Prince of Wales & S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska was a windy day to be on the water. Sportfishing off of Prince of Wales on the west side was westerly winds blowing 25 knots and by Monday were up to gale force winds with boats restricted to the lee side of any island that would offer protection from the built up seas on the outer coast. Inside spots were slim that had any quantity of fish and for many they ended up off of East side of Cape Addington where boats are protected but the wind blows over the cape and down causing williwaws and pretty tough fishing. We chose to fish the inside islands which worked well on Sunday landing 31 Coho’s on our boat and Joel ended up with 3 King salmon and 8 or 10 Coho’s. I had 3 children on my boat LaShawn 13, Carter 10 and David 8 and each one outfished the adults landing their limits early on in the morning. Halibut fishing was great and we ended up braving the ocean wind and swell and were rewarded with a nice 75″ or over 200 pound halibut caught by 13 year old LaSawn Stutz. We also landed several other under 45″ halibut, as well as two of which we had to release that were in the 75 to 100 pound class but in the slot size 45″ – 68″.
Monday fishing was very tough for us as we headed for our last spot of success the day before, but landed only 7 silvers there then spending the next 4 hours looking for large halibut, but with the winds even more severe than on Sunday were restricted to where we could fish. Long story put short we ended up burning some gas traveling up to Cape Addington to land some small halibut to finish up that limit. Word was most boats struggled to catch anywhere near limits due to the gale force winds that is keeping boats off major salmon and halibut migration routes. I might add that on Monday the kids were all wore out from the two previous days and since they were not fishing I suspect that is why our fish count was down as they were the ones putting fish in the boat on Sunday.
Prince of Wales & S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 12th. Sportfishing on Prince of Wales island in the Craig area was a bit slower today as not only did fishing die down a bit but the N.W. winds picked up to 25 knots which limited areas to fish. We started out fishing the inside and many boats found quick morning bites that landed them some of their King salmon and Silver salmon but most of those petered out for the most part and many boats came home shy of limits. We for our part ended up landing 3 Kings, 12 Coho, 6 nice halibut and one Ling cod. Joel landed 4 Kings, 10 Coho, and half his limit of Halibut due to landing up to 8 large skates which took up a bunch of his time. We ended up landing some nice halibut but on one which we estimated between 75 and 100 pounds an extra large bull sea lion took our halibut from 200 feet of water and up to the surface it came out about 500 yards or more. David Stutz brought his Shimano TLD 50 two speed reels and thats what he hooked it on thankfully but after about a half hour of pulling against that big old bull all he got back was part of the head. He said it was better than fighting a large marlin. So check out the picture of what was left…not much but lips and some gill plate. Had a great day though but with the winds building and seas mounting by the time we were done it was blowing 25 knots and 6 to 7 foot seas on the outside waters and we had 4 in the cabin and 2 out fishing. Tomorrow will be to rough to fish those outside waters I am pretty sure.
Sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge on Prince of Wales Island, Craig Alaska July 12th, 2012. Today was a great day to be a sport fisherman or a landlubber since the water was great for both as water was flat calm on the wide Pacific Ocean and light winds made it easy to be a ocean fisherman or angler. The west coast of Baker island was the choice for most charter fishermen and their clients as the salmon fishing there had been good the past few days. The 11th or previous day the Orca or Killer whales made their appearance and covered the whole Noyes and Baker islands probably laying waste to a fair amount of salmon so on the following morning it seemed all boats were marking fish on their sounders but biters were few and far between. Was it the Orca that put the fear into the fish was much speculation with us all…as it was if you stuck with it you finished up on your Chinook limit and did pretty well on Coho limits as well. Halibut fishing remained good and if you put effort into the fishery can come out pretty good with effort and a bit of luck. So the photographs show nice halibut from our groups and happy anglers were the result of the effort put forth.
Sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge on Prince of Wales Island, Craig Alaska July 11th, 2012 was a great day to be an Angler especially if your name is Larry Whitefoot who landed a wopper 49 pound King salmon, unfortunately he didn’t buy a King salmon derby ticket so might have been a little richer if he had of.
My boat went to east Addington and landed one King salmon and 14 or so silver salmon, not counting about 75 small halibut that we had to let loose. Joel did the same but landed one or two King salmon and 3 limits of silver salmon or 18, as well Rafael who also landed several limits of silvers and one King salmon. We all ended up going south to Granite point where boats were limiting on King salmon very early but as we had gone later the bite slowed down. Our boat landed the remainder of our King salmon which was 6 and then went out for halibut which we landed 6 nice ones in a couple hours fishing. Joel did the same landing some nice 45″ halibut and having to release 5 over one hundred pounds as they did not fall into the 68″ and over limit. Rafael’s boat also went out halibut fishing landing his limit of nice halibut.
Sooo…the story of Larry’s big king as told by his buddies goes like this. Larry was feeling pretty “chummy” due to the flu bug and after a two hour nap came out made 2 casts and hooked the big one weighed in at the dock as 49 pounds. Rafael was the skipper so hats off to both of them.
Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales in Craig Alaska for July 10th started out with a South West wind so we sped up to Noyes island where we had fished the previous trip while Joel and Rapheal went off Baker island looking for salmon. We started out landing a couple king salmon fairly soon then a third but that slowed down so we moved on down the beach where other boats were landing fish and we started landing silvers and King salmon although the baby halibut were in such prodigious numbers that it wore me and all my leaders out trying to keep releasing them and rebaiting. By 11:30 we had 19 coho’s and 6 King salmon so were happy with that. Joel and Raphael had limited on Kings with their groups and moved on to Halibut as we did as well.
July 8th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island in Craig Alaska began with flat calm water, and overcast skies. We went to the outside of Noyes Island to where we fished the last couple of days and fishing there had slowed down quite a bit but were successful in landing one King salmon per boat and sat there from 6:30 am to 9 am or so then went bottom fishing landing a fair number of nice halibut having to again cut loose 2 in the 55″ range since 2012 regulation is for a 58″ or larger to retain the trophy halibut. It is quite a feat trying to measure a large halibut using my special made measuring stick as the halibut is not always very cooperative with this effort as the ocean swell and the movement of the fish makes it very difficult. You have to use a little “Kentucky Windage” almost but in doing make darn sure that the fish is well above the length of the stick before committing to killing it since once you do you had better be right. So we ended the halibut expedition with a nice catch including a nice Ling cod which limited out our guests as they needed one more to finish up there quota of one lingcod under 45″ each.
King salmon was again next on our agenda as we headed back to Pinnapple rock to try our luck and withing a few minutes landed the two kings we doubled up on which put us up to 3 kings and still shy of the 6 we needed to tag out since we had a resident on board that could catch 3 himself. We moved on to a new spot and were readily catching Coho salmon pretty regularly and then finished up with our Kings as well. Joel came in behind us after he had landed a nice catch of Halibut and also landed 15 silvers and a total of 3 out of 4 King salmon for the day.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 28th 2012 began with light winds and a wet morning with temperatures in the high fifties. We headed for King salmon fishing and within the first half hour landed 3 king salmon and 4 silver salmon. We then headed off the west coast of Baker island and joined the charter fleet there as the fishing was non stop hooking and landing of king salmon and as one viewed the boats nearby nearly all had 3 to 4 salmon on at one time. Most of the King salmon were smaller in size but the action justified being there and everyone enjoyed the action. We landed our best kings to tag us out and as we had a resident on board as well we were able to land 8 king salmon for the day. From here the crew wanted to try for large halibut and so we went shopping for large halibut and were not disappointed as we released one at 103 pounds based on his length ration which was under the 68 inch trophy size required, this fish was landed by 10 year old Turner McCurdy. We continued to land nice halibut with Blake and his dad Rob landing a nice one pictured below. Thus ended the trip for a very happy group and are rebooked for same time next year….until then best to you all.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 26th 2012 began with a windy and wet morning and temperatures in the high fifties. We headed for King salmon fishing and were not disappointed as we landed 3 kings and lost two in the first hour of fishing the largest at 32 pounds in almost the exact spot we landed the same size fish the day before. Afterwards we went on out to the outside landing an additional number of fish to tag out our guests on King salmon. Salmon fishing has picked up with all boats limiting and lots and lots of King salmon around the west coast of Noyes and Baker islands.
Halibut fishing here has steadily increased in productivity in size and in numbers which pleases us and the guests. Today we had to release a 46″ halibut which was one inch longer than the 45″ maximum size limit for a Halibut on a Charter boat.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for June 25th 2012 started out with heavy overcast skies which kept our early arrival of guests arriving late due to the weather. We were scheduled for a half day fishing which once they arrived we geared up and headed out. Both boats landed a total of 5 King salmon and 10 Silver salmon for the half day fishing. Weather was for windy and wet the next 2 days.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 23rd 2012 was blue skies, 80 degree temperatures, a NW 15 knot wind.
Today we went fishing off the coast a short distance and many other boats joined us as word has spread of fish being caught in that area and it appears other favorite spots have been slower fishing. The fish have been biting early and then tapers off within the first 3 hours fishing in the morning so if you capitalize on an early morning bite you stand a good chance of securing your limit of King salmon. We had our limit of King salmon by 8:30 or so in the morning and since the silver salmon have been showing up in better numbers continued to catch them and ended up with 10 silver salmon for the 4 anglers on the boat. Listening to the chatter on the radio it sounded as though boats were anywhere from no king salmon to having a limit with many boats landing silver salmon. Since the King salmon were at much lower depths than the silver salmon I suspect that the boats catching only silvers were fishing higher depths opting for the more action by staying up higher and less chance of having to pull up another small chicken halibut that one will quickly hook if you hang out near the bottom.
Halibut fishing for the day was slower as we are always looking for that 45″ halibut but only finding one in almost 2 hours of fishing we moved on to a spot that has more fish but smaller and finished up with our limit settling on a few smaller grade halibut.
I want to thank the Wiper family for coming fishing with us and hope to see them again in the future as they have also become a welcome group to our lodge and become friends over the years.