Species of Fish and Limits:
The local waters outside of Prince of Wales is world renowned. Catch-A-King was founded purely because of the abundance of life in the waters. Prince of Wales is a water highway for traveling salmon moving from feeding grounds to the rivers. When the salmon make their passages along the local islands, the bottom fish migrate in from the deeps to feed on the salmon as well.
King Salmon are a trade mark of fishing in Southeast Alaska. Being able to grow great in size, up to 50 pounds, it’s no surprise that at Catch-A-King charters we strive to give you the opportunity to catch this fish. The average size for this fish usually ranges between 15-30 pounds. King Salmon are usually present year round, and can even be caught in the middle of winter. However, their numbers drastically increase in the local waters toward the end of may. If catching this fish is a priority to you, fishing in June and early July is suggested. This year’s limits are yet to be determined.
While King Salmon are often known for their strength in the water, Coho Salmon are known for their chaotic nature. After hooking into one of these fish, it’s not uncommon for them to zip back and forth in the water along with jumping, spinning, and twirling. If multiple people hook into a coho at the same time be ready to follow the fish all over the boat in hopes that you don’t tangle your line with the other fish. Coho’s usually range between 7-12 pounds. The daily capture limit is 6 fish, and there are no annual coho limits.
Along with King Salmon, halibut are another trade mark fish to catch while in Alaska. Halibut are a targeted bottom fish that we try and catch every day. They are iconic because these fish grow incredibly large, well into the 400 pound category. However, because many of the large beasts are the breeding stock, regulations have restricted us to target the smaller of the halibut. While reeling in a halibut, be ready for a pull. These fish tend to curve their body in a J shape while being reeled up in order to get more drag in the water. Even a small halibut can put up a strong fight. The daily capture limit is 1 a day under 38 inches or 1 a day over 80 inches, and there are no annual halibut limits.
The most common adjective for a Ling Cod is prehistoric. This ancient looking fish is also one of most aggressive. It’s not uncommon to catch a ling cod while reeling in another fish that the ling cod decided to try and eat itself. The term that we often use to describe when a ling cod bites a fish that you were already reeling up is a “tag along.” This aggressive fish are not only known for it’s looks, but also it’s taste. These fish are undeniably tasty. One consequence for their tastiness, was there was significant over fishing and their populations plummeted in the 2000’s. However they have begin to make quite a comeback. Due to previous over fishing there is a fairly strict capture limit of 1 a year.
Rock fish are often bottom dwellers. Sometimes they swim higher in the water column toward the surface but for the most time, as their name implies, they are found swimming in the rocks. These fish are smaller fish usually ranging from 1-8 pounds. Many people enjoy making fish tacos from their meat. As for capture limits, it can get tricks, and the best thing to do is just listen to what the guide suggests. Some of these rock fish are 1 a day, some of these rock fish are 5 a day, and some of these rock fish are 1 a year.
Catch-A-King uses 26 foot North River aluminum boats with dual 150 horsepower Mercury Verado outboards. These boats are about as safe as can be on the open ocean. On top of that they are backed with 300 horsepower, giving the guide all the control he could ever need.
After your long day of fishing, the dock is an excellent place to relax and watch both the guides fillet the catch and the dockhands process the fish. When the processing begins, it's always a sight to see them work, so be sure to stop by the lower building and the dock to see them in action.