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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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* -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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