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* Late July Date Open!

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Prince of Wales Sportfishing is a very small charter company in Craig, Alaska and we simply don’t have many opportunities this late in the game to plug groups in during the peak of our summer charter season. That said, one of our groups has chosen to take a 70 foot yacht to Southeast Alaska this summer and leave the slot that they normally take the third week of July wide open. A 70 foot yacht…who can blame them?

The result, however, is that this prime time fishing slot is currently open and it will most likely fill up rather quickly. We have four seats open for the July 21-25 time slot aboard Capt. Kim McCarthy’s brand new 28′ North River. You’ll fly in July 21st, fish July 22/23/24, and fly home on July 25th.

The third week of July means trophy kings, silvers, halibut, and plenty of bottomfish. If you’re interested in this great summer opening please call Rob at 360-961-2116 or shoot him an email – rendsley@earthlink.net for more information.

The King Salmon Abundance Index will be announced sometime in the next three weeks that will set our salmon limits for the summer.

While we don’t have any inside word yet on what it will be the indicators are pointing towards a one king per day limit for the entire summer.

The Columbia River in Washington is forecast to have it’s best Chinook return since counting began in 1938 at 1.6 million Chinook.

Last years run of 1.2 million Chinook provided some seriously hot king salmon fishing in our June fishery and with even more kings forecast for this summer it should be oustanding fishing. The Puget Sound and most of the outer Vancouver Island hatcheries are also seeing improved king salmon runs this summer.

I’ll send out some news about the summer salmon limits just as soon as the Abundance Index is announced. In the meantime let us know if you’re interested in booking with for the late July slot that we’ve got open. Once you fish in Craig, Alaska you’ll look at things back home a little differently!

Thanks a bunch everyone!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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* Thain’s North River Nears Completion

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


Capt. Troy Thain’s new 26′ North River is nearing completion at the North River factory in Roseburg, Oregon. It’ll arrive in Gig Harbor, Washington the first of May to have a full compliment of Lowrance electronics installed before being loaded on the barge in mid-May to head to it’s new home in Craig, Alaska.

Chet at the Bay Company in Craig will be rigging this bad boy with twin 150 Mercury outboards and it should be ready to roll and put our guests on the fish by early June sometime.

Troy’s new ride with have a ton of deck space so everyone has lots of room to roam and maneuver in the midst of a wide open salmon bite.

We’re hearing early reports of a few king salmon being caught around Craig and Klawock already. When the herring spawn in Craig and Klawock, well, the king salmon aren’t too far behind. Summer can’t come soon enough!

There are still a couple of great dates available for the summer of 2013. One of them is July 14-18, which is prime time for a big king as well as a mix of silvers, halibut, and bottomfish. If you’re looking for some awesome king salmon fishing two seats just opened up on the Polar Bear June 16-20. Shoot us an email or call 888-943-4746 if you’re interested in learning more about these great fishing dates.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll post another update soon. Good fishing to you!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
888-943-4746

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* July 27th, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


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!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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* August 15th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 15th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Our guests have experienced mostly sunny skies and flat calm seas here for the past week. If only that would last another week, as it looks like the rain and wind are descending upon us again here in Craig. With plenty of islands to hide behind I’m sure we’ll find a kelp bed or three to hunker down next to. The furnaces are fueled up on the boats and we’re ready to roll!

Fishing has been great for silvers and we’re still picking up a few king salmon in the mix. Keeper size chicken halibut have been easy to come by and so have slot limit ling cod, yelloweye, and black sea bass. Calm seas definitely help in that department! With 8 to 10 foot seas forecast for our next group arriving this afternoon we will likely have to work a lot harder for bottomfish.

Here’s Trent, Eric, Trevor, and Eric from Lynden, WA with a fine catch of silvers, halibut, sea bass, and a keeper ling cod from a few days ago.

Big Mike caught this 30# yelloweye rockfish on a pipe jig while working a rockpile in search of ling cod a couple days back. It’s easily the biggest yelloweye I’ve ever seen.

Barry Dikeman caught this 250 pound-ish halibut while aboard the Makai with Capt. Troy Thain. We’ve had at least half a dozen more large halibut in the 70 to 250 pound range released between the Sea Hunt, Makai, and Polar Bear this past week.

I’ve always posted these fishing reports to give upcoming customers a hint of what’s in store for them on their upcoming trip and to let prospective customers know that we’re still kicking here in Craig. I only with I had more time to post more photos and videos here, as I know all of you enjoy seeing your photos here. I’ve been recording quite a few more GoPro videos and will upload them as I have time towards the end of the season. Just three more groups and we’ll be done here in Craig. My how this incredible fishing season has flown by!

Until next week…good fishing!

Capt. Rob Endsley
Craig Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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* July 29th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 30th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Limits of both king and silver salmon were easy to come by here up until about three or four days ago in Craig, Alaska. Fishing is still good for both…just not the stupid salmon action that’s been spoiling us most of the summer.

Our guests that spend some time targetting king salmon are finding limits on a near daily basis and we’ve had 42 and 48 pound king salmon hit the dock this past week. The silver salmon fishing remains what I would call decent, with the four boats in our small fleet getting anywhere from a half a limit per day to full limits. It seems like few of the hatchery silvers are pushing into the islands from the Klawock Hatchery and hopefully that run continues to build. There seems to be a little gap in the silver run right now and we’re all hopeful that another push will come in headed for the hatchery.

We’ve been blasting offshore to catch our limits of chicken halibut and picking up a few nice sea bass, yelloweye, and ling cod while we’re out there. The pipe jigs that dad and I made two years ago continue to produce the most halibut bites of anything we drop over the side. The things really work!

Here’s Lester Surgener from Bakersfield, CA with his 48 pound king salmon from last week. He caught it with Capt. Kim aboard the Sea Hunt. Kim has been on a king salmon tear lately!

My dad, John Endsley, and his buddies Frank, Joe, and Paul with a limit of nice king salmon from the last day of their trip (yesterday). It’s sure nice to fish with pops and the rest of the guys up here in Alaska!

Here’s a great link to a weather cam here in Craig…courtesy of Nancie and Ron Wilder who visited us in early July.

Craig, Alaska Weather Cam

Sorry…no new videos to upload with all this rain and wind we’ve been experiencing lately. It looks like the weather is going to calm down in a couple of days and I’ll bust out the GoPro camera again when it does.

Good fishing!

Captain Rob Endsley
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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* -Chinook Limit Increased in SE Alaska

Posted on April 2nd, 2009 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The State of Alaska announced this week a Chinook abundance index of 1.33, which translates to a 3 fish limit for non-residents for the ENTIRE SUMMER!  Ocean conditions have improved drastically and it appears as though our chinook fishery will begin to rebound in Craig, Alaska.  With this good news and the promise of our first return of hatchery Chinook back to St. Nicholas this summer we all have high expectations for some great king salmon fishing.

Another welcome surprise is the addition of a trophy ling cod over 55 inches to our anglers bag limit.  Many of you have caught giant ling cod with us over the years, only to sadly watch them drift off into the depths after a quick picture.  Once particular ling cod that comes to mind was caught by Lester Surgener a few years back…it ate a 37″ long ling cod that Lester had hooked!!  This summer you’ll be able to keep one of those goliaths as part of your single ling cod possession limit.  The yelloweye limits will remain the same at two per season for non residents and silver salmon will remain at six per day.

The only bit of discouraging news we’ve recieved is that NOAA will likely announce a one fish halibut limit for all of Southeast Alaska for 2009 and beyond.  The battle has been long and hard on this topic and all we can say at this point is that “you just never know”.  We’re prepared for a one fish limit and understand that Craig, Alaska is still one of the best saltwater fishing destinations on earth.  With fishery closures all along the West Coast there are few places that offer as much opportunity as Craig!

We still have a few primo dates open, notably two seats June 22-26, two seats June 30-July 4, and two seats July 20-24.

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* Come by and say hello!

Posted on January 30th, 2009 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


I’ll be speaking at the following clubs and events in the next couple of months if you want to swing by and say hello.  Nicole will also be on hand at the weekend events to answer questions. 

February 10th, Tacoma Puget Sounds Anglers, 7:00 p.m. at the Tacoma Outboard Association

February 18th, Bellingham Puget Sound Anglers, 7:00 p.m. at Nicki’s Bella Marina Restaurant in Squalicum Harbor

March 7th and 8th, Cabelas Captains Weekend, 10:30 to 5:30, Lacey, WA Cabela’s retail store

March 21st, Viking Marine and Tackle Spring Salmon Clinic, Marysville, WA 9 am to 3 pm

March 28th and 29th, Anacortes Salmon Derby, Team Lowrance, Anacortes Washington

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* -September 4th, Civilization

Posted on September 4th, 2008 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


After three months of dragging my knuckles on the ground and speaking in grunts and clicks I’m finally back to civilization. Here’s a little video I just put together that shows a little of what we do in Las Craigas in the summer. Hope you enjoy it and I hope to see you all fishing sometime this winter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYbrFS-ZWMc

Rummaging thru some pics and came across this one. Just a few salmon mixed in with all this bait:

Check out all the silver salmon around this bait. Unreal!

Check out all the silver salmon around this bait. Unreal!

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