July 8th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island in Craig Alaska began with flat calm water, and overcast skies. We went to the outside of Noyes Island to where we fished the last couple of days and fishing there had slowed down quite a bit but were successful in landing one King salmon per boat and sat there from 6:30 am to 9 am or so then went bottom fishing landing a fair number of nice halibut having to again cut loose 2 in the 55″ range since 2012 regulation is for a 58″ or larger to retain the trophy halibut. It is quite a feat trying to measure a large halibut using my special made measuring stick as the halibut is not always very cooperative with this effort as the ocean swell and the movement of the fish makes it very difficult. You have to use a little “Kentucky Windage” almost but in doing make darn sure that the fish is well above the length of the stick before committing to killing it since once you do you had better be right. So we ended the halibut expedition with a nice catch including a nice Ling cod which limited out our guests as they needed one more to finish up there quota of one lingcod under 45″ each.
King salmon was again next on our agenda as we headed back to Pinnapple rock to try our luck and withing a few minutes landed the two kings we doubled up on which put us up to 3 kings and still shy of the 6 we needed to tag out since we had a resident on board that could catch 3 himself. We moved on to a new spot and were readily catching Coho salmon pretty regularly and then finished up with our Kings as well. Joel came in behind us after he had landed a nice catch of Halibut and also landed 15 silvers and a total of 3 out of 4 King salmon for the day.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for July 7th 2012. Today starting out with a 5 a.m. departure 20 knot winds 50 degree temperatures, and rain so getting to our destination on the outside of Noyes Island was slow in areas of high tidal movement and wind but once we arrived to our destination the famous “Pinapple rock” being about the 5th boat or so there we figured to fish there till the Waterfall resort boats showed up en-mass and then we would move on. Catching was a bit slow but steady as we landed a King salmon, then hooked one loosing it to a big sea lion, then hooked another but was undersized so let it go, then eventually landing 5 nice 20 pound Kings there and never did leave since although there were lots of boats (25) everyone was spread out enough that it wasn’t too bad and since fishing was slow elsewhere we decided to stay put. The “Trinity” captained by Joel Steenstra did well 2 days in a row landing his 4 kings in record time and heading off for bottom fishing. We got done with our 5 Kings by 11:30 and went out for halibut landing about 8 nice halibut letting 2 go over one hundred pounds but under the 68″ rule and retaining 4 nice 44″ butts, then calling it a day.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for July 6th 2012. Today started out with a 5 a.m. departure with light winds hand high 50 degree temperatures, overcast skies so travel to our destination outside Noyes island was fast and comfortable. Joel’s boat limited on 4 kings within an hour or so but we came up with bare hooks and little halibut for much of the morning and finally started landing some kings and a couple silver salmon. So with 4 persons on board 3 non residents and one resident we could catch 6 King salmon, but as it was we came up short one by the end of the day landing a total of 6 king salmon, releasing one and loosing another. Halibut fishing was a bit rough as the wind picked up to about 20 knots with a incoming tide we tried to sort through the smaller halibut but with the seas a bit rough settled on some smaller halibut with intentions of putting higher goals for the following day.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales island for July 3rd 2012 was again a great day to be an angler as ocean conditions were light winds with very good King salmon and Halibut fishing as well as bottom fishing. Most charter boats unded up outside of Noyes Island again today as the schools of King salmon were in good numbers there and most if not all boats limiting on their King salmon early on. Silver salmon were less abundant today and we landed only one in the two hours salmon fishing landing 6 Kings and one silver in the two hour venture. The King salmon averaged about 20 pounds with our largest at 24 pounds. Halibut fishing was good as we searched for larger grade of halibut today and landed 6 halibut over one hundred pounds but only one was of regulation size of 68″ in this cast the fish taped out at 70″. We also landed one at 44″ and 4 more under that but respectable fish non the less and with the big one in the box no one was complaining about the smaller ones finishing the limit. The best part of the whole trip was each person was able to land a halibut over one hundred pounds so our new Canadian friends are re-booking for 2013 and we are looking forward to their return next year.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on July 1st 2012. Weather was light winds and temperatures in the high fifties. Today was also the opening of the Commercial salmon troll season on the outside in area 2C. Trollers lined the outer coast searching for and catching Kings and Silver salmon, although their main fish they want to catch are the high priced King salmon. Sportfishermen in our area were again productive as the effect of the Trollers will not make a showing until tomorrow morning we will probably see a reduction of King salmon due to their efforts. Most charter boats in the Craig area limited on King salmon fairly early as well has halibut fishing that continues to improve. Silver salmon were being caught but only incidently with most boats. Kingfisher lodge boats landed about 12 silver salmon total plus the limits of King salmon.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report and S.E. Alaska fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 30th 2012 began with light winds andtemperatures in the high fifties. We headed for King salmon fishing and within the first half hour landed 3 king salmon and 4 silver salmon. We continued to fish for salmon although it was slower than it had been the days before it was steady and we continued to land King salmon and Silver salmon. By 10 am we had landed 7 King salmon and 8 Silver salmon and so headed out to look for our Halibut. Halibut fishing was very good with fish really biting well and we landed many but keeping only the largest which took about one hour to finish up our Halibut limits.
The Halvorsen group on Joels boat finished up on their 6 Kings by about 11 am and then went halibut fishing as well landing their limit in short order and followed up by bottom fishing for Yellow eye. Thus ended a great day at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 28th 2012 began with light winds and a wet morning with temperatures in the high fifties. We headed for King salmon fishing and within the first half hour landed 3 king salmon and 4 silver salmon. We then headed off the west coast of Baker island and joined the charter fleet there as the fishing was non stop hooking and landing of king salmon and as one viewed the boats nearby nearly all had 3 to 4 salmon on at one time. Most of the King salmon were smaller in size but the action justified being there and everyone enjoyed the action. We landed our best kings to tag us out and as we had a resident on board as well we were able to land 8 king salmon for the day. From here the crew wanted to try for large halibut and so we went shopping for large halibut and were not disappointed as we released one at 103 pounds based on his length ration which was under the 68 inch trophy size required, this fish was landed by 10 year old Turner McCurdy. We continued to land nice halibut with Blake and his dad Rob landing a nice one pictured below. Thus ended the trip for a very happy group and are rebooked for same time next year….until then best to you all.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 27th 2012 began with light winds and temperatures in the high fifties. We headed for King salmon fishing and were not dissapointed again as we landed 3 King salmon keeping two and then moving on to our second choice spot landed an additional 3 or 4 kings tagging us out on King salmon. From here we headed out for halibut and rock fish limiting on halibut first and then on to our bottom fish of Ling cod, Yellow eye and sea bass. Limiting on most of these species we finished the day and headed in.
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.
June 21st Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska.
Today the weather was calm with overcast skies when we headed out for our King salmon hoping to land another derby fish we went to the same fishing spot but caught no salmon there so moved off shore and soon found some King salmon. Although the fish were plentiful the size was small so we had to let some undersized Kings go until we finally landed our limit of legal size fish with the largest about 20 pounds.Halibut fishing for us was pretty good landing some nice fish with the largest at 43 pounds.
King salmon fishing in the Craig area remained steady as most boats are limiting on their King salmon although depending on where you are you may have to work for your fish or if you are looking for that bigger fish. It seems there are a fair number of schooling fish in the smaller or just legal size limit of 28 inches to 33 inches or so.
Halibut fishing in the Craig area has been picking up slowly as the salmon migration speeds up and water temperatures rise they seem to be in larger numbers although most guides are struggling to land respectable catches nearing the 45 in range.