With the low level snowmelt that is occurring, water conditions on the upper Salmon River continue to fluctuate daily. The Deadwater ice jam went out on Wednesday, March 5th, and the river visibility downstream began to improve by Saturday. Rain is in the forecast for the next couple of days, but then clear weather is predicted to move in. If that is the case, then river conditions may continue to improve heading into the upcoming weekend. The road downstream of North Fork is passable, with typical spring time conditions causing rocks to fall in some areas. Anglers are advised to use caution when driving and deciding where to park.
This weekend on the upper Salmon River, angler effort increased considerably in a couple of river location codes. In location code 14, angler effort remained similar to the previous weekend and no interviewed anglers reported catching a steelhead. In location code 15, angler effort increased from 39 hours of effort during the previous weekend to 268 hours this weekend. Anglers in location code 15 also averaged the best catch rates of the weekend at 7 hours per steelhead caught and 17 hours per steelhead kept. Location code 16, from the mouth of the North Fork to the mouth of the Lemhi River, did not receive much angler effort with only one steelhead reported caught. This resulted in catch rates of 22 hours per steelhead caught or kept. Location code 17, from the mouth of the Lemhi River to the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River, had a large increase in angler effort, but anglers only reported catching two steelhead. This resulted in catch rates of 208 hours per steelhead caught and 416 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 18, anglers averaged 42 hours per steelhead caught, and none were kept. In location code 19, anglers averaged 131 hours per fish caught, and no steelhead were reported kept. Click here for more details. - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician