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 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.
June 22nd we had a total of 11 guests with the Jeff Wiper group and the Scott Wetstone/Al Hansen group all regular guests at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig. Jeff’s group fishing on the Jeanette Elaine with myself, and Scott, Al, and the boys fishing with Joel on the Trinity. Day one started out with Blake as a guide for the Trinity as Joel could not guide that day. Blake went to the Tree spot, catching for them was hot right off the start landing kings and silvers. The Jeanette Elaine had gone to Hog rock hoping for a replay of the previous day’s fishing but that wasn’t happening so we headed for the tree and started catching. The Trinity group was ahead of our boat catching and they finished with their limit of king salmon and silver salmon early in the morning. We continued on and ended up landing 3 or 4 king salmon and limits of silver salmon and halibut as well but arrived at the dock later than the Trinity group.
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 16th the Stutz group decided to head for the same spot so we left Kingfisher Lodge near Craig for our third day of fishing. We expected the silver salmon fishing to be slow in the beginning since we had noticed slow fishing early the day before which we attributed to the later outgoing tide. Sure enough it was slow but the advantage is that it gives more opportunity for any king salmon that might be around to actually get time to bite our bait. This is exactly what happened 2 days in a row and we picked up 2 nice king salmon each day. After an hour of fishing and picking up a few silver salmon as well the catching and biting began to speed up and by 8:15 we had 33 silver salmon and 2 king salmon. For the next 45 minutes we could not get the remaining 3 silver salmon we needed and so planned to go hit our halibut spot while the tide was swinging, and then come back expecting the coho’s to be biting once again. So off we went to a rougher sea than expected due to the very light winds the past few days. I guess a system must be off shore and with the larger tides maybe humped up the water. We landed our 6 halibut and headed in to calmer water for black sea bass and a couple more ling cod which we accomplished after a time. Then back to our salmon fishing spot and sure enough we picked up our last 3 silver salmon to limit us out on them. Thus ended another great fishing trip and the group of 6 figured they landed approximately 220 plus fish with their salmon and bottom fish. So catching was what they did here this year as last year the salmon fishing was very poor this same week. Until next year same week.
July 15th we left the dock at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska at about 5:15 arriving at the same spot we were the previous day.We expected to start out the same as the day before with tripples and doubles, but possibly with the tide 50 minutes or so later our alaska silver salmon did not show up for about that long. When it began it was one here, one there followed by steady catching. We also caught 2 king salmon while fishing for the silver salmon which was what we wanted to happen. By 8:15 we had our 36 silver salmon, 2 kings and a couple rock fish. We decided to head for bottom fish grounds as the ocean was much calmer than yesterday. Catching started slow there as well but soon had yellow eye, ling cod, and picked up one halibut and one medium sized octopus. After that we headed for some halibut fishing and finished up on those fairly quickly landing all between 32″ and 37″ so had a good rack of quality halibut within the new alaska halibut regulation in unit 2C. After the halibut fishing we headed for a black sea bass pinnacle and got our limit of those pretty quickly and headed in for the dock by 1 pm. Craig Alaska weather was overcast skies, calm winds, flat water on the inside with a 6 foot sea running on the outside. No puking today!
July 14th we left Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska at 5 am heading for the southern waters as word was the silver salmon had moved in. We stopped off Sumez island and dropped into a wide open salmon bite landing 36 coho’s, 3 chums 4 pinks, and loosing one king salmon by 7:30 am. We tried a few other spots for King salmon but no luck and decided to try for some big halibut just for fun since we can’t keep any over 37″. No big halibut were found but we did get the crew sick and within an hour 3 of the 6 were out of comission. We changed our plan and moved to another spot landing our limit of halibut under the 37″ rule in an hour and then needed to get the guys back to flat water. We went back inside landing more silvers and releasing them looking for the king salmon but no luck for us today on the king’s. First day in 60 over days we haven’t boated a king, but also first day to boat over 40 silver salmon. Word is wide open coho’s up and down the coast near Craig.