What species might I find in Craig?

Alaskan King Salmon FishingCraig, Alaska king salmon fishing
The largest of the 5 salmon species, king salmon are aptly named for their size and strength. The summer months in Craig, Alaska provide anglers with perhaps the best saltwater king salmon fishing on the entire west coast.

King salmon in the waters around Craig average in the mid-20's and trophy class kings in the 50 and even 60 pound range are not uncommon in the waters around Prince of Wales Island.

Our method of choice for catching kings in Alaska is drift mooching cut plug herring, meaning you hold the rod, you work the bait, and you set the hook. There isn't a more exciting technique for catching king salmon than this one!

Craig, Alaska silver salmon fishing
Alaska Silver Salmon
Silver salmon abound in both the waters around Craig, Alaska in the latter part of July thru August and in the rivers of Washington State from September thru November.
Silver salmon average from 6-12 pounds, and get as big as 20 pounds. Silvers are typified by their often nonstop tail-walking and unpredictable runs and can provide day long action in the waters around Craig once they arrive. Mooching cut plug herring for silver salmon can be fast action on our summer charters and it isn't uncommon for all four rods to be hooked up at the same time.

Craig, Alaska chum salmon

Chum Salmon
Pound-for-pound, the chum salmon is one of the hardest fighting of all the salmon species and they definitely don't get the respect they deserve. We often run into saltwater chums on our charters in Craig and our customers are amazed at how hard they fight. While their appearance in our waters is often difficult to predict, we certainly don't complain when we run into these hard fighting salmon.

Pink Salmon
Pink Salmon invade our waters by the millions during the summer months and can be found from mid-July on thru the end of August.  While their eating quality isn't as good as king or silver salmon they provide great fun on light tackle and are very aggressive biters. 

Craig, Alaska halibut fishingAlaska Halibut Fishing
Halibut are known for their fine table fare and are prolific in our Southeast Alaskan waters. Typical eating-size halibut average from 15 to 60 pounds and halibut as large as 200 and 300 pounds aren't uncommon. Halibut are taken both anchoring and drifting large baits and jigs near the ocean floor. 






Yelloweye Rockfish (aka Snapper)Eric Vanhofwegen from Lynden, Washington with a huge yelloweye rockfish
Yelloweye can be found near pinnacles, rock outcroppings, and other structure near the bottom in Alaska. We usually find them in 150 feet to 500 feet of water, though they live much deeper than that.

These fish average 10 to 15 pounds and can get as large as 25 to 30 pounds. We often take these bottomfish while fishing for halibut near underwater structure in Alaska. An adult yelloweye can be up to 80 years old.
Craig, Alaska ling cod

Alaska Lingcod Fishing
Lingcod are also associated with structure and are a ferocious predator of the deeps. They have large teeth and prey on just about any fish that swims within range. Catching a ling on a small halibut or bottomfish is quite normal and some of our largest lings are caught "hitchhiking" on a smaller fish. Lingcod are a delicious fish with white flaky meat and are considered a delicacy in many restaurants.

Craig, Alaska bottomfish


Alaska Bottomfish
Over 20 species of bottomfish are available in the waters surrounding Prince of Wales Island and they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Rockfish are excellent table fare and are a favorite of many of customers. While their numbers are prolific around Craig
they are also a slow developing fish and we encourage our customers to limit
their take of these fish.



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