SE Fish Report 5-3-11 PDF Print E-mail

winningTHEY'RE HERE!

This chromer was caught on the Juneau road system on May 3rd. Several other fish were seen in the neighborhood of this steelhead. We are going to surmise that they pushed in on last night's tides. While river levels are still quite low, the rain we are getting is helping out big time. It sends out that cryptic message that only steelhead can hear. Quit hanging around in the saltwater, get with the program, and push into the creeks!

Water temperatures are still brutally cold. We are talking 37 degrees. That means these fish aren't likely to move far for a fly. They probably don't want to see a 6" feather duster fly, either. Wait for a little more flow and warmer water before you break out the big swinging stuff. 

If you look at this fish it has a Money Bug jacked in its jaw. You should probably have some of those in your fly box. Sitkoh Princes, Neon Shrimp, along with 8mm & 10mm Mottled Beads are the order of the day.

Get out there and get 'em.  See you on the water, Brad

S.E. Report 4-28-11 PDF Print E-mail

The days are wamring up nicely and fish are starting to move. After a cold April where temperatures rarely got out of the 50's, things are feeling springy.

The Dolly Varden are just starting to move out of the lakes and forage along the shoreline for salmon fry. They are notoriously hard to pin point this time of year but Thane Road and Amalga Harbor are gooding starting points. Rember that Eagle Beach and Auke Bay are closed to Dolly fishing until June 1. Check the regs for exact boundaries.

Cutthroat are becoming more active especially in the lakes. Try Auke Lake or the Dredge Lakes for early cutts. They generally like small bait fish patterns or dark colored leeches and buggers.

Finally, steelhead have barely made a showing yet. A few fish have been seen in Cowee Creek. This is probably a good place to start on the road system. Peterson Creek is extremely low due to the cold nights and dry conditions. You might give it a rest until the water levels improve. ADF&G has a weir on Peterson just below the Glacier Highway bridge again.

As we move into May things are just going to keep picking up.

See you on the water, Brad.

SE Report 10-12-10 PDF Print E-mail

Last report for 2010.

Things are starting to get pretty tough out there. Coho fishing had been quite solid in Cowee Creek right through the first week of October, but as of October 10 the river pretty much was blown out and muddy. Montana Creek is the same story; high and off color. Not a whole lot going on anymore in the channel either. And with several big storms lined up in the Gulf of Alaska it looks like we will be getting heavy rain for the next week. Peterson is a possibility from Glacier Highway down to the Salt Chuck. The river level gets very high but usually doesn't turn to mud and there can be some late season hold outs. Try fishing a sink tip and slowly stripping flies along the bottom. 

The lakes, such as Windfall and Dredge, were producing nice cutts and as long as they don't get too muddied up they will keep fishing well for another month or until it gets really cold. 

Thanks for reading the report this year and we'll start them up again in April. Have a great winter. Brad

SE Report 9-25-10 PDF Print E-mail


























For the first time in weeks it is raining in Juneau. In September. Unbelievable.

Anyway, the record dry spell had creeks nearly dry and the coho that were in them were freaked out and unwilling to cooperate on a regular basis. The most reliable fishing was in the channel where a solid run has been going on all month. It has been very day-to-day on whether the fish were in the mood to grab, but anglers showing persistance were generally rewarded.

Now that it is raining again, cohos that had been hunkered down are on the move in a big way.  Reports of pools filling with fish and then an hour later emptying as the fish bolted upstream have been coming in.This weekend and next week will take some searching to find out where these fish decide to hold. Cowee and Montana will continue to be good bets.

We'll have to wait and see on the channel. A lot of the fish in the Lemon Creek area may decide to push across the bar and bee line for the hatchery. Hopefully there is another wave behind them to fill back in.

Time is getting short so get out and hit it!  Brad


SE Report 9-5-10 PDF Print E-mail

After a slight lull in the fishing, a fresh batch of silvers have hit the rivers. A relatively dry week at the end of August saw river levels drop and few new fish. The ones in the creeks definitely got sulky, too.  A good slug of rain has brought river levels up and fresh fish have pushed in.

Cowee Creek has new fish both above and below the bridge. There were quite a few anglers out this weekend so finding a productive spot could be tough. While there are some very popular spots that consistently produce fish, there is still plenty of other water that will have at least a few cohos. Just look for slow deep pools around log jams. If it is deep enough there most likely will be a few fish in it.

Montana Creek also has fresh chromers. Same deal on Montana. The creek is long and most angling effort is at the confluence with the Mendenhall. Think about looking up stream if the mouth is crowded. Those fish all have to move somewhere. 

Finally, the channel has had its moments. A lot of silves have moved through and are now in front of DIPAC and Salmon Creek. Fishing the mouth of Salmon Creek, especially on a dropping tide has been productive. This next week is full of HUGE tide swings (some greater than 20 feet.)  This is going to make saltwater beach fishing challenging but it also is going to bring  a lot of new fish in.

See you out there. Brad 

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