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.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 22nd, 23rd & 24th the weather cooperated in the wind department as we had no wind issues or big waves as the group before which means that the whole summer minus a few days we had better than average weather by far in fact the best from my point of view in 20 years. Fishing continues to be outstanding to say the least for Coho’s and bottom fish. This group we did not focus on King salmon but only Silver salmon and Bottom fish. All three days Coho limits for 12 anglers were accomplished in a few hour each day and bottom fishing we put in more hours but ended up with spectacular catching and the photo’s from the last day show the finale of the 12 member group. 2013 will go down in my book as probably one of the best years of fishing for the past 20 years and maybe in the future we will also look back as a top year.
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. August 13th we left the lodge with light winds and flat water, overcast skies, and high in the mid 60’s which was a great day to catch King salmon, Silver salmon and bottom fish. We started at the Pineapple rock which was awful dead looking and left after 15 minutes or so then moved north and dropping in tripled on beautiful King salmon, then it was non stop catching of big Coho’s or Silver salmon (most of these fish are averaging 10 pounds) until our limit was met at 8:30 a.m. Joel’s boat landed the largest trophy Silver of the year to date, here at Kingfisher Lodge at just over 18 pounds by Clint Olsen. Halibut fishing proved to be a great day as we landed several in the 40 to 45 inch range as well as some beauties at 60 or so inches that we had to let go due to the slot limit but the guys got a kick out of bringing them up. All these fish we turn loose are still full of vigor as they speed to the bottom or just swim off as we release them which makes us all feel good knowing they will survive another day and continue to perpetuate.
Alaska salmon fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge, Prince of Wales Island, Craig, Alaska, August 11th brought us flat water and sunny skies with highs in the upper 70’s, what a day. We started out by hitting some of the spots in closer to the lodge but the fish had moved on. The Silvers we had done so well the previous afternoon at flood tide were not to be found in our “great spot” the previous day even though we were at a flood tide so by now we had been fishing one hour and only landed 2 silvers and one nice 38 inch Halibut. Now we went and checked out another hopeful and it also appeared pretty dead so after a few minutes fishing we again moved on and by now I am getting a bit nervous about going out on a limb and looking for new fish in areas that no one was fishing. So nothing ventured nothing gained we went forward and after arriving at my 4th or 5th spot at first appearance looked pretty dead with no birds and little on the sounder, but since we traveled there might as well give it a go. Dropping the baits down as we had 6 anglers on board it wasn’t too long in landing the first few Coho’s and they were “hogs”. Still though the screen looked awful blue but what the heck keep at it I said. Soon I saw another boat from another lodge coming in towards us. They came dropped in and after 10 minutes left as they thought it was too dead or didn’t like our company. When they were leaving we hit the mother load and soon we were landing 5 and 6 at a time and within an hour we landed over 40 Coho keeping only the nicest 36 of those fish. What a score so then we still needed 6 King salmon so we went got our Halibut then after that spent the next 2 hours looking for King salmon and in the end landed our limits of Kings and then off to the lodge to enjoy our great day fishing. John Dye landed the largest Silver salmon of the season up to now at our lodge at just over 15 pounds as you can see in the photo above, and John is 6’3″ and somewhere in the 260 pound and up range. Great job John!
Prince of Wales sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska. Craig is located in southern south east Alaska and boasts some of the most productive salmon and halibut fishing in the world due to its great location on the outer coast where migrating salmon interception is the best in the world. The remote location of Craig which is off the beaten path of the cruise ship route helps keep sport fish pressure down compared to places like Sitka. Sitka would be a rival if it were not for that reason. Sitka sport fishing is very good and many times better depending on the migration of salmon, but also be prepared to share that area with a hoard of tourists clamoring to get to their boats in the over crowded harbors and off to the fishing grounds. Kingfisher Lodge boasts all that Sitka has and more without the crowds. Today our 10 anglers left the dock at 5 am as usual and by 7:30 had limits of Silver salmon as Coho fishing remains strong here in the Craig area, probably all over S.E. Alaska for that matter. Larry Haas landed a beautiful 13 pound silver which was the largest we have boated this year, although many fall into the 10 pound range. Halibut fishing was again good, but we spent over 3 hours trying to get that better grade of butts and ended up with a nice catch in the end.