Rick, Carson, Kevin, Matt, Shaun, Emory, and Paul with Bear in the forground.
June 8th brought us a group of 7 great folks with a great attitude about catching fish, even though fishing was slow in some areas the first two days we did very well getting our limits of Kings, halibut and other rock fish. The last day the wind picked up to 35 knots and our fishing was more of a struggle landing only 4 Kings for 7 anglers. Total King salmon for the groups three days fishing was 18 for the 7 anglers. Hope to see this wonderful group of guys back next year.
Emory and Kevin
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge in Craig Alaska on August 11th was a slow down on coho salmon which translates into a grind or pick working for limits. King salmon were still available to some anglers with a possible average of one per boat. Today we left the dock at our 5 am departure and went to the Tree hole picking up a handfull of coho’s and a few king salmon between both boats or 10 fishermen for a few hours fishing. We went to a few spots picking up one or two silver salmon here and there but in the end Captain Joel on the Trinity found a nice batch of fish finishing his limit of Coho’s in a few hours time. We followed over in the Jeanette Elaine and landed more ourselves and one nice king salmon for a total of 18 silvers and 3 king salmon for our boat and Joels boat landed 30 silver salmon and one king salmon. Halibut fishing we landed our limits and a small selection of sea bass as well. So today ends the third day for this group mostly from Idaho…until next year and we appreciate the group of guys coming to fish with us. See you in June we hope!
July 14th we left Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska at 5 am heading for the southern waters as word was the silver salmon had moved in. We stopped off Sumez island and dropped into a wide open salmon bite landing 36 coho’s, 3 chums 4 pinks, and loosing one king salmon by 7:30 am. We tried a few other spots for King salmon but no luck and decided to try for some big halibut just for fun since we can’t keep any over 37″. No big halibut were found but we did get the crew sick and within an hour 3 of the 6 were out of comission. We changed our plan and moved to another spot landing our limit of halibut under the 37″ rule in an hour and then needed to get the guys back to flat water. We went back inside landing more silvers and releasing them looking for the king salmon but no luck for us today on the king’s. First day in 60 over days we haven’t boated a king, but also first day to boat over 40 silver salmon. Word is wide open coho’s up and down the coast near Craig.
July 12th we left Kingfisher Lodge dock near Craig Alaska at 5 am headed for the Cape on Noyes Island where we had finished the day before. I expected a rough ride out but was good and calm till we got to Pt. Incarnation off of Steamboat Bay where the swell from the ocean began to slow us down. We arrived after a bit of a slogging up the strait where we were the 3rd boat to arrive. Dropping our mooching rigs with our cut plug herring Chuck instantly hooked into a nice 18 pound king salmon which made him the first to catch a king salmon 3 days in a row which is a pretty impressive display of luck. Catching salmon was very steady getting singles, doubles, tripples, and quads but not always landing the silver salmon. Dan landed a nice 30 pound king salmon early on as well and after that no more king salmon but lots of silver salmon. By 10 am we had 19 silver salmon and 2 king salmon, but catching slowed way down. With a stiff westerly blowing and a big sea running we stayed put rather than go get beat up on the outside waters where we had done so well previous days. At 11 am we went looking for our halibut which we caught within a short amount of time since looking for any halibut over 37 inches is a waste of time. We spent the rest of the day looking for more king salmon with no luck and landed a few more silver salmon. Thus ended the 3rd day for the Weyerhauser family resulting in 13 king salmon, 60 silver salmon, 15 halibut and a variety of bottom fish for the trip. Until next year same time same place.
June 18th started out at Pinnapple rock quite slow and after a few hours only landing 1 king and letting go a nice 35 pound halibut that was over sized…hate that. We decided to head to our spot we have been fishing the last few days so in doing we landed the rest of our kings which was 6 more for a total of 7. We landed an 8th letting it go. We also lost an additional 3 kings for the day as well, including one silver. Most boats had a slower day than we have been experiencing the past few weeks.
After that we got another halibut in excess of 37″ about 45 pounds so sent him off to the deep.
Such ended our wonderful day of fishing.
The 13th of June started out fishing the Chicken hole for a big 0 so from there we checked out some spots along Baker island looking for kings or halibut although we found lots of bait fish and whales we did not score on any kings or halibut. We moved on to the Cape and limited on small halibut with no kings that wanted our bait there. We went on to our now favorite fishing spot and within one hour landed 7 kings and loosing 3 thus ended our search for kings. We then fished for some bottom and pelagic fish and then headed for the showers, wine and a not so good hockey game.
Today we started out with some halibut fishing and since I had family up we were not regulated by the 37″ rule so we caught a 75 pounder, 45 pounder, and a few at about 35 pounds.
King salmon fishing was as good as previous days but we did get our 12 kings by about 11 am which time wise was better than the past few days.
Largest kings of the day were 33 pounds by Dennis Caldwell and a 30 pounder by Frank Haydu.
Monday morning had continuing west wind at 25 knots building to 30 knots in the afternoon making fishing a bit difficult but with the sun out and the fish biting it made it a great day. Halibut fishing was tough though since we were limited to our options and were not interested in fighting the ocean conditions. Limits for salmon were completed by late morning landing 11 kings the largest being in the 25 lb. class.
We decided to go to the north end of Noyes island for our fishing day which when we showed up there were kings jumping out of the water but had a bit of a time hooking them until I had us switch to the downriggers from mooching and we landed a king immediately and lost one. Then soon after they started biting on cut plug herring so we switched and in the end landed 9 kings keeping 5. We then went for our halibut, bottom and rock fish.
June 3rd started out with a king on the first drift, landing 2 and loosing one in the first hour of the day. From our first stop we went on west to our next stop which we landed a nice 22 lb king on the first drop, landing a total of 2 on the first drift and finishing up with 5 kings landed and 2 lost by 9:30 am. Then we went looking for halibut under 37″ and kept catching kings and having to release them having a tripple header on at the last and having to release them. After landing our halibut we went on to finish up on Yellow eye, black sea bass and some Rough eye.
Day was sunny with 5 mph winds and 4 ft. swell coming out of the SW.