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January 30th, 2014 by
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The POWHA, or the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association, is the salmon hatchery located on the Klawock River near the small town of Klawock on Prince of Wales Island. This hatchery produces an astounding 5 million coho and 300,000 Chinook annually which makes it the largest sport-producing hatchery in the State of Alaska. The POWHA is largely funded by sportfishing interests.
Unlike most hatcheries that are operated by a State or Federal agency the POWHA is a non-profit 401C corporation that derives all of its operational income from state loans, cost recovery, and contributions. A small group of individuals in the Craig/Klawock area work their tails off to keep this hatchery operational every year and the economic impact this one privately-operated hatchery has in Southeast Alaska is astounding.
Here’s some statistics that may surprise you:
-Alaska Department of Fish and Game attributes 30% of all coho’s caught in Southeast Alaska in 2013 to the POWHA
-90% of all the coho caught in the Craig area by both sport and commercial fisherman are from the POWHA
The POWHA had very inconsistent coho returns until the board of directors decided in 2009 to make a change of management and staff. They brought in an experienced hatchery manager with a history of turning hatcheries around and they also implemented a Chinook program which now contributes to an early season king salmon run in the Craig/Klawock area. The huge coho run of 2013 was a direct result of these changes in leadership and hatchery management.
The POWHA needs your help though. State loans and cost recovery only bring in a portion of the income needed to keep the POWHA up and running. Money from derby ticket sales, the yearly Craig/Klawock Salmon Derby banquet, and direct contributions are needed to provide the additional funds necessary to keep the lights on at this vitally important hatchery.
If we want to keep the POWHA operating and continue to see spectacular fishing in the Craig/Klawock area we’ve got to step up. Funds are running short and there’s a chance the POWHA will have to close it’s spillway and quit planting salmon altogether.
We’re going to be asking all of our guests in 2014 to purchase derby tickets that help fund the POWHA. Tickets are $35 per person and there’s a May/June derby and July/August derby. First place in either derby pays out $2,000, second place $1,000, and third place $500. Your derby ticket also enters you to win the jackpot of $10,000 at the annual Craig/Klawock Salmon Derby raffle at the end of summer. Best of all…you don’t need to be present to win. That jackpot would buy a lot of fishing trips!
It seems like every summer one of our guests catches a king salmon that would qualify for some cashola in the Craig/Klawock Salmon Derby, yet we haven’t done a good job of informing our guests of the derby tickets. Placing in the derby is definitely fun, but the real fun is knowing that your donation will help keep the POWHA operational so you can enjoy excellent fishing in the Craig/Klawock area for years to come.
If you’d like to make a direct donation to the POWHA please call 907-755-2231 or purchase your 2014 derby ticket when you see us this summer. Thanks a bunch everyone and we look forward to seeing you this summer!
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
July 27th, 2012 by
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The cohos have moved in here big time with limits the norm here the last few days. Halibut fishing has also been great out on the ocean when we can get outside…not much for halibut in the islands yet. There aren’t many king salmon around out there right now, but the ones that are there are rather large. There’s been at least one or two 50 plus pound king salmon caught by the lodge boats every day for the last week. Every bite you get could be the one!
Here’s repeat customers Ron and Nancie Wilder along with Uncle Franky and my dad John Endsley. Pretty amazing day of fishing to say the least…plenty of cohos out there right now that are more than willing to take a mooched but plug herring.
Scott Hall brought his daughters Beth, Bailey, and Peyton up for his 50th birthday and some father/daughter time. What a great bunch of girls Scott…good job man!
Beth Hall with her 35 pound halibut that just made it into the retention slot. You go girl!
Grandpa John Endsley was up for a few days of fishing and got a chance to catch up with his new grand daughter Ava while he was here. My lovely wife wife Nicole is on the left.
The halibut enchilada fundraiser put on every few days by Di Thain down on the dock has been a huge hit this summer. So far our guests have raised close to $2000 for the Craig High School wrestling team. She makes halibut enchiladas that are Di-No-Mite!
A huge thank you to all of you that have contributed so far this summer. I can’t tell you how much it means to us. Without this much needed money many of these kids wouldn’t be able to afford to travel with the team. School sports here in Southeast Alaska is a very complicated with expensive float planes, hotels, and meals just to travel to meets and the state finals.
This has become so popular that Capt. Rafael with Tranquil Charters is now bringing his guests over too. The food is great, there’s a lot of laughs and fish lies told, and it’s all for a very worthy cause. Thanks again everyone!
Fishing has been excellent lately and we have high hopes that it will continue. Another thank you to those that have joined us so far this summer and we look forward to seeing the rest of you soon…very soon!
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
October 2nd, 2009 by
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A saltwater angling adventure in Southeast Alaska is perhaps is one of the most dynamic experiences one can enjoy in the outdoors. Five species of salmon, halibut, ling cod, and over 30 species of rockfish make the west side of Prince of Wales Island a very special place for wetting a line, but the experience doesn’t stop there. The fishing alone isn’t what makes this place so special, it’s the scenery, marine wildlife, the North Pacific’s rugged coastline, and the ever-changing tide and currents that swirl around hundreds of islands that really make Prince of Wales Island an exciting place to fish. Sharing this dynamic experience with close friends and family is what life in the outdoors is all about!
A picture is worth a thousand words! I can describe this experience a hundred different ways, but nothing highlights the saltwater experience better than a photo. These photos and more are available on the Prince of Wales Sportfishing Photo Gallery page.
We’re hosting all of our Southeast Alaska fishing videos over on The Outdoor Line video page. Check’em out when you get a chance!
Preseason scouting turned up this mid-30’s Chinook for Jim “Bucket” Heins. A better king salmon run than 2008??? You bet it was!
The sweetest lady on Planet Earth, Diana Rumley, bags her first Chinook ever. After a 30 minute battle-royale she landed this 42 pound Chinook!
From the sweetest lady ever to salmon slayer extraordinaire. Tim Linderman with a mid-30’s King on one of those mornings at Cape Ulitka.
You’ve heard that women catch more fish. Well, they do! Bob Say snaps a few photos of Danielle’s 37 pound beauty over on Capt. Kims boat.
A double on a king and silver, both in the upper teens, made this rodeo-bite a memorable experience for all of us! Lots of fun with Al and Julie again this year.
Mac’n Cheese, Top Ramen, and king salmon with a side of halibut. Food for college! I just found this pic from 2008 and couldn’t resist.
Tim “Slice and Dice” Koentopp prepares to slice and dice a thousand pounds of halibut. If you’re into halibut check out these great halibut fishing vids, “Al Sloka’s Halibut” & “Pipe Jig Hammers Halibut”
Those big halibut aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Deb Adams lifts this great-eating chicken halibut for a quick photo off St. Johns Island. We catch plenty of these halibut throughout the summer!
The Marshall gang shows us how to have some fun back at the pier. Chris Miles, owner of Cookin’ on Wood in Phoenix, Arizona (and a POW Sportfishing pro-staffer) whips up a mean mess of grub every night on the dock.
Just another day in paradise! Robert Aguilera lands another fat coho while a humpback whale breaches in the background.
“Quck, everybody grab a fish for a picture before the rain hits!” The Hine gang from Bakersfield with a very quick dock shot before heading for cover. Yes, it rains in Southeast Alaska!
Pete Rathwell with our biggest silver of the summer on the last trip of the summer. A 17 pound brute from Black Rock near Warren Island.
Rick shows some variety with a yelloweye rockfish from an offshore ocean pinnacle.
Ling cod numbers continue to build off the coast providing some pretty wide-open action in 2009. Here’s Robert with a keeper-sized ling caught on a pipe jig. A couple of ling cod videos worth checking out, “No Mas!” & “Ling bites it’s own tail”
A massive school of baitfish slides under the Polar Bear with a wide open coho bite following shortly thereafter.
Capt. Troy hauls a nice halibut aboard the Makai for the Preddy gang from Texas.
A little silver chaos for the Beaudry gang over on Capt. Kims boat. These guys brought 30 pounds of Kobe beef for our evening barbecues on the pier!
One bite of burrito, one chug of salsa! Nothing like a little hair of the dog in the morning.
It wouldn’t be a Southeast Alaskan experience without the humpback whales. A few photos from Rob Endsley’s collection.
From Capt. Rob Endsley, Nicole Huggins, and the great people we work with in Craig, Alaska we sincerely hope you’ll join Prince of Wales Sportfishing for another great summer of fishing and adventure in 2010!
August 10th, 2009 by
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We just came off another great week of fishing here in Craig, Alaska with daily coho limits and wide open action on both halibut and ling cod. King salmon fishing is starting to fizzle, but there are still a few kings around here and there. Yesterday we got into a completely stupid coho bite on the Polar Bear…one of those scenes you just never forget. Every pass we made past a particular kelp patty was producing one to three hookups and then a massive school moved in with silver salmon finning all over the surface and crashing bait in every direction. The guys were dropping their baits over the side and watching the silvers zip in and grab them right next to the boat. On the last circus bite one big coho was twisting around in the kicker motor, two more were literally ripping monofilament across the surface as they slashed and jumped wildly around the boat, and the fourth fish (a king) was screaming line off the Tekota until it finally stopped around 200 feet. As I quickly tried to uncoil a 14 pound coho from the kicker motor propellor Stu exclaims, “Mikes got a king!” Mikes 26 pound king jumped from the water and landed with a Ka-Wooosh! I quickly gaffed the fish next the prop, cut the line, grabbed the two other ‘hos and off we went to get Mikes king. Three big ‘hos on the deck and a king in the bag. That would be the definition of coho chaos!
Halibut action has been absolutely wide open right now for chicken halibut from 15 to 35 pounds right now and there are bigger flatties around if guests want to put in the time. The ling cod fishing has also been very, very good and we’ve limited the last two groups on keeper ling cod, releasing plenty of bigger ones. Both the lings and the halibut are stacked in the areas the trollers are working and the action on heavy scampi tail jigs is fast, very fast.
Mike Hammes and his 26 pound king salmon
Stu Heatons 82 pound halibut, winner of the Ram group halibut jackpot
Stu also took the Ram king salmon jackpot with this 29 pounder. The jackpot money all went to our fish cutter Tim “Slice and Dice” Koentop, who’s wife Nan is fighting cancer right now. Our prayers are with them!
Rod Tople with a big ocean fresh 14 pound silver salmon
Always a good time with the Marshall group. They also were kind enough to donate their group jackpot to Tim’s family. Thank you so much guys and we look forward to seeing you again next summer!
Fishing in SE Alaska is about more than filling up the freezer. The wildlife and scenery our guests enjoy here is second to none and whale shows like this one occur almost daily. This big humpback was slapping it’s tail repeatedly on the surface on the way in a few days ago and we were able to grab some great pics.
Look closely and you’ll see the bubble ring around this feeding humpback whale. This whale was bubble feeding along the same kelp line we were hammering the coho on yesterday and on several occasions we had to move because the bubbles were getting a little too close for comfort.
Capt. Rob Endsley
July 24th, 2009 by
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I’ve been sitting here for the last ten minutes trying to come up with something snappy for a title and it just isn’t coming to me. All I could come up with is “Craig, Alaska Report”, which will work just fine. Two months of sleep deprivation and long days on the ocean have pretty much eliminated all the fluff. Fish, eat, sleep…in that order!
In this business people always ask “how’s the fishing?” My response lately has been “pretty good”, which translates to not slow, not white hot, but somewhere in the middle. “Somewhere in the middle” is darned good by many people standards. Our guests have been in some white hot coho bites this past week and there have been days where we’ve had to scratch around to find them, getting limits on most days and close to it on the other days. There continues to be some enormous king salmon around and if guests want to sacrifice a few silvers to target these fish I’m all for it! Most of the action lately has been occurring on the north end of Noyes Island at places like the “Tree Hole”, Cape Ulitka, St. Joseph Island, and down the outside coast of Noyes. The inside fishery is starting to pick up, as well, and with an afternoon charter today we plan on scoping many of the areas close to town.
Halibut fishing has remained solid and we’ve had halibut to 135 pounds this past week and several more in the 90 pound range. And the “Semi” drift kicks out chicken halibut in short order whenever the need arises. Dad just hand delivered another case of 16 oz. pipe jigs that will be put to good use here shortly now that we’re coming down off these huge tides.
Jim Murphy joined the Bakersfield gang this year for the first time and walked away with their group halibut jackpot with this 92 pounder. After buying drinks for the group with the prize money, however, I’m pretty sure he ended up in the red : )
Frank Reed, Mr. Perma-Grin, with his 135 pound halibut.
Joe, Frank, “Tuna”, and dad with a limit of fat silver salmon, chicken halibut, and a nice king salmon. “Tuna” will be sending us some interesting downloads for our Icom radios. You all thought our scramblers were annoying : )
I’m sure TSA had a field day with this box of pipe jigs
Humpback whales have been in our waters in big numbers and the killer whales have also been making an almost daily appearance.
Capt. Rob Endsley
June 22nd, 2009 by
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King salmon fishing continues to be decent here in Craig and the silver numbers continue to build here. The begginning of last week we were seeing 6 to 10 cohos a day and now the numbers are double that and we’ve had two full boat limits hit our dock the last two days. The two biggest kings to hit our dock this week are a 36 pounder by Paul Becker of Victoria, BC and a 34 pounder by Dan Shaw of Chimacum, WA. I’d post some pics of these great fish, but my camera went kapute a few days ago and erased all the pics off of my disk. Moisture and technology just don’t mix!
The bay we’re fishing is absolutely loaded with bait and with that come the whales. A couple of days ago we had two big humpback whales come up next to the boat as we were landing a king salmon in the ocean. Best part is that Dave Allan got it all on video!
Halibut fishing remains strong for chicken halibut and we’ve been hammering the salmon program so hard all day that none of us have spent much time poking around looking for big halibut. Yesterday we limited the boat on chicken halibut in less than ten minutes and then went back to salmon fishing…fast action! The new pipe jigs dad made up for me this summer have been lights out. Two pounds of copper and lead with a 12/0 Mustad treble and a hoochie skirt over the hook. Ling cod, yelloweye, and halibut can’t leave’em alone!
A couple of pics courtesy of Kevin Kent, who just departed on this mornings float plane out of Craig.
Kevin with a typical 18 pound feeder king
A great batch of fish for mid-June!