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* July 11th Southeast Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 12th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


King salmon fishing has remained very good here in Craig, Alaska this past week and the silver salmon fishing seems to be getting a little better with every day. Most of the really good fishing has been occurring outside of Noyes Island and a few fish are coming out of the islands. Spotty weather kept us off the ocean earlier last week and once we got back out there we found plenty of king salmon biting. Rumors of a few king salmon in the 30’s and 40’s from yesterday and I’m sure it won’t be long before someone bags up a big bruiser in the 50 plus pound range out there.

Here’s Nancie Wilder and husband Ron with her low 20’s king salmon from last week. Most of the king salmon here have been running in the 15 to 25 pound range lately. These fish will tear you up on light mooching tackle. Fun stuff!

Dave Allan was lucky enough to bag this 36 1/2 inch halibut on the last day of his trip here in Craig. The Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife requires all halibut over 37 inches be released aboard charter vessels in Southeast Alaska this year. Hopefully these regulations will help to rebuild the halibut stocks.  Legal halibut have been easy to come by this summer.

Brothers Dave and Greg caught ling cod that were identical twins measuring 39 1/2 inches. They had a $20 bet on the biggest bottomfish and it would have been a tie but Greg’s fish gacked up a good sized rockfish just before we weighed them. Dave’s fish weighed 22 pounds and Greg’s weighed 21 1/2 pound after losing the rockfish. One of several funny stories on this trip and thankfully this one didn’t involve me : )

And here’s a couple more Alaskan salmon fishing videos recorded with the GoPro video camera I have mounted on the charter boat. It’s raw unedited video and you just never know what might happen when I turn the camera on:

Mooching for King Salmon in Southeast Alaska

Salmon Fishing in Craig, Alaska

Looking forward to more great fishing here in Craig this coming week. We’re looking for that first big push of silvers any day now!

Captain Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
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* King Salmon Fishing Remains Strong!

Posted on June 19th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The numbers of king salmon seem to have fallen slightly here this past week from the wide open action we had in early June. Overall the king salmon fishing remains very strong here now though and fish are spread out in quite a few areas.  The weather and ocean conditions has been nothing short of spectacular!

Mike Campbell from Lowrance electronics scored this 44 pound Chinook a few days ago aboard the Polar Bear. It’s the biggest king we’ve seen so far, though we’ve heard of at least king larger. Nice work Mike!

Bob DeLong and gang experienced flat calm seas and great fishing the last three days. We got on some good king bites and picked up easy limits of legal chicken halibut offshore every day. Looking forward to seeing Mike, Jeff, Jim, and Bob again next year!

Captain Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
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* June 6th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on June 7th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


My apologies for not getting a report up sooner. We don’t have internet service yet and won’t have it for another week or so.

King salmon fishing has been nothing short of spectacular here in Craig, Alaska for the past couple of weeks. We’ve been having so much fun mooching cut plug herring that we haven’t even broken out the new Cannon downriggers yet!

Here’s a few pics from the last week of fishing:

Jim “Bucket” Heins with a mid-30’s “Tyree” that he released. The Canucks have Tyee’s…we have “Tyree’s”

Michael Parker with one of the typical king salmon we’ve been seeing here lately.

David Garst and Madeline Mair from West Virginia with a pair of king salmon. West Virginia…thus the “Tyree”…I like it!

Parker with a beauty of a king salmon

Jim with our first silver of the summer.

Here’s a couple of killer trip reports from forums in the Pacific Northwest!

The Outdoor Line

http://forum.theoutdoorline.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=438

Piscatorial Pursuits

http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/686742/1/Report_SE_AK_POW_Island.html

Thanks for checking in and don’t forget to give us a shout at 888-943-4746 to plan your Alaskan king salmon fishing vacation!

Captain Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com
888-943-4746

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* Strong King Salmon Run Forecast for SE Alaska!

Posted on April 26th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


We should see more days like this in 2011!

We should see more days like this in 2011!

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game just released a Chinook Abundance Index for Southeast Alaska of 1.69, the highest Chinook forecast since 2007. What exactly does that mean? It means there’s going to be plenty of king salmon around this summer for us to catch!

With this high forecast comes a higher possession limit for non-resident anglers of 5 Chinook for the year in Southeast Alaska. Non-resident anglers can retain two Chinook per day in the month of May until the possession limit is reached and one per day from June thru September.

This is great news and while we’ve had pretty darned good king salmon fishing the last couple of years, we’re excited to see the return of some “good-old-days” king salmon fishing to Craig and Southeast Alaska. Will someone catch a 70 plus pounder this year in Craig? That lucky angler could be you!

Captain Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com
888-943-4746

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* August 27th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 28th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


My big, fancy Nikon camera went kapuuut shortly after our last report on August 5th. I’ve taken a few shots since with a Nikon Coolpix and luckily we’ve gotten some additional awesome shots from guests to use here.

Our August salmon fishery has been about as goofy as it gets. One day we’re on the silvers and doing well and the next they are few and far between. Luckily we got a good shot of king salmon in the middle of August to keep us going.

The Ram Construction group that joins us every year had some exceptional king salmon fishing offshore during their stay here the first week of August. A calm ocean allowed us to roam around and we had some great fishing, with limits of king salmon to 27 pounds and some decent coho action mixed in.

Ram’s owner, Mike Hammes, snapped up the 200 pound halibut in the photo below on a 16 ounce glow-in-the-dark scampi tail jig. The battle was a total rodeo and lasted nearly an hour. It was Mike’s biggest halibut to date and he grabbed the Ram halibut jackpot that usually belongs to Stu Heaton. Good times!

The Candini’s were the next to join us and they jumped right in with some wide open king salmon action on their first morning. We tripled up on big Chinook immediately, losing one of them after a brief battle and getting solid hooks into the other two. While those two fish were screaming around the bay Chris kept bombing bait at the school and missing bites. He did everything text book and they just wouldn’t stick. No biggy!

Finally I had to spin the boat around to keep one of the fish from running into the kelp and we lost the school. After a great battle Jerry and Milo landed their kings, 27 and 39 pounders. I had some great photos of their kings, but unfortunately they went bye-bye when my camera went down. Sorry guys!

We slid offshore in the fog and Chris drove the hook home on a 20 pound king salmon within five minutes. The bite was on and we were getting bit repeatedly, but the combination of a six foot swell and pea soup fog drove us back into calmer waters. No problemo…we managed to grab a quick limit of chicken halibut on the way in. Below is a photo of Milo with the 30 pound chicken halibut he caught on an 18 ounce pipe jig tipped with salmon belly. He’s always smilin’…

The Kvam’s and the Quades were on tap next and got to experience some outstanding salmon action. We hit Hole in the Wall on their first morning and caught four or five coho before Sally hooked into a 30 pound king salmon. She landed the fish after a great battle under sunny skies. After the bite died we diddled around at Roller Bay, hooking a handful of fat silvers, a bunch of sea bass, and a limit of halibut.

The ocean was relatively flat the next day, so we blasted well offshore to an area another charter captain said was holding a good mess of silver salmon. We were the only boat in the area and it didn’t take long to find the fish. We hooked around 30 silvers in two hours and landed half of them before the tide turned the bite off.

Amidst all the chaos Kathryn layed into a king salmon that ran off 400 feet of line out of the gate. We chased the fish on glassy calm seas and she landed it 25 minutes later, an identical 30 pound Chinook to Sally’s. This was Kathryn’s first time salmon fishing and well, she was hooked!

We ran back to this area again the next morning and the silvers were still jumping on like crazy. Our first drift produced twelve hookups and while we only landed four of them…who cares…we were having a ball! The schools would come and go and every other drift would produce wide open action with silvers running all over the place. Ms. Nicole also joined us for the day and when it was all said and done we landed 27 silvers and lost just about as many. Fun stuff!

On the way home we dropped on an offshore rockpile and cranked up a mess of ling cod on pipe jigs and scampi tails.

Sally’s 30 pound king salmon

Kathryn’s first king salmon is a 30 pound beauty!

We took some time to go cave-hopping while we were there, pulling the charter boat into two massive caves full of puffins and other nesting sea birds. Awesome!

Strong winds forced us inside the islands for a couple days on our last rotation of the summer, the Webb and Mihalic groups. Salmon fishing was slow, slow, slow and after several hours of “watching the paint dry” we decided to torment some sea bass and halibut.

The Webb group, fishing on the Polar Bear, got nice limits of sea bass and three of their four chicken halibut messing around in the islands. We ran back towards town at the end of the day to look for signs of salmon and after actually hooking up on two silvers Neal’s salmon rod doubles over with a huge halibut.

An hour and another rodeo later we landed the 160 pound beast and the guys were all smiles. In Alaska you just never know what’s going to happen!

Here’s Neal hooked up on yet another strange sea creature, this time a huge octopus.

Greg holds up the big yelloweye that he caught fishing aboard the Siketi with Capt. Mike Hailey. The guys had a great time fishing with Mike, catching a mixed bag of just about everything in the sea.

After four days aboard the Siketi with Capt. Mike I was lucky enough to take Greg, Tom, John, and Ted on my last charter of the summer. Nice group of guys from Colorado that fished with us for 5 days. Here’s Tom with his first saltwater king salmon.

Check out the teeth marks on Gregs silver salmon. All of our salmon on this particular day were gashed up with teeth marks…salmon sharks!

A few play days for us before we pack up everything and head back to Washington for the winter. Even though our fishing here in Craig, Alaska was a roller coaster ride this summer we still had a great time, had many memorable experiences, and look forward to seeing you all back here again sometime.

Rob Endsley

Prince of Wales Sportfishing

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* July 28th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 29th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Then they were gone! We had a great week prior to our last report, with quite a few salmon around to bend rods and then in the matter of a few tides they vanished. Since then we’ve been working very hard for 6 to 10 silvers and a king salmon or two per boat per day. Not the end of the world…but definitely not the sizzling hot action that we all hope for when our customers show up here in Craig, Alaska.

Many of the large power trollers here in Craig have been having good success 15 to 20 miles offshore, with rumors of 100 to as many as 300 silvers per day with king salmon mixed in. Then a week ago they were seven miles offshore and just two days ago most of the troll fleet was working within sight of St. Joseph Island just north of Noyes Island.

You can bet these guys aren’t going around in circles out there for their health. The fish that we’ve been holding our breath for seem to be headed this way and we saw the first good king salmon bite in nearly a month yesterday just inside the ocean. Along with the king salmon came a few ocean silvers in the low teens, the kind that engulf a cut plug and hit the air before you even know what’s going on. Hopefully the vanguard of a big push of salmon heading this way!

As is always the case here, you just never know what’s going to happen when you drop a cut plug herring into the depths. Ty Beaudry isn’t a stranger to fishing in Craig and had a morning to remember on the first day of his group’s trip here recently, hammering a 46 pound king within the first five minutes of fishing with Capt. Kim McCarthy on the Sea Hunt. After landing his huge king salmon they spun around and nailed a 38 pounder on the next drift. How’s that for the start to an Alaskan fishing trip!

Ty with his 46 pound king salmon caught in Craig, Alaska.

When the ocean’s cooperated we’ve had no trouble at all grabbing limits of chicken halibut from 15 to 35 pounds, as well as sea bass, yelloweye rockfish, and various other “cellar dwellars”. Getting the ocean to cooperate, however, has been a little challenging lately. With the Puget Sound in Washington now closed to all bottomfishing below 120 feet it sure gives us a new level of respect for our bottomfish species here in Southeast Alaska.

Capt. Rob Endsley

Prince of Wales Sportfishing

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* July 11 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 11th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Our customers have caught some magnificent king salmon the last few days here in Craig. Brian Borchardt from California landed a monster 52 pound king salmon aboard the Makai on July 8th (pictured below) and Will Fuller from Long Island, NY nailed a 43 pound chinook aboard the Polar Bear on July 10th. The fish haven’t come easy lately though, and we’ve had to make every single bite count. With some huge king salmon around and more on the way it isn’t hard to imagine would could happen every time a salmon chews on your cut plug herring.

The silver run is just getting started here and we’re catching around half a dozen per boat right now, with a high of 14 on one of the boats several days ago. The Fuller party aboard the Polar Bear got to experience a totally wide open silver salmon bite on July 8th, landed ten in less than 50 yards and losing at least that many. Not a bad way to end the day!

Halibut fishing for chicken halibut from 15 to 30 pounds has been fast and furious at one of our ocean drags. We fished an area known for big halibut yesterday and managed to pick up a 42 pound flattie before the winds drove us off to calmer waters.

Capt. Kim found some absolutely monstrous black sea bass fishing an ocean pinnacle, loading up on blackies in the ten pound range the last few days. Not content to grind it out for kings all day (like me) Kim got his guests into halibut, yelloweye rockfish, lingcod, silvers, kings, and chum salmon.

Brian with his trophy class 52 pound king salmon.

Will Fuller with his 43 pound king salmon and Jake Dowling with a 42 pound halibut.

Thou shalt not disrespect thy rockfish! With a total closure of bottomfishing in Washington’s Puget Sound it’s not hard to give a little respect for the plethora of rockfish species that we have in our waters. Here’s Bill Fuller with an ultra cool Tiger rockfish he caught on a salmon rod at Granite two days ago.

Big storm coming here the next fews days that will likely push the Craig charter fleet back into the shelter of the islands. Next report in a few days…Ciao!

Rob Endsley

Prince of Wales Sportfishing

Craig, Alaska

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* Humpback Whales Photos

Posted on July 5th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


We came across this humpback whale a couple days ago that put on quite the show for us here in the islands West of Craig, Alaska. It breached, tail slapped, and slapped it’s giant flukes on the water for over 30 minutes. Here’s a few of the better photos. It was early in the morning and pouring down rain when I took these and you can see the rain squall in the background. Pretty amazing!

Rob Endsley

Prince of Wales Sportfishing

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* June 28th Craig, Alaska King Salmon Report

Posted on June 28th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


June 28th Craig, Alaska King Salmon Report

King salmon fishing here in Craig, Alaska has been consistent for those willing to put in the time. A week and a half ago we were getting our limits of king salmon before noon and now we’re having to put in some long hours to come up with our fish every day.

There have been some monster king salmon out there, however, as you can see from the photo of Craig Kvam’s 44 pound king below he caught with us several days ago. We’ve had reports of at least one king salmon being caught over 60 pounds and several more in the 50 pound class. With fish like that swimming around out there it’s not hard to get motivated!

We’re seeing the numbers of silver salmon slowly pick up on the ocean and yesterday we ran into two very large schools of silvers on the way home at the end of the day. Many of us are thinking that July and August are going to be outstanding for silvers.

Most of our time lately has been spent chasing big king salmon and we really have devoted a lot of time to pursuing halibut. Chicken halibut between 15 and 25 pounds have been the norm for most of our king salmon fisherman this month, as well as a mixed bag of ling cod, yelloweye, and black seabass.

Here’s a smattering of fishing photos from the last couple of weeks of king salmon fishing here in Craig.

Rob Tobeck with the 30 pound king salmon he caught near Pineapple Rock

Eric Vanhofwegen hooked up on this 24 pound king after we marked a school of king salmon on the Lowrance broadband sonar

Eric Libolt and the Vanhofwegens with limits of king salmon and yelloweye from the ocean

Another great day for the Vanhofwegens, limiting on king salmon to 26 pounds

Bill, Deborah, and Scott with some Pacific chrome

Craig Kvam and the biggest king of his lifetime, a whopping 44 pounder

Slice and Dice comfirms that it’s a white king

Sally was MIA for a picture with her 27 pound king salmon, so good husband Craig jumped in there with Tim for quick photo

A little incentive for our last group here at Prince of Wales Sportfishing…prizes for the biggest king salmon and halibut of the trip. Craig Kvam went home with an Abu Garcia 6000 line counter reel for his 44 pound king salmon and Chuck Kaiser went back to Ohio with a Grunden’s Windjammer jacket for catching a 27 pound halibut on a salmon rod. He’s going to inform the folks back home that he’s now part of the Deadliest Catch television show!

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* The Saltwater Experience!

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


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!

Pre-season 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!

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