Snake River

Bridge repair near C.J. Strike Reservoir

Here's some information that sportsmen interested in C.J. Strike Dam should know. The bridge below the dam is going to be closed for rennovations through July 31, 2014. Please consider alternate routes.

C.J. Strike Dam is a popular location for fishing and this closed bridge is near several popular Fish and Game access points. This location is along the Snake River upstream from Grandview, Idaho. 

Learn more about the closure in this Mountain Home News article about the closure and from Idaho Power.

The wooden bridge near CJ Strike Dam. Photo from Flickr, Don Burr by CC Attribution
 

Birds on the Snake, watch and learn

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.

 

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

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

 

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 Update on Clearwater and Snake Rivers 10/02/12

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

Snake River Fall Chinook Creel Survey 9/18/12

 

Snake River Fall Chinook Sport Fishery Update
September 18, 2012
   
   
Expanded Effort and Catch estimates for interval 3 (September 10-September 16, 2012)
                   
Snake River       Total Total Breakdown of salmon released
  # Salmon Kept Salmon Salmon ad-clipped non ad-clipped
  Adults Jacks Total Released Caught adults jacks adults jacks
Sec 1 58 36 94 76 170 36 0 22 18
Sec 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sec 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sec 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sec 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 58 36 94 76 170 36 0 22 18
Snake R. Season Total 69 45 114 143 257 52 0 62 29
                   
    # Angler Hours Hours/Fish      
    Boat Bank Total caught kept      
Sec 1   5375 0 5375 32 57      
Sec 2   432 0 432 - -      
Sec 3   0 0 0 - -      
Sec 4   0 0 0 - -      
Sec 5   0 59 59 - -      
Total   5807 59 5866 35 62      
Snake R. Season Total   11278 59 11337 44 99      

 

Section Descriptions:
Section 1: ID/WA State line (rm 139.3) upstream to US Highway 12 Bridge (rm 139.5)
Section 2: US Highway 12 Bridge upstream to Couse Creek boat ramp (rm 157.6)
Section 3: Couse Creek boat ramp upstream to OR/WA border (rm 176)
Section 4: OR/WA border upstream to Sheep Creek (rm 229.5)
Section 5: Sheep Creek upstream to Hells Canyon Dam (rm 247)

 

Clearwater Region Chinook Harvest Summary 5/14/12

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

-

0

 

Middle Fork Clearwater River

0

0

0

0

-

0

 

South Fork Clearwater River

0

0

0

0

-

0

 

Lochsa River

0

0

0

0

-

0

 

Clearwater River drainage Week total

16

0

16

1,985

124

3

 

Clearwater River drainage Season total

16

0

16

2,140

134

3