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Clearwater Steelhead Creel Survey 4/07/13

April 8, 2013 - 5:23pm -- idfg-vosborn

On section 03 the catch was great at 8 hours but low number of anglers interviewed and hours fished. On 05 and 07 the catch is great but horrible for keepers. - Seth Crevison, Clearwater Region Fisheries Technician

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS   Weekend 3/2/2013                
SECTION RIVER LOCATION ANGLERS CHECKED NO. OF HOURS  FISH KEPT FISH RELEASED TOTAL FISH HRS/FISH CAUGHT  HRS/FISH KEPT WATER TEMP (°F) WATER CONDITIONS
2 Snake R. - Salmon R. to Hells Canyon Dam 9 42 1 2 3 14 42 44 CLR
3 Clearwater River - mouth to Orofino Bridge 4 8 0 1 1 8 -- 45 CLR
5 North Fork Clearwater R. 15 58 2 9 11 5 29 48 CLR
7 South Fork Clearwater R. 33 113 4 10 14 8 28 45 CLR
12 Salmon R. - Little Salmon R. to Vinegar Cr. 2 5 0 0 0 -- -- 50 CLR
20 Little Salmon R. 52 264 16 1 17 16 17 48 CLR

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Weekend Summary 4/07/13

April 8, 2013 - 5:05pm -- idfg-vosborn

This weekend on the upper Salmon River the majority of anglers were found upstream of Clayton, in section 19. Very few anglers were observed fishing downstream of Elk Bend. Anglers in section 17 averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught, while in section 18, the average was 43 hours per steelhead. Anglers in section 19 also had a catch rate of 18 hours per steelhead with a total of 46 reported caught.

A total of 2,999 steelhead have been trapped at the Pahsimeroi Hatchery trap as of April 8th, and 1,378 steelhead have been trapped at the Sawtooth Hatchery trap as of April 4th.  - Brent Beller, Salmon Region fisheries technician

SALMON RIVER - STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS   Week 4/07/13              
SECTION RIVER LOCATION ANGLERS CHECKED NO. OF HOURS  FISH KEPT FISH RELEASED TOTAL FISH HRS/FISH CAUGHT  HRS/FISH KEPT

WATER TEMP  (°F)

WATER CONDITIONS
17 Salmon R. - Lemhi R. to Pahsimeroi R. 89 283 13 3 16 18 22 45 CDY
18 Salmon R. - Pahsimeroi R. to East Fork Salmon R. 19 43 1 1 1 43 43 44 CDY
19 Salmon R. - upstream from East Fork Salmon R.  126 817 21 25 46 18 39 44 CDY

 

Salmon River - Weekend Steelhead Creel (3/3/13)

March 4, 2013 - 4:27pm -- idfg-vosborn

This weekend on the upper Salmon River, the number of anglers increased, but compared to the week before, the fishing was not as good. The best catch rate was found in section 18 where anglers averaged 11 hours per steelhead. Section 19, with a catch rate of 12 hours per steelhead was the second best, while sections 15 and 16 were at 15 and 16 hours per steelhead caught, respectively. Fishing within sections 14 and 15 was hindered by muddy water conditions due to the Deadwater ice jam breaking apart.

As of yesterday (3rd) the ice jam had receded nearly to Deadwater and most likely it will break up entirely sometime within the next few days. Anglers should use caution when fishing on, or next to, the bank ice left behind by the ice jam. This weekend, an angler fishing off of a large piece of bank ice ended up in the river when the ice collapsed and catapulted him into water 8-10 feet deep. During the next couple of weeks many more of these large blocks of bank ice will collapse into the river as they melt, and anglers should keep that in the back of their minds when choosing a safe spot to fish from.   - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Idaho Fish and Game

Weekend (3/2/13) Creel Numbers for Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers.

March 4, 2013 - 4:03pm -- idfg-vosborn

Catch rates were decent this week on the Salmon River. - Seth Crevison. Fisheries Technician, Idaho Fish and Game

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS   Weekend 3/2/2013                
SECTION RIVER LOCATION ANGLERS CHECKED NO. OF HOURS  FISH KEPT FISH RELEASED TOTAL FISH HRS/FISH CAUGHT  HRS/FISH KEPT WATER TEMP (°F) WATER CONDITIONS
2 Snake R. - Salmon R. to Hells Canyon Dam 5 23 2 1 3 8 12 37 CLR
3 Clearwater River - mouth to Orofino Bridge 102 694 18 13 31 22 39 38 CLR
5 North Fork Clearwater R. 29 172 2 0 2 86 86 41 CLR
7 South Fork Clearwater R. 94 381 3 15 18 21 127 38 CLR
11 Salmon R. - Whitebird Cr. to Little Salmon R. 8 25 1 1 2 12 25 38 CLR
12 Salmon R. - Little Salmon R. to Vinegar Cr. 93 412 19 12 31 13 22 38 CLR
13 Salmon R. - Vinegar Cr. to South Fork Salmon R. 14 117 3 2 5 23 39 38 CLR
20 Little Salmon R. 12 12 0 0 0 -- -- 34 CLR

Salmon River Steelhead Creel - Weekend of 2/24/13

February 26, 2013 - 1:10pm -- idfg-vosborn

Angler effort on the upper Salmon River this past weekend was fairly similar to the previous weekend, but the catch rates were much more inconsistent between the river section.

Section 16 had the best catch rate of the weekend at 5 hours per steelhead caught, and section 17 had the second best catch rate at 9 hours per steelhead caught. The rest of the river sections (14, 15, 18, and 19) had catch rates equal to, or above, 20 hours per steelhead caught. Fishing downstream of Deadwater was hindered by poor water visibility which most likely factored into the poor catch rates observed in sections 14 and 15. Very few anglers were found fishing upstream of Ellis in section 18, and no anglers were found in section 19 during the weekend.

Boat ramps between Salmon and Red Rock are now open, but ramps between Red Rock and Deadwater are still ice affected. In section 18, the boat ramps at Watts Bridge and Cottonwood campground are closed because of ice as well.  Also, as of Sunday (24th), the ice jam was approximately one mile upstream of North Fork, and it is receding. - Brent Beller, Idaho Fish & Game Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region

SALMON RIVER - STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS   Week 2/24/13
SECTION RIVER LOCATION ANGLERS CHECKED NO. OF HOURS  FISH KEPT FISH RELEASED TOTAL FISH HRS/FISH CAUGHT  HRS/FISH KEPT WATER TEMP (°F) WATER CONDITIONS
14 Salmon R. - South Fork Salmon R. to Middle Fork Salmon R 10 66 1 2 3 22 66 32 MDY
15 Salmon R. - Middle Fork Salmon R. to North Fork Salmon R. 41 186.5 8 1 9 21 23 32 MDY
16 Salmon R. - North Fork Salmon R. to Lemhi R. 50 236 33 11 44 5 7 33 CLR
17 Salmon R. - Lemhi R. to Pahsimeroi R. 60 178 16 4 20 9 11 33 CLR
18 Salmon R. - Pahsimeroi R. to East Fork Salmon R. 10 20.5 0 1 1 20 -- 32 CDY

Steelhead Creel Numbers for Weekend of 2/24/13

February 26, 2013 - 12:11pm -- idfg-vosborn

Catch rates were decent this week on most sections excluding the North Fork, while keep rates were not so great.  We saw the most effort upstream from Orofino Bridge with 10 hours to catch a fish and 25 hours to keep a fish. - Seth Crevison. Idaho Fish & Game Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS   Week 2/24/2013                
SECTION RIVER LOCATION ANGLERS CHECKED NO. OF HOURS  FISH KEPT FISH RELEASED TOTAL FISH HRS/FISH CAUGHT  HRS/FISH KEPT WATER TEMP (°F) WATER CONDITIONS
2 Snake R. - Salmon R. to Hells Canyon Dam 2 10 0 0 0 -- -- 36 CLR
3 Clearwater River - mouth to Orofino Bridge 85 460 21 21 42 11 22 39 CL
4 Clearwater R. - upstream from Orofino Bridge 103 560 22 36 58 10 25 39 CLR
5 North Fork Clearwater R. 20 87 5 0 5 17 17 39 CLR
7 South Fork Clearwater R. 92 310 4 21 25 12 78 39 CLR
11 Salmon R. - Whitebird Cr. to Little Salmon R. 25 94 6 2 8 12 16 32 CLR
12 Salmon R. - Little Salmon R. to Vinegar Cr. 111 525 10 15 25 21 52 36 CLR
13 Salmon R. - Vinegar Cr. to South Fork Salmon R. 61 476 18 14 32 15 26 36 CLR
20 Little Salmon R. 16 34 1 0 1 34 34 36 CLR

 

 

Clearwater Steelhead Creel Numbers

February 6, 2013 - 5:44pm -- idfg-vosborn

Check graph to see creel numbers for steelhead fishing on Clearwater, Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers.

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS  
Week 2/3/13
               
Section River Location Anglers Checked No. of Hours  Fish Kept Fish Released TOTAL FISH Hrs/Fish Caught Hrs/Fish Kept Water Temp    (°F) Water Conditions
3 Clearwater River - mouth to Orofino Bridge 49 236 5 5 9 26 47 34 CLR
4 Clearwater R. - upstream from Orofino Bridge 19 55 2 0 7 8 28 34 CLR
5 N.F  Clearwater R. 27 152 3 1 3 50 50 34 CLR
7 S.F. Clearwater R. 20 48 1 0 2 24 48 34 CLR
11 Salmon R. - Whitebird Cr. to Little Salmon R. 5 27 0 0 0 -- -- 32 CLR
12 Salmon R. - Little Salmon R. to Vinegar Cr. 2 4 0 0 0 -- -- 32 CLR
20 Little Salmon R. 15 41 0 0 0 -- -- 31 CLR

Steelhead and Chinook Salmon Update

January 25, 2013 - 11:42am -- idfg-vosborn

Hi all, seeing I haven’t provided you an update recently,  I thought I would let you know how the steelhead season is progressing and what we have forecasted for the upcoming spring/summer Chinook salmon season.

Steelhead

If you are wondering how steelhead fishing in the Clearwater has been recently, it actually has been fairly good with catch rates averaging less than 10 hrs/fish during most weeks. Fishing in the North Fork has, on the other hand, has been unusually slow. It should start picking up as the Dworshak fish start moving upstream. We haven’t been monitoring the Snake or Salmon rivers recently, so I don’t have updates for you on those rivers.

Some rumors were being spread that, due to the lower run size for Dworshak Hatchery bound steelhead, IDFG would be reducing limits or shutting down the steelhead season to make sure brood needs will be met.  Well, let me assure you, this is a rumor and we have no intentions of changing the steelhead season.  We are monitoring the number of steelhead ascending Lower Granite Dam that are bound for Dworshak Hatchery as well as how many of these fish are being harvested.   This is what I can tell you.  At the end of December, we estimated that around 13,000 hatchery released steelhead bound for the Clearwater River basin have passed over Lower Granite Dam.  By the time the run is over this spring, we suspect around 15,000 Clearwater River bound hatchery fish will have passed over Lower Granite Dam.  To give you some perspective, runs of Clearwater River hatchery fish have ranged from 20,000 to 57,000 fish over the last 11 years.   

Steelhead Fishing Opportunities 10/31/12

October 31, 2012 - 4:24pm -- idfg-vosborn

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

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