Recent Articles: Salmon

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing 3/16/15

Steelhead fishing this past week on the upper Salmon River was relatively slow compared to previous weeks. Warm temperatures and high winds over the weekend resulted in increased river flows and poor visibility downstream of the East Fork. Angler effort remained high with most anglers found either downstream of North Fork in location code 15, near the Ellis area in location code 17, or downstream of Stanley in location code 19. Interviewed anglers in location code 14, downstream of the Middle Fork, averaged 9 hours per Steelhead caught and 106 hours per Steelhead kept. Upstream, in location code 15 interviewed anglers averaged 20 hours per Steelhead caught and 61 hours per Steelhead kept. In location code 16, upstream of North Fork, interviewed anglers averaged 19 hours per Steelhead caught and 40 hours per Steelhead kept. Upstream of the Lemhi River, in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 35 hours per Steelhead caught and 54 hours per Steelhead kept. In location code 18, upstream of the Pahsimeroi River, interviewed anglers averaged 55 hours per Steelhead caught and 83 hours per Steelhead kept. Location code 19, upstream of the East Fork, was the one area where catch rates remained good throughout the weekend. Interviewed anglers in location code 19 averaged 6 hours per Steelhead caught and 10 hours per Steelhead kept. Although flows upstream of the East Fork increased considerably over the weekend, the water visibility remained clear until Sunday afternoon when it began to cloud up.

As previously mentioned, the water conditions on the upper Salmon River are currently not very favorable for Steelhead fishing. The visibility is poor downstream of the East Fork and cloudy upstream. Additionally, flows have steadily increased for the past few days. Currently, the Salmon River in the town of Salmon is flowing at 1,580 cfs which is 142% of average for today’s date, while the Salmon River just downstream of the Yankee Fork is flowing at 1,210 cfs which is 290% of average for today’s date. Along with flows, water temperatures have also increased with temperatures in the mid to upper 40s recorded downstream of Salmon and temperatures in the low 40s recorded upstream of Challis. Water conditions can change rapidly this time of year and given the upcoming week’s forecast, there is a chance that river conditions may improve by this weekend. For an up to date condition report anglers can call the Idaho Fish and Game Salmon Regional office at (208) 756-2271. For harvest details, go to the Harvest Report - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region

Steelhead Fishing on Upper Salmon River 2/17/15

This is the first upper Salmon River weekly steelhead fishing report for the spring 2015 season. Reports will be issued each Monday until the close of the season.

During the past week, the Salmon River was recovering from unusually high flows that occurred over February 6th and 7th. These flows also greatly reduced the river’s visibility through February 12th. The river did clear up by this past weekend though, and the current water conditions are much better. Daytime river temperatures are in the mid to upper 30s and the river is running at 1,350 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is approximately 124% of average for this time of year.

For mid-February, the upper Salmon is very open. The Deadwater ice jam went out on the night of February 6th. The road downstream of North Fork is mostly clear of snow and ice, although there are a few corners that remain slick. Large rocks have fallen onto the road in numerous areas, and anglers are encouraged to slow down in these areas and use caution when choosing where to park. Additionally, all boat ramps between the Pahsimeroi River and North Fork have been cleared of ice and are ready for use. The Corn Creek ramp is also open and jet boats are running down river.

The steelhead fishing over the past week was good once the water conditions improved and the catch data suggests that the Steelhead are quite spread out across the drainage for this time of year. In location code 14, downstream of the Middle Fork, interviewed anglers released two steelhead, which resulted in a catch rate of 14 hours per Steelhead. Upstream, in location code 15, interviewed anglers caught a total of 66 Steelhead which produced a catch rate of 5 hours per Steelhead and a harvest rate of 11 hours per Steelhead. Interviewed anglers in location code 16, between the confluences of the North Fork and Lemhi Rivers averaged 13 hours per Steelhead caught and 19 hours per Steelhead kept. Upstream of the Lemhi River, in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 16 hours per Steelhead caught and 78 hours per Steelhead kept. In location code 18, upstream of the Pahsimeroi River, interviewed anglers averaged 10 hours per Steelhead caught and 26 hours per Steelhead kept. No angler interviews were obtained for location code 19, upstream of the East Fork Salmon River, although a few anglers were observed fishing upstream of Clayton.

Got To Harvest Report for more details.  - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region

2015 Spring & Summer Chinook Salmon Return Estimates

Get your salmon fishing pole tuned-up and your boat ready to hit the water. Biologists have made their preseason forecasts for the 2015 Chinook salmon returns to Idaho.

Early indications show more adult Chinook salmon returning in 2015 than we saw in 2014 - which ranks as one of the best Chinook fishing seasons in years.

Open Houses for 2015 Proposals for Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat

Idaho Fish and Game is proposing changes for the 2015 Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat seasons and will be holding open houses in several locations throughout the state.

Please join us at your convenience at any open house and give us your thoughts on the proposals.

See the list below for times and locations in your area.

 This table will update as events become available.

Date and TimeLocation
December 15, 2014
8:00 am to
6:00 pm
Clearwater Regional Fish and Game Office
3316 16th St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
December 18, 2014
Noon to
7:00 pm
Magic Valley Regional Fish and Game Office
324 South 417 East - Suite 1
Jerome, ID 83338
December 18, 2014
3:00 pm to
6:00 pm
Panhandle Regional Fish and Game Office
2885 W. Kathleen Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
December 29, 2014
8:00 am to
5:00 pm
Southeast Regional Fish and Game Office
1345 Barton Road
Pocatello, ID 83204

Through
January 5, 2015

 

Southwest Regional Fish and Game Office

Questions are encouraged over the phone:
  • In Nampa: 208-465-8465
    • ask for Craig White or Jake Powell
  • In McCall: 208-634-8137
    • ask for Regan Berkley or Nathan Borg

Drop-ins encouraged. Please make an appointment.

Through
January 5, 2015

Salmon Regional Fish and Game Office

Questions are encouraged over the phone:
  • In Salmon: 208-756-2271
    • ask for Greg Painter

Drop-ins encouraged. Please make an appointment.

Event locations last updated: 12/12/2014 11:29pm MT

The Upper Snake Region will not be holding an open house.

 

You can also review the proposals and make comments online.

Steelhead Fishing on Upper Salmon River 11/17/14

Steelhead fishing on the upper Salmon River was effectively shut down this past week due to the below average temperatures we have been having. Slush ice has been flowing through Salmon since Tuesday of last week and as of today the ice jam is upstream of North Fork near the Bobcat access site. Anglers were found below Deadwater over the weekend but in very low numbers.

Downstream of the Middle Fork, in location code 14, anglers averaged 16 hours per steelhead caught and 363 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream, in location code 15, anglers averaged 11 hours per steelhead caught and 31 hours per steelhead kept. There are some open areas of water downstream of Deadwater and fish were caught on Sunday, but slush ice is flowing in most areas and shelf ice has already formed.

The data included in this report for location codes 16 and 17 was collected on Monday the 10th and no angler effort has been observed in those areas since. Anglers within location code 16 averaged 8 hours per steelhead caught and 13 hours per steelhead kept, while upstream in location code 17, anglers averaged 7 hours per steelhead caught and no steelhead were reported kept.  Check Harvest Reports for more details.

As of November 17, the Salmon River through the town of Salmon is flowing at approximately 1,130 cfs with the water temperature near freezing and good visibility.  - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region

Upper Salmon Weekend Steelhead Creel Survey 11/02/14

Steelhead fishing on the upper Salmon River continued to improve this past week. Interviewed anglers downstream of the Middle Fork, in location code 14, averaged 12 hours per steelhead caught and 58 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream, in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 13 hours per steelhead caught and 26 hours per steelhead kept, which were large improvements over the previous week. Interviewed anglers in location code 16, between North Fork and the Lemhi River, averaged 8 hours per steelhead caught and 12 hours per steelhead kept. Between the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi Rivers, in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 11 hours per steelhead caught and 14 hours per steelhead kept.  Go to Harvest Rerport for more details.

As of November 3rd, the Salmon River through the town of Salmon was flowing at approximately 1,440 cfs with water temperatures in the mid-40s and good visibility. - Brent Beller,  Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region

Steelhead Fishing on the Salmon River 10/19/14

This week, we have shifted away from reporting data only from the weekend to reporting creel data from the entire previous week (Monday-Sunday). This week's report covers the time period of 10/13/14 through 10/19/14.

Steelhead fishing on the upper Salmon River picked up during the previous week as more fish, and anglers, began showing up in the region. From Monday the 13th through Sunday the 19th, interviewed anglers in location code 14, downstream of the Middle Fork, averaged 11 hours per steelhead caught and 85 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream, in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 16 hours per steelhead caught and 48 hours per steelhead kept. Between the Lemhi River and North Fork, in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 15 hours per steelhead caught and 38 hours per steelhead kept. Angler effort was the lightest upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17, but interviewed anglers were able to find some steelhead and averaged 16 hours per steelhead caught or kept. For more details, go to the Harvest Report.

As of Monday, October 20th, the Salmon River was flowing at 1,160 cfs through the town of Salmon with water temperatures in the mid to upper 40s. - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region

Steelhead in the Upper Salmon 10/12/14

This past weekend a weather front that made its way through the area hindered steelhead anglers with precipitation and strong winds, but anglers were still able to find some steelhead. Interviewed anglers in location code 14, downstream of the Middle Fork, had the best success with an average catch rate of 16 hours per steelhead and a harvest rate of 140 hours per steelhead. The majority of angler effort was located in location code 15, between North Fork and the Middle Fork. Interviewed anglers there averaged 44 hours per steelhead caught and 400 hours per steelhead kept. Between the Lemhi River and North Fork, in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 48 hours per steelhead caught and 190 hours per steelhead kept.  Angler effort in location code 17, upstream of the Lemhi River, was once again minimal and no steelhead were reported caught. For more details check out the Harvest Report. 

The Salmon River is currently running near 1,200 cfs through the town of Salmon with good visibility. The water temperature has been in the low 50s for the past couple of weeks, but with colder weather moving in it should begin to drop into the 40s.  - Brent Beller,  Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region

Upper Salmon River Weekend Report 10/05/14

The fish are here. Creel clerks began interviewing steelhead anglers on the upper Salmon River this past Thursday, October 2nd, and a harvested steelhead was found that same day. This is quite different from last year when a kept steelhead was not found until mid-October.

Fishing over the weekend was slow, but steelhead were caught in multiple areas. Angler effort was heaviest downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15, but there were numerous anglers found upstream in location code 16 as well. No interviewed anglers in location code 14, downstream of the Middle Fork, reported catching any steelhead over the weekend. In location code 15, interviewed anglers kept one steelhead and released another four while fishing for 198 hours. This resulted in catch rates of  40 hours per steelhead caught and 198 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream in location code 16, anglers fished for 122 hours and kept 3 steelhead which produced a harvest rate of 41 hours per steelhead kept. Few anglers were observed upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17, and those anglers that were interviewed did not report catching any steelhead. Check harvest data for more details.  - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region