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!
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Fishing for King salmon, Silver salmon, Halibut and bottom fish was still again another spectacular day. We landed our limits of King salmon and a few limits of Silver salmon with Kent Halvorsen from Alberta Canada landing his first “Tyee” King salmon after 10 years of fishing Canada. His fish weighed in at 34 pounds and he was pretty happy about it saying “after 10 years of King salmon fishing I finally got a Tyee”. I told him he just was in the wrong place all these years. Halibut fishing also remains strong and a nice grade of halibut can be had if time and effort is put into it. The goal is any halibut 45″ or under or 68″ and over with any size in between those numbers having to be released. It appears the reduction of sport and commercial caught halibut has helped increase numbers and quality of the halibut.
The sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on the 24th of June was another outstanding day of catching both King salmon and Halibut. Weather remained stable with light and variable winds and calm seas. Limits of King salmon were accomplished with relative ease as well as half limits or more of Silver salmon depending on where you were fishing. It appears that all outside waters in southern S.E. Alaska contain large schools of King salmon and the halibut continue to come in better numbers of larger fish.
June 22nd sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska and S.E. Alaska outside waters off Prince of Wales island. King salmon fishing remains very good with limits very easy to catch. The size of the King salmon are medium size in some areas and just legal in others where school fish are concentrated. Our largest King for this group in 3 days was 30 pounds and an average size of probably 23 pounds per King in the round weight. Today my boat caught no Silver salmon and Joel’s boat landed 6. Word is there are limits of Silvers to be had in some areas although we concentrated on larger halibut and our efforts were rewarded with one over 68″ and several nice 42-45″ butts. Neil Johnke landed his trophy halibut after several hours of hunting for a over 68″ butt. Neil got almost spooled as the halibut took off stripping out over 400 feet of Tuff Line on the Shimano TLD 20 2 speed reel and a Seeker SHS-60 Jigging rod. He landed the fish after a good half hour fight. Joel’s boat landed several 42-45″ butts and released a nice 64″ Halibut.
Water remained calm with light winds. Today writing this blog the skies are sunny and light west wind blowing 70 degree temperature.
June 21 sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and southern S.E. Alaska outer coast. Today our weather was calm winds with patchy fog and running out to the fishing grounds was a pleasant ride but had to use the radar for much of the trip. We started out a bit slower today but were landing Silver salmon right a way as well as loosing a King. After the tide change the catching picked up and we landed many King salmon for the days fishing including a few limits of silvers. Fish are still in good numbers and we hope they keep coming in so all our fishermen coming up will have lots of catching to do.
June 17 fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Today started out with a southwest wind blowing in off the ocean making travel out to the fishing grounds a bit choppy and hard to drink a cup of coffee. We stayed inside fishing rather than going off shore, but most boats went on by us trying to get off flat rock on the outside of Noyes Island where they had been doing so well the previous days. The ocean was rougher and boats were complaining of a slower bite and sloppy water. Boats did limit on King salmon for the most part but did not enjoy the productive fishing that was present the previous days. Silver salmon were again being caught in small numbers today, halibut fishing was tougher mostly due to weather.
Tuesday June 11th was a good day to be fishing for King salmon as both boats with a total of 12 anglers limited on King salmon. Water was nice sun was out and we had a great time. Biggest King was 29 pounds caught by Julius Matesi. Halibut fishing and bottom fishing remains steady but still landing no 68″ or above yet.
Alaska Salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, August 4th, 2012 was another great day for salmon fishing and mooching as the Coho runs remain strong on the outside and inside waters around the Craig area. Boats around Noyes island were all limiting on Silver salmon early in the day and some landing King salmon. The ocean was settling down with no wind on the water but still built up a bit from the previous days wind and large tides. The Jeanette Elaine fished inside Noyes island limiting on our coho by 10 am but the Trinity limited on silvers in record time including a nice 23 pound King salmon caught by Ray Stevenson and they limited by 9 am or so within an hour after arriving to the rock pile.
Halibut fishing is also remaining strong as the groups on both boats landed nice halibut with Phil Soulen landed a nice 69″ butt and the rest of the group landing nice size butts as shown by the group photo above. There were at least 5 over-under sized fish that were in the 75-100 pound range that had to be released. The remaining halibut were ranging from 45″ down to 38″.
Alaska Salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and Prince of Wales island for July 31st and August 1st. July 31st the weather was predicted to blow up to 30 knots and seas building to 8 feet and the weather man is always right when he predicts wind and rain it seems. We got our limits of Silver salmon and Halibut yesterday but had to pound our way back to the lodge at a modest speed of 15 knots or so and we were all soaking wet due to the torrential rain and pretty beat up by the time we tied the boats to the dock, not pictures as everyone headed for hot showers and stiff drinks!
August 1st we woke to the flags draped around the flag pole and not a ripple on the water or any rain. We went straight to St. Joseph island and picked away at our Silver salmon which by 9:30 or so had close to our limits of those and went out to land our Halibut. Joni Pahor landed a nice 100 pound halibut but had to let it go since it was under the 68″ required by the IPHC. We landed 2 nice 44″ “Butts” though and then one smaller one as well as a nice 38″ Ling cod. From there we headed up to the Rock Pile to try our luck at King salmon and were rewarded with one nice 23 pound King caught by Don Pahor. Joel’s boat landed 4 nice King salmon and limits of Silver salmon, one nice halibut they had to release and 4 nice 40 pounders to finish the day including some nice yellow eye. Lyle Randon had said he was waiting for a nice King salmon and true to his word landed a nice one topping off his day.
Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, July 27th 2012 started out again with flat calm water but no fog. We went to Hole in the Wall where we had been doing quite well, but today the fishing dropped off and landed 12 Coho’s in a short time and then went down to watching the wildlife but no fish. We decided to go halibut fishing and landed our 6 halibut in one hour and then went off to where Joel had found large amounts of Coho salmon and after he left with his limit we finally started landing the wiley Coho and within a few hours finished with our limit and 2 King salmon. Joel had landed his limit and one King salmon. The total today was 72 silver salmon 3 King salmon, 12 Halibut, and one Ling cod. At the end of the day we ended up with a 52 pound King salmon after it was gutted and the picture shows Mathew Cannon with this beautiful fish but will leave it to Mathew to finish the story.