Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 22nd.
June 22nd we headed for open water for our King salmon and within a short time secured 5 legal King salmon with the smallest at 28″ and the largest around 18 pounds and releasing one under 28″. While salmon fishing we landed 3 very nice halibut as shown above so that was a bonus and later in the day had to release a nice halibut since we had our legal limit already secured in the slushed ice box. As we could land a total of 7 King salmon we continued to fish but caught no more King salmon but did catch one silver and lost a few other salmon that we could not identify. In the early afternoon we went to a inside spot and landed an additional 3 Kings with the larges at about 27 pounds and had to release one about 22 pounds as we had our limit.
Word on the radio was slow fishing but limits were being secured by most boats. It seems that the halibut are showing up in better numbers with some size to them as today we landed 4 that were in the 37″ to 45″ range which is a nice 35 – 43 pound fish.
June 21st Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska.
Today the weather was calm with overcast skies when we headed out for our King salmon hoping to land another derby fish we went to the same fishing spot but caught no salmon there so moved off shore and soon found some King salmon. Although the fish were plentiful the size was small so we had to let some undersized Kings go until we finally landed our limit of legal size fish with the largest about 20 pounds.Halibut fishing for us was pretty good landing some nice fish with the largest at 43 pounds.
King salmon fishing in the Craig area remained steady as most boats are limiting on their King salmon although depending on where you are you may have to work for your fish or if you are looking for that bigger fish. It seems there are a fair number of schooling fish in the smaller or just legal size limit of 28 inches to 33 inches or so.
Halibut fishing in the Craig area has been picking up slowly as the salmon migration speeds up and water temperatures rise they seem to be in larger numbers although most guides are struggling to land respectable catches nearing the 45 in range.
June 18th Prince of Wales fishing report for the Craig area at Kingfisher Lodge. Today we left early in hopes of beating the Waterfall boats to our spot we fished yesterday afternoon knowing they would be there which we did and landed 2 King salmon before they arrived after which time I saw 1 other King salmon landed. We fished there for the next couple hours with no success and finally went to try for halibut in a large built up ocean due to the high winds that had blown in the few days before. We fished for an hour with no results and decided to head out to a spot with undersized halibut to just get some in the boat as we still needed 2 more King salmon to fill our limit. We hooked and landed a King in the process as well as our limit of small halibut and intending to head back to our spot that we did well yesterday afternoon in hopes that we would have it to ourselves and get the afternoon bite. When we arrived we saw the Waterfall boats coming enmass and was pretty disappointed to have them come in and take over the spot. So being crowded out we left them and headed anywhere for a more private fishing experience which we did but did not fill out the last King salmon so ended the day with 3 King salmon 4 halibut and a Ling cod. Word on the radio was slow fishing for most of the charter fleet for the Craig area.
June 17th Craig Alaska fishing report at Kingfisher lodge. Today we left the lodge at 2:30 pm with a half day trip scheduled, arriving at our destination we landed 4 King salmon (one undersized) and 3 halibut in the 4 hours fished that afternoon. We also marked a few other fish and missed a few bites but were optimistic to return the following morning before the Waterfall Resort boats showed up enmass.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge in Craig Alaska on August 11th was a slow down on coho salmon which translates into a grind or pick working for limits. King salmon were still available to some anglers with a possible average of one per boat. Today we left the dock at our 5 am departure and went to the Tree hole picking up a handfull of coho’s and a few king salmon between both boats or 10 fishermen for a few hours fishing. We went to a few spots picking up one or two silver salmon here and there but in the end Captain Joel on the Trinity found a nice batch of fish finishing his limit of Coho’s in a few hours time. We followed over in the Jeanette Elaine and landed more ourselves and one nice king salmon for a total of 18 silvers and 3 king salmon for our boat and Joels boat landed 30 silver salmon and one king salmon. Halibut fishing we landed our limits and a small selection of sea bass as well. So today ends the third day for this group mostly from Idaho…until next year and we appreciate the group of guys coming to fish with us. See you in June we hope!
Prince of wales sportfishing report from Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 9th. Today we had 10 fishermen out in 2 boats leaving the dock at our Alaska Lodge in Craig at 5 am we headed for Diamond Pt. and started landing silvers although not a fast bite we ended up with 20 coho, one king, and one halibut between two boats before leaving for the outer coast. Fishing the Tree we picked up our remaining silvers and another king salmon. Halibut fishing was good also landing some nice 37″ regulation halibut along with half a limit of black sea bass. We tried one more spot landing one more king and some silvers before heading back to the lodge. Thus ended the day with limits of Coho’s, and halibut for both boats and 3 king salmon for the group. Weather was sunny skies and NW winds at 20 knots.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for August 6th from Kingfisher Charters & Lodge in Craig Alaska. Leaving the dock at 5 am we fished the Tree hole with Capt. Joel’s boat landing 4 king salmon and 30 silver salmon. The Trinity crew also landed limits of halibut. The Jeanette Elaine landing 28 silver salmon and 2 king salmon there at the Tree. From the Tree we went looking for our halibut while finding our limits we then headed off looking for 3 more king salmon on the Jeanette Elaine. We fished hard while marking king salmon on the Furuno fish finder we eventually were rewarded with our 3 more king salmon giving us 5 for the day. Weather was sunny skies, 10 mph winds from the NW. Today ended the third day fishing for both groups, we totally enjoyed their company and hope these wonderful folks make it back to our lodge again in the near future.
August 1st Prince of Wales sportfishing report from Craig Alaska at Kingfisher lodge is that fishing for kings remained steady but the silver salmon seems to be tapering off. Today the Trinity guided by Joel Steenstra landed its limit of kings the largest by Neil DeGhetaldi at 38 pounds. They also landed their limit of silver salmon and halibut. The Jeanette Elaine only landed one king salmon at 30.2 pounds and the limit of silver salmon and halibut, as well as ling cod.
Weather was light rain and calm winds.
June 21st at Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska started by the “Nebraska Hookers” departing for Nebraska and the Jeff Wiper group arriving from Washington and California. They had planned on a half day fishing once they arrived so we left the dock at about 11 am and headed west to “Hog Rock” off St. Joseph island west of Prince of Wales island. We arrived to the lee side of the island after bucking a stiff westerly wind. Dropping in we immediatley started catching silver salmon, then a few kings. After the boats all left the king salmon really started biting and we had a few doubles and maybe a tripple hookup on King salmon. We landed 20 silver salmon and 10 king salmon in the 3 hour fishing trip. Off to a great start of their 3 day trip.
July 20th the “Nebraska Hookers” as they were named (based on the amount of King salmon, and Silver salmon they hooked) had another great day of fishing limiting on salmon and halibut by
12:30 pm. Fishing reports for the Craig, and west coast Prince of Wales island have been strong runs of salmon continuing as the summer hits mid season. Weather was also very stable allowing fishermen to enjoy their angling success with flat water and partly sunny skies. We thank the 6 couples who decided to fish with Kingfisher Lodge to do their family fishing vacation with us and we now have new friends from the great state of Nebraska!