Many of you have stopped fishing for Chinook in the Clearwater Region, but I know some of you still are so I am going to keep providing these updates until we shut down the season.
Most of the effort and catch we see right now in the Clearwater is near the release sites. Fishing in the North Fork continues to be good, and based on the fish I saw last week, it appears that many of them still have orange meat. Some are starting to turn though. What is interesting is that the catch rates we saw last week on the North Fork Clearwater (5 hrs/fish) was the best we have seen all year in any river section in the Clearwater River drainage. So if you still want to catch a Chinook, you have a good opportunity.
|Clearwater River Drainage|
|Chinook Salmon Kept||Angler Hours||Hours per fish kept||Unclipped salmon released|
|Railroad Bridge to Cherrylane Bridge||0||0||0||0||-||0|
|Cherrylane Bridge to Orofino Bridge||0||0||0||0||-||0|
|North Fork Clearwater River||73||6||79||665||8||30|
|Orofino Bridge to Kooskia Bridge||0||0||0||9||-||0|
|Middle Fork Clearwater River||4||0||4||142||36||0|
|South Fork Clearwater River||3||0||3||435||145||3|
|Clearwater River drainage Week total||80||6||86||1422||17||33|
|Clearwater River drainage Season total||3371||204||3575||76294||21||1110|
Fishing in the Riggins area has really dropped off. Almost all the fish caught last week were in the Little Salmon with catch rates being about 20 hrs/fish.
Believe it or not, the fishing picked back up below Hells Canyon Dam as we estimated that 18 adult Chinook were harvested last week. The fishing pressure was light so we actually estimated the best catch rate of the season below the dam last week at 11 hr/fish.
|Snake River at Hells Canyon Dam||Chinook Salmon Kept||Angler Hours||Hours per fish kept||Unclipped salmon released|
|Snake River Season Total||182||16||198||6268||32||10|
For you die hards out there, even though the season is winding down, we are seeing some of the best catch rates of the year in certain locations.