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* August 21, 2012 Craig Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 22nd, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Where has the summer gone?!! Some of us have also been asking “where have the silvers gone” the last few days. I’ve been lucky enough to put boat limits of silvers on board 5 of the last 6 days, but every day has been nerve racking to say the least.

The silvers have been averaging 6 to 12 pounds with an occasional 13 or 14 pound brute mixed in. Fresh schools that just wash in from the ocean have been the most fun, as they pound the herring with reckless abandon and run wild all over the place. Fun, fun stuff!

We’ve been picking up some nice chicken halibut and since my last report we’ve released quite a few halibut just shy of the 68 inch mark. Measuring these big halibut has been nothing short of a total rodeo. Who knows, our guests might get a bigger kick out of this circus than actually retaining the big barnies. I’ve lasso’d two by the tail in the past couple of weeks that were sooooo close to the 68 inch mark, but not close enough to keep. It’s kind of nice to see them swim off back to the bottom to do their thing actually.

Outside of the usual mix of black sea bass, ling cod, yelloweye, and rockfish there has also been a few big sharks offshore. We’ve ran into both salmon sharks and blue sharks out on the halibut grounds the last few days. Yesterday Robert Aguilera broke off what I’m pretty sure was a shark because fifteen minutes later Sally Kvam’s rod doubled over as a big blue shark wolfed her halibut bait and took off to the races. The shark was about 5 or 6 feet long and we released it after several big runs. I had brief thoughts of boating it until I remembered those teeth…no bueno! Capt. Kim has also run into several blue sharks fishing off of Shaft Rock the last few days, one of which was chewing on a halibut as it neared the surface.

Finally got my small camera back, so here’s a few pics from the last couple of days out on the water.

Craig and Sally Kvam from Poulsbo, Washington with a silver salmon double header!

Robert and Hannah Aguilera from Sultan, Washington with Hannah’s 14 pound coho she caught at Hole in the Wall. She caught a lot of fish…I mean a lot. Go figure!

Craig Kvam admires the days limit of hefty silver salmon caught mooching cut plug herring on our Lamiglas Salmon Moochers with Shimano Tekota line counter reels.

Steve caught this big ling over on Capt. Kim McCarthy’s boat two days ago. It measured exactly 44 3/4″…just inside the slot limit. The big bulge in it’s belly is a big quillback rockfish. Capt. Kim is a bottomfishing machine!

Hard to believe I’m down to my last group of fisherman arriving today. Three more days of fishing and  I’ll be wrapping things up here and heading south with the Canadian honkers, which have been showing up here the last few days by the way. Hmmm…might be time to head south.

I’ll post another report here soon. Until then good fishing to all of you and thanks for visiting!

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

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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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* 2010 Season Looking Good!

Posted on April 8th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Indicators Point Towards Strong Salmon Fishing in 2010!

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a Chinook Abundance Index of 1.35 in late March, which translates to one Chinook per day and three in possesion for non-resident anglers in 2010. This number isn’t surprising, however, as ocean indicators have pointed towards very strong Chinook numbers up and down the north Pacific coast for 2010. That’s great news for all of you joining us this summer in Craig!

Eric with a fat king salmon he caught at the Tree Hole in late July
We’ve chimed about the new hatchery Chinook program in Craig for the last couple of years and we’re excited to see what this year brings. According to our calendar we should see the first return of adult king salmon back to the waters around Craig from this program in May and June.

Depending on how well these fish faired out in the big blue we could see approximately 10,000 more king salmon cruising our local king salmon haunts this summer. These fish come from a stock of king salmon that get as large as 65 pounds!

In addition to the prospect of great king salmon fishing in 2010 we’re also expecting a good “jag” of silver salmon into our waters this summer. Those same ocean conditions responsible for rebuilding the king salmon runs are also helping those fiesty silver salmon that make July and August so much fun.

Wild silver salmon stocks in SE Alaska are expected to fair well this summer and huge plants of coho the past few years by the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association (POWHA) should make for some “Wide-Open” action for silver’s in 2010.

The POWHA plants approximately 4.2 million silver salmon smolts, the largest silver salmon hatchery program in Alaska!

Halibut Limit the Same in 2010

I just got off the phone with Greg Williams from the International Pacific Halibut Commission and he assured me that our halibut limits would remain unchanged for 2010 in Southeast Alaska. That means a one fish per day limit with a fish of any size for our guests this summer.

Lowrance Structure Scan Added to “Polar Bear”

Screen shot from Lowrance Structure ScanUntil now side-scanning sonar was always reserved for the Navy, large commercial fishing vessels, and multi-million dollar yachts. Not any more!

Lowrance’s new “Structure Scan” operates on the HDS platform that worked so well for us last year and offers both side-scan and down-scan capabilities. This new system is going to be a valuable tool for locating schools of salmon, baitfish, and bottomfish and halibut-holding habitat in our waters. Expect to see more about this system on our Fishing Reports page during the summer and over on my blog on The Outdoor Line website.

New Passenger Van

New Prince of Wales Sportfishing Passenger Van for 2010

We’ve added a new passenger van to the fleet this summer. Watch for the white Prince of Wales Sportfishing van on your arrival day in Craig, Alaska.




Purchase Your Alaska Fishing License Online

CLICK HERE to apply for your Alaska fishing license before you arrive for your trip with us in Craig this summer. It’s quick and easy and if you apply early ADFG will mail your license to you well in advance of your trip.
Prime Dates Still Available
We’ve still got a handful of prime-time king and silver salmon dates available throughout the summer. Give Rob a call at 888-943-4746 to inquire about available dates or email him at rendsley@earthlink.net.

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* July 16th Fishing Report

Posted on July 16th, 2009 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Nothing like a total computer crash in the middle of summer to keep things interesting.  Luckily I was able to send the toasted computer and a brand new one to a friend, Michael Parker, in Seattle who transferred everything over for us and got it shipped right back.  Thank you for the help Mike!

Fishing has been a far sight better than last season and the weather here in Craig has also been darned pleasent.  We’re hitting anywhere from 10 silvers per boat a day to full limits and every day and every tide seems to be different.  The king salmon fishing has also yo-yo’d up and down quite a bit, but there have been some huge king salmon hitting the docks here in Craig lately and when you hook up you just never know how big a king it will be.  Our boats have had quite a few in the mid 30’s, one in the low 40’s, and we’ve heard of at least half a dozen over 50 pounds and a few more over 60 pounds.  That’s right…60 pounds!  The leader in the Craig Derby right now is a 60 pounder. 

While there’s no shortage of chicken halibut around we really haven’t had many big halibut this summer.  Calm seas the last two days allowed all three boats to roam offshore and we found plentiful ling cod and yelloweye but very few halibut of any size.  The nice thing about the chicken halibut, however, is that we can target salmon all morning and then grab a quick limit of these great eating fish on the way home. 

Tim Linderman with one of the two king salmon he caught over 30 pounds

Tim Linderman with one of the two king salmon he caught over 30 pounds

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* Great fishing continues in Southeast Alaska!

Posted on June 22nd, 2009 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


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!

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* King Salmon Showing in Craig!

Posted on May 18th, 2009 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


2009 Cancellations:

August 22-26, 8 Seats-Polar Bear/Capt. Rob Endsley, Sea Hunt/Capt. Kim McCarthy  

July 4-8, 4 Seats-Sea Hunt/Capt. Kim McCarthy

Call Rob Endsley at 888-943-4746 or email rendsley@earthlink.net for info on these great fishing dates and package specials.

After two years of below-average king salmon fishing in the Craig area it’s hard not to get excited about the upcoming season.  Reports like “it’s wide open” and “quite a few king salmon around” have been few and far between during the pre-season for, well, too long.  With a Chinook Abundance Index of 1.33 and a relaxing of regulations to allow the harvest of 3 kings by non-resident anglers it appears as though we’re headed into a great summer for salmon fishing!

Bon with a 46 pound Craig, Alaska king salmon from 2008!  We're hoping to see more king salmon like this in 2009.

Bon with a 46 pound Craig, Alaska king salmon from 2008! We're hoping to see more king salmon like this in 2009.

Improved ocean conditions don’t just help the king salmon, silver and pink salmon numbers are also benefitting from a cooler ocean and more plentiful bait, with those runs expected to be up considerably this summer in Southeast Alaska.  It’ll be bid-ness as usual for silver salmon this summer, with a 6 fish per day limit.  It sounds like a good time to be dropping a herring over the side in Craig!

Sunny skies and silver salmon!

Sunny skies and silver salmon!

No more tears!

Other good news is the addition of a trophy ling cod to the non-resident bag limit.  The 30″ to 35″ slot limit will be retained, but now if you happen to catch a gator over 55″ you can keep it as part of your one ling limit.  No more tears as that giant ling swims back into the depths!

The only bit of somewhat bad news is the reduction in the halibut limit from two per day to one per day.  What this amounts to is the elimination of a halibut under 32″ from the bag limit and about 6 pounds of halibut fillets, or even less if you keep a small chicken halibut.  The bummer about this deal is that is doesn’t put more fish in the ocean, it simply re-allocates them over to the commercial sector.  For more information on this log onto www.charterhalibuttaskforce.com and snoop around the website.  A lawsuit is pending on this issue.

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