|SE Report 10-27-09|
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