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SE Report 5-3-10 PDF Print E-mail

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Just a quick report this time to let you know there are steelhead in the creeks. This beauty taped out at over 35" and was caught on the Juneau road system. It took a big Purple/Pink Dolly Llama. 

Money Bugs in Blue/Ceries or Green/Cerise are also killing it if the water is low. 

Time to get out there!

 
SE Report 4-27-10 PDF Print E-mail

Finally, after 3 cold springs in a row, we are having a warm one. Most of the snow at sea level is either going fast or already gone. Water levels in the streams have been fluctuating between medium and low and a few steelhead have been seen.

Although it feels like May, the steelhead know it isn't and as usual there are only a few fish in the rivers. Big tides at the end of April will most likely bring in the first significant push of fish. Anglers flying out of Juneau have reported finding a hand full of fish, but no major concentrations. May 1 - May 20 has historically b een the best window and that looks to be the case this year.

The beach fishing is just starting to pick up for sea-run Dolly Varden. The salmon fry emerged somewhat early this year and the Dollies followed them out into the salt. Dollies have already been caught at Sheep Creek, Dupont, the Douglas Bridge, and Amalga Harbor. The Channel around Salmon Creek has not produced yet and will most likely pick up once DIPAC released their fry in mid-May.   Clouser Minnows in a variety of colors, Salmon Fry , Neil Creek Darts , and Stinger Clousers are all great producers. Keep your eye out for feeding birds (usually Arctic terns) to help locate schools of fry. The Dollies are cruising in schools so action can be sporadic. 

Fishing the lower half of the tide for Dollies is most productive. Three hours before the low until three hours after the low. The higher end of the tide tends to spread out the fish. Expect a lull in the fishing right around the low, too. 

See you on the water. Brad

 
SE Report 10-27-09 PDF Print E-mail
This is the last report for 2009. The following is a short summary of what was a really good fishing season.

A harsh winter and late spring delayed the start of Dolly Varden and Steelhead fishing, but once it got going it was very good. The heavy snowpack kept the creeks flowing nicely and the steelhead showed up in good numbers. June kicked off the king salmon season and while numbers were down a bit the size of the fish were up.  Summer brought a large chum run along with good water levels. That meant hot Dolly fishing in the creeks and reports from anglers seem to indicate that Dollies are getting bigger every year. The pink run was sizable and Cowee and Echo Cove produced for months. Finally, the silver run was much better than the last few years. Creek levels were good and Gastineau Channel had another solid year. 

With October being quite dry, the silver fishing has continued in Cowee Creek. If river levels remain fishable it is a great time to get out and enjoy the last bittersweet days of fall fishing. Make up a thermos of hot coffee, put on your Gore-Tex, and head out! If the rivers blow out don't forget the lakes. Two of my favorites are Windfall and the Dredge Lakes. If you can get out in the lakes with a float tube or canoe you are way ahead of the game. The Cutthroat and Dollies are still feeding like crazy before ice up.

I will start the report back up April when the fishing starts to pick up. Thanks to all who read the report this season. 

Have a great winter! Brad

 
SE Report 9-28-09 PDF Print E-mail

It has been a rainy few weeks in Juneau and high river levels have been the norm. In between the storms the rivers have dropped down, Gastineau Channel has cleared, and some very good silver fishing has taken place.This year's run is shaping up to be quite a bit better than last year.

Currently, the rivers are on the drop and fresh fish are being reported from most areas. While we are past the peak of the silver run, groups of bright fish will continue to push in. With the last couple of cold nights, Cowee has dropped and cleared  as its headwater glacier freezes up. For the next few weeks watch the weather forecast and plan your outing during (or just after) one of Juneau's short dry spells. Most rivers around Juneau will clear and be fishable within 24-36 hours of the rains stopping. Cowee Creek, being a much larger drainage, takes 36-48 hours to come back into shape. Late season can produce some great coho days. 

It is hard to say how much longer Gastineau Channel will produce. A few bright fish are reported to still be on the move as they make their way back to DIPAC.

The lakes also are a good bet late in the season. Fat Cutthroat and Dolly Varden return from a summer of feeding and are aggressively taking flies before the ice sets in. Windfall Lake is my favorite. The Dredge Lakes and Auke Lake can be very good, too. Try #8 Black Egg Sucking Leeches, Beadhead Thin Mints, and Bead Belly Leeches.

Make sure to get out and fish before it all wraps up!

See you on the water! Brad

 
SE Report 9-7-09 PDF Print E-mail

It is Game On for silvers. Anglers have been hitting them in  a big way for the last 10 days. Here is the scoop:

For starters, Gastineau Channel has silvers all over it.  Things can vary from day to day, but in general there are plenty of fish to be found. Salmon Creek, Lemon Creek, DIPAC and Bayview have all been productive. The best fishing is from 2-3 hours before the low tide right through until you get pushed out by the flooding tide. Chartreuse & White Clouser Minnows, Pink & White Clouser Minnows, and Tutti Fruiti Clousers are the best flies.

Montana Creek has been steadily producing fish. The best fishing has been mostly around the confluence and just upstream from there.

Peterson Creek has had fish out front in the saltwater for the last couple of weeks. They can be targeted as they stage before coming over the falls on the high tide.

Finally, Cowee Creek has silvers from tidewater all the way up past the bridge. Fish deep and alternate between swinging and stripping flies. Dolly Llamas , Pink & White Half-N-Halfs , Conehead Popsicles , Hareball Leeches in Pink , Fuschia , Chartreuse , and Aleutian Queen , Purple Egg Sucking Leeches , and Starlite Leeches are all patterns that should be in your fly box. You will lose flies so doubling down on patterns is a good idea. There is nothing worse than losing the one fly you had that was working!

Finally, a big Heads-Up on two freshwater silver flies that need to be in your box. These two flies will catch fish when nothing else does. First, our exclusive Jig Spanker. It comes in three colors, Pink , Chartreuse , and Purple , and is absolute murder. It is a traditional Spanker tied on a 60 degree keel hook and outfitted with mega lead eyes. It gets down fast and jigs like crazy. Second, Dolly Llamas in Pink/White , Black/White , Tutti/Fruiti , Chartreuse/White and Pink/Purple all need to be in your collection. The massive conehead makes these big leeches dip, dive and jig like crazy.

See you on the water! Brad

 
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