Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska August 4th-6th was close to exceptional for King salmon and Silver salmon including the weather. Coho or Silver salmon had moved in off Baker island and after 8 days of having it literally to ourselves word got out that there was fish there and by the 6th there were most all the boats in the Craig area fishing in Veta bay. It was quite impressive to see the armada of boats coming out to join us in the morning as around 50 boats were in line heading to catch the hungry salmon. The 4th and 5th the fish were biting early on and most boats had their limits fairly early on the Silver salmon but on the 6th it was slow and many boats fished for a few hours only landing a handful of salmon, but near the tide change the fish started moving in and feeding well and in no time we had our limits of Coho salmon. We ended the last day with only 3 King salmon but were happy with what we caught as many of the Silvers were as big as small Kings with one weighing in at 16 pounds that Ray Stevenson caught. Over all the past 3 days was exceptional fishing. Check out the rest of the photo’s on our Facebook page in the link to the right.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska August 1st 2014. The past 3 days we were blessed with wonderful people, sunny skies, and flat water mixed with outstanding fishing landing limits of King salmon and Silver salmon each day as well as nice halibut and bottom fish. Since we have been fishing alone for a week or so our information is sketchy at best but what I hear is most boats are getting limits of King salmon and most of their silver salmon if not all of the limits in the Craig area. It appears the the Colombia river fish are showing up in good numbers with our guests landing and releasing many Kings trying to get their limits of Silver salmon so many of our long returning guests rate this week for them as the best ever in the past 20 years which says quite a bit, this of course has to do with the abundance of King salmon in the area rather than the Silver salmon since those numbers are down from 2013.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the last week of July 2014. Although it appeared that the catch rate for Coho salmon has dropped the last week of July off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island fishing was still very good for King salmon and bottom fish including halibut. We limited on King salmon everyday but were short on Silver salmon on all but the last day in which Joel having 6 anglers landed their limits of big Coho or Silver salmon as well as limits of King salmon. After 15 years of fishing at our lodge Bob Cormack said it was his best day of fishing as he remembers. The local charter boats seem to be catching more and more fish as the rain, wind, and bigger tides may have brought more fish into the area as the migration of salmon builds off the outer coast and inside waters. The Colombia river has estimated 1.6 million Chinook or King salmon returning to that system this fall and we are for sure getting our share of those fish here as the information from the coded tags we have been catching conclude this.
Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska. The past three days fishing was very good and enjoying sunny skies despite some wind from the northwest which blew up during the day, but was plenty fishable in most places. It seems the Coho salmon are in a few specific spots as everyone continues to be bunched up in a few areas. We have looked around to traditional spots for this time of year but end up back with the rest of the boats chipping away at our limits. I am waiting to get my tag reports from the clipped fin Coho’s we have been catching on the inside but are sure they are from the Prince of Wales Hatchery in Klawock. It appears that without the hatchery the Coho fishing in the Craig area would be dismal this year, but we are optimistic that the run will grow in numbers as the summer progresses. King salmon are in good numbers off the outside of St. Joe island and many boats go there to limit on them which are fairly easy to catch but not great size to them. There have been a few King salmon in the 50 pound range being landed but lucky anglers who fish the Cape or other traditional spots for large Kings. Having 6 anglers we have been going for numbers rather than size as getting our limit has been more important than getting one big one….maybe. Overall the fishing has been pretty good with most if not all boats getting limits of Kings, Silvers, and their bottom fish and again weather has been tolerably good and we hope it continues although a little less wind would be nice. Here are some pictures of the past three days with two separate groups and more pictures are posted on our Facebook page along with some video clips that are fun to look at.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Today we headed off Noyes island to hunt out more King salmon. Word was out that a 50 plus pound King salmon had been caught off the Pinnapple yesterday although we did not go there we still were in the vacinity to catch a big one. We fished pretty hard for 5 hours or so landing 4 King salmon and Joel landed 2 during that time frame plus a few Silver salmon but after about 9 am it was pretty slow. About noon we headed off getting our halibut then from there off where a Coho bite was going on, although we found lots of boats there we stayed off a bit landing 7 or 8 Coho and one nice King salmon. There were some kings caught on many boats and quite a few Coho were caught in different areas around Craig so it appears that more and more Coho are showing up, still not like last year yet and we don’t expect it to be that good for 2014 as 2013 was a unbelievable year as it was. See more pictures of these groups on our Facebook page.
Alaska sport fishing report for the Craig area and Kingfisher Lodge for the 9th, and 10th of July. The 9th of July we had one group of 5 fishing a half day so we headed off Baker island since we had done pretty well the day before so heading back we began fishing in the early afternoon and had a great catch of King salmon and Silver salmon by 4 pm. We caught 24 Coho and 5 Kings plus a limit of small halibut caught while salmon fishing. There were 6 boats there and everyone was catching King salmon and silver salmon so was pretty darn good for a few hours time.
Today on the 10th of July with 2 boats of 9 anglers we headed again off Baker island and fishing the same spot of the previous day, we landed a King salmon early on and a few silver salmon but in time it was becoming apparent that it might be early afternoon again before the fish showed up. There were 10 to 15 boats that showed up with us as word was out that there was fish caught the previous day but within a few hours boats started going off shore into deeper water looking for salmon, which is what we did. We ended up landing a dozen silver salmon and a limit of King salmon. Captain Joel Steenstra on the Trinity did about the same on salmon and we all went halibut fishing landing nice limits of halibut with a few near the 44″ mark and the others in the 38 to 42 inch size range. We went back to our good spot of the day before hoping the afternoon bite might develope but all we caught was more King salmon and a few silver salmon. We called it a day and headed home. Word on the radio was limits of King salmon for most boats and half limits for Coho or Silver salmon. See more photo’s on our Facebook page.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 6th, 2014. The next three days we have 12 anglers looking to catch limits of King salmon, silver salmon, halibut and other bottom fish and today we fished off Noyes island. Joel’s boat landed their 6 King salmon pretty early in the morning while we were at 3 for much of the morning then going off Baker island we were able to find a nice bunch of King salmon as well as Silvers landing a total of 25 silvers for two boats which is quite a bit less than last year at this time. Our halibut we landed while salmon fishing getting some nice 38 to 40″ fish.
Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July. Today we headed out with the Rodgers family of 9 anglers on two boats with Captain Joel Steenstra having 4 boys and two adults and myself having 3 adults and my son in law. We started out in fishing on the inside waters and Joel and his crew landed 6 nice King salmon before we knew what happened and ourselves only having one. They of course had to come by so we could take pictures of them as they boasted their proud catch. So being soundly beaten by a bunch of kids we humbly left that spot and headed off Baker island looking for a few nice Kings to redeem ourselves as there are always 4 quarters to a game, at least in football. We didn’t outdo them in size but we did get 4 nice King salmon and 18 Coho or Silver salmon as well as 4 nice halibut so we felt really good about the day as it ended. Joel and his crew ended up with a really nice catch as well with 4 Coho, 6 Yellow eye, a Ling cod and limit of Halibut and of course their 6 King salmon. Overall sportfishing in the Craig area was very good catching for King salmon and Coho seems to be picking up.
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Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. The past few days fishing was pretty good considering the commercial trollers were out in numbers offshore catching King salmon off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. With King salmon limits for non-resident sportfishermen reduced to one a day from two as of July 1st. we had an easier time landing limits of King salmon early. We sportfished some inside spots the past few days and also a few off shore trying to avoid the Sea lion problem off the outer islands landing our limits of King salmon and some silver salmon. Most boats were complaining of the Sea lions taking many fish yesterday and today and as we have had our belly’s full of losing fish to them we were happy to have avoided them. It sounds as though most boats are limiting on King salmon in the Craig area but Coho’s are less abundant but seem to be showing up more each day. The last few days we have landed about half a dozen Coho per boats. Above photo shows the Mike Rodgers family with 10 year old Brady with his 26.5 King salmon. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge
Salmon fishing in Alaska these past few days has continued to be strong as Washington State fish continue to be caught here off the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. We are getting at least half a dozen tagged or fin clipped fish with reports from ADF&G coming back as Colombia river fish. Past two days the Kent Halvorsen group from Alberta Canada has been limiting on King salmon with the largest just under 30 pounds. The Stellar sea lions have been well fed by my boat as Joel seems to be invisible to the salmon eating monsters. We have lost 12 King salmon to them over the past two days and our frustration is at a peak. We blame Kent Halvorsen for his politically incorrect comments about the fish eating mammels and believe they are targeting us based on his statements. We are looking forward to the commercial fleet starting and am sure that the sea lions will get an education here in the next few days, something a charter boat would not dream of doing is educating sea lions. Check out more pictures on our facebook page at and like us if you do: https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge?ref=hl