Most angling effort by boats on the main stem of the Clearwater is from Peck to just above the Ahsahka boat ramp. The majority of the shore effort is in the same area but we are seeing an increase in effort by fly anglers from Cherry Lane Ramp to Lenore. Anglers are using orange/pink beads, jigs, or roe. This past week we only interviewed 31 anglers on the North Fork due to survey limitations. However, effort was high on Saturday with over 60 anglers fishing. Most of the anglers that came through the check station were not successful because the fish were just not biting and seemed to be stacking up by the bridge. - Jaime Robertson, Senior Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region
What month do they run in 2016?
The cold weather has parts of the Clearwater River icing over on the main stem around Myrtle and then by the Ahsahka check station site. Many anglers are coming out to fish during the afternoon hours to avoid the colder temperatures. Catch rates for both river section 03 and 05 were good this past week at 8hrs a fish. Check Harvest Report for more details. - Jaime Robertson, Senior Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Regino
The Clearwater River had good catch rates this past week. From the mouth of the Clearwater to Orofino Bridge catch rates were at 3hrs/fish. Effort is low, but anglers are still catching fish. River section 04 above Orofino Bridge is running free of ice and the river clarity is clear. - Jaime Robertson, Senior Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region
What month of the year is best for fishing steelhead? And what river is recommended for fishing steelhead?
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
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
I was wondering what the typical behavior is of salmon and steelhead that are transplanted into other rivers, like the Boise River? What happens to their homing instinct, and do they typically continue to move upstream or do they go downstream or stay in the same location confused?
When is the next stock date for steelhead in the Boise river?