Steelhead Fishing Blog

  • 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.

  • Clearwater Steelhead Fishing Report (2/11/16)

    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.

  • Clearwater Steelhead Report (1/4/16)

    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.

  • Clearwater Steelhead Fishing Report (12/28/15)

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Natalie Hodson fishing the South Fork Salmon in 2015

    South Fork Salmon Memories

    We had a great salmon season and, as always, are sad the season is over. We caught quite a few big fish this year and it was a lot of fun. - Natalie

  • Upper Salmon River Chinook Fishery Report (7/6/15)

    Chinook angler effort was lower in all upper Salmon River location codes this past week, but catch rates remained good. Once again the majority of anglers were found in location code 19, near Stanley. Anglers near Stanley averaged 20 hours per Chinook caught and 42 hours per Chinook kept.