The Dolly Varden are around town, and have been found around Sheep Creek, Salmon Creek, Eagle Beach, and Echo Cove. Normally, the Dollies are actively working groups of salmon fry by pushing them to the surface, and feeding on them. This year however, because we had a warm burst of spring at the beginning of April, and then cold temperatures the rest of the month, there are not a whole lot of salmon fry around for Dollies to feed on.
Our suggestion for you is to find a freshwater feeder creek at a low tide, and work that area for Dollies hanging around waiting for some salmon fry to move around. By doing this, you are sure to catch a Dolly or more an hour. Using small clouser minnows and fry patterns in olives and grays, stripping your streamer 10-20 at a time, quickly, you are sure to attract some early spring Dollies!
As for Steelhead in the area . we are still waiting for rain. The creeks are becoming lower by the hour it seems, and the steelhead to not have enough water to move around and spawn at the moment. At this point, it is hard to predict where this season will go.
It is predicted to be another nice weekend, so get out there enjoy some sun, and wet a line.
Also, check out our Juneau News section on the site for updates on what is going on around town. Our FREE casting lessons begin this weekend, AND this Sunday we are switching to summer hours... that means we are open 7 days a week, and beginning Monday we will be open M-F 9:00am - 6:00pm, S-S 10:00am- 5:00pm!