salmon fishing

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing (3/1/7/16)

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River remained high over the past week. Once again anglers were primarily concentrated downstream of North Fork in location code 15, but angler effort upstream of the East Fork in location code 19 increased as well. Interviewed anglers downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 24 hours per steelhead caught and did not report harvesting a steelhead. In location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 8 hours per steelhead caught and 16 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of the North Fork in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 23 hours per steelhead caught or kept. Upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 25 hours per steelhead caught and 35 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 18, upstream of the Pahsimeroi River, interviewed anglers averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught and 176 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 19, interviewed anglers averaged 4 hours per steelhead caught and 10 hours per steelhead kept.

The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,380 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 125 percent of average for today’s date. Water temperatures over the weekend were in the lower 40s, and the river was cloudy or muddy in all areas except location code 19.  - Brent Beller​, Fisheries Technician II, Salmon Region

Clearwater Steelhead Report (2/22/16)

The Clearwater River has started to see effort drop off on the main stem of the river ( Mouth to Orofino Bridge/river section 03). Anglers fishing in this section of the river are predominantly around the Orofino area fishing the Magill Hole, Pole Yard, and Slaughter House.  The North Fork of the Clearwater (River sect. 05)  is still seeing a high amount of effort. Anglers fishing in this area are predominantly bobber fishing and they are using black/white, pink, and purple jigs with shrimp or scent. Effort has increased on the South Fork of the Clearwater (river sect. 07) and had good catch rates at just 9 hours a fish. The flows of the South Fork are supposed to increase by this weekend though so catch rates and effort may drop off. River section 04 is seeing most anglers fishing from Button Beach up to the Kooskia Bridge. Most anglers are fishing down from the bridge at the Mill hole.

The Salmon River saw effort in river sections 10 thru13 and 20. Most of the anglers are fishing right around Riggins in river section 12.

The North Fork of the Clearwater and River sect. 02 of the Snake River are the only stretches that report clear water. Everywhere else the water was pretty cloudy.

- Jaime Robertson, Senior Fisheries Technician,Clearwater Region

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Report from 2/28/16

Steelhead angler effort increased considerably on the upper Salmon River this past week. The majority of anglers were observed in location code 15 downstream of North Fork. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork, in location code 14, averaged 11 hours per steelhead caught and 32 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 9 hours per steelhead caught and 14 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of North Fork in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 10 hours per steelhead caught and 12 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 17, upstream of the Lemhi River, interviewed anglers averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught and 30 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18, interviewed anglers averaged 8 hours per steelhead caught and 8 hours per steelhead kept.  No interviews were obtained upstream of the East Fork in location code 19. Creel personnel will begin interviewing anglers in this area this week.

The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,160 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 108 percent of average for today’s date. Water temperatures remained in the mid to upper 30s throughout the week. Water visibility varied throughout the week but began to worsen in all areas Sunday due to increased runoff.

The Deadwater ice jam is now out, and road conditions downstream of North Fork have improved. 

- Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region

 

First Upper Salmon River Steelhead Report for 2016

This is the first upper Salmon River weekly steelhead fishing report for the spring 2016 season. Reports will be issued each Monday through the end of April.

Creel personnel began interviewing anglers on Friday, February 19th. Due to road conditions, limited time was spent conducting interviews downstream of Shoup over the weekend. No interviews were obtained in location code 14, and no interviewed angler reported catching a steelhead in location code 15. Downstream of the Lemhi River in location code 16, interviewed anglers fished for 47 hours and did not report catching a steelhead. Interviewed anglers upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 did well and averaged 10 hours per steelhead caught and 18 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 18, upstream of the Pahsimeroi River, interviewed anglers averaged 7 hours per steelhead caught and 9 hours per steelhead kept. No angler interviews were conducted upstream of the East Fork in location code 19.

The Salmon River  is currently flowing at 1,200 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 110 percent of average for today’s date. The river’s temperature over the weekend was in the upper 30s in all location codes.  Water condition varied greatly depending on the fishing location. Downstream of the Deadwater ice jam, the river had poor visibility due to the gradual breakup of the ice jam. Upstream of the ice jam the water condition improved slightly but was still poor due to muddy flows from the Lemhi River. Upstream of the Lemhi River, the water condition was good.

The Deadwater ice jam has receded to the Deadwater boat ramp and will likely go out sometime this week. The river downstream of Deadwater typically takes up to two days to begin clearing up once the ice jam goes out. All boat ramps between Salmon and North Fork will be cleared of ice this week.

The Salmon River road is currently passable downstream of Shoup, but road conditions are potentially hazardous. Due to snow slides and falling rock, anglers are advised to take care when driving and choosing areas to park or fish. Additionally, anglers should be cautious of the large ice shelves on the bank in areas where the ice jam occurred. These shelves can collapse at any time and caution should be taken when fishing near them.   - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician II, Salmon Region

Attend Public Meetings on 2016 Chinook Salmon Fisheries

Joe DuPont, Clearwater Fisheries Manager, encourages anglers to join the discussion on how to manage this year's Chinook Salmon fisheries. The public meeting is in Lewiston on February 24, 2016. Meetings are also being held in Orofino on February 22 and Riggins on February 23.  Check the press release for more details.

Clearwater Steelhead Fishing Report (11/30/15)

This past week fishing was slow in most areas. River section 03 (mouth of the Clearwater to Memorial Bridge) had catch rates of 8 hours a fish and river section 02 (Salmon R. to Hells Canyon Dam) was at 10 hours a fish. River section 04 on the Clearwater (upstream from Orofino Bridge) has ice over the river between the Zans boat ramp and 5 mile ramp. Anglers that fished on the North Fork reported slow fishing. One of the big comments is that the water is too clear. Anglers that used orange beads, orange headed jigs with pink hackle, or plugs have reported the most success. Check Harvest Report for more details. - Jaime Robertson, Senior Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Report (11/30/15)

Heavy slush ice made for difficult fishing conditions on the upper Salmon River this past week. Angler interviews were stopped after Tuesday due to the poor river conditions and low angler effort. On Monday and Tuesday interviewed anglers upstream of the Middle Fork in location code 15 averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught and 31 hours per steelhead kept. Anglers did not report catching any steelhead in location codes 14 or 16.  Check Harvest Report for more details.

The Salmon River is currently flowing at 970 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 80% of average for today’s date. Water temperatures were in the lower 30s throughout the week.

This will be the last weekly summary report released for the fall 2015 steelhead season.  - Brent Beller,  Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region

Clearwater Steelhead Fishing Report (11/16/15)

Steelhead catch rates on the Clearwater River this past week were good with 10 hours or less to catch. We are starting to document more anglers fishing above Orofino Bridge and we documented catch on the South Fork of the Clearwater. The Salmon River documented 18 hours or less to catch and the Snake River documented 18 or less as well. There are still quite a few people fishing up by Heller Bar on river section 01 of the Snake. Anglers reported that overall the catch rates have been pretty good in that area and are happy with the fishing. Anglers are drifting eggs, floating bobbers, jig with shrimp, bottom bouncing, and back trolling. Check Harvest Report for details.  - Jaime Robertson, Senior fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region

Upper Salmon Steelhead Report (11/15/15)

With catch rates under 16 hours per fish in all location codes, steelhead fishing remained good this past week on the upper Salmon River. Angler effort was lower than the previous week but remained high for the middle of November. The majority of anglers fished downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15, but an increase in angler effort upstream of Salmon was also observed. In location code 14, downstream of the Middle Fork, interviewed anglers averaged 8 hours per steelhead caught and 28 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of the Middle Fork in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 13 hours per steelhead caught and 19 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of North Fork, in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 8 hours per steelhead caught and 21 hours per steelhead kept. Interviewed anglers upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 averaged 15 hours per steelhead caught and 22 hours per steelhead kept.

The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,270 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 98% of average for today’s date. Throughout the week water temperatures were in the upper 30s with clear visibility. Check Harvest Report for details.   - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Salmon Region