June 21 sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and southern S.E. Alaska outer coast. Today our weather was calm winds with patchy fog and running out to the fishing grounds was a pleasant ride but had to use the radar for much of the trip. We started out a bit slower today but were landing Silver salmon right a way as well as loosing a King. After the tide change the catching picked up and we landed many King salmon for the days fishing including a few limits of silvers. Fish are still in good numbers and we hope they keep coming in so all our fishermen coming up will have lots of catching to do.
June 20th sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and southern southeast Alaska on the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. Today the winds were calm with flat water to the outside where we were greeted by a light wind and 2 foot seas, overcast skies. King salmon and Silver salmon fishing was as good as I have seen for some years now with King salmon attacking our anglers baits from very shallow depths. We had limited on Kings very early and a nicer grade than we had seen earlier on the outer coast with average sizes about 19 pounds and catching 2 limits of Coho or Silver salmon along with the Kings. Coho limits are 6 per person per day. We had to release many Kings due to trying to catch the Coho as they were mixed in with the Coho’s. Once the salmon bite slowed down we went out bottom fishing and were not dissapointed as we landed out limits of Yellow eye and a few Ling cod. Halibut fishing was very good as we landed a nicer grade of smaller ones averaging about 20 pounds.
This abundance of King salmon apparently runs clear up to Sitka as word is there it is very good fishing which makes me believe we will see a steady run up to the commercial King salmon opener which will make a impact on the sportfishing for Kings. That season opens July 1. It makes me wonder why the index was set so low with so many King salmon in the area and also the Sitka area as well. Either way it is nice to have the fish here and with the amount of Silver salmon showing up and the large release of Prince of Wales Hatchery coho’s in 2012 at 4.8 million it is expected to be a spectacular season for salmon fishing here in the Craig area. For those that have booked trips here in the Craig area they can expect good fishing or catching if all that appears to be happening continues throughout the summer.
June 18 fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska and southern S.E. Alaska outside waters. We were greeted this morning with flat water outside the lodge and overcast skies so were off leaving the dock by 5 am. My boat had a half day fishing so had to get out and get it done and be back before 11 am while the other two boats were off for the day fishing. The day ended with all our boats limiting on King salmon and halibut as well as some silver salmon if one wanted to put the time into fishing for Coho or Silver salmon. Blake landed 9 silver salmon on his boat and said they had at least that many on that came off the hook. Joel concentrated on larger halibut after quickly landing his 4 King salmon so did not try for Silvers, their larges halibut was 35 pounds. My boat had a short day so Kings and Halibut was our goal.
June 16th started with crystal clear skies flat water and lots of King salmon to catch as anyone that was out sport fishing was able to catch King salmon and limits were mostly caught by all boats today with many boats releasing Kings that might have put them over their limit or were close to the 28 inch minimum size for a King salmon. Most of the Kings have been smaller school fish in the 30 to 34 inch range on the outside of Noyes island. We were fishing in closer to shore inside looking for a nice grade of Kings which we did find but nothing larger than 25 pounds but the average was more like 19 pounds. Halibut fishing was slower as we were looking for some nice grade up to 45 inches and we did land some nice ones, releasing one about 50 inches landing one at 45 inches and the rest were smaller but respectable fish. As it was we put many hours in hunting for them. All our boats landed limits of salmon and halibut on this day. Silver salmon are still showing up with most boats hooking and landing at least a few.
June 15th sportfishing report for the Craig area and Kingfisher Charters and Lodge on Prince of Wales island. Kingfisher Lodge had a turn over day with guests leaving and a new crew coming. The Saal Group from California with 6 anglers and the Claude Trudue group from many places with a group of 7 will be fishing with us for the next 3 days.
Weather for S.E. Alaska is clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70’s for the next few days with winds light with a small ocean swell. Today the fishing for King salmon was nothing less than spectacular as more Kings have moved in although the size of the fish are smaller or say less than 20 pound average there are lots of them and today is was multiple hookups for most boats. We went out crew fishing and landed 7 Kings in short order with a quad on at one time and marking many fish in many areas. Hopefully the fish will stay or continue to pass through the islands until our silvers show up in numbers enough as by July 1 the non resident limit will be limited to 2 for a season bag limit. It is looking as though the 2013 salmon season will be a very good year to come fishing in the Craig area with our Prince of Wales Hatchery producing 5 million Coho each year and 2013 having a returning run based on a 4.3 million release we are expecting up to 78,000 Coho to return to the Klawock river. Tomorrow we are looking forward to a great day fishing so stay tuned!!
Tuesday June 11th was a good day to be fishing for King salmon as both boats with a total of 12 anglers limited on King salmon. Water was nice sun was out and we had a great time. Biggest King was 29 pounds caught by Julius Matesi. Halibut fishing and bottom fishing remains steady but still landing no 68″ or above yet.
Alaska Salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and Prince of Wales island for July 31st and August 1st. July 31st the weather was predicted to blow up to 30 knots and seas building to 8 feet and the weather man is always right when he predicts wind and rain it seems. We got our limits of Silver salmon and Halibut yesterday but had to pound our way back to the lodge at a modest speed of 15 knots or so and we were all soaking wet due to the torrential rain and pretty beat up by the time we tied the boats to the dock, not pictures as everyone headed for hot showers and stiff drinks!
August 1st we woke to the flags draped around the flag pole and not a ripple on the water or any rain. We went straight to St. Joseph island and picked away at our Silver salmon which by 9:30 or so had close to our limits of those and went out to land our Halibut. Joni Pahor landed a nice 100 pound halibut but had to let it go since it was under the 68″ required by the IPHC. We landed 2 nice 44″ “Butts” though and then one smaller one as well as a nice 38″ Ling cod. From there we headed up to the Rock Pile to try our luck at King salmon and were rewarded with one nice 23 pound King caught by Don Pahor. Joel’s boat landed 4 nice King salmon and limits of Silver salmon, one nice halibut they had to release and 4 nice 40 pounders to finish the day including some nice yellow eye. Lyle Randon had said he was waiting for a nice King salmon and true to his word landed a nice one topping off his day.
Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on July 26th was without wind, but was partly foggy throughout the area. Silver salmon fishing was red hot in all areas around Noyes island and imagine that the other islands had their fair share of fish as well. Kingfisher Lodge boats limited on Silver salmon fairly early this morning but only catching one nice 30 pound King salmon. Jia from China landed his first King salmon and his first Alaska salmon weighing in at 32 pounds. Sam Brumal landed one nice Halibut at over one hundred pounds and another at 44 inches or about 39 pounds on his 78 birthday, Good job Sam. Halibut fishing has steadily improved and quite easy to land 30 pound and larger halibut if weather and a little time is available to fish for them. This is encouraging as it appears that the cutbacks that IPHC made in 2011 has helped out considerably with nicer fish showing up. Today we landed 72 silver salmon, 12 halibut and one King salmon for 12 anglers.
The Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for July 24th turned out to be another great day of fishing for Silver salmon and Halibut but was slower for King salmon. North West winds blew early on the day then lessened as the day progressed but out at the Rockpile and Pineapple rock were not as good as the previous day for King salmon although remained strong for Silver salmon. Most all prominant areas have silver salmon in them with some areas having very strong schools of fish. Totals for the day for 13 anglers was limits of Halibut, Silver salmon and only 2 King salmon. Alaska salmon fishing will increase in productivity as the season progresses, this is my optimistic view.
Prince of Wales & S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska was a windy day to be on the water. Sportfishing off of Prince of Wales on the west side was westerly winds blowing 25 knots and by Monday were up to gale force winds with boats restricted to the lee side of any island that would offer protection from the built up seas on the outer coast. Inside spots were slim that had any quantity of fish and for many they ended up off of East side of Cape Addington where boats are protected but the wind blows over the cape and down causing williwaws and pretty tough fishing. We chose to fish the inside islands which worked well on Sunday landing 31 Coho’s on our boat and Joel ended up with 3 King salmon and 8 or 10 Coho’s. I had 3 children on my boat LaShawn 13, Carter 10 and David 8 and each one outfished the adults landing their limits early on in the morning. Halibut fishing was great and we ended up braving the ocean wind and swell and were rewarded with a nice 75″ or over 200 pound halibut caught by 13 year old LaSawn Stutz. We also landed several other under 45″ halibut, as well as two of which we had to release that were in the 75 to 100 pound class but in the slot size 45″ – 68″.
Monday fishing was very tough for us as we headed for our last spot of success the day before, but landed only 7 silvers there then spending the next 4 hours looking for large halibut, but with the winds even more severe than on Sunday were restricted to where we could fish. Long story put short we ended up burning some gas traveling up to Cape Addington to land some small halibut to finish up that limit. Word was most boats struggled to catch anywhere near limits due to the gale force winds that is keeping boats off major salmon and halibut migration routes. I might add that on Monday the kids were all wore out from the two previous days and since they were not fishing I suspect that is why our fish count was down as they were the ones putting fish in the boat on Sunday.