June 5th thru the 9th brought us two groups of 6 and 4 persons the 4 person group being the Seth Mitchner group and the 6 person group being the Pete Anselmo group. The sport fishing report for this week for the Craig area started out by gale warnings from NOAA weather which was spot on as gale force winds blew in on the morning of the 6th with seas building to 15 feet by the 7th. Fishing was still ok although tough due to weather the guys did ok landing most of their limits of King salmon actually for both groups just shy of their limits by one king each or two kings for 10 anglers, not bad considering the water conditions. We had a tough crew though who came here to fish and weather or not toughed it out. Halibut fishing was a bit tougher as water conditions kept us from some of the areas we might normally fish. By the last day though we got limits of bottom fish and had to release a nice 90 pound halibut due to the size restriction of having to be over 68 inches which gave a few groans from the crew but were accepting of their fate of it all. Scott Benshoof of Las Vegas is now leading the King salmon derby with his 43 lb King.
June 1st brought us stable sunny weather with calm seas and very good fishing for early season. The alaska salmon fishing was very productive as the sportfishermen and women on our boats limited each day while here except the last day where fishing slowed a bit. Halibut fishing this week was pretty good as well as we had the ability to go anywhere on the outside looking for halibut. The halibut fishing was good although finding any over 68 inches proved fruitless.
Salmon & halibut fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, August 8th, & 9th, & 10th, 2012.
August 8th was a great day to be an angler here in the Craig area as the silver salmon and halibut fishing has been very good with all boats limiting very early in the day and even the most novice angler can be assured of hooking the silver acrobats and enjoying their day out on the water.
August 9th seemed like the fish took a bit of a day off although most boats limited on their salmon they had to work harder that the previous day. So many times our guys came up with bare hooks as the frustration grew trying to finish our limits took some time although still remained a very good day of fishing as anytime you can catch your limit of 6 silver salmon a day is good fishing…we just get spoiled expecting the fish to always be biting well for us. Halibut fishing was again strong and landing very nice regulation size fish.
August 10th was a good day for us as we had 21 Coho’s by 8:30 a.m. then halibut fishing went well and once we finished on the Halibut we went back for the salmon which proved well for us in the afternoon. The fish are very nice sized with the largest weighing in at over 14 pounds and fighting like King salmon. The largest halibut of the day was over 64″ but under the 68″ required and that was landed by Marc Brown who reluctantly had to say goodby as we let the beauty go and watch it swim away, nice job though Marc. Overall for the 3 days fishing both groups did very well stocking their freezers for their winter supply of fish.
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.
Sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge on Prince of Wales Island, Craig Alaska July 11th, 2012 was a great day to be an Angler especially if your name is Larry Whitefoot who landed a wopper 49 pound King salmon, unfortunately he didn’t buy a King salmon derby ticket so might have been a little richer if he had of.
My boat went to east Addington and landed one King salmon and 14 or so silver salmon, not counting about 75 small halibut that we had to let loose. Joel did the same but landed one or two King salmon and 3 limits of silver salmon or 18, as well Rafael who also landed several limits of silvers and one King salmon. We all ended up going south to Granite point where boats were limiting on King salmon very early but as we had gone later the bite slowed down. Our boat landed the remainder of our King salmon which was 6 and then went out for halibut which we landed 6 nice ones in a couple hours fishing. Joel did the same landing some nice 45″ halibut and having to release 5 over one hundred pounds as they did not fall into the 68″ and over limit. Rafael’s boat also went out halibut fishing landing his limit of nice halibut.
Sooo…the story of Larry’s big king as told by his buddies goes like this. Larry was feeling pretty “chummy” due to the flu bug and after a two hour nap came out made 2 casts and hooked the big one weighed in at the dock as 49 pounds. Rafael was the skipper so hats off to both of them.
Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales in Craig Alaska for July 10th started out with a South West wind so we sped up to Noyes island where we had fished the previous trip while Joel and Rapheal went off Baker island looking for salmon. We started out landing a couple king salmon fairly soon then a third but that slowed down so we moved on down the beach where other boats were landing fish and we started landing silvers and King salmon although the baby halibut were in such prodigious numbers that it wore me and all my leaders out trying to keep releasing them and rebaiting. By 11:30 we had 19 coho’s and 6 King salmon so were happy with that. Joel and Raphael had limited on Kings with their groups and moved on to Halibut as we did as well.
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 Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for July 5th 2012. Today was a half day for us leaving the dock around 9 am we decided to get some bottom fishing done before the forcasted winds come in the next few days. We landed our Yellow Eye, Ling cod, and a couple halibut one measuring in at just under 70″ caught by Biff McIntyre of Santa Barbara California. His wife Barb landed a nice 45″ Ling cod as well so both were pretty happy. After bottom fishing we decided to try a little salmon fishing in which we landed one King salmon and one Silver salmon for the afternoon, but word was pretty good King salmon bite early on in the morning so off we go tomorrow for our luck at King salmon.
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.