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* June 16th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

These are the kind of sonar images we like to see this time of year. Kings, kings, and more kings!

Most of the kings we’re catching right now are in the 15 to 25 pound range. There are, however, a few larger king salmon mixed in with the herd. Mike Campbell from Lowrance electronics was lucky enough to catch this 41 pound king salmon on a mooched cut plug herring a couple days ago aboard the Polar Bear with Rob Endsley.

Campbell and Jay Field with a beautiful Chinook that Jay caught on the Polar Bear. Jay runs Dash One Charters in the San Juan Island and also the massive Anacortes Salmon Derby down in Washington state. Both of these guys were a kick to have on the boat!

Mike Schnettler from Lowrance electronics with another chrome king salmon from the outside of Noyes Island. For a walleye fisherman from Minnesota ol’ Mikey could sure stroke the kings.

We’ve had excellent sea conditions and smoking hot king salmon fishing here in Craig recently. It’s also been nice to see some coho’s showing up out in the ocean. It’s awful early to be seeing them around and it might point to a big run of silvers this summer!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting Prince of Wales Sportfishing and good fishing to you!

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* July 19th, 2012 Craig Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 19th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .

I finally have a moment to post a quick fishing report before we race off and pick up more fishing guests at Island Air Express in Klawock. Here’s a quick run down of the last couple of weeks here in Craig, Alaska.

Early July was really, really good for king salmon fishing here in Craig and then the kings kind of dried up about 6 or 7 days ago. We had some truly spectacular king salmon days early in the month with lots of kings around between 15 and 25 pounds. There were at least a dozen fish over 50 pounds caught out there and one over 60 pounds that I know of. Our biggest is 44 pounds so far this summer.

Luckily the silver salmon were hot on the tail of the kings and fishing for them has improved to the point of being rock solid here the last couple of days. Most of the boats in the fleet are catching limits of silvers or close to it the last few days out there.

When we can get out on the ocean halibut fishing has been excellent for chicken halibut. The halibut fishing in the islands, however, has been very slow. Capt. Kim has made a couple of runs to some offshore pinnacles this past week that have produced excellent ling cod, yelloweye, and black sea bass for our guests.

Here’s a few photos from the last two weeks here in Craig, Alaska.

Jeff June from the Northwest Straits Commission in Washington with a nice 30 pound king salmon caught off Noyes Island. Jeff and his team are responsible for most of the derelict fishing gear removal in Puget Sound.

Mike Hutton, Jim Coe, Jeff June, Phil Stephens, and Bob DeLong with a limit of nice kings caught off Baker Island a little over a week ago. King salmon fishing was really good when these guys were here the second week of July.

Phil Stephens with a nice 25 pound chicken halibut caught offshore in the ocean. Fish like this have been quite plentiful when the weather allows us to get out there.

Al Heeg from San Fransisco caught this Cabezon at East Addington the other day. It’s the first cabezon that’s ever been caught on my boat, but I’ve heard of a few others being caught the last few years.

Brothers Steve Maris and Joe Maris were just here with the Piscatorial Pursuits group. They were lucky enough to land 21 and 32 pound kings one afternoon with Capt. Troy Thain. Nice work guys!

If you’re joining us here in Craig, Alaska this summer don’t forget to purchase your Alaska fishing license online. Here’s some directions and a link to the ADF&G website to purchase your license and king salmon stamp.

Thanks to all of you that have joined us so far this summer and we look forward to seeing many of you here before our fishing charter season closes up the end of August. Fish On!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters

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