Winter troll season ends today. A bit bittersweet as I will miss trolling on the Glory but now I get to do some fishing by myself before my very busy charter season kicks off. Looking forward to taking the kids fishing. And my kids definitely like cruising around in the boat with dad.
The winter fishery ends for us at the end of April. We had the luxury this year of being able to actually fish to the Bitterend as the winter fishery was so slow we didn't catch all of our quota. This presents a unique opportunity for us down in the southern part of Southeast Alaska to be able to harvest a good amount of fish in April. I took off yesterday morning at 1 o'clock in the morning. The days are getting so long that you really need to get up early when you have a seven knot troller. I made a run out to a spot I was hoping there was some fish and sure enough it was pretty good. I ended up having the best day I've ever had in the winter. Things are looking really good out of the Crai
Good news. The Craig area is full of feed. Herring, candlefish, krill, and squid are in the stomachs of the kings I have been catching. My sounder is full balls of feed in many of the areas I fish during charter season. These areas include Cape Felix, Veta Bay, Chicken Hole, Little Roller, and Cone Island. Very excited as a fishing guide to see such a healthy ocean as it's been several years since we have seen the big candlefish like I have pictured below. The years we have the big candlefish around seem to be better fishing years. Squid is also a good sign. The last few years the kings have been hanging pretty close to the squid. Downriggers with hoochies seem to be the most product
Been busy out on the drag catching king salmon on the West Coast of Prince of Wales Island. Fishing out of Craig Alaska has been pretty good lately. The kings are showing up in good numbers off Granite Point and in Veta Bay. I have been fishing with a small fleeting of boats catching some pretty decent numbers of king salmon. I have been just using flashers and hoochies lately and seem to be doing fine. The fish are feeding heavily in 180-240ft of water on krill, squid, herring, and candlefish. In a power troll operation you can troll rather deep, and I have been trolling at 150ft deep. The kings have been coming at a variety of depths. When feeding on Krill, I catch them more near the
Non-fishing related post. Taking a break from fishing to get our new pup settled in. I will be back at it on Monday and probably hit it pretty hard till it closes at the end of the month. A few months ago we started to get the urge to get a new pup. Our friends got a silver lab pup, and we started talking to the same breeder down in Washington. Before we knew it a silver male lab pup was on it's way up to Craig, Alaska. What a sweet puppy, very tolerant of our two and four year old daughters. We named him Chase after "Paw Patrol", a show the girls like. I look forward to having a dog to go hunting with again.
One thing for certain is that here in Alaska, weather can play a role in your fishing trip. The Craig area is unique in that we are hiding behind a big archipelago to give us options when the weather kicks up. Even when the weather kicks up and the outside waters are basically not fit for man or beast, we still have great days of fishing tucked safely in the lee of an island or in the back of a bay. The outside of Noyes island is protected in a heavy SE blow, which happens to be one of the most common heavy weather we get. When the early season NW winds kick up, we have plenty of options at E Addington, Suemez, or Veta Bay. This is one of the reasons people return to the Craig area year