If you've ever released a fish with a scar or mis-shapen fin and caught it again a few minutes later, you might have wondered "Did he not remember being hooked just now?" The answer can probably be found in a study featured in this National Geographic article.
Scientists studying salt water habitats are learning that acidification of oceans could be impacting many species, including anadramous fish that are hatched in Idaho. Now President Obama is pushing for funds to support further research. Read the full story at the Monterey Herald.
This is the first upper Salmon River weekly steelhead fishing report for the spring 2015 season. Reports will be issued each Monday until the close of the season.
During the past week, the Salmon River was recovering from unusually high flows that occurred over February 6th and 7th. These flows also greatly reduced the river’s visibility through February 12th. The river did clear up by this past weekend though, and the current water conditions are much better. Daytime river temperatures are in the mid to upper 30s and the river is running at 1,350 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is approximately 124% of average for this time of year.
For mid-February, the upper Salmon is very open. The Deadwater ice jam went out on the night of February 6th. The road downstream of North Fork is mostly clear of snow and ice, although there are a few corners that remain slick. Large rocks have fallen onto the road in numerous areas, and anglers are encouraged to slow down in these areas and use caution when choosing where to park. Additionally, all boat ramps between the Pahsimeroi River and North Fork have been cleared of ice and are ready for use. The Corn Creek ramp is also open and jet boats are running down river.
The steelhead fishing over the past week was good once the water conditions improved and the catch data suggests that the Steelhead are quite spread out across the drainage for this time of year. In location code 14, downstream of the Middle Fork, interviewed anglers released two steelhead, which resulted in a catch rate of 14 hours per Steelhead. Upstream, in location code 15, interviewed anglers caught a total of 66 Steelhead which produced a catch rate of 5 hours per Steelhead and a harvest rate of 11 hours per Steelhead. Interviewed anglers in location code 16, between the confluences of the North Fork and Lemhi Rivers averaged 13 hours per Steelhead caught and 19 hours per Steelhead kept. Upstream of the Lemhi River, in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 16 hours per Steelhead caught and 78 hours per Steelhead kept. In location code 18, upstream of the Pahsimeroi River, interviewed anglers averaged 10 hours per Steelhead caught and 26 hours per Steelhead kept. No angler interviews were obtained for location code 19, upstream of the East Fork Salmon River, although a few anglers were observed fishing upstream of Clayton.
Got To Harvest Report for more details. - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region
As stream flows began to decline the past week, angling effort increased and produced some great catch rates through the region on the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon Rivers.
Most of the success on the Clearwater River downstream of Orofino occurred just below the mouth of the North Fork and above the mouth of the North Fork near the Dworshak National Fish Hatchery.
The North Fork of the Clearwater was a popular fishing area and some anglers did exceptionally well. Inconsistent catch rates may have been contributed to the increased flows released from Dworshak Dam.
Angler effort and success picked up on the South Fork of the Clearwater over the weekend. The best catch rates were observed below the Mt. Idaho grade and near the town of Harpster.
In the lower Salmon River drainage, the best catch rates were observed on the Little Salmon River.
Anglers who were contacted on the Snake River were fishing at the tail race below Hells Canyon Dam. Got to Harvest Results for more detials. - Amanda Schmidt,Fisheries Technician, Idaho Fish & Game
You have several opportunities to discuss and learn about the proposals with Idaho Fish and Game biologists this year on changes to Big Game seasons for 2015. You can meet us in person, fill out a comment online, or join us for a live chat event here on March 4.
The live chat will take place at two times with Big Game managers from across the state.
Join us on March 4 from 11:30 to 1:00pm and/or from 6:30 to 8:30pm.