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* August 7th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on August 7th, 2011 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


It’s been a week since my last report here from Craig, Alaska and things are much the same as they were in late July. The silvers seem to be coming in pulses and one day all the boats in our small fleet will get early limits and then the next day we’re scrambling to find them again. The boats that are sticking-and-staying and picking away at the silvers for most of the morning are getting limits just about every day though.

The king salmon run is beginning to slow down, which isn’t unusual for this time of year. Kind of like the silvers, if you you stick it out and target kings all day long there’s a great chance of getting a nice limit of king salmon. Run around and try to get a mixed bag of species and you might miss out in the king salmon bite though. Some big boys have been caught this past week, as I’ve heard of 56 and 60 pound kings hitting the dock at a local lodge. We’ve been opting for silvers the last few days and have been picking up one or two king salmon a day incidentally mixed in with the silver salmon. I fished kings hard with our group from Yakima, WA a few days back and we had one really solid day of king salmon fishing, boating limits of kings to the low 30’s and losing a few more.

The grade of halibut has been excellent lately with quick limits of nice chicken halibut in the ocean. We’ve also been targetting some big sea bass on the offshore pinnacles and getting nice limits of these great eating fish. Good yelloweye and ling cod fishing for the boats that have made the effort.

Here’s a few pics from this past week of fishing in Craig, Alaska:

The Mildfelts and Billy Vernon pose for the glory dock shot with king salmon to 30 pounds, limits of silvers, halibut, and black sea bass.

Jeff didn’t need to hold these black sea bass waaaaaay out in front to make them look big. They WERE big!

Ryan with his 27 pound king salmon from the Tree Hole off the north end of Noyes Island.

Capt. Troy Thain aboard the Makai nets a nice king salmon for Mike at Cape Ulitka yesterday afternoon.

This humpback whale put on quite the show at the Tree Hole late yesterday afternoon. We sat and watched this young whale breach around the charter boats for about 30 minutes.

We’re in silver salmon mode now and hopefully we get another good shot of them here soon. Until next week…good fishing to you!

Capt. Rob Endsley
Prince of Wales Sportfishing
Craig, Alaska Salmon and Halibut Charters
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* July 28th Craig, Alaska Fishing Report

Posted on July 29th, 2010 by . Filed under Uncategorized .


Then they were gone! We had a great week prior to our last report, with quite a few salmon around to bend rods and then in the matter of a few tides they vanished. Since then we’ve been working very hard for 6 to 10 silvers and a king salmon or two per boat per day. Not the end of the world…but definitely not the sizzling hot action that we all hope for when our customers show up here in Craig, Alaska.

Many of the large power trollers here in Craig have been having good success 15 to 20 miles offshore, with rumors of 100 to as many as 300 silvers per day with king salmon mixed in. Then a week ago they were seven miles offshore and just two days ago most of the troll fleet was working within sight of St. Joseph Island just north of Noyes Island.

You can bet these guys aren’t going around in circles out there for their health. The fish that we’ve been holding our breath for seem to be headed this way and we saw the first good king salmon bite in nearly a month yesterday just inside the ocean. Along with the king salmon came a few ocean silvers in the low teens, the kind that engulf a cut plug and hit the air before you even know what’s going on. Hopefully the vanguard of a big push of salmon heading this way!

As is always the case here, you just never know what’s going to happen when you drop a cut plug herring into the depths. Ty Beaudry isn’t a stranger to fishing in Craig and had a morning to remember on the first day of his group’s trip here recently, hammering a 46 pound king within the first five minutes of fishing with Capt. Kim McCarthy on the Sea Hunt. After landing his huge king salmon they spun around and nailed a 38 pounder on the next drift. How’s that for the start to an Alaskan fishing trip!

Ty with his 46 pound king salmon caught in Craig, Alaska.

When the ocean’s cooperated we’ve had no trouble at all grabbing limits of chicken halibut from 15 to 35 pounds, as well as sea bass, yelloweye rockfish, and various other “cellar dwellars”. Getting the ocean to cooperate, however, has been a little challenging lately. With the Puget Sound in Washington now closed to all bottomfishing below 120 feet it sure gives us a new level of respect for our bottomfish species here in Southeast Alaska.

Capt. Rob Endsley

Prince of Wales Sportfishing

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