Juneau Report 9-28-12 PDF Print E-mail

Juneau Report

This week brings us closer to the end. Roadside silver fishing has been tough compared to the last few seasons. With that said though, a fish can’t be caught unless there is a line in the water. Cowee and Montana are the best bets for these late silvers. Reports from earlier in the week told of a few fish still coming into Cowee and Montana. These will be the best bets on the road system. The water in Cowee was high today, so sink tips would be a good thing to try out there if the floating line isn’t getting the job done.

Trout and dolly fishing continues to be spotty. Cowee, the Mouth of Montana and Peterson Creek are the best bets for late season trout. Washed out egg patterns, small leeches, flesh and salmon smolt can do the trick.

Good luck and see you on the water,

Brad and the crew


The Channel continues to produce a few fish. While they are not thick out there, if you work a tide you have a good shot at getting a coho or two. Check out this nice bright buck from Saturday 9-29-12. This fish was just in from the salt with sea lice on him and scales popping off.


The best spot seems to be between Nine Mile Creek and Bayview Subdivision. If you work the dropping tide go for the 3 hours before the low or on the flood the three hours after the low. Swinging and stripping Clouser Minnows in Charteuse/White #2 and Tutti Fruiti #2 and Dolly Llamas in Purple/Pink #2 is very effective. Look for deeper slots where the fish can hold through the low tide.


Keep at it! Last season we got our final cohos on October 14th in the channel and only the weather stopped us after that.

S.E. Fish Report 9-20-12 PDF Print E-mail

This weekend is going to be a fabulous weekend to fish. The weather is forecast to be good, the tides are small and did we mention the weather is supposed to be good! The last few weeks have shown us a lot of foul weather with lots of rain and muddy rivers. Between the high water and large tides, silver fishing was pretty tough. Fast forward a week and life is a different story. With the smaller tides, fish are starting to hold up in the channel again. This is the time to get in on the action. With the smaller tides, less water will move through, which should slow down the fish, giving anglers longer periods to sit on the fish. This is also a great time to try for a coho on a dry. Make sure you have a Popper Wog in your fly box and when the fishing is hot throw that dry on and take the “Top Water Challenge!” There is nothing like seeing a big wake come after your topwater fly.

Stream fishing of late has been hit and miss for both salmon and trout/dollies. With the high water of last week, many of the in-stream silvers bombed up river leaving the lower sections virtually empty. With last week’s huge tides, there should be more fishing flooding in. Try low, but if that doesn’t produce, try going up stream and fishing some of the deeper runs.

The high water also finished up most of the pink spawn. So trout and dollies have moved off of the reds and into the pools and logs. They are scavenging now, so it may be time to try different tactics. If spawning salmon are around try the bead or an egg pattern. If you don’t see spawners, try drifting salmon flesh patterns, small sculpin and fry patterns. Also try stripping these patterns through some of the deeper runs and out of log jams. A pretty little surprise may be waiting for you.

Go get your fish on before it’s too late!

Juneau Report 8-24-12 PDF Print E-mail

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The question of the week is the same as the last two weeks: Are the silvers in yet? We can definitely say YES to that question! The coho are not in thick yet, but a decent number of them are showing up at the DIPAC hatchery, which means that they are elsewhere in the Gastineau Channel. Colors to throw are pink/purple, chartreuse/white, all pink and black/white. Think Clouser Minnows, Dolly Llamas and Jig Spankers. The streams have yet to see a large influx of fish, but there are a few starting to show up. With the good weather this weekend, be sure to get out there and get after some chrome.

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Another week has gone by and another of good Dolly fishing is in the books. Spawning pinks and chums are starting to thin out in a few of the streams, while others are still in full spawn. Beads are still the ticket in behind spawning salmon. But if the salmon are not there, try small flesh in the deeper holes and behind logs and structure. Washed out, dead egg colored beads can work better than fresher colors this time of year. Having a good selection of colors is key.

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Tight Lines,

Brad and Crew

Juneau Report 8-17-12 PDF Print E-mail

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Juneau Report 8-17-12

Fishing in the Juneau area continues to be great. Not a lot has changed since our last report. The Chum spawn is starting to slow, so dollies may be keying in on some older washed out colors of beads. Think Apricot, Mottled Gold Roe and Mottled Egg Yolk.

There are still a few pinks left out at Echo, but it sounds like it is starting tail off. At the head of the cove, near the boat ramp, there are far fewer fish. Out towards the mouth there are sporadic schools.

One exciting development, we are hearing rumors of the first Silvers of the year, but it is just the very beginning. We expect to see fish in Cowee Creek and the Channel soon. The weather looks good for the weekend, so get out there and get your fish on. Maybe an early, acrobatic silver will grace you with its presence.

Good Luck,


Brad and the boys


Juneau Report 8-03-12 PDF Print E-mail

Juneau Report 8-03-12

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Fishing this week around Juneau has been outstanding. Pinks continue to swarm around the banks of Echo Cove. The fish hanging around the head of the cove are turning, while brighter fish can be found farther out towards the mouth. Pink continues to be the go to color. If the fish aren’t grabbing a stripped fly, try a strip, strip, pause technique. Often the pinks will grab the fly during or just after the pause.

Most Chums are now in the streams in the process of spawning. This means that egg flies and beads are the weapon of choice for Dollies and Cutthroat. Montana Creek, Cowee Creek and most other creeks are fishing hot and heavy. If you are looking for numbers of fish, fish the runs right behind spawning chums or pinks. Larger fish often can be found in deeper pools and behind structure such as snags where it is a little easier for them to hide.

Most of the hatchery king fishing is done for the year. There are a few schools of darker fish in the Fish Creek Pond and around Auke Bay. A few of these fish tend to stray into local streams like Fish Creek and Montana Creek. Don’t be surprised to see these guys at the end of your line while Dolly fishing.

The question of the week is: Where are the silvers? Answer: Somewhere out there… in the salt.

A few streams in the Juneau area may see the first Silvers in the next week or two. We start hearing of the first fish usually around Aug 15th. It is between Aug 25th and September 1st, though, before the fishing becomes consistent, with the fishery peeking the last two weeks of September. So don’t burn yourself out by trying to hit the Silvers too soon. If you do go, good early spots in the salt are the Point of St. Louisa, the radio station at Salmon Creek, Lena Point and Outer Point. Sometimes lower Cowee Creek will spit out an early chromer, too.

We are holding our annual class on how to fish beads for trout and Dollies.  The class is being held Saturday, August 11 at noon.  Cost:$35 and includes a bead box with beads and accessories, and on stream instruction.   Space is limited.  Call 586-3754 to register.

Get out there and hit it!

Brad, Mike, Cory, Dave and Chaz

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