Non-Tribal Harvest Share
These estimates are based on PIT tagged adult Chinook Salmon migrating over Lower Granite Dam. We still have a few fish trickling over Lower Granite Dam so these harvest shares could increase a little, but for the most part what you see is what we’ll get. Recently some anglers have been commenting that the numbers I post in the table below don’t come close to matching what is coming over Lower Granite Dam and were wondering why. The main reasons are the table below only shows adult hatchery Chinook Salmon destined to the fisheries listed below. The Lower Granite Dam counts include wild fish and fish destined to others places like the Grande Ronde, Imnaha, South Fork Salmon, and upper Salmon rivers.
Clearwater River Run
Fishing was exceptional in the Clearwater River drainage last week with catch rates less than 10 hrs/fish in many places and averaging 14 hrs/fish for the entire basin. Based on conversations with our creel personnel, it looks like the fishing is only improving this week. The table below shows how many fish we estimated were harvested in each of the different river reaches we manage. We plan to check our harvest numbers this Thursday (6/5/14) to evaluate if we need to make any closures. If harvest continues to remain high, adult harvest closures could occur in river Section 2 (main Clearwater from Cherrylane Bridge to Orofino Bridge) and Section 3 (North Fork) as soon as the end of fishing on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or possibly later. We will let you all know what we learn this Thursday. The other river reaches will remain open to adult harvest through the weekend and we will evaluate the data
Rapid River Run
As expected the fishing was slow in the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers this past week due to high dirty water (see table below). Flows are supposed to pick back up to over 50,000 cfs through Thursday and then start dropping. By Sunday flows are supposed to drop below 40,000 cfs. What does this mean for anglers. Likely this mean fishing will be better this weekend than last weekend, and if flows continue to drop the fishing should really turn on after that. Talking to our creel personnel today, fishing is already picking up. For those of you fishing around the mouth of the Little Salmon, please follow the directions on the access signs (around Salmon Rapids Lodge and to the Mill Hole). The Landowner has graciously allowed us to access the river in this area, but wants anglers to go around the Hotel and take the path along the Salmon River to access the Mill Hole. Continued access in these areas is dependent on our ability to respect this private property.