Here is my Craig Alaska sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, or Prince of Wales sportfishing report.
This morning before 5 am I headed out by myself to the head of the bay to see if the St. Nicholas King salmon had any numbers congregating at the creek entrance by finding none I headed towards the islands in front of the house and although the area looked barren of King salmon or bait fish I put my downriggers out and within a few minutes had a King on which I promptly lost. I rerigged dropped down and again lost a king and so was the extent of the morning bite for me. The afternoon after the Matesi group had left Anjuli and I headed out to look for King salmon for her and her husbands freezer. Long story short she landed 4 King salmon retaining 3 and 4 silver salmon which wasn’t bad for a half day fishing.
June 13th was again flat calm as we hummed along at 27 knots heading for our first destination King salmon. Dropping the cut plug herring by 6 am it took about 10 minutes to hook our first King salmon. Although the area didn’t show alot of bait we kept working it over and soon hooked another nice King salmon and landed that one. Continuing this process we steadily hooked and landed our King salmon with one double of the day. We landed a total of 7 King salmon by 8:30 keeping 5 and we returned 2 back.
Halibut fishing has been difficult in finding any respectable size fish for us the last couple of days, so tomorrow we hope to search out better size halibut if we can limit on our Kings early enough to spend more time on the butts. Today we spent several hours in one of my spots that I generally do quite well on medium sized fish but only could catch a couple small ones we let go searching for that better grade. We continued our search and eventually settled on a small grade of fish with the hope of doing better tomorrow.
July 26th we left Kingfisher dock at 5:15 am and since we had to wait for a couple of the guys to fly into Craig early in the morning since their flight was canceled we decided to fish close to home to pick them up at 9 am. The Jeanette Elaine stayed in close and the Trinity went out to the Tree off Noyes island with their crew. By 9 am the Jeanette Elaine had 3 kings and 18 silvers and came in to pick up the other 2 fishermen. We then went back to where we had been and picked up about another 5 silvers or so then called Joel on the Trinity and he was doing well on king salmon and silver salmon out west of us near the Cape. The group on the Trinity had limited on king salmon and silver salmon and headed for their halibut. We headed that direction and went to Hog Rock landing 2 kings and half a dozen silvers. Then went out halibut fishing landing our halibut and then on in to find more silver salmon which we did landing several quads which put us up to 35 coho’s for the day and 5 king salmon. Thus ended our day of salmon and halibut fishing near Craig both boats landing limits of salmon and halibut.
June 21st at Kingfisher Lodge near Craig Alaska started by the “Nebraska Hookers” departing for Nebraska and the Jeff Wiper group arriving from Washington and California. They had planned on a half day fishing once they arrived so we left the dock at about 11 am and headed west to “Hog Rock” off St. Joseph island west of Prince of Wales island. We arrived to the lee side of the island after bucking a stiff westerly wind. Dropping in we immediatley started catching silver salmon, then a few kings. After the boats all left the king salmon really started biting and we had a few doubles and maybe a tripple hookup on King salmon. We landed 20 silver salmon and 10 king salmon in the 3 hour fishing trip. Off to a great start of their 3 day trip.
July 5th as we had no guests at our Alaska fishing lodge, but I wanted to know if the king salmon fishing was still as good for me as it had been and since I need a daily fix of catching at least one king salmon for the day. So off I went out in front of the lodge and dropped my gear and went to my usual depth for the area that I have been fishing and was rewarded with a nice king salmon in the first hour of fishing. After landing the fish I again dropped down and in another hour landed another nice king salmon so that finished me for the morning fishing since I had projects to accomplish other than catching salmon.
When evening came the neighbor had some friends visiting and so took them out which was a set of 7 year old twin boys, their 11 year old sister, the mother and the neighbor. Within a hour we hooked a nice bright king salmon but lost it. We didn’t like that much so back to it we went and dropping down again to the same depth we trolled around for another hour and a half with the twins jumping around like Mexican jumping beans banging on the windows and just being boys, and finally hooked and landed a nice bright 20 pound king so the 11 year old who had been watching the rod waiting for any little twitch of the rod tip was rewarded for her patience.