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

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* Revving Up the P.O.W.H.A.!

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


The POWHA, or the Prince of Wales Hatchery Association, is the salmon hatchery located on the Klawock River near the small town of Klawock on Prince of Wales Island. This hatchery produces an astounding 5 million coho and 300,000 Chinook annually which makes it the largest sport-producing hatchery in the State of Alaska. The POWHA is largely funded by sportfishing interests.

Unlike most hatcheries that are operated by a State or Federal agency the POWHA is a non-profit 401C corporation that derives all of its operational income from state loans, cost recovery, and contributions. A small group of individuals in the Craig/Klawock area work their tails off to keep this hatchery operational every year and the economic impact this one privately-operated hatchery has in Southeast Alaska is astounding.

Here’s some statistics that may surprise you:

-Alaska Department of Fish and Game attributes 30% of all coho’s caught in Southeast Alaska in 2013 to the POWHA

-90% of all the coho caught in the Craig area by both sport and commercial fisherman are from the POWHA

The POWHA had very inconsistent coho returns until the board of directors decided in 2009 to make a change of management and staff. They brought in an experienced hatchery manager with a history of turning hatcheries around and they also implemented a Chinook program which now contributes to an early season king salmon run in the Craig/Klawock area. The huge coho run of 2013 was a direct result of these changes in leadership and hatchery management.

The POWHA needs your help though. State loans and cost recovery only bring in a portion of the income needed to keep the POWHA up and running. Money from derby ticket sales, the yearly Craig/Klawock Salmon Derby banquet, and direct contributions are needed to provide the additional funds necessary to keep the lights on at this vitally important hatchery.

If we want to keep the POWHA operating and continue to see spectacular fishing in the Craig/Klawock area we’ve got to step up. Funds are running short and there’s a chance the POWHA will have to close it’s spillway and quit planting salmon altogether.

We’re going to be asking all of our guests in 2014 to purchase derby tickets that help fund the POWHA. Tickets are $35 per person and there’s a May/June derby and  July/August derby. First place in either derby pays out $2,000, second place $1,000, and third place $500. Your derby ticket also enters you to win the jackpot of $10,000 at the annual Craig/Klawock Salmon Derby raffle at the end of summer. Best of all…you don’t need to be present to win. That jackpot would buy a lot of fishing trips!

It seems like every summer one of our guests catches a king salmon that would qualify for some cashola in the Craig/Klawock Salmon Derby, yet we haven’t done a good job of informing our guests of the derby tickets. Placing in the derby is definitely fun, but the real fun is knowing that your donation will help keep the POWHA operational so you can enjoy excellent fishing in the Craig/Klawock area for years to come.

If you’d like to make a direct donation to the POWHA please call 907-755-2231 or purchase your 2014 derby ticket when you see us this summer. Thanks a bunch everyone and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

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

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* Winter Troll Fishery Off to Good Start

Posted on November 15th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


I constantly monitor the fishery data that comes out of Southeast Alaska as it pertains to our fishery in Craig and this totally awesome piece of news just landed in my email inbox about the winter commercial troll fishery that’s underway right now.

One of the many indicators that ADF&G uses to determine Chinook abundance in Southeast Alaska is the winter troll fishery that started about a month ago. So far in the troll season it’s the best fishing the commercial troll fleet has seen in the last 20 years. As of right now the catch is three times greater than the 10 year average for this fishery and that spells good news for the summer of 2014. The data from ADF&G points towards the best winter troll fishery in over 20 years!

The Chinook the trollers are catching right now are the “feeders” that make up the bulk of our Chinook fishery in Craig in the early part of the summer. Of course by the time they reach us in Craig, Alaska they aren’t feeders anymore but full-fledged adult king salmon.

If you were with us in 2013 you got to witness some of the most amazing king salmon fishing most of us have ever seen. Many of the salty old veterans that have fished our waters for close to 30 years say it was by far the best they had ever seen. I don’t want to jinx us…but the summer of 2014 could be just as good!

In between chasing mule deer, duck hunting, and river trips here in Washington this fall I’m already pining to be back on the water in Craig soaking a herring for king salmon. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

We’ve still got some prime June dates open for 2014 if you’re interested in a trip like this. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll keep you posted when we get some more news. Ciao!

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

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* Vedder’s “Coho Chaos” Article Now Online

Posted on September 30th, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


I just updated the press page on the website with an article that my good friend Dave Vedder wrote for Saltwater Sportsman magazine back in 2009 aptly titled…”Coho Chaos”. It’s uploaded as a .PDF and you’ll have to use your viewer to zoom in on the read. Vedder fishes with us just about every summer and we have a ball with this guy. Here’s a link to the article…“Coho Chaos – Saltwater Sportsman Magazine”.

I’m already busy plugging groups into the 2014 fishing calendar for next summer. If you want to have some fun fishing in Southeast Alaska next summer give me a shout at 888-843-4746 or you can shoot us an email from our Contact page on the website. We’d love to see you in Alaska next summer!

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

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* Bill Vernon Does it Again!

Posted on July 31st, 2013 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Bill Vernon topped the 46 pound king salmon he caught with us last year with a 49.5 pound king salmon two days ago. The big king bit a mooched cut plug herring in 90 feet of water and the funny thing is…the whole thing played out on the sonar.

The Lowrance screen had been blank for about twenty minutes when I picked up a big, bright streak following up one of the leads on the sonar screen. I asked, “Which one of you guys is at 60 feet right now?” Bill raised his hand immediately and I told him to open his bail and drop his back back ten feet…then start reeling again. Sure enough the big king couldn’t resist the sudden change of direction and he pounced all over the cut plug herring. Bill set the hook and the fight was on!

Here he is with his patented trophy king salmon fish kiss!

In addition to this nice king salmon we’ve heard reports of several other big kings being caught off the outside of Noyes Island this past week. This is the time of year when the big’uns roll into some of the trophy king haunts out there and if you’re willing to put in the time, well, you just never know what you might come up with.

Thanks for stopping by and good fishing to you!

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

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

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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
888-943-4746

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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
888-943-4746

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