Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. July 4th Independence Day started out with calm winds and partly cloudy skies. My group had tagged out on King salmon so our goal was Silver salmon and Halibut so we decided to snoop around and was happy with our venture as we limited on our Silvers by 8:30 in the morning which gave us time to look for some nicer Halibut. Joel had gone out where we had been fishing for King’s and Silvers with the Mike Rodgers family, but only landed one King salmon and 10 or so Silvers and it was apparent that the salmon had left or been thinned out by the sport fishermen and the commercial troll fleet. Joel ended up landing a nice grade of Halibut and then off to finish his Silver salmon limits. We also ended up landing a couple nice 45″ halibut and then one small one for our limit but worked pretty hard to find that nicer grade today for the west wind had picked up to 20 knots or so making it difficult to fish some of our more favorable spots. Chatter on the radio was a scratch for Kings and mostly limits of Coho salmon and boats were limited to where they fished due to the wind building as the day progressed. Limits of Coho’s is a very good day so we count our blessings for those little beauties.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Craig sport fishing remains strong although King salmon numbers are reduced each day the commercial troll season is open. Today was the 3rd day the trollers were working off Noyes Island and their numbers appeared to be less than the day before and chatter on the radio was it had slowed down for them as well. We did well on King salmon landing 5 or 6 King salmon but only retaining 2 as many were smaller Kings and as they have one more day they wanted to save 2 tags for tomorrow. Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat with the Rodgers family did will landing many Kings and retaining 4 for the day and 6 person limits of Coho’s. Coho fishing is very good and limits are pretty easily had so that is good as ADF&G has reduced the King salmon bag limit down to 2 for a non resident, but still can catch 6 Silver salmon per day with no season limit. Silver salmon fishing should be a benchmark year as the Klawock river hatchery returning Coho’s are estimated at around 70,000 back to the river which means lots of Silvers on their way to the river which all sport and commercial fishermen will be after.
The Mike Rodgers family is up for a family fishing vacation and they are having a great time catching their limits of pretty much everything that is legal to catch including this nice 40 pound Halibut that Mike caught today. The boys are up each morning by 4:30 am and down at the dock by the 5 am departure which I am very impressed with and every time I see them they are reeling in a fish!
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today was the commercial troll opening for King salmon for S.E. Alaska. For us in our area we had a large fleet of trollers land in off Noyes island. We were greeted by the troll fleet as we rounded the cape of Ulitka and headed down to little Roller bay to look for some Silver salmon and a few King salmon. The ocean was very nice with a S.W. wind of 10 knots and although there were already many trollers fishing the area we were not disappointed in our fishing as we immediately started hooking salmon once we dropped our baits in the water and without the Sea Lions we were able to land what we needed for the day. I don’t know what happened to the Sea Lions, but possibly the overwhelming amount of boats made them a bit shy or possibly a rifle shot or two by a unknown troller might have made them wary of the boats. The trollers were doing quite well from what we could see and I talked to one at noon and he had landed over 200 King salmon and about 40 Silver salmon. If you do the math on that by at least one hundred trollers off Noyes island and if they were also catching in those numbers it adds up to a large number of King salmon being harvested. The trollers have a 6 day opener and each day the numbers of King salmon will decrease for them and us.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Fishing for King salmon, Silver salmon, Halibut and bottom fish was still again another spectacular day. We landed our limits of King salmon and a few limits of Silver salmon with Kent Halvorsen from Alberta Canada landing his first “Tyee” King salmon after 10 years of fishing Canada. His fish weighed in at 34 pounds and he was pretty happy about it saying “after 10 years of King salmon fishing I finally got a Tyee”. I told him he just was in the wrong place all these years. Halibut fishing also remains strong and a nice grade of halibut can be had if time and effort is put into it. The goal is any halibut 45″ or under or 68″ and over with any size in between those numbers having to be released. It appears the reduction of sport and commercial caught halibut has helped increase numbers and quality of the halibut.
Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Fishing for King salmon, Silver salmon, Halibut and bottom fish was again another spectacular day as the salmon fishing is as good as it has been for the sport fishermen in the Craig area for the past 20 years. Although we have had many good years in the past this year will stand out as the best for abundance of King salmon here in the Craig area off Noyes Island. It is hard to imagine a low abundance of King salmon when everywhere you go you catch king salmon and not just a few. With 6 anglers on the boat it has been very regular to hook up to 6 King salmon at once but with the Stellar Sea Lions in very large numbers we lost as many as 15 Kings to the Sea Lions trying to get our limits. The boys from Alberta Canada were amazed at the quality of fishing here in Craig and will never be the same again after this fishing trip. They kept singing Alberta Bound as another fish was brought into the boat. Below are photo’s of the days catch.
June 28th sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and the outside waters off Prince of Wales island. King salmon fishing and Halibut fishing is as good as it gets here and as good as I have seen in 20 years for a large abundance of King salmon in this area. Are all the King salmon just here in this area or is it this abundant all over the outside waters of SE Alaska? That is a question I have no answer for as my information is just of this area and have no news of other areas. Catching a King salmon in the Craig area off the outer coast is as easy as dropping a herring in the water from 20 feet to the bottom and before you know it you will have one on. Be prepared to have it stolen from a beastly Stellar Sea Lion as they have literally gang raped us the last few days as we hook up to 6 Kings at once we will have up to 7 Sea Lions attack our boat and taking our Kings leaving us neatly cut off heads. There is not a problem getting your limit despite the harassment of these very aggressive and talented predators. If you are coming to the Craig area be prepared to catch salmon, Kings as well as Silver salmon are in good abundance. Halibut fishing has also been outstanding as we have landed several huge Halibut with the largest of the season so far caught by Lloyd Skelecky from Alberta Canada at a whopping 190 pounds on Captain Joel Steenstra’s boat. Kent Halvorsen caught a 68″ monster as well weighing in at over 160 pounds although he let it go since we had out limit already. Everyone on our boat landed at least one over 90 pounds although since the slot limit is 45″ – 68″ they had to let them go but they still enjoyed the opportunity to land the fish.
Craig Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on the 26th of June was another spectacular day of fishing or catching I should say. Both groups did extremely well on both Kings, Silvers and Halibut. Amedeo Angelo landed a beautiful monster Halibut today which he was dearly wanting. After making the comment that he wanted a big one, he got his wish. Amedeo just returned from Africa after killing a 13 year old 600 pound African Lion and for him Landing this big Halibut was another dream of his although a much safer sport.
June 26th sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska. Today began with light and variable winds and calm waters, we headed out to the outside of Noyes Island where the fish were waiting for us. We started 0ut off East Addington where we had done well the previous days but after landing one King salmon and a few Silver salmon we could see that not all was as it had been the day before. We called another captain fishing off the out side of Noyes island and he said the fish were biting and it was wide open so off we went. We got there after a short stop to check out the fish eating Stellar Sea lion rookery and then off to catch King salmon. We were not disappointed as we dropped in and quaded up on Kings landing all 4 but since one was small we kept the nicest 3 of the 4. Catching continued throughout the morning until we finished our limit of 6 nice King salmon loosing a monster King which tried to spool one of our rods but then lost it as the hook pulled out.
Halibut fishing was great on both boats landing many nice size halibut of 45 inches and smaller and a few in the slot size between the 45″ and 68″ with the largest landed by Butch Smith at 104 pounds based on the tide books table.
The sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on the 24th of June was another outstanding day of catching both King salmon and Halibut. Weather remained stable with light and variable winds and calm seas. Limits of King salmon were accomplished with relative ease as well as half limits or more of Silver salmon depending on where you were fishing. It appears that all outside waters in southern S.E. Alaska contain large schools of King salmon and the halibut continue to come in better numbers of larger fish.
June 21 sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and southern S.E. Alaska outer coast. Today our weather was calm winds with patchy fog and running out to the fishing grounds was a pleasant ride but had to use the radar for much of the trip. We started out a bit slower today but were landing Silver salmon right a way as well as loosing a King. After the tide change the catching picked up and we landed many King salmon for the days fishing including a few limits of silvers. Fish are still in good numbers and we hope they keep coming in so all our fishermen coming up will have lots of catching to do.