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Fall Chinook and Steelhead Updates 11/19/13

November 21, 2013 - 2:31pm -- idfg-vosborn

The 2013 fall Chinook fishery was without a doubt our best season since the fishery began in 2008. Harvest and catch were nearly double of any previous season with a total harvest of 2,667 and a total catch of 11,037. Steelhead fishing is occurring in most open areas and the best catch rates are in the lower Salmon River. The steelhead fishery in the Snake River section 02 from the mouth of the Salmon River upstream to Hells Canyon Dam has tanked over the last couple weeks currently taking an estimated 223 hours to harvest a fish.  - Don Whitney, Clearwater Regional Fisheries Biologist

Clearwater Steelhead Creel Survey 4/07/13

April 8, 2013 - 5:23pm -- idfg-vosborn

On section 03 the catch was great at 8 hours but low number of anglers interviewed and hours fished. On 05 and 07 the catch is great but horrible for keepers. - Seth Crevison, Clearwater Region Fisheries Technician

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS   Weekend 3/2/2013                
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
2 Snake R. - Salmon R. to Hells Canyon Dam 9 42 1 2 3 14 42 44 CLR
3 Clearwater River - mouth to Orofino Bridge 4 8 0 1 1 8 -- 45 CLR
5 North Fork Clearwater R. 15 58 2 9 11 5 29 48 CLR
7 South Fork Clearwater R. 33 113 4 10 14 8 28 45 CLR
12 Salmon R. - Little Salmon R. to Vinegar Cr. 2 5 0 0 0 -- -- 50 CLR
20 Little Salmon R. 52 264 16 1 17 16 17 48 CLR

Weekend (3/2/13) Creel Numbers for Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers.

March 4, 2013 - 4:03pm -- idfg-vosborn

Catch rates were decent this week on the Salmon River. - Seth Crevison. Fisheries Technician, Idaho Fish and Game

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS   Weekend 3/2/2013                
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
2 Snake R. - Salmon R. to Hells Canyon Dam 5 23 2 1 3 8 12 37 CLR
3 Clearwater River - mouth to Orofino Bridge 102 694 18 13 31 22 39 38 CLR
5 North Fork Clearwater R. 29 172 2 0 2 86 86 41 CLR
7 South Fork Clearwater R. 94 381 3 15 18 21 127 38 CLR
11 Salmon R. - Whitebird Cr. to Little Salmon R. 8 25 1 1 2 12 25 38 CLR
12 Salmon R. - Little Salmon R. to Vinegar Cr. 93 412 19 12 31 13 22 38 CLR
13 Salmon R. - Vinegar Cr. to South Fork Salmon R. 14 117 3 2 5 23 39 38 CLR
20 Little Salmon R. 12 12 0 0 0 -- -- 34 CLR

Steelhead Creel Numbers for Weekend of 2/24/13

February 26, 2013 - 12:11pm -- idfg-vosborn

Catch rates were decent this week on most sections excluding the North Fork, while keep rates were not so great.  We saw the most effort upstream from Orofino Bridge with 10 hours to catch a fish and 25 hours to keep a fish. - Seth Crevison. Idaho Fish & Game Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS   Week 2/24/2013                
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
2 Snake R. - Salmon R. to Hells Canyon Dam 2 10 0 0 0 -- -- 36 CLR
3 Clearwater River - mouth to Orofino Bridge 85 460 21 21 42 11 22 39 CL
4 Clearwater R. - upstream from Orofino Bridge 103 560 22 36 58 10 25 39 CLR
5 North Fork Clearwater R. 20 87 5 0 5 17 17 39 CLR
7 South Fork Clearwater R. 92 310 4 21 25 12 78 39 CLR
11 Salmon R. - Whitebird Cr. to Little Salmon R. 25 94 6 2 8 12 16 32 CLR
12 Salmon R. - Little Salmon R. to Vinegar Cr. 111 525 10 15 25 21 52 36 CLR
13 Salmon R. - Vinegar Cr. to South Fork Salmon R. 61 476 18 14 32 15 26 36 CLR
20 Little Salmon R. 16 34 1 0 1 34 34 36 CLR

 

 

Clearwater Steelhead Creel Numbers

February 6, 2013 - 5:44pm -- idfg-vosborn

Check graph to see creel numbers for steelhead fishing on Clearwater, Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers.

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS  
Week 2/3/13
               
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
3 Clearwater River - mouth to Orofino Bridge 49 236 5 5 9 26 47 34 CLR
4 Clearwater R. - upstream from Orofino Bridge 19 55 2 0 7 8 28 34 CLR
5 N.F  Clearwater R. 27 152 3 1 3 50 50 34 CLR
7 S.F. Clearwater R. 20 48 1 0 2 24 48 34 CLR
11 Salmon R. - Whitebird Cr. to Little Salmon R. 5 27 0 0 0 -- -- 32 CLR
12 Salmon R. - Little Salmon R. to Vinegar Cr. 2 4 0 0 0 -- -- 32 CLR
20 Little Salmon R. 15 41 0 0 0 -- -- 31 CLR

Steelhead and Chinook Salmon Update

January 25, 2013 - 11:42am -- idfg-vosborn

Hi all, seeing I haven’t provided you an update recently,  I thought I would let you know how the steelhead season is progressing and what we have forecasted for the upcoming spring/summer Chinook salmon season.

Steelhead

If you are wondering how steelhead fishing in the Clearwater has been recently, it actually has been fairly good with catch rates averaging less than 10 hrs/fish during most weeks. Fishing in the North Fork has, on the other hand, has been unusually slow. It should start picking up as the Dworshak fish start moving upstream. We haven’t been monitoring the Snake or Salmon rivers recently, so I don’t have updates for you on those rivers.

Some rumors were being spread that, due to the lower run size for Dworshak Hatchery bound steelhead, IDFG would be reducing limits or shutting down the steelhead season to make sure brood needs will be met.  Well, let me assure you, this is a rumor and we have no intentions of changing the steelhead season.  We are monitoring the number of steelhead ascending Lower Granite Dam that are bound for Dworshak Hatchery as well as how many of these fish are being harvested.   This is what I can tell you.  At the end of December, we estimated that around 13,000 hatchery released steelhead bound for the Clearwater River basin have passed over Lower Granite Dam.  By the time the run is over this spring, we suspect around 15,000 Clearwater River bound hatchery fish will have passed over Lower Granite Dam.  To give you some perspective, runs of Clearwater River hatchery fish have ranged from 20,000 to 57,000 fish over the last 11 years.   

Snapshot of Steelhead Fishing on the Clearwater and Snake 12/16/12

December 21, 2012 - 6:01pm -- idfg-vosborn

This past weekend on the main stem of the Clearwater below Orofino bridge catch rates were great and to keep they were OK.  We are starting to see more anglers out on the South Fork and they are catching a few fish. This past Friday a nice bright 36 in. steelhead was brought in by Lenore. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a picture. However, the angler did get a good laugh at my expense when I face planted it on the boat launch. - Jaime Mills, Clearwater Region

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS For Weekend of 12/16/2012    
River Location No. Anglers Checked No. of Hours No. of Fish Kept No. of Fish Released Total Fish Hours/Fish Water
caught kept Temp (F) Conditions
01  Snake River - Downstream from Salmon River 4 14 0 0 0 -- -- 36 CLR
03  Clearwater River - Mouth to Memorial Bridge 69 393 16 26 42 9 25 34 CLR
04  Clearwater River - mouth to Orofino Bridge. 10 36 3 3 6 6 12 34 CLR
05   North Fork Clearwater R 16 92 0 0 0 -- -- 34 CLR
07  South Fork Clearwater R. 14 37 1 2 3 12 37 CLR CD
10    Salmon R. - downstream from Whitebird Cr. 4 12 4 1 5 2 3 36 CLR

Steelhead Fishing Opportunities 10/31/12

October 31, 2012 - 4:24pm -- idfg-vosborn

Hi everybody, I thought I’d let you know about some steelhead fishing opportunities that will be occurring in the Boise area.  We will be stocking around 250 steelhead that were trapped at Hells Canyon Dam in the Boise River on Thursday, November 1 from Glenwood Bridge to Barber Park.  I have been told the steelhead fishing can be quite good at times after these stocking efforts.  Plans are to also stock a similar number of fish later in November.  So, those of you in the Boise area who don’t like to travel, this might be a good fishing opportunity for you.

Seeing I’ve got your attention (well hopefully I do), I thought I’d also give you an update on the steelhead fishing in the Clearwater River.  As I suspected, the fishing effort has been very low for the first two weeks after the general opener.  In fact, I can’t remember seeing so few people fishing as I saw on the first two days of the season.  As a result, there were fewer people competing over the fish that were in the river and catch rates have been good (about 10/hrs fish).   With the recent rains, the river flows have shot up and turned the river dirty, but once flows settle back down I suspect a bunch more new fish will have moved into the system.  So plan accordingly, the fishing could get quite good.   Based on PIT tags, about 22,000 Clearwater bound hatchery steelhead have passed over Bonneville Dam this year.  So far, only about 11,000 of them have made it past Lower Granite.  Let’s hope this increase in flows gets those fish moving.  I’m betting on it. 

Fishing in the Snake and Salmon has also been decent at around 10 hrs/fish, so there are plenty of opportunities out there.

Don’t forget, fall chinook season is over tomorrow, November 1.

Talk to you all later.     - Joe DuPont, Clearwater Region Fishery Manager

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