June 22nd sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska and S.E. Alaska outside waters off Prince of Wales island. King salmon fishing remains very good with limits very easy to catch. The size of the King salmon are medium size in some areas and just legal in others where school fish are concentrated. Our largest King for this group in 3 days was 30 pounds and an average size of probably 23 pounds per King in the round weight. Today my boat caught no Silver salmon and Joel’s boat landed 6. Word is there are limits of Silvers to be had in some areas although we concentrated on larger halibut and our efforts were rewarded with one over 68″ and several nice 42-45″ butts. Neil Johnke landed his trophy halibut after several hours of hunting for a over 68″ butt. Neil got almost spooled as the halibut took off stripping out over 400 feet of Tuff Line on the Shimano TLD 20 2 speed reel and a Seeker SHS-60 Jigging rod. He landed the fish after a good half hour fight. Joel’s boat landed several 42-45″ butts and released a nice 64″ Halibut.
Water remained calm with light winds. Today writing this blog the skies are sunny and light west wind blowing 70 degree temperature.
June 20th sportfishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska and southern southeast Alaska on the outer coast of Prince of Wales island. Today the winds were calm with flat water to the outside where we were greeted by a light wind and 2 foot seas, overcast skies. King salmon and Silver salmon fishing was as good as I have seen for some years now with King salmon attacking our anglers baits from very shallow depths. We had limited on Kings very early and a nicer grade than we had seen earlier on the outer coast with average sizes about 19 pounds and catching 2 limits of Coho or Silver salmon along with the Kings. Coho limits are 6 per person per day. We had to release many Kings due to trying to catch the Coho as they were mixed in with the Coho’s. Once the salmon bite slowed down we went out bottom fishing and were not dissapointed as we landed out limits of Yellow eye and a few Ling cod. Halibut fishing was very good as we landed a nicer grade of smaller ones averaging about 20 pounds.
This abundance of King salmon apparently runs clear up to Sitka as word is there it is very good fishing which makes me believe we will see a steady run up to the commercial King salmon opener which will make a impact on the sportfishing for Kings. That season opens July 1. It makes me wonder why the index was set so low with so many King salmon in the area and also the Sitka area as well. Either way it is nice to have the fish here and with the amount of Silver salmon showing up and the large release of Prince of Wales Hatchery coho’s in 2012 at 4.8 million it is expected to be a spectacular season for salmon fishing here in the Craig area. For those that have booked trips here in the Craig area they can expect good fishing or catching if all that appears to be happening continues throughout the summer.
June 18 fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska and southern S.E. Alaska outside waters. We were greeted this morning with flat water outside the lodge and overcast skies so were off leaving the dock by 5 am. My boat had a half day fishing so had to get out and get it done and be back before 11 am while the other two boats were off for the day fishing. The day ended with all our boats limiting on King salmon and halibut as well as some silver salmon if one wanted to put the time into fishing for Coho or Silver salmon. Blake landed 9 silver salmon on his boat and said they had at least that many on that came off the hook. Joel concentrated on larger halibut after quickly landing his 4 King salmon so did not try for Silvers, their larges halibut was 35 pounds. My boat had a short day so Kings and Halibut was our goal.
June 17 fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Today started out with a southwest wind blowing in off the ocean making travel out to the fishing grounds a bit choppy and hard to drink a cup of coffee. We stayed inside fishing rather than going off shore, but most boats went on by us trying to get off flat rock on the outside of Noyes Island where they had been doing so well the previous days. The ocean was rougher and boats were complaining of a slower bite and sloppy water. Boats did limit on King salmon for the most part but did not enjoy the productive fishing that was present the previous days. Silver salmon were again being caught in small numbers today, halibut fishing was tougher mostly due to weather.
June 15th sportfishing report for the Craig area and Kingfisher Charters and Lodge on Prince of Wales island. Kingfisher Lodge had a turn over day with guests leaving and a new crew coming. The Saal Group from California with 6 anglers and the Claude Trudue group from many places with a group of 7 will be fishing with us for the next 3 days.
Weather for S.E. Alaska is clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70’s for the next few days with winds light with a small ocean swell. Today the fishing for King salmon was nothing less than spectacular as more Kings have moved in although the size of the fish are smaller or say less than 20 pound average there are lots of them and today is was multiple hookups for most boats. We went out crew fishing and landed 7 Kings in short order with a quad on at one time and marking many fish in many areas. Hopefully the fish will stay or continue to pass through the islands until our silvers show up in numbers enough as by July 1 the non resident limit will be limited to 2 for a season bag limit. It is looking as though the 2013 salmon season will be a very good year to come fishing in the Craig area with our Prince of Wales Hatchery producing 5 million Coho each year and 2013 having a returning run based on a 4.3 million release we are expecting up to 78,000 Coho to return to the Klawock river. Tomorrow we are looking forward to a great day fishing so stay tuned!!
Tuesday June 11th was a good day to be fishing for King salmon as both boats with a total of 12 anglers limited on King salmon. Water was nice sun was out and we had a great time. Biggest King was 29 pounds caught by Julius Matesi. Halibut fishing and bottom fishing remains steady but still landing no 68″ or above yet.
June 5th thru the 9th brought us two groups of 6 and 4 persons the 4 person group being the Seth Mitchner group and the 6 person group being the Pete Anselmo group. The sport fishing report for this week for the Craig area started out by gale warnings from NOAA weather which was spot on as gale force winds blew in on the morning of the 6th with seas building to 15 feet by the 7th. Fishing was still ok although tough due to weather the guys did ok landing most of their limits of King salmon actually for both groups just shy of their limits by one king each or two kings for 10 anglers, not bad considering the water conditions. We had a tough crew though who came here to fish and weather or not toughed it out. Halibut fishing was a bit tougher as water conditions kept us from some of the areas we might normally fish. By the last day though we got limits of bottom fish and had to release a nice 90 pound halibut due to the size restriction of having to be over 68 inches which gave a few groans from the crew but were accepting of their fate of it all. Scott Benshoof of Las Vegas is now leading the King salmon derby with his 43 lb King.
Alaska Salmon and Halibut fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, August 12th, 2012. Today we went Halibut fishing in the afternoon and did not salmon fish although reports were that fishing for Coho salmon has remained good. The goal today was to bring our daughters out to procure our white fish for the winter months and so I decided to bring them to a spot that I have let many fish go that I could not keep on a charter with the 45″ to 68″ slot size. We were not disappointed when once arriving we landed a nice Ling cod, then 2 nice 80 pound butts, another large Ling cod, and one very large halibut we let go for a couple of reasons, one being that the larger fish are females with many eggs and the other is they are tougher and the flesh is dryer and not as desirable at the table.
To see the day out fishing check out the utube video link below for a 3 minutes of fun. Alaskan Women Halibut fishing
Alaska Salmon and Halibut fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, August 5th, & 6th, 2012. Silver salmon fishing remained strong again these two days as limits by all boats in the Craig area landing limits by early morning and some boats landing King salmon. Both our boats landed a king or two each day along with the limits of silver salmon. Largest King for the 3 days was a 31 pounder caught by Clark Fidler on the 6th and the largest Halibut by Jim Gonzolas at 73″ or over 210 pounds.
Halibut fishing remains strong as time spent fishing for thesecan result in nice sized butts as shown in the photo’s.
Alaska Salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig Alaska, August 4th, 2012 was another great day for salmon fishing and mooching as the Coho runs remain strong on the outside and inside waters around the Craig area. Boats around Noyes island were all limiting on Silver salmon early in the day and some landing King salmon. The ocean was settling down with no wind on the water but still built up a bit from the previous days wind and large tides. The Jeanette Elaine fished inside Noyes island limiting on our coho by 10 am but the Trinity limited on silvers in record time including a nice 23 pound King salmon caught by Ray Stevenson and they limited by 9 am or so within an hour after arriving to the rock pile.
Halibut fishing is also remaining strong as the groups on both boats landed nice halibut with Phil Soulen landed a nice 69″ butt and the rest of the group landing nice size butts as shown by the group photo above. There were at least 5 over-under sized fish that were in the 75-100 pound range that had to be released. The remaining halibut were ranging from 45″ down to 38″.