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* End of June Fishing Report

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


It’s been a while since our last report but it’s not because we haven’t been busy. In fact that’s exactly what’s kept me from posting more often. We’ve been posting almost daily to the Prince of Wales Sportfishing Facebook page though. If you’d give us a follow on Facebook we’d certainly appreciate it.

The king fishing in June definitely wasn’t as automatic as we’ve had the past couple years here in Craig. On my boat I’ve been switching between trolling and mooching on a daily basis to produce kings. When the kings are spread out as they have been it’s tough to beat trolling. Either flashers and hoochie’s or whole herring have been the ticket and of course when we’re mooching it’s all about cut plug herring.

With the Chinook limit dropping from two per day to one per day on July 1st I’ll probably be pulling the Cannon downriggers off the boat at least for a while. With silvers showing up and some really nice kings hitting the kelp I can’t see myself trolling much for the remainder of the summer.

Speaking of big kings there’s been some dandies around this past week. 14 year old Austin Bunting had a 50 plus pound Chinook nearly to the net on Capt. Howie’s boat a couple of days ago only to have a massive bull sea lion swoop in and steal his fish. Heartbreaking but also quite exciting. There’s been a few other fish in the 50 pound range caught around Noyes Island and a few more in the 40 pound class. July is when the big boys show up here and I’m excited to see what the next month has in store for us in the way of trophy king salmon.

Silvers are just now starting to hit the outside and a few schools have already made their way into the islands. Catching silvers on the mooching gear is a total blast and we’re looking forward to that fishery heating up real soon also.

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

The guys from Lowrance electronics were here and had a great trip!

Ren Martin with a 32 pound king salmon.

Bob Keller with a nice halibut that barely made it under the 42″ slot limit.

Happy 4th of July to everyone and good fishing to you!

Rob Endsley

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* Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 5th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


It’s been a while since my last report but it’s not because fishing hasn’t been great. Fishing has been outstanding since my last report and we’ve had a lot of happy customers leave Craig since then.

The silver fishing has been excellent with myself and the rest of the boats we run with getting limits on a daily basis and there’s been plenty of kings around for the last month. Most days if you target kings you can put a limit of them in the boat. It’s August 4th today and both myself and our guests aboard the Makai had limits of kings, silvers, and halibut. Just when things seem to be getting a little on the scratchy side a new batch of fish washes in, which is a good thing!

We’ve mostly been fishing the outside of Noyes Island with a few forays to northern waters and some fishing inside the islands. Overall the fishing has been great this entire summer!

Here’s a few pics for you…

Pappa John Endsley with a nice 41 inch ling cod that hit one of his famous pipe jigs.

A shot of a halibut tornado at one of our halibut spots offshore. Kinda hard to miss when there’s that many fish down there!

Joe Raniero was just here and landed this nice 26 pound king salmon aboard the Makai with Capt. Troy.

Nancie Wilder caught this beautiful 43 pound king salmon with Capt. Rob on the Polar Bear. Nice fish Nancie!

Ron and Nancie Wilder with a couple of yelloweye rockfish that they caught while they were here.

Rob Dieda landed this great 43 1/2 inch halibut that just snuck under the 44 inch slot limit for halibut. We’ve had quite a few nice keepers right at the lower limit for halibut…and of course some over the limit that we’ve released. All in all halibut fishing has been excellent this summer in our waters!

The salmon and halibut fishing continues to be great here and I’ll post another report when we come back up for air again. Thanks for stopping by folks!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
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* July 9th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 9th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


King salmon fishing has remained good here in Craig since our last report and the silvers are starting to come in the last few days. We’ve seen good numbers of silvers at Roller Bay the last couple of days and our guests aboard the Sea Hunt caught the first limit of silvers yesterday. The action isn’t full speed on the silvers yet, but I would imagine the big push isn’t too far away.

Here’s Jake from Long Island, New York with a chunky king salmon he caught aboard the Polar Bear a couple of days ago.

Jake, Will, Bill, and John from New York with nice limits of yelloweye and king salmon. They also got limits of chicken halibut that didn’t make the photo. John and Jake both released halibut that were in the release slot. I estimated them to be around 50 and 80 pounds…the guys had a kick reeling them up.

Bob, Robert, Jim, and Mustafa caught the first limit of silvers for the summer. Mustafa isn’t pictured. The silvers are already pretty chunky and we’ve seen a few around the ten plus pound mark already. Should be a great summer for silvers!

The Connors and Hine groups show up today and we’re looking forward to another round of great fishing days here in Craig, Alaska. There’s been some downright huge kings being caught out there the last couple weeks. The only problem is the areas they are holding in are polluted with sea lions so we’ve been avoiding them altogether. I might start spending a little time at those trophy spots though….it’s kind of hard to stay away when the guys are rolling in with 40 and 50 pound kings : )

Rob Endsley
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Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
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* Halibut Limits Announced for 2014

Posted on January 30th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) just released the halibut catch limits for guided anglers in Southeast Alaska’s Area 2C and they look much the same as last year. The charter sector lost a small amount of quota under the new Catch Sharing Plan resulting in a decrease in quota from 788,000 pounds last year to 760,000 pounds for the 2014 season. This minor adjustment in quota shifted the reverse slot limit to one halibut per day under 44 inches or over 76 inches. This equates to one halibut per day under 40 pounds or over 234 pounds.

Area 2C actually saw a slight increase in the halibut biomass this past year, but under the conservative guidelines of the new Catch Sharing Plan the quota was adjusted down slightly. It’s nice to see an uptick in the halibut biomass, however, as we all want to see this resource thrive.

I’ll post more news about the salmon and lingcod limits as they become available. After the absolutely awesome fishing we had last summer we’re all anxious to get back on the water in Southeast Alaska again. From the sounds of things we should have excellent king salmon fishing once again in 2014. More news later!

Rob Endsley
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* Halibut Enchilada Nights a Hit

Posted on August 27th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


This is the second year that we’ve done the halibut enchilada fundraiser for the Craig High School wrestling team down on the dock and it was once again a bit hit. Over the course of the summer all of you were kind enough to donate over $4,000 to the wrestling program here in Craig. The money is mostly applied to travel and it allows the team to participate in tournaments throughout Southeast Alaska and at the state championship. As you can imagine traveling to and from wrestling tournaments from remote Prince of Wales Island is quite costly and your kind donations go a long ways to allow these kids to make the trips. We can’t thank you enough for your donation!

Capt. Troy Thain’s wife Di caters this incredible dish once or twice a week for our guests and she does an amazing job. If you missed the link above here’s another link to Di’s delicious Halibut Enchiladas.

Do we plan on doing this again next summer? Heck yes we do!

Rob Endsley
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* Hot Silver Fishing Continues in Craig, Alaska

Posted on August 8th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


It seems as though just about everywhere we go lately there’s at least a few silvers to be caught and some of the better spots have been really hot. Mooching cut plug herring in a swarm of silver salmon is a thrill that you’ll never forget. One second they’re going this way, the next you think you lost it, and seconds later they are jumping on the other side of the boat. Such is silver fishing in Craig, Alaska!

Here’s the Lynden boys after a great day of fishing in Craig, Alaska with Prince of Wales Sportfishing.

Bob Reed caught this 44 3/4 inch ling cod aboard the Polar Bear the other day. Multiple measurements confirmed that this was indeed a keeper within the 30 to 45 inch slot limit. Nice one Bob!

And then lucky Bob followed it up with an awesome 36 pound king salmon that went totally berserk…thrashing all over the surface before falling to the net. There’s still a few of these big dudes around to keep things interesting!

Bob Tessier with a chunky silver salmon that he caught on a morning bite off Noyes Island.

Outdoor writer Dave Vedder caught a ton of fish while he was here. The one that bit this herring eluded him however : )

We’ve had some windy conditions off and on for the last week which have prevented us from spending a ton of time on the ocean. Nothing major…just a little sloppy on the ocean. Luckily there’s plenty of cohos in the islands and we’ve found some halibut in protected waters. Halibut fishing just off the coast has been decent, however, and on most days we’ve been able to get limits of chicken halibut fairly quickly. On calm days, well, the skies the limit!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
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* Fishing Still Rock Solid in Mid-July

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Fishing remains stellar here in Craig, Alaska with daily limits of silver salmon and a few king salmon mixed in to keep things interesting. In addition to great salmon fishing the halibut fishing has also been outstanding with quick limits on most days.

Here’s the Hall’s and Ansolabehere’s with limits of silver salmon, halibut, and the remainder of their punches of ling cod and yelloweye rockfish.

Chris and Dan picked up nice 44 and 42 inch halibut with Capt. Rafael yesterday.

Lings are fond of the pipe jigs that dad builds for me every spring. These are 16 ouncers that we tip with a little salmon belly meat. Very lethal rig for lings, yelloweye, and halibut! Jack Hall was very happy about catching this fatty.

The reason it was so fat…a nice dusky rockfish digesting in it’s big, fat belly. Lings are voracious feeders and will feed on just about anything…including a copper pipe with some lead in it!

Fishing remains awesome here in Craig and we’re all back out on the water again tomorrow. The forecast looks great for the next few days with diminishing seas and wind. It’s Hammer Time!

Good fishing to you!

Rob Endsley
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* The Silver Invasion Continues

Posted on July 18th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


We’ve had some unbelievable fishing for silver salmon here in Craig, Alaska this past week with limits coming early on most mornings. Some mornings we’ve actually been avoiding some of the larger concentrations of silvers in hopes of finding some quality king salmon.

Just a couple mornings ago that strategy paid off as Dale Maris from Buckley, Washington hooked into a nice fish and said, “This one feels like the right kind!” Twenty minutes later Dale slid this nice 33 pound king salmon into the net.

When the weather affords it the offshore fishing for halibut, ling cod, and yelloweye has been great. Here’s Dave Maris with a really nice ling cod that he picked up fishing on the sand for halibut. Wherever there’s food the ling cod will follow and we often find them out on the sand cavorting with the halibut feeding on candlefish.

On just about every trip we’ve made offshore we’ve ran into at least one oversize halibut…sometimes more. Joe Maris cranked up this 62 inch, 120 pound halibut a few days back on a rocky pinnacle looking for ling cod. Even though it’s a lot of work it’s kind of nice to see these big girls head back to the bottom to do their thing. I’m not sure if Joe’s back would agree with that though!

Here’s Megan Scherting from Bozeman, Montana with a nice king salmon that she caught off Noyes Island. She fished with her dad Tom who’s been fishing with us for quite a few years now.

Craig Connors and gang with their days catch of king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, black rockfish, and a ling cod.

I swear this picture hasn’t been Photoshopped! These are a couple of the gi-normous dusky rockfish that Craig Connors caught with us while fishing for yelloweye’s. I’ve seen a few big ones, but nothing like these monsters.

Because of a last minute cancellation our new host Kara Barlow was able to jump aboard the Polar Bear for a day of fishing yesterday. This is one of the many nice silvers that she caught on a perfect day in Southeast Alaska!

I just completed a long stretch of fishing every day and will be back on the normal schedule again, which means I’ll be able to post photos a little more regularly. The fishing has been unreal and life is good here in Southeast Alaska.

Thanks for stopping by and good fishing to you!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
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* Variety is the Spice of Life!

Posted on July 11th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The last couple of days have all about the variety for us. We even made a few drops on some rocky structure yesterday in search of a vermillion rockfish for one of our guests, Bob DeLong.

Here’s Jim Coe with the nice 33 pound king salmon he caught with us a couple days ago. There’s been a few larger Chinook showing up in our waters the last few days and we even got word of a 63 pounder being caught by another one of the lodge operations near Craig. Yowza! We ran into a couple of big schools of kings yesterday that tore us up before moving on. Fun stuff!

Chuck, Bob, Jeff, and Jim with a Tyee and some nice bottomfish to round out the day. Bob’s ling cod was about as close to the 45″ slot limit as you can get…what a hawg! We also caught plenty of silver salmon on this particular day.

This is the red Irish lord sculpin that will sometimes latch onto a cut plug herring. They have spectacular colors for a lowly old bullhead. Very cool fish!

Fishing remains excellent here in Craig, Alaska. We’ve got great numbers of silver salmon around and the king numbers are starting to rebuild again.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Rob Endsley
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* Jeff’s Stubby King Salmon

Posted on July 9th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Check out the shoulders on the 31 pound king salmon that Jeff June caught today while fishing on the Polar Bear. The big king was as long as another king salmon that weighed about 17 pounds, but the freakish girth blew it up to an amazing 31 pounds. We were all amazed that it weighed that much given it’s short length. Either way…we’ll take it!

In addition to a few nice kings there has been a tremendous amount of coho in the waters around Craig recently. Coho fishing has been downright awesome!

We’ve got some foul weather here for a couple of days that will keep us off the ocean. Hopefully we’ll be back out there again after tomorrow. Until the next report…good fishing to you!

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