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July 26th sport fishing report for Prince of Wales Island, Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Dick O'Grady with his 74" 215 pound halibut

Dick O’Grady with his 74″ 215 pound halibut

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Craig is located in southern south east Alaska and boasts some of the most productive salmon and halibut fishing in the world due to its great location. The Prince of Wales sport fishing report for all three days has been business as usual for 2013 sport fishing and that is lots of fish or I should day lots of salmon. Today was no different than the whole summer as fish continue to flood into the Noyes Island area both King salmon and Silver salmon are abundant with most boats limiting within an hour of fishing. It helps that so far few seine boats have been fishing the outside area due to few pinks in close to the shore I assume that is why they are somewhere else. Alaska salmon fishing appears that it will remain strong throughout the summer which is our hope. Weather continues to be unreal with calm seas and sunny skies. Today we landed some nice King salmon as well as silvers salmon, Halibut fishing was outstanding with Dick O’Grady landing a 74″ 215 pound Halibut and Larry Haas loosing one up to the boat that was within an inch of Dick’s. We also released several over one hundred pounds due to the under 68″ rule but also landed some nice 45″ and under. Joel’s boat landed many King salmon and limits of Silver, Yellow Eye, Ling Cod etc. One large Ling Cod had a full King salmon in it’s belly which was pretty impressive. What predators they are!

Jerry, Sean, John, Larry, Bob, and Dick

Jerry, Sean, John, Larry, Bob, and Dick

Jim, Bruce, Ron, and Pete with a great catch!

Jim, Bruce, Ron, and Pete with a great catch!

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July 8th fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today the wind was predicted to blow 20 knots SW and that it did so we were more limited on where we might fish. We decided to head for our Coho spot with Blake and his crew and Joel decided to run off shore where he heard there was a good King bite the previous day. We had 30 Coho’s within an hour or so and then needed to find some King salmon. Joel’s report was windy, rain in the face and had not a fish in the box yet. We decided to head to a more protected spot in hopes of finding some King salmon but en-rout  Joel called and let me know he had found a good bite having a double on Kings so we swung and headed his direction and when we arrived he had his 4 Kings and was still marking fish. There were also other boats showing up and landing Kings so we dropped in and soon were landing kings as well and it became chaotic but in a short time landed out limit as well and also Captain Blake with his crew of 4. Halibut fishing was a bit tougher as the waves had not quite met the 8 footers that the weather service had forecasted but was close with a 15 knot wind to make it interesting. We spent 3 hours looking for our limit of halibut and ended up landing some nice under 45″ butts as well as some Yellow Eye and a nice Ling cod we then headed for the dock.

Tyler, Darren, Mike, Pat, Mike, & Scott with a great catch of Salmon and bottom fish.

Tyler, Darren, Mike, Pat, Mike, & Scott with a great catch of Salmon and bottom fish.

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July 6th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Darren Mitchel with his 163 pound Halibut.

Darren Mitchel with his 163 pound Halibut.

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers have been reduced by the commercial troll fishery. Today we had 14 anglers at our lodge in 3 boats and by 8 am limits were had by all boats for a total of 84 Coho. Captain Joel got his limit of 24 Coho in one drift and we had our 36 in two drifts, Captain Blake also had his limit in 2 drifts.

We started the day with non stop coho’s 6 on most constantly until our limits were met, this is as good as it gets for Silver salmon and we can only guess that these fish are the result of the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association and it’s 5 million Coho release last June. We are hoping the Coho returns remain strong all summer as is predicted so if all goes well those coming to the Craig area to fish should be very happy anglers. King salmon were harder to come by today but since there are so many Silver salmon around it is also hard to find what Kings are around. Halibut fishing was good for us today with all boats limiting and we boated one Halibut over 68″ on the nose after over 5 hours of Halibut fishing for some bruisers.

Scott, Pat, Matt, Mike, Mike, & Darren.

Scott, Pat, Matt, Mike, Mike, & Darren.

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July 4th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Andy, Mike, Brady, Conner, Kerry, and Ryan

Andy, Mike, Brady, Conner, Kerry, and Ryan

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. July 4th Independence Day started out with calm winds and partly cloudy skies. My group had tagged out on King salmon so our goal was Silver salmon and Halibut so we decided to snoop around and was happy with our venture as we limited on our Silvers by 8:30 in the morning which gave us time to look for some nicer Halibut. Joel had gone out where we had been fishing for King’s and Silvers with the Mike Rodgers family, but only landed one King salmon and 10 or so Silvers and it was apparent that the salmon had left or been thinned out by the sport fishermen and the commercial troll fleet. Joel ended up landing a nice grade of Halibut and then off to finish his Silver salmon limits. We also ended up landing a couple nice 45″ halibut and then one small one for our limit but worked pretty hard to find that nicer grade today for the west wind had picked up to 20 knots or so making it difficult to fish some of our more favorable spots. Chatter on the radio was a scratch for Kings and mostly limits of Coho salmon and boats were limited to where they fished due to the wind building as the day progressed. Limits of Coho’s is a very good day so we count our blessings for those little beauties.

Jack and Carol with their nice catch.

Jack and Carol with their nice catch.

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July 3rd sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Ryan, Mike, Brady, Andy, Conner, & Kerry with a super catch.

Ryan, Mike, Brady, Andy, Conner, & Kerry
with a super catch.

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers are reduced each day the commercial troll season is open. Today was the 3rd day the trollers were working off Noyes Island and their numbers appeared to be less than the day before and chatter on the radio was it had slowed down for them as well. We did well on King salmon landing 5 or 6 King salmon but only retaining 2 as many were smaller Kings and as they have one more day they wanted to save 2 tags for tomorrow. Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat with the Rodgers family did will landing many Kings and retaining 4 for the day and 6 person limits of Coho’s. Coho fishing is very good and limits are pretty easily had so that is good as ADF&G has reduced the King salmon bag limit down to 2 for a non resident, but still can catch 6 Silver salmon per day with no season limit. Silver salmon fishing should be a benchmark year as the Klawock river hatchery returning Coho’s are estimated at around 70,000 back to the river which means lots of Silvers on their way to the river which all sport and commercial fishermen will be after.

The Mike Rodgers family is up for a family fishing vacation and they are having a great time catching their limits of pretty much everything that is legal to catch including this nice 40 pound Halibut that Mike caught today. The boys are up each morning by 4:30 am and down at the dock by the 5 am departure which I am very impressed with and every time I see them they are reeling in a fish!

Conner, Brady, Grampa Mike, & Andy

Conner, Brady, Grampa Mike, & Andy

Jack with Captain Chuck and his beautiful King salmon

Jack with Captain Chuck and his beautiful King salmon

 

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June 30 sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska

 

Day 3 for the boys from Alberta and Kent with his first "Tyee" 34 pound King salmon.

Day 3 for the boys from Alberta and Kent with his first “Tyee” 34 pound King salmon.

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Fishing for King salmon, Silver salmon, Halibut and bottom fish was still again another spectacular day. We landed our limits of King salmon and a few limits of Silver salmon with Kent Halvorsen from Alberta Canada landing his first “Tyee” King salmon after 10 years of fishing Canada. His fish weighed in at 34 pounds and he was pretty happy about it saying “after 10 years of King salmon fishing I finally got a Tyee”. I told him he just was in the wrong place all these years. Halibut fishing also remains strong and a nice grade of halibut can be had if time and effort is put into it. The goal is any halibut 45″ or under or 68″ and over with any size in between those numbers having to be released. It appears the reduction of sport and commercial caught halibut has helped increase numbers and quality of the halibut.

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June 29th sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Fishing for King salmon, Silver salmon, Halibut and bottom fish was again another spectacular day as the salmon fishing is as good as it has been for the sport fishermen in the Craig area for the past 20 years. Although we have had many good years in the past this year will stand out as the best for abundance of King salmon here in the Craig area off Noyes Island. It is hard to imagine a low abundance of King salmon when everywhere you go you catch king salmon and not just a few. With 6 anglers on the boat it has been very regular to hook up to 6 King salmon at once but with the Stellar Sea Lions in very large numbers we lost as many as 15 Kings to the Sea Lions trying to get our limits. The boys from Alberta Canada were amazed at the quality of fishing here in Craig and will never be the same again after this fishing trip. They kept singing Alberta Bound as another fish was brought into the boat. Below are photo’s of the days catch.

The boys from Alberta and a fantastic catch of fish.

The boys from Alberta and a fantastic catch of fish.

 

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June 26th sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Craig Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on the 26th of June was another spectacular day of fishing or catching I should say. Both groups did extremely well on both Kings, Silvers and Halibut. Amedeo Angelo landed a beautiful monster Halibut today which he was dearly wanting. After making the comment that he wanted a big one, he got his wish. Amedeo just returned from Africa after killing a 13 year old 600 pound African Lion and for him Landing this big Halibut was another dream of his although a much safer sport.

Amedeo Angelo and Captain Chuck with his big halibut

Amedeo Angelo and Captain Chuck with his big halibut

Ed, Bill, Butch, Shawn, Carey, and Ami with his big Halibut

Ed, Bill, Butch, Shawn, Carey, and Ami with his big Halibut

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June 25th sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

June 26th sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. Today began with light and variable winds and calm waters, we headed out to the outside of Noyes Island where the fish were waiting for us. We started 0ut off East Addington where we had done well the previous days but after landing one King salmon and a few Silver salmon we could see that not all was as it had been the day before. We called another captain fishing off the out side of Noyes island and he said the fish were biting and it was wide open so off we went. We got there after a short stop to check out the fish eating Stellar Sea lion rookery and then off to catch King salmon. We were not disappointed as we dropped in and quaded up on Kings landing all 4 but since one was small we kept the nicest 3 of the 4. Catching continued throughout the morning until we finished our limit of 6 nice King salmon loosing a monster King which tried to spool one of our rods but then lost it as the hook pulled out.

Halibut fishing was great on both boats landing many nice size halibut of 45 inches and smaller and a few in the slot size between the 45″ and 68″ with the largest landed by Butch Smith at 104 pounds based on the tide books table.

Shawn and Cari with a great couple keeper Halibut

Shawn and Cari with a great couple keeper Halibut

Ed, Bill, Butch, Shawn, Cori, and Ami.

Ed, Bill, Butch, Shawn, Cori, and Ami.

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June 24th sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

 

Joel Landing Evan's Big Halibut

Joel Landing Evan’s Big Halibut

The sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on the 24th of June was another outstanding day of catching both King salmon and Halibut. Weather remained stable with light and variable winds and calm seas. Limits of King salmon were accomplished with relative ease as well as half limits or more of Silver salmon depending on where you were fishing. It appears that all outside waters in southern S.E. Alaska contain large schools of King salmon and the halibut continue to come in better numbers of larger fish.

Shawn, Butch, Cori, Bill and Ami

Shawn, Butch, Cori, Bill and Ami

Nate, Lee, Kent, and Evan with Evans 145 pound halibut

Nate, Lee, Kent, and Evan with Evans 168 pound halibut

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