Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the last week of July 2014. Although it appeared that the catch rate for Coho salmon has dropped the last week of July off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island fishing was still very good for King salmon and bottom fish including halibut. We limited on King salmon everyday but were short on Silver salmon on all but the last day in which Joel having 6 anglers landed their limits of big Coho or Silver salmon as well as limits of King salmon. After 15 years of fishing at our lodge Bob Cormack said it was his best day of fishing as he remembers. The local charter boats seem to be catching more and more fish as the rain, wind, and bigger tides may have brought more fish into the area as the migration of salmon builds off the outer coast and inside waters. The Colombia river has estimated 1.6 million Chinook or King salmon returning to that system this fall and we are for sure getting our share of those fish here as the information from the coded tags we have been catching conclude this.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Today we headed off Noyes island to hunt out more King salmon. Word was out that a 50 plus pound King salmon had been caught off the Pinnapple yesterday although we did not go there we still were in the vacinity to catch a big one. We fished pretty hard for 5 hours or so landing 4 King salmon and Joel landed 2 during that time frame plus a few Silver salmon but after about 9 am it was pretty slow. About noon we headed off getting our halibut then from there off where a Coho bite was going on, although we found lots of boats there we stayed off a bit landing 7 or 8 Coho and one nice King salmon. There were some kings caught on many boats and quite a few Coho were caught in different areas around Craig so it appears that more and more Coho are showing up, still not like last year yet and we don’t expect it to be that good for 2014 as 2013 was a unbelievable year as it was. See more pictures of these groups on our Facebook page.
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
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.
Today fishing was tough for most boats as chatter on the radio was tough fishing, but Captaing Joel did well catching his limit of 12 King salmon and us coming in second catching only 6 on our boat. Being in the right spot at the right time makes all the difference in the world and if you are not were the fish are you will end up short which is what we did. We did get a few nice halibut though while salmon fishing which helped out a bunch. We put in a long day trying for those remaining 6 Kings but to no avail.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 19th was again forecasted for heavy seas and 20 knot winds although we fished on the inside and kept out of the big water and my boat landed our Silver salmon in close to town while Joel and his crew went and tested the outside waters. They were happy to find a nice spot with a large swell but no wind and pleasant fishing with great catching of big Coho’s landing their limits in short order. Halibut fishing was again good with our boat landing a nice limit of 35″ to 45″ butts, and Joel’s boat landing a nice 68″ 170 pound halibut by Talon Stephan. Joel was guiding the Stephan family from North Dakota for their family fishing vacation and they said it was their best family vacation ever which says quite a bit for this area and their captain.
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″.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today the wind was predicted to blow 20 knots SW and that it did so we were more limited on where we might fish. We decided to head for our Coho spot with Blake and his crew and Joel decided to run off shore where he heard there was a good King bite the previous day. We had 30 Coho’s within an hour or so and then needed to find some King salmon. Joel’s report was windy, rain in the face and had not a fish in the box yet. We decided to head to a more protected spot in hopes of finding some King salmon but en-rout Joel called and let me know he had found a good bite having a double on Kings so we swung and headed his direction and when we arrived he had his 4 Kings and was still marking fish. There were also other boats showing up and landing Kings so we dropped in and soon were landing kings as well and it became chaotic but in a short time landed out limit as well and also Captain Blake with his crew of 4. Halibut fishing was a bit tougher as the waves had not quite met the 8 footers that the weather service had forecasted but was close with a 15 knot wind to make it interesting. We spent 3 hours looking for our limit of halibut and ended up landing some nice under 45″ butts as well as some Yellow Eye and a nice Ling cod we then headed for the dock.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers have been reduced by the commercial troll fishery. Today we had 14 anglers at our lodge in 3 boats and by 8 am limits were had by all boats for a total of 84 Coho. Captain Joel got his limit of 24 Coho in one drift and we had our 36 in two drifts, Captain Blake also had his limit in 2 drifts.
We started the day with non stop coho’s 6 on most constantly until our limits were met, this is as good as it gets for Silver salmon and we can only guess that these fish are the result of the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association and it’s 5 million Coho release last June. We are hoping the Coho returns remain strong all summer as is predicted so if all goes well those coming to the Craig area to fish should be very happy anglers. King salmon were harder to come by today but since there are so many Silver salmon around it is also hard to find what Kings are around. Halibut fishing was good for us today with all boats limiting and we boated one Halibut over 68″ on the nose after over 5 hours of Halibut fishing for some bruisers.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers are reduced each day the commercial troll season is open. Today was the 3rd day the trollers were working off Noyes Island and their numbers appeared to be less than the day before and chatter on the radio was it had slowed down for them as well. We did well on King salmon landing 5 or 6 King salmon but only retaining 2 as many were smaller Kings and as they have one more day they wanted to save 2 tags for tomorrow. Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat with the Rodgers family did will landing many Kings and retaining 4 for the day and 6 person limits of Coho’s. Coho fishing is very good and limits are pretty easily had so that is good as ADF&G has reduced the King salmon bag limit down to 2 for a non resident, but still can catch 6 Silver salmon per day with no season limit. Silver salmon fishing should be a benchmark year as the Klawock river hatchery returning Coho’s are estimated at around 70,000 back to the river which means lots of Silvers on their way to the river which all sport and commercial fishermen will be after.
The Mike Rodgers family is up for a family fishing vacation and they are having a great time catching their limits of pretty much everything that is legal to catch including this nice 40 pound Halibut that Mike caught today. The boys are up each morning by 4:30 am and down at the dock by the 5 am departure which I am very impressed with and every time I see them they are reeling in a fish!