Clearwater, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon Harvestable Quota

First of all, the run of fish headed to the Clearwater Water Region has mostly finished (97-99% complete) their migration over Bonneville Dam.  As such the projected harvest shares you see below won’t change much until we can get a final assessment of their survival as they migrate upriver to Idaho.

Clearwater River Run

Fishing in the lower Clearwater (downstream of Cherrlylane Bridge) remained constant last week (16/hrs), but fishing effort increased which resulted in a boost in harvest (see table below).  As hopefully most of read last week, due to this increase in harvest we were forced to quickly close adult harvest down on this section of river.  Catch rates in the remaining river sections were low (23-53 hrs/fish) for the week especially since just as the fish were moving upriver high flows and debris made fishing difficult.  Flows have dropped down a bit recently in the Clearwater River, but are predicted to pick up again later this week which may continue to make fishing difficult.  As you can tell from the Clearwater River harvest table below, we overshot our harvest goal for the lower river.  At this point we will paly it by ear on where/how to make up this for this overharvest.  In past years when high flows lasted for extended periods of times, there were certain reaches of river that never reached their harvest quotas.  If that happens this year, these river reaches could absorb this extra harvest and still not close early.  As the season progresses, we’ll let you know what appears to be the best strategy so as to have the least influence on closing other fisheries early.