Steelhead Fishing Blog

  • 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.

  • Potlatch River Steelhead

    The Potlatch River is a smaller little known river that flows into the Clearwater River about 15 miles upstream of Lewiston, Idaho. For those familiar with this river, images of raging dirty water in the spring and barely a trickle in the summer often come to mind.

  • Salmon River Steelhead Fishing 4/13/15

    The Salmon River cleared up this past week as flows began to decline, and as result, catch rates improved considerably.

  • Clearwater Steelhead Fishing 4/13/15

    Angler effort continues to decline on the Main Stem of the Clearwater and lower Salmon River as the Spring 2015 Steelhead season nears its end. Most of effort this past week occurred on the Little Salmon River and on the South Fork of the Clearwater.