Fish Some of the World's Most Productive and Spectacular Waters
Offering easy access to arguably the world's best king salmon fishing, Craig, Alaska, lies on the western side of spectacular Prince of Wales Island. We offer package trips based in Craig from early April through the end of July, when we move our boats and equipment north to Port Protection for the month of August.
Capt. Roby Medina, a lifelong Craig resident who has fished commercially and recreationally his entire adult life, is among the area's most skilled king salmon anglers. That, combined with our unwavering focus on the quality of your experience, yields a trip you'll always remember.
While Craig is an established sportfishing destination with several lodges and charter operations, it is far from crowded. The sheer expanse and variety of waters surrounding the town take care of that. We have the option to fish hundreds of square miles of bays, coves, channels, and points protected by the islands of the Alexander Archipelago or venture beyond the islands into the open Pacific.
Bottom fishing for halibut, lingcod, and yelloweye rockfish is excellent virtually year-round, but the stars are king and silver salmon. We fish for kings from April through the end of July.
The early part of the season offers solitude and daily bag limit of 2 kings. Typically June yields the largest numbers of kings. In July, silver salmon join the kings. The biggest kings are usually caught in July too. In fact, for a legitimate shot at a trophy king upwards of 50 lbs., there may well be no better time and place than July in Craig, especially around wild and rugged Noyes Island.
Because Underdog Sportfishing holds a NOAA Halibut Charter Permit, you may retain halibut according to the year's charter angler halibut regulations.
We also participate in the GAF (Guided Angler Fish) program. In simple terms, this allows us to acquire for our clients some of the catch share allocated for commercial fishing. Currently, the GAF program offers you the exciting opportunity to harvest two halibut per day of any size until our GAF quote is depleted. Please see our Details page for further information.
Capt. Roby Medina is currently constructing a new waterfront lodge just outside of Craig that will be available for guests in June 2017. We also
have access to several other private lodging options for group sizes up to 10 anglers. Please give us a call to discuss your needs.
Craig and Prince of Wales Island
Craig is a historic fishing and logging village of about 2,000 residents. It is almost entirely surrounded by water and by the Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest. A small number of shops and restaurants offer locally crafted products and flavors. Wildlife is abundant in the steep, heavily forested mountains, along the rugged shorelines, and in the ocean, where we regularly see humpback and killer whales, seals, sea lions, and sea otters.
Craig is accessible by boat and floatplane. Scheduled and charter flights from Sitka and Ketchikan also land on a paved runway in nearby Klawock. The Inter-Island Ferry sails daily from Ketchikan to Hollis, a three-hour trip. From Hollis, it's a scenic 29-mile drive on a paved road across Prince of Wales Island to Craig. The island itself is America's third-largest, after only Kodiak and the Big Island of Hawaii.
We offer complete package trips to Craig that include first-class lodging and meals, private charter boats, professional guides, rain gear, boots, unlimited fish processing, and ground transportation from your flight to the lodge. Most guests prefer trips of 4 nights lodging and 3 days fishing or 5 nights/4 days, although we're happy to arrange trips of longer duration.
Day charters may also be available on a limited basis between longer trips. Give us a call to see if we can fit you in.
Typically, you'll arrive the evening before you fish, wash away your jet lag with a cocktail and some fresh local seafood, get a good night's rest, and then spend the next three or four days battling the biggest salmon on the planet. Departure is the morning after your last fishing day, and your vacuum sealed fish will be boxed and ready for your flight home.
Please visit our Details page for pricing and additional information.