Catch on the North Fork of the Clearwater this past weekend was great and decent for keepers, but low number of anglers interviewed. The catch on the South Fork is great - 2 hours for each fish caught - but horrible for keepers. Anglers only kept 2 fish out of the 31 caught. On the Little Salmon the catch is good but only 4 fish kept out of the 14 caught. - Seth Crevison, Clearwater Region Fisheries Technician
The steelhead fishing this past weekend on the upper Salmon River picked up slightly over the previous week. The majority of anglers were found in section 19, near the Sunbeam Dam area or in section 17, near the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River. Minimal angler effort was observed in section 18. Anglers in section 17 had an average catch rate of 14 hours per steelhead, while in section 18, the catch rate was 4 hours per steelhead. In section 19, anglers averaged 12 hours per steelhead and reported 47 steelhead caught. - Brent Beller, Salmon Region Fisheries Technician
As all good hunting stories start, "It was a crisp cool morning"...well not really, it was damn cold!! Twenty three degrees to be exact ! However, the cold didn't chill 11-year old Abby Asker's enthusiasm to get out on her first hunt. Abby was bundled up and ready to go as her Dad, Mike and I scrambled to our turkey blind. It was a rush to beat the fast approaching day. The turkeys were fired up and gobbling up a storm from the moment we got out of the truck. Soon after settling in, a big tom flew in from his roost and strutted just out of range. He soon lost interest in my calls and strutted off into the sunrise. Next a Jake became enamored with our sweet hen calls and gobbled in for a closer look. That is all Abby needed. I could feel Abby's heart beating through her shoulder as I helped her mount her gun. I went back over with her to aim at the head and be smooth on the trigger. The safety clicked off...Kaboom!!! Abby collected a fine feast for the Asker family. I thought her face was going to crack from her well earned grin. After tagging up and a quick photo session it was off to school. Awesome way to start a day! - George Fischer, IDFG District Conservation Officer
On section 03 the catch was great at 8 hours but low number of anglers interviewed and hours fished. On 05 and 07 the catch is great but horrible for keepers. - Seth Crevison, Clearwater Region Fisheries Technician
|STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS Weekend 3/2/2013|
|SECTION||RIVER LOCATION||ANGLERS CHECKED||NO. OF HOURS||FISH KEPT||FISH RELEASED||TOTAL FISH||HRS/FISH CAUGHT||HRS/FISH KEPT||WATER TEMP (°F)||WATER CONDITIONS|
|2||Snake R. - Salmon R. to Hells Canyon Dam||9||42||1||2||3||14||42||44||CLR|
|3||Clearwater River - mouth to Orofino Bridge||4||8||0||1||1||8||--||45||CLR|
|5||North Fork Clearwater R.||15||58||2||9||11||5||29||48||CLR|
|7||South Fork Clearwater R.||33||113||4||10||14||8||28||45||CLR|
|12||Salmon R. - Little Salmon R. to Vinegar Cr.||2||5||0||0||0||--||--||50||CLR|
|20||Little Salmon R.||52||264||16||1||17||16||17||48||CLR|
This weekend on the upper Salmon River the majority of anglers were found upstream of Clayton, in section 19. Very few anglers were observed fishing downstream of Elk Bend. Anglers in section 17 averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught, while in section 18, the average was 43 hours per steelhead. Anglers in section 19 also had a catch rate of 18 hours per steelhead with a total of 46 reported caught.
A total of 2,999 steelhead have been trapped at the Pahsimeroi Hatchery trap as of April 8th, and 1,378 steelhead have been trapped at the Sawtooth Hatchery trap as of April 4th. - Brent Beller, Salmon Region fisheries technician
|SALMON RIVER - STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS Week 4/07/13|
|SECTION||RIVER LOCATION||ANGLERS CHECKED||NO. OF HOURS||FISH KEPT||FISH RELEASED||TOTAL FISH||HRS/FISH CAUGHT||HRS/FISH KEPT||
WATER TEMP (°F)
|17||Salmon R. - Lemhi R. to Pahsimeroi R.||89||283||13||3||16||18||22||45||CDY|
|18||Salmon R. - Pahsimeroi R. to East Fork Salmon R.||19||43||1||1||1||43||43||44||CDY|
|19||Salmon R. - upstream from East Fork Salmon R.||126||817||21||25||46||18||39||44||CDY|
Don Seitz's friends thought he was wasting his time buying a Super Hunt ticket. They told him Idaho doesn't have any elk because wolves have eaten them all. He bought a ticket anyway and won a Super Hunt tag for an elk. Here's his answer to his friends back home in Missouri. - Don Seitz, 2010 Super Hunt elk tag winner. For more on Don's hunt go to http://www.eastmans.com/ehj/125/maiden-voyage.html
“Calling in a 354 inch 8x9 Bull in the rut was really something to experience. I'll never forget it! Thanks to my friends and to IDFG for the excellent tag program my year was a huge success! I'm looking forward to dropping some tickets in the bucket next year!” – Jack Pederson, 2010 Super Hunt elk tag winner
Just to be able to choose any hunt was amazing. It's a hunter's dream. I wanted to hunt a place with few people and a lot of big bucks. That's just what I did. After hunting for nine days and looking over a ton of bucks, I saw him.
- Dave Leavitt, 2007 Super Hunt Winner
It all started with phone call from my brother, Dallas. "You lucky SOB, your name was drawn for the Super tag," he told me. "I couldn't believe it - best $50 I have ever spent. After the initial shock wore off, it was time to start scouting for the "WOW" buck."
Ryan's Super Hunt adventure ended with him getting his "WOW" buck. The buck unofficially scored 220" Boone & Crockett, and is 34 1/2" wide.
The state record score for a typical mule deer is 215 5/8, and for a nontypical it is 320 4/8. The Boone and Crockett world record typical mule is 226 4/8, and nontypical is 355 2/8.
- Ryan Smith, 2007 Super Hunt Winner
Had the Super Hunt elk tag last year. I hunted unit 40 with all the other Super Hunt winners. Not bad, there are lots of drainages. Was able to take a nice 6/7 bull elk on the second day of the hunt that scored 364. If anyone needs info about the unit just post. I have a lot of phone#s of locals. If your lucky enough to draw the tag do research ." - Idaho Super Hunt Facebook post by Case Shively, April 2011