July 28th 10 fishermen left Kingfisher Charters and Lodge dock near Craig Alaska and headed for a early morning bite not far from the lodge. Today both boats headed to the same spot and started landing silver salmon while using the mooching technique. 5 persons on each boat landed about 15 coho’s in a hour or so and loosing one king on the Jeanette Elaine. We then headed for Hog rock which arriving to a flood of Waterfall resort boats we stuck out fishing there watching some kings getting landed but only landing 2 silvers ourself in a hour of fishing. From there we went out to land our halibut and returned to where we had been and began landing kings and silvers. We finished at 1 pm landing 60 coho’s and 8 king salmon between the two boats for the day. The salmon report for the Craig area seems to be a drop in salmon in the general area and hopefully we will get a flood of new fish here in the next few days. The report from off shore is not many silvers showing up as the trollers have not been doing well. We cross our fingers and hope for the best. No photo today as the guys didn’t want one as they were all ready for a drink and could not wait.
June 24th we left Kingfisher lodge at our regular 5 am departure arriving again at the Tree spot. When we arrived we spotted a troller working the same area. This troller is notorius for despising charter boats and makes a point of running through groups of them. So half hour into our fishing Art Wiper hooks a very large king salmon which just so happens to be when our troller friend is bearing down on us. The fish decides to head for the troller intent on spooling the reel which he almost does but gets tangled in the trollers gear. We proceeded to follow the troller hoping to somehow get the king salmon loose of the trolling gear but no luck. Once the guy running the troller came out to see why we were almost aboard his boat there were a few words exchanged about harrassing sportfishermen….. and then we went back to fishing. Day ended up with both boats landing limits of silver salmon, and halibut and shy one king salmon each. Great trip for both groups and we look forward to seeing them all next year. I did not have a picture for the Trinity group for the last day as they got into the lodge before we did.
July 19th fishing report for the prince of wales island area of Craig Alaska for king salmon, silver salmon, halibut and bottom fish remains strong. Limits can be had in all species as fish are plentiful and weather conditions are good enough for fishing in most waters if the fishermen have medium hardy stomachs. Todays king salmon were nice average size of 26 pounds for our two boats with coho salmon having a 7 pound average. Halibut are kept to the 37″ rule put into action by the IPHC. Visiting fishermen who come to the Craig area for fishing vacations are pleased for the most part as the salmon are in good numbers and plenty of bottom fish to satisfy most anglers. Weather has been a big help as well as it has remained a pretty stable system throughout the summer except for the 4th of July’s storm.
Craig fishing report at Kingfisher lodge is that fishing has remained very good in almost all areas fished. Boats are spread out if weather is permitting and King salmon, silver salmon and legal sized halibut, ling cod, red snapper are in abundance. Limits for coho salmon are being caught at very good time ratio’s as well as king salmon, although the king salmon limits might not all be met. Today a group of 12 on 2 boats had their silver limits by 10 am or so which is 72 fish as well as 5 king salmon. Nebraska folks are very happy but don’t like the roll the ocean had to offer.
July 16th the Stutz group decided to head for the same spot so we left Kingfisher Lodge near Craig for our third day of fishing. We expected the silver salmon fishing to be slow in the beginning since we had noticed slow fishing early the day before which we attributed to the later outgoing tide. Sure enough it was slow but the advantage is that it gives more opportunity for any king salmon that might be around to actually get time to bite our bait. This is exactly what happened 2 days in a row and we picked up 2 nice king salmon each day. After an hour of fishing and picking up a few silver salmon as well the catching and biting began to speed up and by 8:15 we had 33 silver salmon and 2 king salmon. For the next 45 minutes we could not get the remaining 3 silver salmon we needed and so planned to go hit our halibut spot while the tide was swinging, and then come back expecting the coho’s to be biting once again. So off we went to a rougher sea than expected due to the very light winds the past few days. I guess a system must be off shore and with the larger tides maybe humped up the water. We landed our 6 halibut and headed in to calmer water for black sea bass and a couple more ling cod which we accomplished after a time. Then back to our salmon fishing spot and sure enough we picked up our last 3 silver salmon to limit us out on them. Thus ended another great fishing trip and the group of 6 figured they landed approximately 220 plus fish with their salmon and bottom fish. So catching was what they did here this year as last year the salmon fishing was very poor this same week. Until next year same week.
July 14th we left Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska at 5 am heading for the southern waters as word was the silver salmon had moved in. We stopped off Sumez island and dropped into a wide open salmon bite landing 36 coho’s, 3 chums 4 pinks, and loosing one king salmon by 7:30 am. We tried a few other spots for King salmon but no luck and decided to try for some big halibut just for fun since we can’t keep any over 37″. No big halibut were found but we did get the crew sick and within an hour 3 of the 6 were out of comission. We changed our plan and moved to another spot landing our limit of halibut under the 37″ rule in an hour and then needed to get the guys back to flat water. We went back inside landing more silvers and releasing them looking for the king salmon but no luck for us today on the king’s. First day in 60 over days we haven’t boated a king, but also first day to boat over 40 silver salmon. Word is wide open coho’s up and down the coast near Craig.
July 11th found us off Noyes island straight off the Pinapple rock this morning. It started out pretty good landing an 18 pound king salmon, then some silver salmon. We kept doing long drifts in 160 feet of water picking up the salmon from the bottom up to 60 feet or so. Mooching of course is the prefered technique and with that you pick up a large quantity of pan sized halibut that raise havoc with leaders but give the fishermen a good pull and every now and then land one worth keeping. Today while trying to release one it shook his head and the salmon hooks ended up in my hand so we had to to a hook removal procedure I have not had to do in the 30 plus years of ocean fishing or in all my 55 years of life. So the guys thought I was like Robert Duval in “Lonesome Dove” since I looked pretty tough pushing the hook through my hand, but the reality was the hook landed in an area with no nerves so was pretty painless. After the surgery we kept picking up silver salmon and a couple more king salmon but then the lumpy water got one of the guys chumming more than we thought necessary so we went north to settle his stomach and ended up off Roller bay landing another king and more silver salmon. By noon we had enough of the rollers and Roller bay and headed to the Cape landing our 5th King salmon and totaled out at 26 silver salmon, so had a great day. We also cleaned up on black sea bass that are quite prolific at Roller bay so the guys got their limits of those bait thieves as well.
June 18th started out at Pinnapple rock quite slow and after a few hours only landing 1 king and letting go a nice 35 pound halibut that was over sized…hate that. We decided to head to our spot we have been fishing the last few days so in doing we landed the rest of our kings which was 6 more for a total of 7. We landed an 8th letting it go. We also lost an additional 3 kings for the day as well, including one silver. Most boats had a slower day than we have been experiencing the past few weeks.
After that we got another halibut in excess of 37″ about 45 pounds so sent him off to the deep.
Such ended our wonderful day of fishing.
The 13th of June started out fishing the Chicken hole for a big 0 so from there we checked out some spots along Baker island looking for kings or halibut although we found lots of bait fish and whales we did not score on any kings or halibut. We moved on to the Cape and limited on small halibut with no kings that wanted our bait there. We went on to our now favorite fishing spot and within one hour landed 7 kings and loosing 3 thus ended our search for kings. We then fished for some bottom and pelagic fish and then headed for the showers, wine and a not so good hockey game.
Today we started out with some halibut fishing and since I had family up we were not regulated by the 37″ rule so we caught a 75 pounder, 45 pounder, and a few at about 35 pounds.
King salmon fishing was as good as previous days but we did get our 12 kings by about 11 am which time wise was better than the past few days.
Largest kings of the day were 33 pounds by Dennis Caldwell and a 30 pounder by Frank Haydu.