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Prince of Wales sport fishing report August 20th, 2019

Craig Alaska charter fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on the 20th of August 2019. The past 3 days fishing was very good except one day with strong northwest winds which made offshore fishing more difficult or out of the question for most anglers. Coho fishing remains strong at this point with limits being had by early morning most days. The Coho’s are gaining size and some off shore fish yesterday were quite impressive in size and Captain Harding found a large school of Coho off shore while black sea bass fishing, he said he couldn’t get through the Coho’s to get to the sea bass, that’s a great problem to have! Halibut fishing is good off shore but much more difficult inshore due to much pressure over the years is my guess. Next three days will be tough weather days as northwest gales to 45 miles per hour are in the forecast with 15 foot seas so it will be tough fishing for any offshore hopes. Coho fishing should be very doable though despite the wind and rain.

The Pat Radecki group with a great catch for the day.

The Bruce Berry group with a great catch!

The Carl Postma family with a great fishing trip!

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Craig Alaska Charter fishing report for the 9th thru the 11th of August.

John Dye group with a great catch of Coho and halibut.

The Texas group with a great catch as well!

Craig Alaska Charter boats and Kingfisher Lodge fishing report for the above dates are as follows. King salmon fishing has been shut down since the 1st of August and so Coho fishing has been the focus as always this time of year. Limits for most charter boats and our lodge have been caught the past three days as the catching was up and down each day depending, and weather has been exceptional for most of the summer. Bottom fishing remains good although we are running farther than normal and harder to catch the 38″ maximum size flat fish. A little note about “farther” and “further”, (farther is an actual distance and further is figurative)! on my spelling check I discovered it as I didn’t realize it although I am sure most of you knew that already….am I correct? A little late on my report but thanks for reading. See you all soon!

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Craig Alaska charter fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge August 5th thru the 8th.

The Idaho boys with a outstanding catch of fish!

Travis Krawl caught these two big GAF fish largest at 180 pounds. (guided by Capt. Nils)

The Seth Mitchner group with another great day of fishing!!

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for the above dates our three boats having 18 anglers landed limits each day on Coho’s and bottom fish. Although again Coho’s are not in great numbers and in isolated groups our captains Nils, Braden and Sean are producing limits with skill and perseverance and it is important for those anglers fishing with us to “fish” since its up to the angler to produce the fish as the guide can only put the angler on the fish, so with active movement of the bait through the water column will help produce those limits everyone strives for. The overall Coho forecast is still unknown but my feeling is that it will prove to be a slower or less abundant year but hopefully we will be able to continue to get limits or close to Coho limits for our guests. I can only speculate on how other charter boats are doing although I have a few charter boat friends in the Craig area who have said they have been struggling to produce Coho limits.

Bottom fishing remains strong and we are winding down our GAF year with only a few left to catch but have again produced some very nice Trophy GAF halibut for our guests, as well as some trophy sized Ling Cod as our photo’s show. Although I have very mixed feelings on harvesting these large female Halibut I have to trust the IPHC biologists who claim the fishery is stable again these females are probably in the 25 to 30 plus year age group and so reproduction of these giants is a slow process and I hope we are not overharvesting them.

Thanks for reading my report and look forward to our remaining guests arriving this month as our season ends with the close of the month.

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Kingfisher Lodge fishing report August 1st thru the 3rd.

Jacob Wipf with a very unusual catch!

The Jake Wipf group with a nice catch!

The Lyle Randon group with a great catch of Ling cod, halibut and Coho.

The Strawn group with a great catch of Lings, Coho and Halibut!

Craig Alaska charter fishing on Prince of Wales island for the 1st of August has been steady for Coho and bottom fishing. Although the Coho salmon are not in great numbers our boats have been limiting most days but the fish are very localized and in only a few areas. Charter boats that get antsy may fall far short of landing limits of these Silver salmon so perseverance pays the bills on that number. Trollers are now shut down until the 13th I believe which will help numbers a bit for the sport fishermen. Many of the highline commercial trollers (my son in law included) normally would average say 200 per day are now struggling to get 75 to 100 which indicates low numbers in the ocean which is a bit concerning. At any rate we are happy to be able to produce limits or close to limits each day for our guests and look forward to seeing the rest of you that will be coming later this month. You can check out our Facebook page for more pictures and thanks for reading my report!

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Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 31.

Craig Alaska Charter fishing or sport fishing remained somewhat consistent as a steady trickle of Coho or Silver salmon work their way into the inside waters off Noyes and Heceta islands as well as King salmon

Neil, Dario, and John with anice catch of Kings and Lings.

The John O’hare group with a great catch.

The Monco, Ruder group with another great day of catching!

. Our boats limited on Coho’s all but one day and they punched out on all but a couple King salmon for the 15 anglers at the lodge. King salmon will close today on the 31st of July for non resident anglers after reaching their allotted amount of 25,885 set by the Southeast Alaska Management plan.

Weather was good the past 4 days and will be good for a few more before northwest winds will begin in a few days. We are hoping more Coho’s move in but it may remain a steady trickle of fish despite the rain we had a few days ago.

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Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 25th.

The Stutz, Jordan, and Hutcherson families with a great day of trophy fishing.

The Young group with a great catch of fish including their GAF halibut.

The Steven Wang group with a trophy GAF halibut at 74″ and 180 pounds.

The Coats group with a nice display of fish.

The Volmer group with a great catch of trophy halibut.

Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge for the week of the 25th. Since I missed the past groups report I am now adding the past 6 days fishing with today being the last day fishing for our groups. King salmon fishing remains steady and if pursued limits of 1 per season per angler are not to hard to obtain. Coho fishing has been on and off depending on the commitment to getting them. Coho limits are also obtainable if you stick it out and put your hours in fishing for them in the right places. These Coho are heading back to the Klawock river where the Klawock river hatchery produces 5 million Coho smolt per year and after spending 18 months in the salt water are now returning home to spawn. (I might add that without this hatchery production the Craig area would be very bleak for Coho salmon so we very much thank the hatchery which is owned by SSRAA and run by Jeff Lundberg.) Last week we were limiting within a 3 hour period but the area off hole in the wall was very concentrated and sport charter boats were competing with commercial trollers and tempers were up a bit with the trollers frustration of sport boats scattered in where they were fishing. That area although fish still coming in were thinned out and now boats are fishing off Heceta island  getting limits, although working for them. King salmon are also mixed in with the Coho or Silver salmon. Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a fishing report out that states that the Coho numbers are down in the Sitka area. “Silver fishing continues to slowly improve in the Sitka area with anglers starting to catch a few more silvers near Cape Edgecumbe and West Kruzof. Catch rates are lower than the recent ten-year average for the sample period of July 17th through July 21st and are the lowest catch rates Sitka has observed since 2010. It is still early, and more will be known about catch rates as the bulk of the runs near in the next couple weeks.” 

King salmon will be closed by the Department of fish and Game as of August 1st.  “The Southeast Alaska king salmon sport fishery is managed under the directives of the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 47.055). This plan prescribes management measures based upon the Southeast Alaska Winter Troll catch per unit effort (CPUE). The Southeast Alaska Winter Troll CPUE for the 2019 season is 3.38 which equates to 25,844 king salmon allocated to the sport fishery. To address the implementation of the new treaty agreement which includes provisions to reduce the Alaska harvest ceiling the following year if the Alaska harvest ceiling is exceeded, the sport fishery is being managed conservatively with a harvest target of 25,300 treaty king salmon in 2019. As directed by the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan, if restrictions are necessary to keep the sport fishery within its harvest allocation, nonresident anglers will be restricted first, and the department shall only restrict resident anglers if nonresident angler restrictions are insufficient to remain within the sport harvest allocation. Based on king salmon harvest estimates to date and the projected harvest for the remainder of the season, a period of king salmon nonretention for nonresident anglers is necessary to ensure that the sport fishery remains within its harvest allocation.”

Bottom fishing remains strong in the Craig area, but Alaska department of fish and game will be closing the retention of rock fish which includes Yellow Eye and all rock fish, but not Ling cod as of midnight July 25th. Black sea bass are a pelagic fish and do not fall under that description so they will be available to catch.

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Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska July 18th.

Don Blackmond group with a good catch and a really nice GAF halibut

The Jim Karisia group with a great catch and trophy GAF fish.

The Charles Weyerhaueser group with a great catch of fish.

The sportfishing report for the west Prince of Wales island area off Craig Alaska for the past 3 days showed an increase in salmon in the area especially after a much needed rain. On the 3rd day of the trip after a good rain the Coho and King salmon appeared in larger numbers off the inside waters of Noyes island. The first two days we didn’t get much rain but the evening of the second day it rained a good amount and the next morning the Silver or Coho salmon were abundant and limits were caught by most charter boats in the Craig area during the day and it appeared the trollers were also catching better as they passed by the sport boats. Bottom fishing remains steady.

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Sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge July 14th

George Franks family with a great catch of fish.

 

Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska for the 14th of July. The past three days weather has been as good as it could get with flat calm seas, no rain,  and partly sunny skies with some patchy fog. King salmon fishing remains good with nice fish being caught in the 40’s and a few in the 50’s although an average size of 20 pounds would be more of the norm. We have been going on day one and getting our kings hopefully early then spending the next three days on bottom fish and Coho salmon. Yesterday the 13th was the first day 2 of our boats had Coho or Silver salmon limits and it appears that we will hopefully be getting a steady increase in Coho numbers, weather or not limits can be obtained each day remains to be seen, but even half limits will be very good for this part of the season. Bottom fishing remains strong or good. Check out our Facebook page for more photos.

Thanks for reading.

 

Nebraska crew with a great catch of fish!

Joe and Christian with a giant ling cod!

Sandor Hites family with a great bottom fish day!

Hites family with the first Coho limits for Kingfisher lodge 2019.

First Coho limits for 2019.

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Fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska

Doudle group with an outstanding days catch.

 

Fishing report for the 1st of July thru the 11th of July at Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island Alaska. The past week has been very good for King salmon and a big grade of Kings have been getting caught off Noyes island in the regular spots although for us the Cape has been our go to spot each day and haven’t been down to the Rock pile or Pineapple rock for quite some time since we are getting what we need before having to go down. Coho’s have been sprinkling in to the area mostly off shore but some making there way inside although the most we have got on one boat is 11 I believe in a day for one boat. Yesterday we got our Kings very quickly landing 15 Kings in an hour for 3 boats and then later landing and releasing 5 more off shore while coho fishing on my boat. We only landed 5 Coho or Silvers yesterday on our boat and the other boats landing 10 or so between 2 boats, but lost a few as well. The Kings were nice though averaging 25 pounds the largest at 29 pounds.

Halibut fishing has been picking up as well and bottom fishing remains good too in the Craig, Prince of Wales area. Thanks for reading the report and look forward to seeing those coming up this summer, everyone has  been having a great time this summer with very calm and warm weather so far……we are hoping it continues although we need some heavy rain for the streams as we had very little snow pack in the mountains this winter.

How about those Kings! Another great day for the Doudle group!

Its not all about fishing, having a great time after fishing enjoying fresh caught fish and friends!

 

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Craig Alaska charter fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island for the 28th of August, 2018

Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher lodge for the last group of the season and last week of the month of August. We had 15 guests in for the last groups and landed the remainder of our 42 GAF halibut and limits of Coho salmon all except the one day Captain Harding needed 2 GAF halibut so he put his efforts into catching two 100 plus fish as well as 90 plus big Coho’s for his boat, good job Braden! Nils finished strong as well landing limits of Coho’s and halibut and some really nice Ling cod. Captain Steenstra landed his limits of fish as well and this concludes Captain Joel Steenstra’s last season for Kingfisher Lodge. Joel has become one of the best guides in the area and has a work ethic like non other. Not many captains can guide  anglers without a deck hand and produce limits day after day and year after year. Joel will do well in his new business “Wide Open Charters” and anyone that fishes with Joel will not be disappointed. We can’t say enough great things about Joel and he has become like a family member to us over all these past 10 or 12 years of working for us. He started as a single guy and now he has a wonderful family of 5, his own home, boat and business, Thanks Joel and good luck in all you do. You will do well no doubt about that.

Thanks again for reading my reports this summer and look forward to next year and hopefully lots of fish to catch.

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