Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the dates of August 9th thru the 15th. Coho fishing has picked up with fish showing up in multiple areas with good numbers allowing boats to limit in fairly short time frames compared to earlier in the season where it was difficult to even get limits. Coho’s are much larger than many years although not in as large of numbers those returning are probably in the
8 pound plus average., everyone comments on the size of the fish. Weather was not bad but ocean conditions were very rough limiting boats to the inside waters. Yesterday the boats stuck their noses out off the cape for halibut and experienced 10 to 12 foot seas making it difficult to fish although the wind wasn’t too bad. Today after getting most of their Coho limits the boats went after their 4 GAF halibut they needed to tag out on those pre-purchased fish which the photo shows they did quite well and in a short time period. Over the years we have learned where and how to target big halibut although it isn’t always a guarantee that you will get them. We always hope that the IPHC and NMFS has their management program correct in the harvest of these large trophy halibut which are purchased or leased from the commercial halibut permit holders thus taking it out of the commercial sector and putting it in the hands of the sport fisherman to harvest. It seems to be something our guests like to do and opens opportunity to harvest more than the one small halibut. Thanks for reading the report.
Fishing report for June 27th thru the 29th of June 2018. The past 3 days King salmon fishing was good enough landing 45 out of 48 King salmon for the 16 guests. King salmon have been in most traditional areas off Noyes, Baker and Sumez islands with Sumez island being the most productive. The largest King I have heard of was caught by Catch a King charters at 50 lbs.. Our largest King salmon was caught yesterday at 37 pounds with a 35 with it. Bottom fishing remains strong landing limits of Ling cod and Yellow eye as well as black sea bass. Weather has remained cool with some wind but ocean conditions have been very tolerable.
Craig Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the above dates. Last three days fishing was really good for Coho the first 2 days then drastically tapered off yesterday with a average catch rate of less than half limits of Coho (that is a guestimate of mine only). Our boats landed about 70 percent of our limit of Coho for the day but chatter on the radio was much less due to boats running trying to find fish.
If you found a few fish you needed to stick it out and grind what you could. Bottom fishing is still good but weather has been an issue due to wind and ocean conditions. Overall outlook is a bit bleak coming from the commercial boats not doing well off shore which is where our fish come from. We are all praying that will change in the next few days. Time will tell and as the saying goes “all is well that ends well”.
Thanks for reading my report, more photos on our Facebook page.
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on June 23rd 2012 was blue skies, 80 degree temperatures, a NW 15 knot wind.
Today we went fishing off the coast a short distance and many other boats joined us as word has spread of fish being caught in that area and it appears other favorite spots have been slower fishing. The fish have been biting early and then tapers off within the first 3 hours fishing in the morning so if you capitalize on an early morning bite you stand a good chance of securing your limit of King salmon. We had our limit of King salmon by 8:30 or so in the morning and since the silver salmon have been showing up in better numbers continued to catch them and ended up with 10 silver salmon for the 4 anglers on the boat. Listening to the chatter on the radio it sounded as though boats were anywhere from no king salmon to having a limit with many boats landing silver salmon. Since the King salmon were at much lower depths than the silver salmon I suspect that the boats catching only silvers were fishing higher depths opting for the more action by staying up higher and less chance of having to pull up another small chicken halibut that one will quickly hook if you hang out near the bottom.
Halibut fishing for the day was slower as we are always looking for that 45″ halibut but only finding one in almost 2 hours of fishing we moved on to a spot that has more fish but smaller and finished up with our limit settling on a few smaller grade halibut.
I want to thank the Wiper family for coming fishing with us and hope to see them again in the future as they have also become a welcome group to our lodge and become friends over the years.
June 21st Prince of Wales Sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska.
Today the weather was calm with overcast skies when we headed out for our King salmon hoping to land another derby fish we went to the same fishing spot but caught no salmon there so moved off shore and soon found some King salmon. Although the fish were plentiful the size was small so we had to let some undersized Kings go until we finally landed our limit of legal size fish with the largest about 20 pounds.Halibut fishing for us was pretty good landing some nice fish with the largest at 43 pounds.
King salmon fishing in the Craig area remained steady as most boats are limiting on their King salmon although depending on where you are you may have to work for your fish or if you are looking for that bigger fish. It seems there are a fair number of schooling fish in the smaller or just legal size limit of 28 inches to 33 inches or so.
Halibut fishing in the Craig area has been picking up slowly as the salmon migration speeds up and water temperatures rise they seem to be in larger numbers although most guides are struggling to land respectable catches nearing the 45 in range.
Prince of Wales Sportfishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on August 14th. The morning greeted us with flat calm water and high partly cloudy skies. We headed west to a spot we have frequented and was greeted by a few nice king salmon and 8 limits of silver salmon by a very early morning. From the wonderful biting silver salmon to the biting halibut we ended our day catching black sea bass and over sized and undersized ling cod. We took photo’s of the largest ling cod and released him which he was obviously very happy about as he sped to the bottom. Chatter on the radio sounded like limits for many boats were only a dream as silver salmon continue to be in low numbers in some areas although they seem to be consentrated along the kelp lines of many islands. Looking and working those areas can produce limits if persistant and lucky. Good job to the fishermen on both boats today!
Prince of Wales sportfishing report for August 6th from Kingfisher Charters & Lodge in Craig Alaska. Leaving the dock at 5 am we fished the Tree hole with Capt. Joel’s boat landing 4 king salmon and 30 silver salmon. The Trinity crew also landed limits of halibut. The Jeanette Elaine landing 28 silver salmon and 2 king salmon there at the Tree. From the Tree we went looking for our halibut while finding our limits we then headed off looking for 3 more king salmon on the Jeanette Elaine. We fished hard while marking king salmon on the Furuno fish finder we eventually were rewarded with our 3 more king salmon giving us 5 for the day. Weather was sunny skies, 10 mph winds from the NW. Today ended the third day fishing for both groups, we totally enjoyed their company and hope these wonderful folks make it back to our lodge again in the near future.
July 29th Prince of Wales fishing report for Kingfisher lodge in Craig Alaska began at 4:30 am departure landing the first king salmon and silver salmon by 5 am. The Trinity guided by Joel Steenstra landed 5 king salmon and 20 or so silver salmon by 6:30 am or so. The Jeanette Elaine was nearby and landing a total of 25 silver salmon but not one king salmon so we headed northwest by 6:45 am and catching our halibut went back to where we had been catching king salmon the previous day. We eventually landed 2 nice king salmon the largest by Larry was 30.2 pounds, good job Larry. So the group from Naples Florida landed a total of 240 silver salmon, 36 king salmon, and 40 halibut for their trip. Until next year same time same place.
June 24th we left Kingfisher lodge at our regular 5 am departure arriving again at the Tree spot. When we arrived we spotted a troller working the same area. This troller is notorius for despising charter boats and makes a point of running through groups of them. So half hour into our fishing Art Wiper hooks a very large king salmon which just so happens to be when our troller friend is bearing down on us. The fish decides to head for the troller intent on spooling the reel which he almost does but gets tangled in the trollers gear. We proceeded to follow the troller hoping to somehow get the king salmon loose of the trolling gear but no luck. Once the guy running the troller came out to see why we were almost aboard his boat there were a few words exchanged about harrassing sportfishermen….. and then we went back to fishing. Day ended up with both boats landing limits of silver salmon, and halibut and shy one king salmon each. Great trip for both groups and we look forward to seeing them all next year. I did not have a picture for the Trinity group for the last day as they got into the lodge before we did.
June 23rd at Kingfisher Lodge started the same as many days leaving the dock at 5 am but would end much different. Both boats arrived at the tree again and right off the silvers and kings were biting. The Trinity ended up landing 6 king salmon very soon and had 14 or so silver salmon as well by early on. Scott Wetstone had landed a 48.2 pound king salmon (6 hours later) which was the largest for him and for the group as a whole in I believe the 14 years of fishing salmon together. The Jeanette Elaine ended up landing their limit of silver salmon, 5 king salmon, halibut, and went on as the ocean was very nice to land their ling cod and yellow eye (snapper). What a day both boats had with limits of salmon, halibut, bottom fish, and a whopper king salmon for Scott and his group.