Petersburg AK Steelhead

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  1. Tying1on

    Tying1on New Member

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    I was wondering when is usually good time to fish for steelhead up in Petersburg AK? My window of time to make the trip is between April and Early June. Any suggestions?


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    I have always done well in mid-May
     
  3. Paul Huffman

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    Where do you catch steelhead around Peterburg?

    The last time I was there was 1978 working for the Forest Service. The Stikine was big and muddy. It didn't seem like a flyfishing destination. I fished gear for coho on a creek south of Peterburg, as well as trips over to Duncan Canal and Bradford Canal. Bradford Canal was loaded with pinks. No one seemed to be fishing for steelhead. What fascinated me were the nice rainbows I'd catch in the estuaries of some small rivers on dry flies, like an elk hair caddis. They were acting a lot like searun cutthroat. What were they? Non-migrating steelhead? Residents that dipped into saltwater?
     
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    Locally, Petersberg Creek is good, but you need a boat for access.
     
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    It's always a roll of the dice with weather and run timing, but on a year-in, year-out basis, the first 2 weeks of May are the best weeks to shoot for in that part of SE Alaska.
     
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    Petersburg has an earlier run than Juneau and Yakutat. The later in may you go the more likely you are to pull the fish off their spawning beds.
     
  7. Paul Huffman

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    Oh, so by the time I got there in June it was all over.

    Is Petersburg Creek across the strait to the SW of town with the falls at the mouth?

    What was the name of the creek south of town I drove to, then walked a boardwalk? Google Maps doesn't show much detail around there.
     
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    I can't the exact names of the creeks south of town. There's falls creek and a couple of sloughs. They get a nice silver run, but I've never really killed it there for steelhead. Petersburg creek is NW of town, across the narrows.
     
  9. lucmul

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    I lived in petersburg for a few years and the steelhead fishing is usually a bust. I would suggest going somewhere more productive such as Prince of Whales island, there is a good road system there eaier to access good fishing.