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Birds on the Snake, watch and learn

February 27, 2014 - 12:36am -- idfg-bstuder

We follow several birding photographers online and have been awed at their finds of birds in Idaho. This article gives some good information about places along the Snake River in Idaho to watch birds.

Idaho’s Snake River is a bird-watching haven Peregrine Falcon

 

You can also check out the Fish and Game's Idaho Birding Trail for additional birding information for around the rest of the state.

 

Idaho's largest fish gets some press in the Snake River

October 30, 2013 - 9:24pm -- idfg-bstuder

Learn more about a multi-jurisdictional study on a white sturgeon in the Snake River. This two part story can be found here:

Part 1 http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/White-Sturgeon-series-part-1-229316541.html?tab=video&c=y

Part 2 http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/White-Sturgeon-229531141.html?tab=video&c=y

 

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 Creel Survey for 10/07/12

October 9, 2012 - 10:42am -- idfg-vosborn

 

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS For Weekend of 10/07/2012    
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 150 798 14 18 32 25 57 65 CLR
02  Snake R. - Salmon R. to Hells Canyon Dam 18 134 9 4 13 10 15 65 CLR
03   Clearwater River - Mouth to Memorial Bridge 96 465 14 17 31 15 33 58 CLR
03A  Clearwater  - Memorial Bridge to Orofino Bridge 25 150 0 12 12 13 -- 58 CLR
11   Salmon R. - Whitebird Cr. to Little Salmon R 12 49 3 4 7 7 16 51 CLR
12   Salmon R. - Little Salmon R. to Vinegar Cr. 11 57 0 1 1 57 -- 51 CLR

Fall Chinook Creel Update 10/09/12

October 9, 2012 - 10:35am -- idfg-vosborn

The Snake River creel section 3 (Couse Crk to Cache Crk) still has the best catch rates for Fall Chinook this past week. Section 5 of the Snake tailrace of Hells Canyon Dam has documented one hatchery jack harvested.   - Jaime Mills, Clearwater Fisheries Technician

Fall Chinook Update on Clearwater and Snake Rivers 10/02/12

October 5, 2012 - 3:19pm -- idfg-vosborn

Section 3 of the Snake River (Couse Crk –Cache Crk) had great catch rates this week and the highest amount of adults and jacks harvested. The guides are hitting Heller Bar hard and bringing in a lot of jacks this past week. Almost every Chinook that our clerks have been able to get their hands on has beeped positive for coded wire. We also saw a left opercule punch on a jack up at Heller Bar. I have not yet received Section 5 data, but as soon as I do I will get it out to everyone. - Jaime Mills, Clearwater Fisheries Technician

Clearwater Region Chinook Harvest Summary 5/14/12

May 15, 2012 - 12:37pm -- idfg-vosborn

This past week and more so this weekend saw a jump in angler effort, but the catch rates were poor on Section one ( Camas railroad bridge to Cherry lane bridge). Section 5 (Dug Bar to the tailrace of Hells Canyon Dam) did see a few anglers but there were no documented fish caught.  See Harvest Summary Chart below (or click on 'read more' for chart.) - Jaime Mills, Clearwater Region Fisheries

Clearwater River Drainage

 

 

Chinook Salmon Kept

Angler Hours

Hours per fish kept

Unclipped salmon released

 

Adults

Jacks

Total

 

Railroad Bridge to Cherrylane Bridge

16

0

16

1,985

124

3

 

Cherrylane Bridge to Orofino Bridge

0

0

0

0

-

0

 

North Fork Clearwater River

0

0

0

0

-

0

 

Orofino Bridge to Kooskia Bridge

0

0

0

0

Who needs a boat!

January 21, 2012 - 2:49pm -- idfg-vosborn

Who needs a boat. Forgot my big net. Wouldn't you know it I hook into the largest steelhead I've ever hooked. 10 of the longest minutes of my life followed, finally landing this fatty with a severly undersized net.

An even bigger day on the Snake River included a 15 pound hatchery steelhead, catching and releasing a native salmon, shooting a handful of chukars, lunch on the white sandy beach of the Snake River and fishing for smallmouth as the sun went down over the Oregon Blues. Dinner. Pure Idaho. But before we could take a bite out of Chukar Surprise over potatoes and fried bass the sturgeon rod went nuts. 45 minutes later the 7.5 foot fish finally cooperated for a quick pic and healthy release.

- Eric Hart

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