Steelhead Fishing Blog

  • Upper Salmon River Weekend Report 11/19/13

    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.

  • Fall Chinook and Steelhead Updates 11/19/13

    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.

  • Upper Salmon River Weekend Report 10/20/13

    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.

  • An Incredible Fall Day on the River

    What an incredible day!  Oh yeah, and I did catch two steelhead. I hope you are enjoying this wonderful fall weather. - Scott Putnam

  • Rule Changes on Clearwater River

    Hi everybody, we are implementing rule changes for steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River that you all should be aware of.  First I will let you know what the rule changes are and then I will let you know why we made these changes.

  • Steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River

    A beautiful day for fishing.

    Steelhead fishing is still slow in both the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. Weather is cooling off and we had a nice rain storm on Sunday.

  • Phil Anderson and sons on upper Salmon 2013

    Success on the upper Salmon River.

    I just wanted to take a few minutes and tell you all what a fantastic job you have been doing in regards to Steelhead and Salmon recovery in Idaho. I have fished Idaho's Salmon River every year for almost 15 years now. I have always targeted the section between Challis and Stanley.

  • Weekend Steelhead Summary for Clearwater River 4/20/13

    Catch on the North Fork of the Clearwater  this past weekend was great and decent for keepers, but low number of anglers interviewed. The catch on the South Fork is great - 2 hours for each fish caught - but horrible for keepers.

  • Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing 4/21/13

    The steelhead fishing this past weekend on the upper Salmon River picked up slightly over the previous week. The majority of anglers were found in section 19, near the Sunbeam Dam area or in section 17, near the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River. Minimal angler effort was observed in section 18.

  • Clearwater Steelhead Creel Survey 4/07/13

    On section 03 the catch was great at 8 hours but low number of anglers interviewed and hours fished. On 05 and 07 the catch is great but horrible for keepers. - Seth Crevison, Clearwater Region Fisheries Technician