Craig Alaska Charter fishing for Kingfisher Lodge on Prince of Wales island the past week has been pretty steady considering the weather last week when we experienced high winds and high seas making fishing more difficult. Our boats had 4 GAF to catch and so one day limits of Coho were sacrificed to make time to catch the big halibut. Captain Braden Harding landed his two GAF on the first day plus most of his Coho limit and Captain Nils Backstrome landed his two GAF on the second day of the 3 day trip as well as his Coho limit, Captain Sean Curry landed his limits on day one and three but day two was cut short due to the high winds and rain the guests wanted to come in. The last group of the season is only comprised of 4 anglers and Captain Nils Backstrome is guiding them so yesterday and today he landed his limits of Coho and bottom fish including the black sea bass. He has one more day ending the season but I have on doubt he will accomplish what he has to do landing those limits as weather has been outstanding the past few days and the 10 day forecast
remains very good for wind and sun! Thanks to all for reading my report for the summer although I was late in starting I did keep it consistent for the summer. (Jeff Lundberg from SSRAA who runs the Klawock Hatchery gave me some crap for being “Lazy”) so thanks Jeff for getting on me and I want to thank SSRAA, Jeff Lundberg and his great staff for producing a outstanding run of Coho salmon for Prince of Wales sport fishing in the Craig area as well as Sea Otter sound area. Jeff tells me that as of the day of this writing the Klawock hatchery is responsible for 100,000 Coho contribution to the fishery with 9,000 of those fish to sport, that’s 75,000 more than the next closest hatchery! Great job Klawock hatchery!!
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Wishing everyone a great rest of the year and look forward to all those returning guests to Craig Alaska and Kingfisher Lodge.
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.
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!
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. The Prince of Wales sport fishing report for all three days has been business as usual for 2013 sport fishing and that is lots of fish or I should day lots of salmon. Today was no different than the whole summer as fish continue to flood into the Noyes Island area both King salmon and Silver salmon are abundant with most boats limiting within an hour of fishing. It helps that so far few seine boats have been fishing the outside area due to few pinks in close to the shore I assume that is why they are somewhere else. Alaska salmon fishing appears that it will remain strong throughout the summer which is our hope. Weather continues to be unreal with calm seas and sunny skies. Today we landed some nice King salmon as well as silvers salmon, Halibut fishing was outstanding with Dick O’Grady landing a 74″ 215 pound Halibut and Larry Haas loosing one up to the boat that was within an inch of Dick’s. We also released several over one hundred pounds due to the under 68″ rule but also landed some nice 45″ and under. Joel’s boat landed many King salmon and limits of Silver, Yellow Eye, Ling Cod etc. One large Ling Cod had a full King salmon in it’s belly which was pretty impressive. What predators they are!
Alaska sport fishing report for Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska on Prince of Wales Island. 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. If you come to Craig you will experience great fishing, great scenery and wildlife all without the crowds of towns like Sitka, Ketchikan and other larger coastal towns. When you come to Craig to sport fish you get the whole package of fishing unlike anywhere else in the world since this area has it all.
Today we did business as usual except we landed our King salmon as if they were penned up waiting for us. Captain Joel had already landed his King salmon the previous three days so we were needing ours as we had focused mostly on silver salmon and bottom fish our previous 2 days. Today our focus was first Silver salmon, then King salmon, and third bottom fish. So after we landed our silver salmon we went searching for King salmon which avoiding the sea lions and other boats went on the prowl in new areas and were rewarded by a great King salmon bite that lasted 40 minutes or so, but ended in a great catch of King salmon. Then off to get our Halibut which proved to be another long day trying to catch the “big one” but did land a few smaller and one nice 44″ butt. Let the photo’s tell the tale.
Craig Alaska sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge for outside waters off Prince of Wales Island in southern S.E. Alaska. Today was another ho hum day of catching fish believe it or not as Coho fishing remains strong and predictable here in southern south east Alaska. Trollers and sport fishermen alike are enjoying the great numbers of salmon swimming under the boats as hungry as ever to bite on a fresh mooched herring. Halibut fishing for quality halibut on the other hand remains a tough fishery and many hours need to be counted on to produce nice catches like the photo’s below show. Today Captain Joel’s boats spent over 5 hours fishing for these quality fish and my boat spent 6 1/2 hours for our bottom fish catch.
Alaska Sport fishing report from Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska fishing the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island in S.E Alaska. Today Captain Joel Steenstra was fishing with 3 anglers. Having hot weather and choppy water he easily limited on Silver salmon and King salmon, as well as beautiful 48″ and under halibut while releasing one over sized fish. Captain Joel Steenstra continues to out perform most boats with his consistent catches both in salmon but especially halibut and other bottom fish. I rank him one of the top guides in Alaska due to his ability to always find fish, looking for new areas and always learning about the habitat of the fish.
Chatter on the radio was boats were struggling more to find their fish. Some of this was probably due to the sloppy outside waters keeping anglers from fishing many outside areas. King salmon limits for non resident anglers dropped to one for the rest of the season due to the apparent poor assessment of King salmon numbers by Alaska Department of fish and Game.
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.