The Clearwater River has started to see effort drop off on the main stem of the river ( Mouth to Orofino Bridge/river section 03). Anglers fishing in this section of the river are predominantly around the Orofino area fishing the Magill Hole, Pole Yard, and Slaughter House. The North Fork of the Clearwater (River sect. 05) is still seeing a high amount of effort. Anglers fishing in this area are predominantly bobber fishing and they are using black/white, pink, and purple jigs with shrimp or scent. Effort has increased on the South Fork of the Clearwater (river sect. 07) and had good catch rates at just 9 hours a fish. The flows of the South Fork are supposed to increase by this weekend though so catch rates and effort may drop off. River section 04 is seeing most anglers fishing from Button Beach up to the Kooskia Bridge. Most anglers are fishing down from the bridge at the Mill hole.
The Salmon River saw effort in river sections 10 thru13 and 20. Most of the anglers are fishing right around Riggins in river section 12.
The North Fork of the Clearwater and River sect. 02 of the Snake River are the only stretches that report clear water. Everywhere else the water was pretty cloudy.
- Jaime Robertson, Senior Fisheries Technician,Clearwater Region