Salmon River

Upper Salmon River Weekend Summary 3/11/12

Fishing this last weekend dropped off slightly from the previous one, but the hours per fish caught were still fairly good. Poor weather on Sunday also affected our data because it limited the number of anglers who were out fishing. The best fishing was again found downriver of North Fork in sections 14 and 15. Hopefully we will soon observe the catch rates improving upstream which would indicate that the steelhead are beginning to move upriver. We did not have data from section 18 this weekend because of limited personnel, but angler pressure in that section did pick up and steelhead were being caught. We will attempt  to have data for all sections again next weekend.     - Brent Beller

Upper Salmon River Weekend Summary 3/04/12

Angler success this last weekend improved in all river sections. The majority of anglers were found downstream of North Fork, but activity also increased near Ellis and steelhead were even caught in section 19. Assuming that the river stays relatively clear and doesn’t muddy up then we are expecting the fishing to only improve this coming week.   - Brent Beller

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Report 2/26/12

The steelhead fishing this last weekend on the Upper Salmon River appeared to be highly variable. Anglers were having good success on Saturday, especially downstream of North Fork in section 15, but by Sunday the fishing had cooled off considerably. The creel data for this weekend was collected by only one employee though, so we were light on data for sections 16-18. It is very likely that the fishing was better then what the data reflected for those sections. Deadwater is officially out, and has been for about a week now, so we expect the coming weekend to be very busy in section 15. There is one other thing worth mentioning. The boat ramps that had been closed due to the ice jam have now all been cleared of ice and opened. Good luck fishing!   - Brent Beller

Friends take friends steelhead fishing.

I haven't missed going up and fishing for steelhead on the Salmon in 20 years. I look forward to it all year. This year I took a friend who had never been steelhead fishing. When we arrived I walked him down to a hole that has always been successful for me. I was explaining the hole to him and kind of where to cast and what to feel for. Anyway I took his pole and cast out the line (this was the very first cast of the trip) to kind of show him how to do things. It hadn't been in the water only 10 seconds and Wham!! There he was! I handed the pole to him and he reeled in his first steelhead - a wild one! Second steelhead of the day was smaller but a keeper. Good Times!!
- Lance Murray

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Creel Report for the Weekend of 11/26/2011

Slightly warmer weather this weekend allowed more anglers to come out then the previous weekend, and they had more success. Fishing actually improved this weekend with the hours per fish caught dropping or holding steady in all sections. The season is definitely slowing down and beginning to wrap up, but as long as above freezing temperatures continue to persist and keep the slush ice away, the fishing should remain solid.

Also, this will be the last report issued for the Fall 2011 season.

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Creel Report for the Weekend of 11/12/2011

Hours per steelhead caught increased this past weekend (November 12) compared to the previous weekend (November 5), most likely due to the cold weather.  Experienced anglers are finding plenty of open access areas and good fishing for this time of year.

    * The values shown are unexpanded sample data and estimates of fishing effort and success.
  ** Before October 15, steelhead fishing upstream of Memorial Bridge of U.S. Highway 12 at Lewiston is catch-and-release only.

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Creel Report for the Weekend of 11/06/2011

Steelhead fishing stayed fairly consistent this weekend with the exception of river section 15 which had considerable improvements in both total fish caught and hours per fish. Both air and water temperatures continued their declines, with the river temperature hovering at or below 40° F throughout the weekend compared to 42° F during the previous weekend. The number of anglers fishing in all river sections dropped off considerably this weekend and this was most likely due to the decreasing temperatures and a weather forecast which called for the possibility of snow showers. The fishery should be at, or near, its peak now, but as long as the weather holds out and doesn’t get too cold then we expect the fishery to remain good for at least the next several weeks.

    * The values shown are unexpanded sample data and estimates of fishing effort and success.
  ** Before October 15, steelhead fishing upstream of Memorial Bridge of U.S. Highway 12 at Lewiston is catch-and-release only.

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Creel Report for the Weekend of 10/30/2011

Steelhead fishing improved considerably this past week in the upper Salmon River area in terms of the number of fish kept and the hours of angling required (on average) to catch a keeper. Days with better success rates were likely attributed to schools of fish migrating through the river system or possibly weather events that positively influenced fish activity.  Fishing should be at its peak for the next several weeks if moderate weather conditions persist.

    * The values shown are unexpanded sample data and estimates of fishing effort and success.
  ** Before October 15, steelhead fishing upstream of Memorial Bridge of U.S. Highway 12 at Lewiston is catch-and-release only.

Steelhead Fishing on Salmon River Oct 23, 2011

This weekend we observed considerable increases in angler pressure and success across all river sections, compared to the previous weekend. This is most likely due to cooler water temperatures, which remained in the mid to high forties all weekend. The hours per fish caught in each section were almost cut in half, while the number of anglers and hours fished, with the exception of section 16, doubled. Pressure was the highest in section 15 with many bank anglers as well as drift and jet boats. Not many hatchery fish were caught in section 14, but anglers were having success catching wild steelhead. Steelhead were also caught in section 17 as far upstream as Twelve Mile. With even colder weather moving in this week, we expect the fishing next weekend to be similar or even improve.


    * The values shown are unexpanded sample data and estimates of fishing effort and success.
  ** Before October 15, steelhead fishing upstream of Memorial Bridge of U.S. Highway 12 at Lewiston is catch-and-release only.