I was recently told that mussels were good bait for trout and steelhead. While discussing this with a fishing buddy, He said it was illegal to harvest mussels and therefore illegal to use them as bait. Can you please clarify this for me?
Wondering if its legal to do.
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|
Great job to Idaho fishery folks for making the Cascade Lake fishery very good these last few years.
there is a lot of interest and curiosity as to why the fish and game haven't stocked walleye into the clearwater region of Idaho, and in fact the variety of fish stalked is poor.
I think its called a trout line or something.
Fishing this weekend on the upper Salmon River improved over the previous one. The best hours per fish caught were still found in section 14 and were at 15 hours per fish. Sections 15 and 16 both showed a decrease in the hours per fish caught and angler effort in both sections increased as well. Section 15 was at 22 hours per fish caught for the weekend, while section 16 was at 19 hours per fish. Section 17 again had minimal effort for the weekend, but interviews were obtained. No fish were observed caught in section 17 by creel personnel, but most likely some steelhead harvest has occurred upstream of Salmon. It is also worth noting that the Salmon river was cloudy most of the weekend due to ash runoff from the Halstead fire near Stanley. As of today (22nd), the river is looking much better. Any more rain may push additional ash into the river again, but hopefully it will not have as big of an effect on it as it did this weekend. - Brent Beller, Salmon Region Fisheries Technician
|STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS For Weekend of 10/21/2012|
|River Location||No. Anglers Checked||No. of Hours||No. of Fish Kept||No. of Fish Released||Total Fish||Hours/Fish||Water|
|14 Salmon R. - South Fork Salmon R. to Middle Fork Salmon R||24||90||0||6||6||15||--||44||CDY|
|15 Salmon R. - Middle Fork Salmon R. to North Fork Salmon R||166||475.5||8||14||22||22||59||44||CDY|
|16 Salmon R. - North Fork Salmon R. to Lemhi R.||76||412.5||14||8||22||19||29||43||CDY|
|17 Salmon R. - Lemhi R. to Pahsimeroi R.||7||19.5||0||0||0||--||--||43||CDY|