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.
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 15th Kingfisher Lodge fishing started out with light winds at 5 am with a forecast for 35 knot winds for the afternoon. Our goal was to get our King salmon early then off to get halibut before the winds made it too difficult to accomplish.
My daughter Anjuli went with us as Nick and Dylan had to go home, so our goal was 5 King salmon and 4 halibut. Dropping in at 6 am we doubled up on Kings landed both of those, we then hooked another landing it. Other boats had got word of the success and with a windy forcast making other spots more difficult to fish were there as well competing for the fish and sure enough they also were landing salmon so our catch rate started slowing down, but we did land one more and hooked 2 more, loosing them. So our total for the morning was 4 King salmon landed and 2 lost.
Then off we went for halibut and were not disappointed as we hooked a very nice halibut right off the bat, but had to let it go since it was about 55″ which falls into the 45-68″ size we must release. Then we hooked a nice halibut and while trying to get it in the boat knocked it off the hook so, with a sick stomach due to that disaster we continued on and eventually landed our limit of medium sized halibut and headed in towards home as the winds were now blowing a steady 25 knots. We are now in the dry of the lodge and watching the winds gust to 35 knots as predicted with rain pelting down and we are grateful for the fish that is now in the walk in freezer ready for the guests trip home tomorrow. Total kings for the group of 5 for 4 days fishing was 19 not including the 6 landed and released.
June 13th was again flat calm as we hummed along at 27 knots heading for our first destination King salmon. Dropping the cut plug herring by 6 am it took about 10 minutes to hook our first King salmon. Although the area didn’t show alot of bait we kept working it over and soon hooked another nice King salmon and landed that one. Continuing this process we steadily hooked and landed our King salmon with one double of the day. We landed a total of 7 King salmon by 8:30 keeping 5 and we returned 2 back.
Halibut fishing has been difficult in finding any respectable size fish for us the last couple of days, so tomorrow we hope to search out better size halibut if we can limit on our Kings early enough to spend more time on the butts. Today we spent several hours in one of my spots that I generally do quite well on medium sized fish but only could catch a couple small ones we let go searching for that better grade. We continued our search and eventually settled on a small grade of fish with the hope of doing better tomorrow.
Today we left the dock at 5:15 to a beautiful morning including flat water and partly cloudy skies. A group of 5 with a goal of landing at least 5 King salmon, 5 Halibut, and a limit of rockfish. Our first destination we located a large mass of baitfish and landed 6 king salmon with 2 double headers and keeping 4 Kings and with much optimism continued fishing but never did find the large mass of baitfish again while there so decided to move on to our next spot. Destination number 2 was a bit of a disapointment due to the NW winds that I was not expecting although not unfishable was a bit chilly as we were looking at a hillside with snow not more than a half mile away. We were not long in waiting before Denny hooked a very active king in the 30 pound range jumping and running about and as it turned out had the hook in his nose and is no doubt the reason for all the acrobatic behavior as you could imagine having a hook in your nose you would want it out the sooner the better. So here are some pictures of some beautiful fish and happy faces.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for kingfisher lodge near Craig Alaska for August 18th. Today we awakened to flat water and light clouds. We checked out a few local spots landing one silver and then headed west we fished where we had been a few days ago landing 16 silver salmon in about one half hour and then the catching died off and it was a slow pick from there. We spotted a few boats running here and there and a group of boats had headed north to Cape Alice off Hecata island and word was the catching was pretty good with limits in a few hours but fish were small. Today we landed 26 silver salmon, 6 halibut, a ling cod and a few rock fish for the day. We hope to hang in where we have been and not have to head north and that the next few days more fish will move in. Weather forcast is for gale force winds so hopefully the storm will hold off for a few more days….
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 15th. Weather reports for the day were 30 knot SE winds, so a departure time of 5:15 was important and got us to our fishing grounds by 6 am which gave us two hours before low slack tide which was important as the silver salmon were biting much better on the outgoing tide and then as the tide slacked off the bite slowed down. Our goals were to get our fish before the slack happened and also the wind building. So we had 48 coho’s to get in two hours for two boats. Capt Joel on the Trinity outfished us again for the third day having his limit within an hour and a half and we finished our limits by the slack tide or within two hours of starting. We went out to the ocean looking for halibut despite word that the ocean was jacked up and blowing. Today the trollers were in numbers for their 3 day king salmon opening, so we dodged a few trollers in 25 knot winds and 8 foot seas but jogged our way to our halibut grounds. By the time we got there one of the guys was ready to chum for us which he did rather quickly so we dropped our lines taking advantage of the fresh chum. Taking a bit but getting bites within 15 minutes or so but by the time we had fish on the wind had increased to 30 knots and seas were breaking over the back of the boat making it difficult to fish with the drift due to the wind. One of the guys(won’t mention any names) landed a nice ling cod and as soon as the fish was boarded he performed an amazing power chum that will be etched in my memory for some time to come. I have never seen such a display of sure power in puking. At that point we had 2 more fish on the other lines and landed one halibut and one arrow tooth flounder. We decided to head in with the trollers that were mostly heading for calmer waters, and from there we fished for black sea bass catching our limits we headed in for the dock and hot showers. Such ended the 3 day trip for Don Blackmond and his crew, and Grady Jennings and his group. They limited each day on silver salmon, halibut, and picked up a few kings for the mix. Thanks guys for coming and hope to see you again soon.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 14th. The morning greeted us with flat calm water and high partly cloudy skies. We headed west to a spot we have frequented and was greeted by a few nice king salmon and 8 limits of silver salmon by a very early morning. From the wonderful biting silver salmon to the biting halibut we ended our day catching black sea bass and over sized and undersized ling cod. We took photo’s of the largest ling cod and released him which he was obviously very happy about as he sped to the bottom. Chatter on the radio sounded like limits for many boats were only a dream as silver salmon continue to be in low numbers in some areas although they seem to be consentrated along the kelp lines of many islands. Looking and working those areas can produce limits if persistant and lucky. Good job to the fishermen on both boats today!