Juneau Report 06-07-2012 PDF Print E-mail

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June 7, 2012


May was cold, wet and hit n' miss for the fishing scene. As we've rolled into June though, the fishing has gotten better and better. It will only continue to heat up as the weeks pass. Lets just hope the weather does the same.

Beach dollies are the name of the game right now and the fishing is good. Bracketing the low tide seems to be the best bet to pick up fish. Spots to try include: Echo Cove at the sand spit, Amalga Harbor at the mouth of Peterson Creek, and the black sand beach out at the Thane Ore House. Try throwing your standard Clouser Minnows in gray/white and olive/white, Salmon Fry in green and gold, and Neil Creek Darts. If you are seeing the fish fin or slap the surface try out some top water flies like the Floating Smelt of Neil Creek Slider.

June is also the month of Sockeye Salmon out at Windfall Creek, open Wednesdays and Saturdays (check ADF&G Regs for questions.) Reports of a fish here and there came in last week. With the big tides this week, there are sure to be some fish in for Saturday. Some of our favorite Sockeye flies include: Sockeye Lightning (chartreuse, red, and silver), Copper Swans, Montana Brassies, and of course Red Hots.

Last but not least, hatchery King Salmon are starting to move in a bit closer to shore. No reports of fish on the fly yet, but soon. Look for this fishery to start picking up here about middle of the month.


The AFFG Crew

S.E. Report 6-3-12 PDF Print E-mail

Summer seems to finally have arrived and the fishing possibilities are exploding.

The Dolly fishing has been off the hook of late. DIPAC has been busily releasing chum fry and are just about to kick loose their king and coho smolts. The Dollies have been on the prowl from Dupont & Sheep Creek all the way through the channel to Fish Creek. Auke Bay, Amalga Harbor, most of Cowee Creek downstream from the bridge and Echo Cove. Larger smolt patterns have been the ticket. Neil Creek Darts in Olive/White, Gray/White and All White are particularly effective.

The beaches will continue to have most of the Dolly action for the next few weeks until the Dollies start to relocate to freshwater in anticipation of the salmon returns. As of June 1st, Eagle Beach is now open to Dolly fishing. A walk out to the Boy Scout Camp can be well worth the effort. Check out the western most sandy tip of the beach where a nice tide rip occurs.

Any time now we will see the first king salmon returning to the Fish Creek area. June 10 is often the start of the run with June 20 - 30 having the peak numbers of bright fish. Stay tuned for more info on this.

The Windfall Creek sockeye fishery is open again. Wednesdays and Saturdays for the month of June. No fishing at all on the other 5 days. Sockeye Lanterns, Sockeye Lightnings and Red Hots have consistently been the top flies at Windfall. A great sleeper fly last year was the Silver Copper Swan.

Get out there and enjoy the weather and the return of fishing! Brad

S.E Fish Report 5-17-12 PDF Print E-mail

Improving weather, DIPAC fry releases, and steelhead fishing top this week's report. After several weeks of the worst May weather stretch anyone can remember, anglers are getting back out and finding fish. Those of us who were on steelhead trips the last couple of weeks found high, very cold water and fish that didn't feel much like grabbing flies. With river temps in the mid to upper 30's and ocean temps in the 40's, the bulk of the run sat out front and waited. Now that the water is starting to warm the fish are getting with the program.

For steelhead, fresh fish are still coming in. Even though it is getting late in May, many of the fish are just hitting the creeks. Do keep your eye out for paired up spawners and avoid fishing to them. Also try not to walk through or just downsteam of their redds. Peterson, especially up higher in the creek has produced some nice fish. Cowee also has started to produce. Both are fairly low and clear. If you are heading out to Cowee beware of delays since the road reconstruction is in full swing.

Onto Dolly fishing. We just spoke with our friends at DIPAC about spring fry releases. As you know, when the chum fry get released the dinner table is set. Dolly fishing goes from spotty to insane. DIPAC has not released any fry yet. With the cold start to the month the chum fry need a tad more time to fatten up. General release sites and numbers are as follows:

  • Salmon Creek  - 12 Million Fry
  • Sheep Creek    - 24 Million Fry
  • Amalga Harbor - 46 Million Fry

The releases will be staggered over the next 2 weeks and will be wrapped up by the end of May. The coho and king smolt usually are released in the first 10 days of June.

So, make sure you have:

One final note, the Twin Lakes king salmon stocking is happening on Friday May 18. Hit the lake and beat up on some little kings!

Get out and enjoy the weather and catch some fish! Brad, Mike, Cory, Chas and Dave

S.E. Fish Report 5-4-12 PDF Print E-mail

Check out some bright spring Chrome from Friday May 4th. On a river you can drive to in Juneau. Get on out there!


S.E. Report 5-3-12 PDF Print E-mail

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Those fish rumors you have been hearing are true and so it is time for the first fish report of the year. A few dollies and steelhead have been caught in the area within the last few weeks. Like so many years before, the fishing started out slow, but continues to get better on a daily basis. Cold weather, rain and lots of snow pack are keeping the stream temps cold, but the warm sunny skies of April got the smolt to push out early. The warm April weather even got a few steelhead to sneak in.

Lots of pink and chum fry can be found at the mouths of creeks and around the boat harbors. These areas are likely spots to target Dolly Varden. For dollies, try checking out the mouth of Sheep Creek on a falling tide, the mouth of Salmon Creek bracketing the low tide, Peterson Creek Salt Chuck or at the mouth on an outgoing tide. Echo Cove can be good on an incoming tide. Small, sparse fry patterns are the ticket now. Try using the Green and Gold Fry, Epoxy Mini Minnow or Little McFry. Sparse Clouser Minnows in #6 can be good, too. For areas that see Hooligan and Sand Lance, try the ever-so-deadly Stinger Clouser or Neil Creek Dart.

For you steelhead enthusiasts, it’s time to get busy. When the water is on the rise and warming up those usually sulky fish can turn aggressive. In this situation, try swinging or drifting larger patterns like Hot Bunny Leeches, Duece Wiggalos or other bright flies in shades of pink, orange or fuschia. When the going gets tough or swinging is not possible, switch to dead drifting shrimp and egg patterns like Steelhead Glo Bugs, Money Bugs or the Liquid Wrench. Put in a little time, be stealthy like a ninja and your patience will pay off in the form of steely chrome.

Tight Lines and Good Luck,

-Brad, Mike and the crew

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