Prince of Wales and S.E. Alaska fishing report Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for July 21st and 22nd, 2012. The 21st sport fishing for silver salmon was very good as all boats were limiting on them early in the day and trollers are doing very well as far as can be told. King salmon were a bit slimmer as we landed only 3 King salmon for 14 anglers at Kingfisher Lodge but landed limits of silvers, halibut and rock fish.
July 22nd started out slower for Silver salmon but got good as the day or tide progressed landing a total of 8 King salmon and limits of silvers, halibut and bottom fish. Chatter on the radio was all boats were limiting on silvers and King salmon were probably 2 per boat with a few big ones being caught. Weather for the day was better than we all expected with flat calm water on the ocean as the forcast was for 20 knots NW winds. We expect that Alaska salmon fishing will continue to improve as the season progresses.
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.
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 and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for July 7th 2012. Today starting out with a 5 a.m. departure 20 knot winds 50 degree temperatures, and rain so getting to our destination on the outside of Noyes Island was slow in areas of high tidal movement and wind but once we arrived to our destination the famous “Pinapple rock” being about the 5th boat or so there we figured to fish there till the Waterfall resort boats showed up en-mass and then we would move on. Catching was a bit slow but steady as we landed a King salmon, then hooked one loosing it to a big sea lion, then hooked another but was undersized so let it go, then eventually landing 5 nice 20 pound Kings there and never did leave since although there were lots of boats (25) everyone was spread out enough that it wasn’t too bad and since fishing was slow elsewhere we decided to stay put. The “Trinity” captained by Joel Steenstra did well 2 days in a row landing his 4 kings in record time and heading off for bottom fishing. We got done with our 5 Kings by 11:30 and went out for halibut landing about 8 nice halibut letting 2 go over one hundred pounds but under the 68″ rule and retaining 4 nice 44″ butts, then calling it a day.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for July 5th 2012. Today was a half day for us leaving the dock around 9 am we decided to get some bottom fishing done before the forcasted winds come in the next few days. We landed our Yellow Eye, Ling cod, and a couple halibut one measuring in at just under 70″ caught by Biff McIntyre of Santa Barbara California. His wife Barb landed a nice 45″ Ling cod as well so both were pretty happy. After bottom fishing we decided to try a little salmon fishing in which we landed one King salmon and one Silver salmon for the afternoon, but word was pretty good King salmon bite early on in the morning so off we go tomorrow for our luck at King salmon.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island for July 3rd 2012 was again a great day to be an angler as ocean conditions were light winds with very good King salmon and Halibut fishing as well as bottom fishing. Most charter boats unded up outside of Noyes Island again today as the schools of King salmon were in good numbers there and most if not all boats limiting on their King salmon early on. Silver salmon were less abundant today and we landed only one in the two hours salmon fishing landing 6 Kings and one silver in the two hour venture. The King salmon averaged about 20 pounds with our largest at 24 pounds. Halibut fishing was good as we searched for larger grade of halibut today and landed 6 halibut over one hundred pounds but only one was of regulation size of 68″ in this cast the fish taped out at 70″. We also landed one at 44″ and 4 more under that but respectable fish non the less and with the big one in the box no one was complaining about the smaller ones finishing the limit. The best part of the whole trip was each person was able to land a halibut over one hundred pounds so our new Canadian friends are re-booking for 2013 and we are looking forward to their return next year.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on July 1st 2012. Weather was light winds and temperatures in the high fifties. Today was also the opening of the Commercial salmon troll season on the outside in area 2C. Trollers lined the outer coast searching for and catching Kings and Silver salmon, although their main fish they want to catch are the high priced King salmon. Sportfishermen in our area were again productive as the effect of the Trollers will not make a showing until tomorrow morning we will probably see a reduction of King salmon due to their efforts. Most charter boats in the Craig area limited on King salmon fairly early as well has halibut fishing that continues to improve. Silver salmon were being caught but only incidently with most boats. Kingfisher lodge boats landed about 12 silver salmon total plus the limits of King salmon.
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.