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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
888-943-4746
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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* Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 1st, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


King salmon fishing has been rock solid here in Craig, Alaska this past week. On some days we’ve gotten into totally wide open king salmon bites and on others we work a little harder for some quality fish. Regardless, it’s been a great ride here this past month for king salmon!

There are few places on the west coast where you can mooch cut plug herring the way it’s done here in Craig and have so much opportunity to catch multiple species. It’s hand’s on fishing…you feel the bite, you set the hook, and you fight the fish!

Here’s magician’s John Walton and Doug Bennett with their first ever king salmon. Hope to see these guys back here again!

Craig, Alaska veterans Sally and Craig Kvam with Sally’s 35 pound Chinook. Our local Trooper was even kind enough to record her catch on her license for her. Good stuff!

Dale, Craig, Dustin, and Vince with a nice limit of king salmon. We had three great days of fishing with these guys.

Dustin finished the trip with this 30 pound Tyee!

And Papa Vince took the group jackpot with this upper 30’s king salmon.

Here’s a couple of videos from the new GoPro video camera I added to the charter boat this summer. I’ve turned it on a few more times and will get the videos loaded as I have time.

King Salmon Fishing with the GoPro

King Salmon Fishing w/ GoPro

The big boys are starting to come in off the ocean the last few days. I’ve heard of two 40’s, a 45, 47, and 49 pound Chinook the last three days and I’m sure it won’t be long before someone tops the 50 pound mark. July is the month for hawg kings around here and I think we’re going to see a bunch of trophy class king salmon coming out of these waters this year!

The silver salmon have been trickling in here for a couple weeks now and by the looks of thing we could see some great silver fishing in July. I’ll report back in another week!

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

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