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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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* King Limits Announced for 2015

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Bill, Wally, and Don with limits of king salmon from early June last year. The summer ahead looks just as promising.

The outlook for king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska once again looks great for the coming charter fishing season. So great, in fact, that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game released the king salmon limits a couple of weeks ago and they include a two king per day limit for non-resident anglers in the months of May and June with a yearly bag limit of six.

It’s the second year in a row we’ve seen a liberal king limit early in the season and the guests that have fishing dates with us in June couldn’t be more ecstatic. We’re pretty darned excited too!

After July 1st the king salmon limit drops down to one per day with six in possession. Resident Alaskan’s have a daily limit of three Chinook per day. If you haven’t fished in Craig the months of July and August are typically when the big bruisers show up.

We have a very busy fishing season ahead but there are some last minute openings if you want to get in on some of this fantastic king salmon fishing. Those dates are…

June 15-19 – 4 seats

July 4-8 – 2 seats

Call us at 888-943-4746 for more details. Thanks for stopping by and best of fishing to you!

Rob Endsley

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* Coho Chaos Well Underway Here in Craig!

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Even though there’s still a few king salmon around most of our attention lately has been on the oustanding silver salmon fishing that’s been going on. The coho have been on the move quite a bit, but once we land on them the action has been fast and the fish seem to be a little bigger than normal this year. We’ve already seen quite a few silvers in the 14 to 17 pound range and as the month of August ticks on we should start seeing some of those late summer bruisers that are so darn fun to catch.

Here’s Jim Farr from Phoenix, Arizona with a dandy he caught with us a few days ago.

There’s a few kings left out there and truth be told…I can’t help but drop into some of the king spots trying to pick up one last late-summer slab. It worked a few days ago and well…I just can’t get enough of that!

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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* Chinook Limits Increased for Southeast Alaska!

Posted on April 8th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Early last week the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a Chinook Abundance Index for Southeast Alaska for 2014 that literally took our breath away. Last year we fished under an A.I. of 1.2 and this summer that number has jumped to astounding 2.57!

What exactly does that mean?

That abundance index translates to limits of two Chinook per day for non-resident anglers for the months of May and June with an annual limit of 6. In the months of July and August we’ll be at the usual limit of one Chinook per day. This is the highest forecast for king salmon in Southeast Alaska in over 20 years folks!

We usually see great king salmon fishing in Craig with a forecast of just half that. This summer the king salmon fishing should be incredible.

I haven’t seen the silver salmon forecast yet but I would imagine it will be very close to what it was last year. The leaders are tied, the bait is on order, and we’re ready for another great summer of fishing in Craig, Alaska.

Lets go fishing!

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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
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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
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
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* Fishing, Fireworks, and some Family Time

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Elliott Green had the Midas touch on this last rotation. For some reason his rod nearly always had a fish of some sort on the end of it and on the last day, well, this awesome 32 pound Chinook decided to turn his cut plug herring into breakfast. Way to go Elliott and we’re looking forward to seeing you again next year!

Aaron DeWeese and her husband Kim enjoyed three days of phenomenal fishing, as well. Here’s Aaron with a nice 24 pound king salmon that she caught at Pineapple Rock on the last day of their trip.

Here’s Elliott again with a 42 inch long ling cod. We had two ling cod and an 80 pound halibut on at the same time that made one helluva mess out of the lines. Luckily I untangle lines for a living and was able to sort out the mess fairly quickly and we landed all three fish. The nice halibut was released, of course, as it was in between the 45/68 slot limit. Still a lot of fun though!

I enjoyed a few hours of fishing with the family after dinner last night near town. Funny thing…we mostly just set the rods in the holders hoping to NOT catch fish and low and behold…we did!

52 and 70 feet seemed to be the best depth because we caught a king and 8 nice cohos setting the cut plugs at those depths. Little Ava really enjoyed herself and got her sea legs under her right quick. I’m a lucky guy!

Enjoying a couple of days off to spend some time with the family and catch up on chores before our next gang of fisherman shows up here on the 4th of July. We’re hoping the weather cooperates tonight so we can take the boat out for the great fireworks display that Craig puts on every year. Have a great 4th of July everyone and thanks for stopping by!

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

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* June 28th – Hot King Salmon Fishing Continues in Craig

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The king salmon insanity here in Craig, Alaska has continued for the last few days with easy limits coming every day. We had limits of silvers one day and near limits two of the days. The silvers have been averaging around 5 to 6 pounds, but we did get into some larger silvers out in the ocean yesterday. The king salmon have been averaging between 15 and 25 pounds and there’s lots of them. All in all it’s been some awesome fishing for the month of June.

Here’s Barry, Bon, Bruce, and Paul with their limits of king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, and an assortment of bottomfish from day one of their trip.

The guys with another limit of chunky king salmon. King salmon fishing has been W.F.O. to say the least!

The forecast calls for a little wind the next few days, but nothing that we can’t fish in. Looking forward to seeing some our usual suspects at the airport in Klawock this afternoon. Off we go again!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
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* June 16th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

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


These are the kind of sonar images we like to see this time of year. Kings, kings, and more kings!

Most of the kings we’re catching right now are in the 15 to 25 pound range. There are, however, a few larger king salmon mixed in with the herd. Mike Campbell from Lowrance electronics was lucky enough to catch this 41 pound king salmon on a mooched cut plug herring a couple days ago aboard the Polar Bear with Rob Endsley.

Campbell and Jay Field with a beautiful Chinook that Jay caught on the Polar Bear. Jay runs Dash One Charters in the San Juan Island and also the massive Anacortes Salmon Derby down in Washington state. Both of these guys were a kick to have on the boat!

Mike Schnettler from Lowrance electronics with another chrome king salmon from the outside of Noyes Island. For a walleye fisherman from Minnesota ol’ Mikey could sure stroke the kings.

We’ve had excellent sea conditions and smoking hot king salmon fishing here in Craig recently. It’s also been nice to see some coho’s showing up out in the ocean. It’s awful early to be seeing them around and it might point to a big run of silvers this summer!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting Prince of Wales Sportfishing and good fishing to you!

Prince of Wales Sportfishing
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* June 28, 2012 Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on June 28th, 2012 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The king salmon run continues to build here in Craig and we’ve seen really good numbers of king salmon in the 15-25 pound range in the ocean the last few days. Getting at them has been a little tricky, however, as the weather has been pretty snotty on the outside. The Demers/Warren group I just had on my boat were tough as nails though and we fished in the teeth of the weather two of the last three days and had a ball catching king salmon in very marginal ocean conditions.

Here’s Elliot Green with his first king salmon ever on his first saltwater fishing trip ever. Pretty awesome to see Elliot hook a bunch of kings on the ocean mooching with a cut plug herring. He picked it up quick!

Ty Warren, Don DeMers, and Elliot Green with yesterday’s limit of king salmon, halibut, ling cod, yelloweye rockfish, and black sea bass. Not pictured is Max Warren…who contributed his fair share.

Our first ever halibut enchilada benefit was a huge success last night. Di Thain makes the best halibut enchiladas on earth and brought enough of them down to feed the whole gang and then some. Our guests and friends raised close to $400 for the Craig High School wrestling team to help with their travel costs. A huge thank you to all that contributed last night. We’ll be doing it again soon!

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