mike Rodgers

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. The past few days fishing was pretty good considering the commercial trollers were out in numbers offshore catching King salmon off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. With King salmon limits for non-resident sportfishermen reduced to one a day from two as of July 1st. we had an easier time landing limits of King salmon early. We sportfished some inside spots the past few days and also a few off shore trying to avoid the Sea lion problem off the outer islands landing our limits of King salmon and some silver salmon. Most boats were complaining of the Sea lions taking many fish yesterday and today and as we have had our belly’s full of losing fish to them we were happy to have avoided them. It sounds as though most boats are limiting on King salmon in the Craig area but Coho’s are less abundant but seem to be showing up more each day. The last few days we have landed about half a dozen Coho per boats. Above photo shows the Mike Rodgers family with 10 year old Brady with his 26.5 King salmon. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge

Ryan, Andy, Mike, Kerry, Brady, Conner, Chase, Vanessa, and Steve.

Ryan, Andy, Mike, Kerry, Brady, Conner, Chase, Vanessa, and Steve.

 

 

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Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska June 23rd, 2014

 

Sackett and Dad Andres with a beautiful King salmon caught by Sackett.

Sackett and Dad Shawn Andres with a beautiful King salmon caught by Sackett Andres.

Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge an Alaska sportfishing lodge. June 23rd was the ending of the 30 knot wind storm that had blown in on Sunday the 22nd stirring up the ocean to 10ft. seas or so. We decided to leave the dock a little later as both groups going and coming had to take the ferry to make their flights. We went to Granite pt. first off as the ocean had layed down to 4 or 5 foot swells and dropping in first was 8 year old Sackett Andres from Montana who immediately hooked a nice King salmon but after a few minutes of fighting the fish it was attacked and eaten by a very large bull Stellar Sea lion. This Sea Lion continued to harrass us eating 4 out of the 5 King salmon we hooked in less than one hour. After having enough of that entertainment we decided to go north to Noyes island where word was there was some fish and maybe less Sea Lion activity. We arrived and after a hour hooked our first King salmon and just as we thought we would land the fish the fish was also eaten by the local bull Sea lion. We talked to one of the other boat captains and he said he lost 9 out of the 10 King salmon to the pesky Sea Lions. We decided to burn some gas and headed south to avoid the fish eating mammels and try to get some in the boat. We finished the day with half our limits as Joel ended up with his 10 King salmon by sticking it out off Noyes island.

Butch Smith group with a great catch of fish.

Butch Smith group with a great catch of fish.

 

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Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, Friday June 13, 2014

Friday the 13th started out slow with us landing only 3 Kings early on and Joel only needing one King to tag out his guests went north while we were south. Many boats ended up off Sumez island but after several hours of few fish being landed boats started looking off shore as the seas had layed down after the previous days of westerlies. It wasn’t long before chatter on the radio was the Kings were there so off we went and as soon as the baits hit the bottom salmon were on and all boats were limiting in a few hours on King salmon. Friday the 13th ended great for the fishermen and not so good for the fish.

Matesi and Vilaneauva familys outstanding trip.

Matesi and Vilaneauva familys outstanding trip.

Matesi family.

Matesi family.

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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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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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July 26th sport fishing report for Prince of Wales Island, Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Dick O'Grady with his 74" 215 pound halibut

Dick O’Grady with his 74″ 215 pound halibut

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. The Prince of Wales sport fishing report for all three days has been business as usual for 2013 sport fishing and that is lots of fish or I should day lots of salmon. Today was no different than the whole summer as fish continue to flood into the Noyes Island area both King salmon and Silver salmon are abundant with most boats limiting within an hour of fishing. It helps that so far few seine boats have been fishing the outside area due to few pinks in close to the shore I assume that is why they are somewhere else. Alaska salmon fishing appears that it will remain strong throughout the summer which is our hope. Weather continues to be unreal with calm seas and sunny skies. Today we landed some nice King salmon as well as silvers salmon, Halibut fishing was outstanding with Dick O’Grady landing a 74″ 215 pound Halibut and Larry Haas loosing one up to the boat that was within an inch of Dick’s. We also released several over one hundred pounds due to the under 68″ rule but also landed some nice 45″ and under. Joel’s boat landed many King salmon and limits of Silver, Yellow Eye, Ling Cod etc. One large Ling Cod had a full King salmon in it’s belly which was pretty impressive. What predators they are!

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

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

Jim, Bruce, Ron, and Pete with a great catch!

Jim, Bruce, Ron, and Pete with a great catch!

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