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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, August 14th

 

Don Hall with his $215 winning halibut that taped out at 45" (after much scrutiny by the other boys in the pot)

Don Hall with his $215 winning halibut that taped out at 45″ (after much scrutiny by the other boys in the pot)

Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska for August 14th we were again greeted by flat calm water as we left the dock at 5 am and returning to our fishing destination from the previous day we started fishing at about 6 am after watching a seiner land a net load of fish. The catching was obviously substantially slower as we could see that out of 5 boats in our vicinity that few fish were being caught compared to yesterday. We stuck it out for an hour or so landing 9 Silvers on our boat and Joel landing only 2. We decided to backtrack to a spot we had done well a few days ago and sure enough they were there so we landed our Silvers by 10:30 and then off to find our Halibut which we were pleasantly surprised by the quantity and quality of these butts so in no time both boats limited on the beauties and off to the lodge as the boys had emptied the coolers of all beer and bottle of Crown and were getting pretty thirsty.

Jeff, Clint, Tim, Carl, Don, and Steve with a great catch of Halibut

Jeff, Clint, Tim, Carl, Don, and Steve with a great catch of Halibut

"Gallant Maid" with a net full of fish off Noyes Island Alaska

“Gallant Maid” with a net full of fish off Noyes Island Alaska

John, Steve, Tim, Rocky, Clem, Don, Carl, Mark, Jeff, Kirk, and Curtis.

John, Steve, Tim, Rocky, Clem, Don, Carl, Mark, Jeff, Kirk, and Curtis.

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August 10th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

 

Mike, John, Larry, Mark, Jack, and Bud with a great catch of fish!

Mike, John, Larry, Mark, Jack, and Bud with a great catch of fish!

 Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.  August 10th we left the lodge with light winds and moderate seas with high temperature of 75 for the day. We stopped short from our destination and landed half a dozen or so Silver salmon then off to the outer coast and fishing a popular salmon spot where many charter boats fish and landed most of our 36 Coho’s and then as the bite died off we went after our halibut which we landed in just under two hours as well as some ling cod. Then we needed 15 more Silver salmon and so went searching and after 3 stops found a wide open Coho bite and landed the remainder of our fish in short order then headed for the beer garden and fire pit at the lodge!

 

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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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July 18th sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Twelve year old Carter Hutcherson with his 69" 171 pound Monster halibut he landed in 90 minutes.

Twelve year old Carter Hutcherson with his 69″ 171 pound Monster halibut he landed in 90 minutes.

Craig Alaska sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge for outside waters off Prince of Wales Island in southern S.E. Alaska. Today was another ho hum day of catching fish believe it or not as Coho fishing remains strong and predictable here in southern south east Alaska. Trollers and sport fishermen alike are enjoying the great numbers of salmon swimming under the boats as hungry as ever to bite on a fresh mooched herring. Halibut fishing for quality halibut on the other hand remains a tough fishery and many hours need to be counted on to produce nice catches like the photo’s below show. Today Captain Joel’s boats spent over 5 hours fishing for these quality fish and my boat spent 6 1/2 hours for our bottom fish catch.

 

Destin, Carter, David, LaShawn, Stan, and David with their outstanding catch.

Destin, Carter, David, LaShawn, Stan, and David with their outstanding catch.

Luke, Neil, and Dario with their great catch of the day.

Luke, Neil, and Dario with their great catch of the day.

 

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July 17th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Alaska Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today Captain Joel Steenstra was fishing with 3 anglers. Having hot weather and choppy water  he easily limited on Silver salmon and King salmon, as well as beautiful 48″ and under halibut while releasing one over sized fish. Captain Joel Steenstra continues to out perform most boats with his consistent catches both in salmon but especially halibut and other bottom fish. I rank him one of the top guides in Alaska due to his ability to always find fish,  looking for new areas and always learning about the habitat of the fish.

 Chatter on the radio was boats were struggling more to find their fish. Some of this was probably due to the sloppy outside waters keeping anglers from fishing many outside areas. King salmon limits for non resident anglers dropped to one for the rest of the season due to the apparent poor assessment of King salmon numbers by Alaska Department of fish and Game.  

Neil, Luke, and Dario with an outstanding catch of King salmon, Silvers, and Halibut

Neil, Luke, and Dario with an outstanding catch of King salmon, Silvers, and Halibut

 

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July 16th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska

Nils Backstrome with a trophy Ling Cod

Nils Backstrome with a trophy Ling Cod

 

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska.  Flat calm water and 70 degree temperature is what we dealt with today and limits of salmon by early morning. Although the groups King salmon limits had been filled the previous two days King salmon were still being caught as Joel’s boat landed 4 and my boat landed 2 Kings and releasing all but one on our boat. Salmon runs remain strong in the Craig area and will hopefully continue throughout the summer. Halibut fishing remained good as well as other bottom fish.

 

 

Don, Larry, and Tim with a nice catch. (missing is Don Sr. and Barry).

Don, Larry, and Tim with a nice catch. (missing is Don Sr. and Barry).

Jack, Bill, Curtis, Chuck, Chuck, and Dan after 3 days of great weather and fishing.

Jack, Bill, Curtis, Chuck, Chuck, and Dan after 3 days of great weather and fishing.

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July 8th fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

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.

Tyler, Darren, Mike, Pat, Mike, & Scott with a great catch of Salmon and bottom fish.

Tyler, Darren, Mike, Pat, Mike, & Scott with a great catch of Salmon and bottom fish.

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July 3rd sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Ryan, Mike, Brady, Andy, Conner, & Kerry with a super catch.

Ryan, Mike, Brady, Andy, Conner, & Kerry
with a super catch.

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!

Conner, Brady, Grampa Mike, & Andy

Conner, Brady, Grampa Mike, & Andy

Jack with Captain Chuck and his beautiful King salmon

Jack with Captain Chuck and his beautiful King salmon

 

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