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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 Salmon Fishing Going Strong

Posted on June 5th, 2015 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The king salmon fishing has been fantastic here this past week. We’ve been splitting time between mooching and trolling and both techniques have been producing plenty of hookups on kings in the 15 to 25 pound range.

Here’s our new customer service rep Margaret Carey with a nice king salmon she caught on the Polar Bear yesterday. Margaret has worked at both El Capitan Lodge and Island Air Express here on the island and she will do a great job of handling the shoreside duties while the rest of us are out fishing. Welcome aboard Margaret!

Thanks for stopping by and if you’re fishing with us this summer we’ll be seeing you real soon!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska
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* Another Season in the Books!

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


We ran our last charter on August 27th and the fishing was great right up until the bitter end. We had limits of big coho and some awful nice halibut with the Rick Winchester group who visited us from Missouri.

We released multiple oversized halibut and to top it all off Rick layed into a halibut that I guesstimated at around 250 pounds just as I was saying “reel’em up” on the last day. We had just put our final fish in the boat when the big ol’ girl climbed on and took Ricky for a ride. The fish was easily over the 76″ slot limit but regardless of whether we could keep her or not she most likely would have been released anyway. Here’s an awkward photo of Rick’s big halibut with a pipe jig hanging out of her maw. Hard to tell…she was a dandy though. Fun times and a great way to end the 2014 season!

Taking a little time to decompress a bit before we pull out the calendar for the 2015 season. We’re getting quite a few emails and calls already and you can bet it won’t be long before I start plugging groups in for next summer. After three straight months of hardcore fishing I can hardly wait to get back on the water again next June for another summer of king salmon fishing and fun!

Thanks again for fishing with us in 2014!

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

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* June 23rd Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


King Salmon fishing has been excellent here since our last report. The bulk of the action has been taking place at some of the coastal king salmon haunts like Granite Pt. and Cape Felix. Pineapple Rock just started kicking out some fish the past few days and those that are willing to deal with the sea lions have been catching some nice kings there lately. A 53 pounder was caught by one of the Waterfall guests a few days ago at Pineapple and Jeff Brown from Klawock caught a 44 pound Chinook at Granite the same day. Those are some nice kings for sure!

Here’s Kees, Sally, Craig, and Margene with a limit of nice king salmon they caught while they were fishing with us last week.

Here’s Terry with a 39″ halibut that he caught aboard the Sea Hunt with Capt. Kim. The halibut limit this summer is one per day either under 44 inches or over 76 inches. Capt. Kim has had a couple of big halibut in the release slot this past week…one he estimated at 120 pounds and another at 150 pounds. Nice halibut and good to see them swim off to spawn!

Barry Brown with the 29 pound king salmon that he caught at Granite Pt. on a really tough weather day. Nicely done Barry!

We’ve found a ton of plastic fishing floats from the Tsunami in Japan the last couple of years but this is the first glass fishing float I’ve ever found in all my days on the ocean. The guys I had on the boat that day said it’s the most excited they’ve ever seen me.

I would expect the king salmon fishing to continue to be excellent here for the next week and we’ve seen a few more silvers show up the last couple of days too. The marine forecast is favorable for the next few days and myself and the rest of the guys are looking to some more great days on the ocean!

Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters

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* Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


The king salmon fishing has gotten off to a pretty good start here in Craig. We’ve been getting limits of king salmon every day using a combination of mooching and trolling with Cannon downriggers. The downriggers have enabled us to cover a ton of water on days when the fish are spread out a bit and it’s payed off big time. I love mooching cut plug herring for these beautiful kings, but for the early part of the season the downriggers are tough to beat.

Here’s Mike Hammes with a nice king that he caught while he was here last week.

And Wally Gibbons with a chrome beauty from Pineapple Rock on a stunning, flat calm day in Southeast Alaska.

It’s been awful nice having a two-king limit for the month of June. Here’s Wally, Bill, and Don with their limits of king salmon from one of the days they were here. Good times!

In addition to the kings we’ve already seen a few silvers in the mix too, which is a pleasant surprise this time of year. I’ll post some more pics up in the coming days. Thanks for stopping by!

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

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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!

Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters
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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
www.princeofwalessportfishing.com

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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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