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
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