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 19th Craig Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher lodge on Prince of Wales Island Alaska.
This morning we left the dock at 5 am headed for King Salmon and was torn between somewhere new and our old spot where the Waterfall boats had converged on us the day before. Reports for King salmon were dismal and so wanting to fish alone we headed out to search for our King salmon. First stop yeilded one King salmon and not hearing much good news on the radio decided to head out to the ocean and try our luck with the bottom fishing hitting low slack tide. Off we went and in a couple hours secured a limit of nice halibut and then decided to head for rockfish. Hitting some rockfish spots we landed 4 yellow eye, one oversized halibut (50″) a Ling cod and while fishing we spotted some salmon on the sounder so dropping down our salmon gear landed the remaining 3 of our King salmon. So ended a successful day of fishing at Kingfisher lodge and some happy customers. Tomorrow is half day morning then a new group with a half day scheduled for the afternoon as well so will put in a long day but will hope for light winds, sunny skies and hungry fish.
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 14th 5:14 departure from the dock at Kingfisher Lodge was again a pleasant morning with flat calm waters which made that early morning cup of coffee while underway a pleasure to enjoy not to mention the sea scape that was before us. King salmon fishing was our destination this morning and our goals were quickly realized as we caught King after King finishing our 5 fish limit in exactly one hour. We released 2 others one of which was larger than some that we kept, but having one hooked deep in the throat we kept him and released the larger one that was only hooked in the lip.
Our next destination was halibut and we chose a more northern spot than yesterday’s disapointment of the small halibut. Luck was on our side and we limited on a nicer grade of halibut with the largest measuring in at 43″ or about 40 pounds. The new regulation allows halibut that are 45″ and under or over 68″, all in between those numbers must be released so we were pretty happy to not have to let the larger one go.
Weather forcast for tomorrow is for gale force winds in the afternoon so hopefully we can get our fish and get back before the main storm arrives. Good job to the guests today!
July 2nd started out similar to the previous day seeking our Alaska salmon fishing experience. We arrived at our destination around 6:30 am and landing our first King salmon within a half hour or so of arriving. Now the difference of the previous day was Geno hooked 4 kings to Nicks one where today the table was turned and Nick ended up hooking 4 kings to Geno’s one…how does that happen? We all just shake our heads and say, “luck of the draw”. Sportfishing for Alaskan salmon can be pretty interesting as you never know what or how you might hook a salmon. Using the cut plug herring and fishing up and down hoping for that subtle bite that sometimes comes when you least expect it catching you off guard sometimes. So Nick hooks a fish and we think he has the derby winner as this fish is hanging down deep under the boat not running out like many king salmon do. So time is going by fighting the fish, he hands the rod off to Harry who fights it till his hands cramp up, so he hands it off to son Geno and Geno fights it till it finally comes in, a good half hour later all told, and low and behold the fish is hooked in the tail. Nothing harder than landing a king salmon hooked in the tail. So since we have our limit at this point and the fact that the fish is foul hooked we let the thing go…..
There is another Alaskan fish story from our fishing report at Kingfisher lodge. By the way we also tried to go out to the Cape to fish halibut cuz the guys wanted the full Alaskan experience but after 10 minutes of up and down in building seas and realizing that it might be the “Deadliest Catch” the vote was to turn around and fish the calm waters of the inside and hope for some hungry Halibut which we did find a few, so ended a wet and windy day in S.E. Alaska on another great fishing adventure.
June 29th began with Captain Rich on the Trinity heading towards Sumez Island with the idea of heading out to Baker Island off Cape Bartolome. Forcast was for 11 foot seas of the outside so going out wasn’t something he was looking forward to doing despite the fact that the kings are out there. So they stopped short of the cape and doubled on kings one of which was 30.2 pounds, a respectable fish and the other at 20 pounds or so which is a great fish as well. Continuing fishing in the same spot for a hour or so no more bites so they bit the bullet and headed out to the outside. They doubled on kings right off, then got their halibut and by then 2 of the guys weren’t feeling too well so they headed in to finish their black sea bass in protected or semi protected waters. They decided due to the weather to come in a bit early and thus ended their day of fishing.
Today was a wonderful day leaving the dock at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig alaska to flat calm water and arriving to our fishing spot within 45 minutes. We then doubled up on kings mooching for the salmon using our cut plugs. It was pretty steady hooking with a few doubles and singles on kings landing about 15 and keeping our limit which was 7 total. Halibut fishing finished the day landing many small halibut, but sorting to keep the largest which was about 34″ a bit under the 37″ rule but the 37″ ones are hard to find right in that length. While halibut fishing off shore we had salmon hitting our baits as we dropped to the bottom trying to catch the halibut. We had several follow up the halibut to the boat as well as hooking up kings with the halibut gear. When you are having a hard time getting to the bottom with your halibut gear because the salmon are too thick that is a good problem to have.
Returned home on by 2 pm back to the dock to rest up for another day of fun fishing at Kingfisher Lodge.