Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island June 14th thru the 17. This week we had very good weather for fishing as winds were light for the most part and seas were only 3 feet or so which made fishing the outer coast a pleasant experience and the ability to fish many other spots that in rough weather are out of the question. Overall we did very well considering the fishing or numbers of fish are down from last year but one has to remember that the limit now being 2 King salmon per day puts the stakes much higher for the guides as with a normal limit of one per day would make the year a average or better than average year for King salmon numbers. For the 3 days fishing Joel’s boat landed its limit of 36 King salmon where my boat fell short by 12 Kings we landing only 24 Kings. Not to say we didn’t have our opportunities. I am not sure of how the other charter boats were doing but what I gathered on the radio chatter it has been tougher for most captains to limit on King salmon. Halibut fishing has been pretty good and it seems that larger fish are starting to show up as the season progresses. Here are a few pictures of the last three days fishing and I will post more pictures on our Facebook page as well.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Charters and Lodge in Craig Alaska a family run fishing lodge where catching is our business. The past three days the Coho salmon have been coming in very good numbers near the outer coast with the fish averaging around 10 pounds live weight, the largest this last week at 12 pounds and the previous week we landed several at 16 pounds. It is amazing to see the size of these fish looking much like small King salmon, everyone is exceptionally happy with what they have been catching. King salmon numbers have tapered off with the commercial troll fleet having had 5 days of fishing and as the King salmon are moving on to their respective rivers to spawn. Landing limits of Coho by 8:30 am we then have been spending time looking for nice halibut, Ling cod, etc so not spending time looking for King salmon. The past 3 days all boats in the Craig charter fleet have been limiting on Coho in a reletively short time since the Coho numbers are up so well. I will be getting tag reports from ADF&G for the Coho’s that we landed that were tagged and I expect the majority of these fish to be POWHA fish on the Klawock river. I take my hat off to the staff there raising these beauties as we enjoy their return to the Klawock river and how important this hatchery is to S.E. Alaska sport and commercial fishery.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July. Today we headed out with the Rodgers family of 9 anglers on two boats with Captain Joel Steenstra having 4 boys and two adults and myself having 3 adults and my son in law. We started out in fishing on the inside waters and Joel and his crew landed 6 nice King salmon before we knew what happened and ourselves only having one. They of course had to come by so we could take pictures of them as they boasted their proud catch. So being soundly beaten by a bunch of kids we humbly left that spot and headed off Baker island looking for a few nice Kings to redeem ourselves as there are always 4 quarters to a game, at least in football. We didn’t outdo them in size but we did get 4 nice King salmon and 18 Coho or Silver salmon as well as 4 nice halibut so we felt really good about the day as it ended. Joel and his crew ended up with a really nice catch as well with 4 Coho, 6 Yellow eye, a Ling cod and limit of Halibut and of course their 6 King salmon. Overall sportfishing in the Craig area was very good catching for King salmon and Coho seems to be picking up.
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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. The past few days fishing was pretty good considering the commercial trollers were out in numbers offshore catching King salmon off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. With King salmon limits for non-resident sportfishermen reduced to one a day from two as of July 1st. we had an easier time landing limits of King salmon early. We sportfished some inside spots the past few days and also a few off shore trying to avoid the Sea lion problem off the outer islands landing our limits of King salmon and some silver salmon. Most boats were complaining of the Sea lions taking many fish yesterday and today and as we have had our belly’s full of losing fish to them we were happy to have avoided them. It sounds as though most boats are limiting on King salmon in the Craig area but Coho’s are less abundant but seem to be showing up more each day. The last few days we have landed about half a dozen Coho per boats. Above photo shows the Mike Rodgers family with 10 year old Brady with his 26.5 King salmon. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge
Salmon fishing in Alaska these past few days has continued to be strong as Washington State fish continue to be caught here off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. We are getting at least half a dozen tagged or fin clipped fish with reports from ADF&G coming back as Colombia river fish. Past two days the Kent Halvorsen group from Alberta Canada has been limiting on King salmon with the largest just under 30 pounds. The Stellar sea lions have been well fed by my boat as Joel seems to be invisible to the salmon eating monsters. We have lost 12 King salmon to them over the past two days and our frustration is at a peak. We blame Kent Halvorsen for his politically incorrect comments about the fish eating mammels and believe they are targeting us based on his statements. We are looking forward to the commercial fleet starting and am sure that the sea lions will get an education here in the next few days, something a charter boat would not dream of doing is educating sea lions. Check out more pictures on our facebook page at and like us if you do: https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge?ref=hl
Alaska salmon fishing at its best! Today we were looking at gale force winds predicted so leaving the dock shortly after 5 am we went straight to the fishing grounds in hopes of landing our salmon as our guests were only fishing a half day. When we reached open water the wind was blowing 25 knots and wave height at about 4 feet, by the time we reached our fishing destination the winds were gusting 30 to 35 knots but the minute we dropped in we hooked up 3 Kings and with a very fast drift we landed 4 Kings. The next two drifts we landed our 12 King salmon and released 4 others with a close to record time of 45 minutes to limit on King salmon of 12 fish. This was also a fiasco with the gusty winds blowing the boat so everyone had to work together to keep from loosing the fish as they ran about under and around the boat loosing only one to the spinning propellers. Back at the dock by 7:50 am!
Friday the 13th started out slow with us landing only 3 Kings early on and Joel only needing one King to tag out his guests went north while we were south. Many boats ended up off Sumez island but after several hours of few fish being landed boats started looking off shore as the seas had layed down after the previous days of westerlies. It wasn’t long before chatter on the radio was the Kings were there so off we went and as soon as the baits hit the bottom salmon were on and all boats were limiting in a few hours on King salmon. Friday the 13th ended great for the fishermen and not so good for the fish.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 19th was again forecasted for heavy seas and 20 knot winds although we fished on the inside and kept out of the big water and my boat landed our Silver salmon in close to town while Joel and his crew went and tested the outside waters. They were happy to find a nice spot with a large swell but no wind and pleasant fishing with great catching of big Coho’s landing their limits in short order. Halibut fishing was again good with our boat landing a nice limit of 35″ to 45″ butts, and Joel’s boat landing a nice 68″ 170 pound halibut by Talon Stephan. Joel was guiding the Stephan family from North Dakota for their family fishing vacation and they said it was their best family vacation ever which says quite a bit for this area and their captain.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 18th the forecast was for 20 knot winds and 9 foot seas so we decided both boats would avoid the outside waters and fish the protected waters on the inside. Silver salmon fishing has been consistently good due mostly to the Prince of Wales Hatchery located on the Klawock river which produces 5 million Coho smolt each year. 2013 has been a year that will be in the record books as off the charts for returning Coho’s in S.E. Alaska. Alaska Department of fish and game unofficially has credited 45% of the total returns of Coho in S.E. Alaskan waters to POWHA, or Prince of Wales Hatchery Association. As we expected fishing was good and with two boats and 11 anglers we landed our limits of 66 silvers before 8 am in the morning which was good but not unexpected for reasons stated above. From our Salmon fishing we moved on to Halibut fishing and again staying on the inside waters and both boats found good Halibut fishing and landed our limits without much problems and due to stormy, rainy weather decided to make it an early day.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 15th we left the lodge with no wind, flat water, overcast skies, and high in the mid 60’s which was a great day to catch Silver salmon and bottom fish. We started locally for our Coho’s and landing a few limits moved on to the outer coast which was a little slower landing the limits of 66 Coho for 11 anglers but completed the job by 10 am then off for our Halibut and Ling cod, yellow eye as we needed a few more to tag out for the group. The group landed a great catch of fish in the 40″ to 45″ size range then Carl Vedders landed a beautiful 69 1/2 inch trophy weighing in at 178 pounds. When he brought it up it had a flasher in it’s mouth as it had eaten a Silver salmon off a troller and got the hoochi and flasher as a memento, so when she came up that flasher was along side her and would have been interesting to see how hard it pulled on the trollers lines. After the excitement from the group from landing the trophy halibut we went off to fish for our ling Cod and Jeff Nelson landed a beautiful trophy ling taping in at just 45″ which is the maximum in the slot limit unless you land one over 55″ which we have not done yet.