Hi everybody, I thought I’d let you know about some steelhead fishing opportunities that will be occurring in the Boise area. We will be stocking around 250 steelhead that were trapped at Hells Canyon Dam in the Boise River on Thursday, November 1 from Glenwood Bridge to Barber Park. I have been told the steelhead fishing can be quite good at times after these stocking efforts. Plans are to also stock a similar number of fish later in November. So, those of you in the Boise area who don’t like to travel, this might be a good fishing opportunity for you.
Seeing I’ve got your attention (well hopefully I do), I thought I’d also give you an update on the steelhead fishing in the Clearwater River. As I suspected, the fishing effort has been very low for the first two weeks after the general opener. In fact, I can’t remember seeing so few people fishing as I saw on the first two days of the season. As a result, there were fewer people competing over the fish that were in the river and catch rates have been good (about 10/hrs fish). With the recent rains, the river flows have shot up and turned the river dirty, but once flows settle back down I suspect a bunch more new fish will have moved into the system. So plan accordingly, the fishing could get quite good. Based on PIT tags, about 22,000 Clearwater bound hatchery steelhead have passed over Bonneville Dam this year. So far, only about 11,000 of them have made it past Lower Granite. Let’s hope this increase in flows gets those fish moving. I’m betting on it.
Fishing in the Snake and Salmon has also been decent at around 10 hrs/fish, so there are plenty of opportunities out there.
Don’t forget, fall chinook season is over tomorrow, November 1.
Talk to you all later. - Joe DuPont, Clearwater Region Fishery Manager