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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
888-943-4746

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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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* 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
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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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* 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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* 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
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Southeast 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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