3 days fishing the confluence of little salmom and salmon. Only. Saw 3 fish caught. Hopefully soon! - Minisuper
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Water is dropping and clearing, although it's still high. One more fish has entered the trap. There are reports of salmon being caught at the confluence of the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers. - Candy
Still no Chinook salmon being caught on the Little Salmon River. Over the past week anglers expended 481 hours and caught no fish.
Those of us that live up-River of Riggins are sure hoping that IDFG will limit the lower Salmon River Chinook harvest, so as to allow a decent adult return to the upper River, especially the Pahsimeroi, and Sawtooth hatcheries. After all, is this not the "seed" that feeds the entire River....???? Darren
The Chinook salmon running back to Idaho don't leave the ocean to begin their return journey to spawning streams or hatcheries at the same time. The earliest Chinook to cross Bonneville Dam are headed to the Clearwater River, Snake River, and Little Salmon River systems. We know the timing because a small percentage of fish have PIT tags that are read in the fish ladder as they swim over the dam. This allows us to estimate the population of returning salmon several weeks before the fish reach Idaho. This is why we set the Chinook salmon season and bag limits for lower river fisheries in March. A few weeks later, we see PIT tagged fish headed for the South Fork Salmon River pass Bonneville Dam. Once we have a good idea of the population size, based on the PIT tag information, we set the season and bag limit at the May Commission meeting for the South Fork Salmon River. The last fish to pass Bonneville Dam contain PIT tags that tell us that they are headed for the upper Salmon River and the Sawtooth and Pahsimeroi Fish hatcheries. That's why the Upper Salmon River season and bag limit is set last. Typically, by the time Upper Salmon Basin salmon pass Lower Granite Dam and enter Idaho, the lower Salmon River and Clearwater River seasons are closed.
The three different salmon groups all spawn around the same time (early August thru early September). Because Chinook salmon can no longer utilize food once they leave the ocean, biologists believe this segregated timing of the fish leaving the ocean is a stratagy to optimize survival to spawning time. So, the fish that swim the farthest are the last to leave the ocean (they build their strenth in the ocean for as long as they can before starting their "death-swim" to the Stanley Basin). Chinook in the lower Salmon and Clearwater have an easier journey and expend less energy on the trip. Consequently, they leave the ocean earlier and can live long in fresh water living on their fat reserves.
Most Chinook salmon return to the stream or hatchery where they "smolted" or began the journey from Idaho to the ocean. So, not all Chinook salmon that enter the Salmon River are headed to the Stanley Basin. - dparrish
The trap at Rapid River Hatchery (tributary to Little Salmon River) has trapped only 1 adult fish. There have been rumors of Chinook being caught in the Little Salmon River but our creel clerks have been unable to verify any fish being caught in the Little Salmon River.
Best bet is to fish the lower Salmon River (Slate Creek area) and near the mouth of the Little Salmon River.
The Clearwater River from the Camas Prairie Bridge at Lewiston upstream to the Cherry Lane Bridge will closed for adult Chinook salmon harvest as of 6:00 pm on Friday May 16th. We have reached our harvest quota. You can still fish for jack salmon (24" and under) in this reach.
Two of us went to Owyhee Reservoir last Thursday 5/8. Water is really low only ramps available for use were by the dam and the one at the end of the road. The really nice one in the middle was almost completely out of the water, decided not to try since no one else had tried to launch there either. The crappie fishing was fantastic picked a bay up the lake a couple of miles and sat on the fish all day. Never went more than a cast or two without a hit for 5 hours. The fish were all the same size 8-9 inches I'll bet we caught over 200. We don't keep any (don't like fish) but had great weather and can't wait to go back this Thursday. Mike B.
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A few people are fishing the Little Salmon River but no fish were caught over the weekend. Anglers reported fishing for 54 hours with no fish caught or harvested.