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

Public Meetings for 2015 Big Game Seasons

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Idaho Fish and Game plans several public meetings around the state to discuss 2015 proposed big game seasons and rules.

Interested individuals can visit with department personnel concerning the proposed seasons and provide comments by attending any of the meetings listed below.


Panhandle Region 1 – open house meeting held from 4 to 7 pm:

  • Monday, March 2, Panhandle Regional Office, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’ Alene.

Clearwater Region 2 – all meeting will be held from 5 to 7 pm:

  • Monday, February 23, Grangeville Senior Citizens Center, 108 N. State St.
  • Tuesday, February 24, Latah County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building, 1021 Harold St. Moscow.
  • Wednesday, February 25, Fish and Game Clearwater Hatchery, 118 Hatchery Roe Dr.
  • Thursday, February 26, Clearwater Regional Office, 3316 16th St., Lewiston.

Southwest Region 3 – all meetings will be held 5 to 7 pm:

  • Tuesday, February 24, Fish and Game McCall Office, 555 Deinhard Lane
  • Wednesday, February 25, Council American Legion Hall, Highway 95.
  • Thursday, February 26, Southwest Region Fish and Game Office, 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa

Biologists will also be available for discus the proposals and collect public comments at the 2015 Idaho Sportsman Show, March 5-8, at Expo Idaho, 5610 N Glenwood St., Boise.


Magic Valley Region 4 – all meetings will begin at 7 pm:

  • Tuesday, February 24, Hailey Community Campus, Rooms 301 & 302, 1050 Fox Acres Rd., Hailey
  • Wednesday, February 25, Burley Inn Minidoka Room #2, 800 N. Overland, Burley
  • Thursday, February 26, Magic Valley Regional Office, 324 S. 417 E., Highway Business Park, 2.5 miles north of the Flying J, Jerome

Southeast Region 5 - all meetings will begin at 6:30 pm:

  • Monday, February 23, Malad, Senior Citizens Center, 26 N. Main Street
  • Tuesday, February 24, Soda Springs, Senior Citizens Center, 60 South Main Street
  • Wednesday, February 25, Montpelier, Bear Lake Senior Citizens Center, 115 S. 4th
  • Thursday, February 26, Preston, Larsen-Sant Public Library, 109 S. 1st East
  • Monday, March 2, Blackfoot, City Hall Council Chambers, 157 North Broadway
  • Tuesday, March 3, Pocatello, Southeast Region Fish and Game Office, 1345 Barton Road

Upper Snake Region 6 – all meetings will begin at 7 pm:

  • Monday, February 23, Upper Snake Fish and Game Office, 4279 Commerce Circle
  • Monday, March 2, Madison Middle School, 575 West 7th South in Rexburg

Salmon Region 7 – all meetings will be held from 5 to 8 pm:

  • Wednesday, February 25, Salmon Fish and Game Office, 99 Hwy 93 North, Salmon
  • Thursday, February 26, Challis Community Event Center, Board Room, Clinic Rd, Challis

In addition, 2 web-chats are scheduled on Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. These will be attended by biologists from across the state to answer questions.

Comments taken at the meetings and online will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at the March 23-24 meeting in Boise, when big game seasons are set.

Public Meetings for 2016 – 2018 Fishing Seasons

Winter fishing. Photo by Evin Oneale.

 

While Idaho’s 2013-2015 Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure will continue to be valid through 2015, a new 2016-2018 brochure is in the early stages of development.

Anglers have the opportunity to shape that rule book by sharing their ideas at one of several upcoming open houses hosted by Idaho Fish and Game staff; see list below. Attendees can also learn the latest and provide input regarding 2015 Chinook salmon seasons and limits.

If you're unable to attend one of the public meetings, you can submit your comments online.

Anglers are encouraged to talk with our Fisheries Biologists at scheduled meeting times listed below or call our Regional Fish Managers at the listed telephone numbers:

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Panhandle Region 1 – Jim Fredericks, Regional Fish Manager - 208-769-1414

  • Coeur d’Alene: February 17, Lake City Center Sportsman’s Breakfast, 6:30 am
  • Coeur d’Alene: February 17, Regional Office 2885 W. Kathleen Ave., 8 am to 5 pm (open house)
  • Sandpoint: February 19, Annual State-of-the-Lake Meeting, Ponderay Events Center, 7 – 9:00 pm

Clearwater Region 2 – Joe DuPont, Regional Fish Manager - 208-799-5010

  • Orofino: February 19, IDFG Clearwater Hatchery, 118 Hatchery Roe Drive (located northwest of Ahsahka Bridge), 6:00 pm
  • Riggins: February 23, Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 S. Main Street, 6:00 pm MT
  • Lewiston: February 25, Regional Office, 3316 16th Street, 6:00 pm (open house)
  • Moscow: February 26, Fairground Exhibit Building, 1021 Harold Street, 6:00 pm

Southwest Region 3 – McCall – Dale Allen, Regional Fish Manager - 208-634-8137

  • McCall: February 19, Regional Office 555 Deinhard Lane, noon to 7:00 pm; Salmon Season talk beginning at 7:00 pm (open house)
  • Riggins: February 23, Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 S. Main Street, 6:00 pm MT
  • McCall: February 24, Regional Office 555 Deinhard Lane, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (open house)
  • Council: February 25, Council Grange Hall, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Southwest Region 3 – Nampa – Joe Kozfkay, Regional Fish Manager - 208-465-8465

  • Nampa: February 17 Regional Office 3101 So. Powerline Road 8 am to 8 pm (open house)
  • Boise: February 18 Morrison Knudsen Nature Center, Open House 5 to 7 pm - Salmon season presentation at 7 pm; Nampa and McCall staff

Magic Valley Region 4 – Doug Megargle, Regional Fish Manager - 208-324-4359

  • Hailey: February 24, Blaine Co. Community Campus 1050 Fox Acres Road, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Burley: February 25, Best Western Inn 800 N. Overland, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Jerome: February 26, Regional Office 324 S. 417 E., 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (open house)

Southeast Region 5 – David Teuscher, Regional Fish Manager - 208-232-4703

  • Pocatello: February 24, Regional Office 1345 Barton Road, 10:00 am to 6:30 pm (open house)

Upper Snake Region 6 – Dan Garren, Regional Fish Manager - 208-525-7290

  • Driggs: February 19, Driggs County Courthouse, 6:30 pm
  • Ashton: February 23, Ashton Community Center, 6:30 pm
  • Idaho Falls: February 24, Idaho Falls IDFG Regional Office, 6:30 pm (open house)

Salmon Region 7 – Greg Schoby, Regional Fish Manager - 208-756-2271

  • Salmon: February 25, IDFG Regional Office, 6:00 pm (open house)
  • Challis: February 26, Challis Community Center, 6:00 pm

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.