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
Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge an Alaska sportfishing lodge. June 23rd was the ending of the 30 knot wind storm that had blown in on Sunday the 22nd stirring up the ocean to 10ft. seas or so. We decided to leave the dock a little later as both groups going and coming had to take the ferry to make their flights. We went to Granite pt. first off as the ocean had layed down to 4 or 5 foot swells and dropping in first was 8 year old Sackett Andres from Montana who immediately hooked a nice King salmon but after a few minutes of fighting the fish it was attacked and eaten by a very large bull Stellar Sea lion. This Sea Lion continued to harrass us eating 4 out of the 5 King salmon we hooked in less than one hour. After having enough of that entertainment we decided to go north to Noyes island where word was there was some fish and maybe less Sea Lion activity. We arrived and after a hour hooked our first King salmon and just as we thought we would land the fish the fish was also eaten by the local bull Sea lion. We talked to one of the other boat captains and he said he lost 9 out of the 10 King salmon to the pesky Sea Lions. We decided to burn some gas and headed south to avoid the fish eating mammels and try to get some in the boat. We finished the day with half our limits as Joel ended up with his 10 King salmon by sticking it out off Noyes island.
Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for the 19th and 20th of June continues to show strong runs of King salmon. Sitka is showing very strong runs as well as those fish migrate down the outside waters of S.E. Alaska to the Craig area. The 19th and 20th limits were easily had within a few hours or less for most if not all boats. Kingfisher lodge landing their limit of 26 King salmon for two boats in a few hours. Their were two Alaska residents on board so with their 3 King salmon limit per day made for 14 King salmon on Joels boat. Halibut fishing has been tougher for us this summer although John Underwood landed a 100 pound halibut yesteday we had to let it go, and we struggled to find halibut of any size. Check out our facebook page for more photo’s. https://www.facebook.com/alaskakingfisherlodge