Salmon

World Fish Migration Day - May 21, 2016

Did you ever stop to think about the journey fish make to keep their populations viable? Idaho's ocean-going salmon and steelhead journey 1,000's of miles, negotiate thousands of feet in elevation change and run a gauntlet of swimming, flying, fishing predators to return to Idaho - where they spawn and the cycle repeats. This is important not only for fish populations to survive, but it's also important on a broader scale because fish returning to Idaho headwater streams bring with them ocean nutrients which are important to Idaho ecosystems.

Even our local resident fish journey many miles and contribute to other wildlife and plant communities in ways we are only beginning to understand.

This Saturday is World Fish Migration Day. If you want to learn more, go to:  www.worldfishmigrationday.com/  or www.fws.gov/fisheries/fishmigration to learn more.

Tyler's Lucky Day!

This was the only day we got to hunt together, got to the new area we'd never hunted about 3 pm and a few hours later Tyler age 16 had the good fortune of harvesting this older buck. Great Idaho Hunting Experience!

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Report (4/11/16)

River conditions on the upper Salmon River changed considerably over the past week. River flows through Salmon, ID doubled and visibility was greatly reduced. This lead to steelhead anglers primarily focusing in on areas just downstream of the Pahsimeroi and Sawtooth Hatcheries. No angler interviews were obtained downstream of Salmon in location codes 15 or 16. Interviewed anglers in location code 17, downstream of the Pahsimeroi River, averaged 8 hours per steelhead caught and 19 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18, interviewed anglers did not report catching a steelhead. The most heavily fished area over the week was upstream of the East Fork in location code 19. Interviewed anglers in location code 19 averaged 6 hours per steelhead caught and 14 hours per steelhead kept. Check Harvest Report for more details.

Currently the Salmon River is flowing at 3,020 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 213% of average for today’s date. Water conditions are muddy downstream of Stanley, ID, and water temperatures are in the mid to upper 40s.

As of April 8th, 3,858 adult hatchery steelhead have returned to the Pahsimeroi Hatchery, and as of April 7th, 1,974 adult hatchery steelhead have returned to the Sawtooth Hatchery. Additionally, the Pahsimeroi Hatchery planted 125 adult hatchery steelhead into Blue Mountain Pond in Challis, ID on Thursday, April 7th.  - Brent Beller, Salmon Region Fisheries Technician

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing (3/1/7/16)

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River remained high over the past week. Once again anglers were primarily concentrated downstream of North Fork in location code 15, but angler effort upstream of the East Fork in location code 19 increased as well. Interviewed anglers downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 24 hours per steelhead caught and did not report harvesting a steelhead. In location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 8 hours per steelhead caught and 16 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of the North Fork in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 23 hours per steelhead caught or kept. Upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 25 hours per steelhead caught and 35 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 18, upstream of the Pahsimeroi River, interviewed anglers averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught and 176 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 19, interviewed anglers averaged 4 hours per steelhead caught and 10 hours per steelhead kept.

The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,380 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 125 percent of average for today’s date. Water temperatures over the weekend were in the lower 40s, and the river was cloudy or muddy in all areas except location code 19.  - Brent Beller​, Fisheries Technician II, Salmon Region

First trophy buck with my Recurve!

While hunting I hiked back through an area I just went through knowing something was still in there. I snuck down this wooded ravine and there he was staring at me broadside at 40 yards. When I shot, he jumped the string but the arrow was on target and passed through his body quartering away. After a fun track I found my buck just down the side hill from where I shot him.

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Report from 2/28/16

Steelhead angler effort increased considerably on the upper Salmon River this past week. The majority of anglers were observed in location code 15 downstream of North Fork. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork, in location code 14, averaged 11 hours per steelhead caught and 32 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 9 hours per steelhead caught and 14 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of North Fork in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 10 hours per steelhead caught and 12 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 17, upstream of the Lemhi River, interviewed anglers averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught and 30 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18, interviewed anglers averaged 8 hours per steelhead caught and 8 hours per steelhead kept.  No interviews were obtained upstream of the East Fork in location code 19. Creel personnel will begin interviewing anglers in this area this week.

The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,160 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 108 percent of average for today’s date. Water temperatures remained in the mid to upper 30s throughout the week. Water visibility varied throughout the week but began to worsen in all areas Sunday due to increased runoff.

The Deadwater ice jam is now out, and road conditions downstream of North Fork have improved. 

- Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region

 

First Upper Salmon River Steelhead Report for 2016

This is the first upper Salmon River weekly steelhead fishing report for the spring 2016 season. Reports will be issued each Monday through the end of April.

Creel personnel began interviewing anglers on Friday, February 19th. Due to road conditions, limited time was spent conducting interviews downstream of Shoup over the weekend. No interviews were obtained in location code 14, and no interviewed angler reported catching a steelhead in location code 15. Downstream of the Lemhi River in location code 16, interviewed anglers fished for 47 hours and did not report catching a steelhead. Interviewed anglers upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 did well and averaged 10 hours per steelhead caught and 18 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 18, upstream of the Pahsimeroi River, interviewed anglers averaged 7 hours per steelhead caught and 9 hours per steelhead kept. No angler interviews were conducted upstream of the East Fork in location code 19.

The Salmon River  is currently flowing at 1,200 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 110 percent of average for today’s date. The river’s temperature over the weekend was in the upper 30s in all location codes.  Water condition varied greatly depending on the fishing location. Downstream of the Deadwater ice jam, the river had poor visibility due to the gradual breakup of the ice jam. Upstream of the ice jam the water condition improved slightly but was still poor due to muddy flows from the Lemhi River. Upstream of the Lemhi River, the water condition was good.

The Deadwater ice jam has receded to the Deadwater boat ramp and will likely go out sometime this week. The river downstream of Deadwater typically takes up to two days to begin clearing up once the ice jam goes out. All boat ramps between Salmon and North Fork will be cleared of ice this week.

The Salmon River road is currently passable downstream of Shoup, but road conditions are potentially hazardous. Due to snow slides and falling rock, anglers are advised to take care when driving and choosing areas to park or fish. Additionally, anglers should be cautious of the large ice shelves on the bank in areas where the ice jam occurred. These shelves can collapse at any time and caution should be taken when fishing near them.   - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician II, Salmon Region