Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by .
It’s been a while since our last report but it’s not because we haven’t been busy. In fact that’s exactly what’s kept me from posting more often. We’ve been posting almost daily to the Prince of Wales Sportfishing Facebook page though. If you’d give us a follow on Facebook we’d certainly appreciate it.
The king fishing in June definitely wasn’t as automatic as we’ve had the past couple years here in Craig. On my boat I’ve been switching between trolling and mooching on a daily basis to produce kings. When the kings are spread out as they have been it’s tough to beat trolling. Either flashers and hoochie’s or whole herring have been the ticket and of course when we’re mooching it’s all about cut plug herring.
With the Chinook limit dropping from two per day to one per day on July 1st I’ll probably be pulling the Cannon downriggers off the boat at least for a while. With silvers showing up and some really nice kings hitting the kelp I can’t see myself trolling much for the remainder of the summer.
Speaking of big kings there’s been some dandies around this past week. 14 year old Austin Bunting had a 50 plus pound Chinook nearly to the net on Capt. Howie’s boat a couple of days ago only to have a massive bull sea lion swoop in and steal his fish. Heartbreaking but also quite exciting. There’s been a few other fish in the 50 pound range caught around Noyes Island and a few more in the 40 pound class. July is when the big boys show up here and I’m excited to see what the next month has in store for us in the way of trophy king salmon.
Silvers are just now starting to hit the outside and a few schools have already made their way into the islands. Catching silvers on the mooching gear is a total blast and we’re looking forward to that fishery heating up real soon also.
Here’s a few photos from the last couple of weeks of king salmon fishing here in Craig.
The guys from Lowrance electronics were here and had a great trip!
Ren Martin with a 32 pound king salmon.
Bob Keller with a nice halibut that barely made it under the 42″ slot limit.
Happy 4th of July to everyone and good fishing to you!
Posted on June 5th, 2015 by .
The king salmon fishing has been fantastic here this past week. We’ve been splitting time between mooching and trolling and both techniques have been producing plenty of hookups on kings in the 15 to 25 pound range.
Here’s our new customer service rep Margaret Carey with a nice king salmon she caught on the Polar Bear yesterday. Margaret has worked at both El Capitan Lodge and Island Air Express here on the island and she will do a great job of handling the shoreside duties while the rest of us are out fishing. Welcome aboard Margaret!
Thanks for stopping by and if you’re fishing with us this summer we’ll be seeing you real soon!
Posted on May 13th, 2015 by .
Bill, Wally, and Don with limits of king salmon from early June last year. The summer ahead looks just as promising.
The outlook for king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska once again looks great for the coming charter fishing season. So great, in fact, that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game released the king salmon limits a couple of weeks ago and they include a two king per day limit for non-resident anglers in the months of May and June with a yearly bag limit of six.
It’s the second year in a row we’ve seen a liberal king limit early in the season and the guests that have fishing dates with us in June couldn’t be more ecstatic. We’re pretty darned excited too!
After July 1st the king salmon limit drops down to one per day with six in possession. Resident Alaskan’s have a daily limit of three Chinook per day. If you haven’t fished in Craig the months of July and August are typically when the big bruisers show up.
We have a very busy fishing season ahead but there are some last minute openings if you want to get in on some of this fantastic king salmon fishing. Those dates are…
June 15-19 – 4 seats
July 4-8 – 2 seats
Call us at 888-943-4746 for more details. Thanks for stopping by and best of fishing to you!
Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by .
We ran our last charter on August 27th and the fishing was great right up until the bitter end. We had limits of big coho and some awful nice halibut with the Rick Winchester group who visited us from Missouri.
We released multiple oversized halibut and to top it all off Rick layed into a halibut that I guesstimated at around 250 pounds just as I was saying “reel’em up” on the last day. We had just put our final fish in the boat when the big ol’ girl climbed on and took Ricky for a ride. The fish was easily over the 76″ slot limit but regardless of whether we could keep her or not she most likely would have been released anyway. Here’s an awkward photo of Rick’s big halibut with a pipe jig hanging out of her maw. Hard to tell…she was a dandy though. Fun times and a great way to end the 2014 season!
Taking a little time to decompress a bit before we pull out the calendar for the 2015 season. We’re getting quite a few emails and calls already and you can bet it won’t be long before I start plugging groups in for next summer. After three straight months of hardcore fishing I can hardly wait to get back on the water again next June for another summer of king salmon fishing and fun!
Thanks again for fishing with us in 2014!
Posted on August 15th, 2014 by .
Even though there’s still a few king salmon around most of our attention lately has been on the oustanding silver salmon fishing that’s been going on. The coho have been on the move quite a bit, but once we land on them the action has been fast and the fish seem to be a little bigger than normal this year. We’ve already seen quite a few silvers in the 14 to 17 pound range and as the month of August ticks on we should start seeing some of those late summer bruisers that are so darn fun to catch.
Here’s Jim Farr from Phoenix, Arizona with a dandy he caught with us a few days ago.
There’s a few kings left out there and truth be told…I can’t help but drop into some of the king spots trying to pick up one last late-summer slab. It worked a few days ago and well…I just can’t get enough of that!
Thanks for stopping by and good fishing to you!
Posted on August 5th, 2014 by .
It’s been a while since my last report but it’s not because fishing hasn’t been great. Fishing has been outstanding since my last report and we’ve had a lot of happy customers leave Craig since then.
The silver fishing has been excellent with myself and the rest of the boats we run with getting limits on a daily basis and there’s been plenty of kings around for the last month. Most days if you target kings you can put a limit of them in the boat. It’s August 4th today and both myself and our guests aboard the Makai had limits of kings, silvers, and halibut. Just when things seem to be getting a little on the scratchy side a new batch of fish washes in, which is a good thing!
We’ve mostly been fishing the outside of Noyes Island with a few forays to northern waters and some fishing inside the islands. Overall the fishing has been great this entire summer!
Here’s a few pics for you…
Pappa John Endsley with a nice 41 inch ling cod that hit one of his famous pipe jigs.
A shot of a halibut tornado at one of our halibut spots offshore. Kinda hard to miss when there’s that many fish down there!
Joe Raniero was just here and landed this nice 26 pound king salmon aboard the Makai with Capt. Troy.
Nancie Wilder caught this beautiful 43 pound king salmon with Capt. Rob on the Polar Bear. Nice fish Nancie!
Ron and Nancie Wilder with a couple of yelloweye rockfish that they caught while they were here.
Rob Dieda landed this great 43 1/2 inch halibut that just snuck under the 44 inch slot limit for halibut. We’ve had quite a few nice keepers right at the lower limit for halibut…and of course some over the limit that we’ve released. All in all halibut fishing has been excellent this summer in our waters!
The salmon and halibut fishing continues to be great here and I’ll post another report when we come back up for air again. Thanks for stopping by folks!
Posted on July 9th, 2014 by .
King salmon fishing has remained good here in Craig since our last report and the silvers are starting to come in the last few days. We’ve seen good numbers of silvers at Roller Bay the last couple of days and our guests aboard the Sea Hunt caught the first limit of silvers yesterday. The action isn’t full speed on the silvers yet, but I would imagine the big push isn’t too far away.
Here’s Jake from Long Island, New York with a chunky king salmon he caught aboard the Polar Bear a couple of days ago.
Jake, Will, Bill, and John from New York with nice limits of yelloweye and king salmon. They also got limits of chicken halibut that didn’t make the photo. John and Jake both released halibut that were in the release slot. I estimated them to be around 50 and 80 pounds…the guys had a kick reeling them up.
Bob, Robert, Jim, and Mustafa caught the first limit of silvers for the summer. Mustafa isn’t pictured. The silvers are already pretty chunky and we’ve seen a few around the ten plus pound mark already. Should be a great summer for silvers!
The Connors and Hine groups show up today and we’re looking forward to another round of great fishing days here in Craig, Alaska. There’s been some downright huge kings being caught out there the last couple weeks. The only problem is the areas they are holding in are polluted with sea lions so we’ve been avoiding them altogether. I might start spending a little time at those trophy spots though….it’s kind of hard to stay away when the guys are rolling in with 40 and 50 pound kings : )
Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by .
King Salmon fishing has been excellent here since our last report. The bulk of the action has been taking place at some of the coastal king salmon haunts like Granite Pt. and Cape Felix. Pineapple Rock just started kicking out some fish the past few days and those that are willing to deal with the sea lions have been catching some nice kings there lately. A 53 pounder was caught by one of the Waterfall guests a few days ago at Pineapple and Jeff Brown from Klawock caught a 44 pound Chinook at Granite the same day. Those are some nice kings for sure!
Here’s Kees, Sally, Craig, and Margene with a limit of nice king salmon they caught while they were fishing with us last week.
Here’s Terry with a 39″ halibut that he caught aboard the Sea Hunt with Capt. Kim. The halibut limit this summer is one per day either under 44 inches or over 76 inches. Capt. Kim has had a couple of big halibut in the release slot this past week…one he estimated at 120 pounds and another at 150 pounds. Nice halibut and good to see them swim off to spawn!
Barry Brown with the 29 pound king salmon that he caught at Granite Pt. on a really tough weather day. Nicely done Barry!
We’ve found a ton of plastic fishing floats from the Tsunami in Japan the last couple of years but this is the first glass fishing float I’ve ever found in all my days on the ocean. The guys I had on the boat that day said it’s the most excited they’ve ever seen me.
I would expect the king salmon fishing to continue to be excellent here for the next week and we’ve seen a few more silvers show up the last couple of days too. The marine forecast is favorable for the next few days and myself and the rest of the guys are looking to some more great days on the ocean!
Posted on June 11th, 2014 by .
The king salmon fishing has gotten off to a pretty good start here in Craig. We’ve been getting limits of king salmon every day using a combination of mooching and trolling with Cannon downriggers. The downriggers have enabled us to cover a ton of water on days when the fish are spread out a bit and it’s payed off big time. I love mooching cut plug herring for these beautiful kings, but for the early part of the season the downriggers are tough to beat.
Here’s Mike Hammes with a nice king that he caught while he was here last week.
And Wally Gibbons with a chrome beauty from Pineapple Rock on a stunning, flat calm day in Southeast Alaska.
It’s been awful nice having a two-king limit for the month of June. Here’s Wally, Bill, and Don with their limits of king salmon from one of the days they were here. Good times!
In addition to the kings we’ve already seen a few silvers in the mix too, which is a pleasant surprise this time of year. I’ll post some more pics up in the coming days. Thanks for stopping by!
Posted on April 8th, 2014 by .
Early last week the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a Chinook Abundance Index for Southeast Alaska for 2014 that literally took our breath away. Last year we fished under an A.I. of 1.2 and this summer that number has jumped to astounding 2.57!
What exactly does that mean?
That abundance index translates to limits of two Chinook per day for non-resident anglers for the months of May and June with an annual limit of 6. In the months of July and August we’ll be at the usual limit of one Chinook per day. This is the highest forecast for king salmon in Southeast Alaska in over 20 years folks!
We usually see great king salmon fishing in Craig with a forecast of just half that. This summer the king salmon fishing should be incredible.
I haven’t seen the silver salmon forecast yet but I would imagine it will be very close to what it was last year. The leaders are tied, the bait is on order, and we’re ready for another great summer of fishing in Craig, Alaska.
Lets go fishing!
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