We had a great salmon season and, as always, are sad the season is over. We caught quite a few big fish this year and it was a lot of fun. - Natalie
Very little effort was documented this past week. The Lochsa did not have any documented Chinook anglers. The anglers that were checked in this area were Cutthroat fishing. The Snake at HCD tailrace also saw effort drop and only one Jack was documented as harvested. Check Harvest Report for more details. - Jaime Robertson,
Senior Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region
Chinook angler effort was lower in all upper Salmon River location codes this past week, but catch rates remained good. Once again the majority of anglers were found in location code 19, near Stanley. Anglers near Stanley averaged 20 hours per Chinook caught and 42 hours per Chinook kept. Fewer anglers were observed fishing downstream of Ellis in location code 17, but those who did averaged 33 hours per Chinook caught and 47 hours per Chinook kept which were the best catch rates of season so far in the Ellis area. Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 1,240 cfs through the town of Salmon which is 34% of average for today’s date. As of Sunday, July 5th, 700 hatchery adult Chinook had returned to the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery and as of Thursday, July 2nd, 914 hatchery adult Chinook had returned to the Pahsimeroi Hatchery. Additionally, on Thursday, July 2nd, 86 hatchery adult Chinook from the Pahsimeroi Hatchery were released at the 11-mile boat ramp to provide anglers a second chance at harvesting them. Salmon River location codes 18 and 19, from 100 yards upstream of the Pahsimeroi River to 100 yards downstream of the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery weir and trap, are now closed to the harvest of adult Chinook. The harvest of jack Chinook salmon, those under 24 inches, will continue until further notice. Anglers may harvest up to 4 adipose-clipped Chinook salmon under 24 inches per day and any salmon 24 inches or longer must be immediately released. Any anglers who harvest 4 jacks in a day or have 12 jacks in possession must discontinue fishing. - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region
Can I fish anywhere/anytime for salmon/steelhead with a tag and license if catching and releasing? Even if the season is closed/area is closed?
What can Idaho do to create the record Chinook runs that are occurring in the state of Washington in the state of Idaho?
Why has the broodstock goal at pahsimeroi gone from 600 to 474??? Last year the brood goal at sawtooth went from 700 to 900 this year back to 700??? Why is the broodstock goals at all Idaho hatcherys not every last salmon that swims in to traps? Dump all the excess that there is not room for rearing in the rivers as eyed eggs??
First, let me tell you what we know about the number of Chinook Salmon we are projecting to come to the Clearwater Region. Last week we had some exciting times when over a three day period over 40,000 Chinook Salmon passed over Bonneville Dam. Since then the counts have dropped back down, but that spike in numbers caused our projected non-tribal harvest share to increase to about 4,000 adult fish in the Clearwater drainage and about 6,3000 adult fish for the Rapid River run. If you recall, last week the projected harvest share was around 3,400 for the Clearwater drainage and 4,500 for the Rapid River run. At this point I am not expecting any large changes in harvest share as typically by this time around 75% of the run of fish heading to the Clearwater Region has passed over Bonneville Dam. If you are wondering how these harvest shares compare to previous years. This is very similar to what we saw in the Clearwater River basin in 2008 and 2009-2012. Last year the harvest share in the Clearwater Basin was 640 fish. So this will be a marked improvement over that. For the Rapid River run, last year the harvest share was 2,100 fish and the year before that it was 4,500 fish. As such this year will be an improvement over the previous two years. All in all, I think we are in store for a very good season.
Clearwater River Basin Fishery
The table below has about everything you need to know about adult harvest of Chinook Salmon in the Clearwater River basin, and I will update it every week for you. It shows how many fish we estimated were harvested each week and where. It shows our harvest share and how many fish are left. Finally, it shows how the public has indicated they would like the harvest share allocated to the different river reaches and how much harvest remains in each of those areas. As we get close to reaching these different target amounts you can expect the fisheries to close in those areas (or at least the adult harvest). Last week we estimated 21 adult Chinook Salmon were harvested in the Clearwater River drainage, all near Lewiston. Go to harvest data for more details.
Counts over Lower Granite Dam the last couple days were around 1,300 and 3,000 fish which is good. Flows are also looking good, so those fish should spread upriver fast. Expect the fishing to really pick up from here on out.
Rapid River Fishery
We did not see any harvest of fish last week on the Rapid River run, and as such I did not include a harvest summary table below. However, once harvest begins I will display a similar table as above for this fishery as well. I can tell you though that the first fish showed up at Rapid River Hatchery two days ago so it would surprise me if some fish are caught this weekend. Flows are looking good right now so those fish coming over Lower Granite Dam now should start being caught in a week.
Hells Canyon Fishery
The Hells Canyon fishery is often one of the first to start up. In fact, our creel crew check one adult last week and we estimated a harvest of three fish. Expect this fishery to pick up in a week as well.
Well the fishery is upon us. I hope you all are getting your gear ready as if the fish aren’t in the area you like to fish now, they should be there soon. - Joe DuPont, Clearwater Region Fishery Manager
I was looking through the Chinook brochure and didn't see the S fork Salmon listed. Will it be open this year, or when will the decision to open be made?
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
|SALMON RIVER - STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS Weekend of 3/3/13|
|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|
|14||Salmon R. - South Fork Salmon R. to Middle Fork Salmon R||29||199.5||3||1||4||50||67||32||MDY|
|15||Salmon R. - Middle Fork Salmon R. to North Fork Salmon R.||42||205||7||7||14||15||29||32||MDY|
|16||Salmon R. - North Fork Salmon R. to Lemhi R.||70||433||16||11||27||16||27||33||CDY|
|17||Salmon R. - Lemhi R. to Pahsimeroi R.||64||186.5||5||6||11||17||37||36||CDY|
|18||Salmon R. - Pahsimeroi R. to East Fork Salmon R.||22||74||3||4||7||11||25||36||CDY|
|19||Salmon R. - upstream from East Fork Salmon R.||8||35||2||1||3||12||18||36||CLR|