The North Fork did not see much effort this weekend but a fish was harvested. In the river section 03, primarily around Orofino, there were good angler hours per fish caught, but only four fish were harvested. Click here to see weekend summary. - Jaime Robertson, Clearwater Fisheries Technician
Anglers fishing for steelhead right now are on the Clearwater River. Click here to see the latest weekend results.
Colder weather moved in this past weekend on the upper Salmon River, and angler effort dropped off significantly as a result. The catch rates though remained similar to the previous weekend. Anglers in location code 14 - downstream of the Middle Fork - averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught and 37 hours per steelhead kept. Anglers in location code 15 also averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught and 18 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of North Fork, in location code 16, anglers averaged 28 hours per steelhead caught and 33 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 17, between the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi rivers, anglers averaged 9 hours per steelhead caught and 13 hours per steelhead kept. Click here for more details. - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician
The 2013 fall Chinook fishery was without a doubt our best season since the fishery began in 2008. Harvest and catch were nearly double of any previous season with a total harvest of 2,667 and a total catch of 11,037. Steelhead fishing is occurring in most open areas and the best catch rates are in the lower Salmon River. The steelhead fishery in the Snake River section 02 from the mouth of the Salmon River upstream to Hells Canyon Dam has tanked over the last couple weeks currently taking an estimated 223 hours to harvest a fish. - Don Whitney, Clearwater Regional Fisheries Biologist
Are steelhead released on the same schedule as boise river for oxbow dam? Was trying to plan a trip for the weekend and not sure where to check on the status of the dam.
With the steelhead size limits on the Clearwater, are they going to have a fish derby at Lewiston this year? If they do how will it work? Is there a chance you could remove the size limit just for Nov. 28th to Dec.1st for the derby? Thanks, Kevin
When do I know when steelhead are released on the Boise river? Is the local newspaper the best option or do they release the info on the f&g website?
This weekend on the upper Salmon River the steelhead fishing improved considerably over the previous one in location codes 14 and 15, but remained slow upstream in location codes 16 and 17. Anglers had the best catch rates downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14, where they averaged 9 hours per steelhead caught and 47 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 15 anglers averaged 17 hours per steelhead caught and 55 hours per steelhead kept. No kept steelhead were found upstream of North Fork and only one was reported as released, which resulted in a catch rate of 356 hours per steelhead in location code 16. In location code 17, angler effort was low and no steelhead were reported caught. Click here for a full report. - Brent Beller, Salmon Region Fisheries Technician
What an incredible day! Oh yeah, and I did catch two steelhead. I hope you are enjoying this wonderful fall weather. - Scott Putnam