The steelhead fishing this last weekend on the Upper Salmon River appeared to be highly variable. Anglers were having good success on Saturday, especially downstream of North Fork in section 15, but by Sunday the fishing had cooled off considerably. The creel data for this weekend was collected by only one employee though, so we were light on data for sections 16-18. It is very likely that the fishing was better then what the data reflected for those sections. Deadwater is officially out, and has been for about a week now, so we expect the coming weekend to be very busy in section 15. There is one other thing worth mentioning. The boat ramps that had been closed due to the ice jam have now all been cleared of ice and opened. Good luck fishing! - Brent Beller
On February 16, 2012 the Idaho Fish and Game Commission increased the bag limits for steelhead in sections 15 through 19 on the upper Salmon River from Long Tom Creek – about three-quarters of mile upstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River – to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Sawtooth Hatchery.
Effective February 16, for the remainder of spring 2012 steelhead season, the limits are six steelhead per day, 18 in possession and 40 for the 2012 spring season.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday morning, February 16, increased the bag limits for steelhead in part of the upper Salmon River, effective immediately.
The daily limit is six steelhead, 18 in possession and 40 for the spring 2012 steelhead season. The increase affects river sections 15 through 19 on the upper Salmon River from Long Tom Creek – about three-quarters of mile upstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River – to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Sawtooth Hatchery.
All other seasons and rules remain unchanged. For more information on steelhead fishing in Idaho, check the Fish and Game website http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
On April 13, 2011 we were fly fishing the Main Salmon between Challis and Ellis. Twelve fish in the boat!
- Mikel Mcintosh
I haven't missed going up and fishing for steelhead on the Salmon in 20 years. I look forward to it all year. This year I took a friend who had never been steelhead fishing. When we arrived I walked him down to a hole that has always been successful for me. I was explaining the hole to him and kind of where to cast and what to feel for. Anyway I took his pole and cast out the line (this was the very first cast of the trip) to kind of show him how to do things. It hadn't been in the water only 10 seconds and Wham!! There he was! I handed the pole to him and he reeled in his first steelhead - a wild one! Second steelhead of the day was smaller but a keeper. Good Times!!
- Lance Murray
Oct 10 2010. Sun up found us launching at Heller Bar. By noon we had released a native salmon, caught a hatchery 15 lb steelhead and shot a handful of chukars. A sack lunch on the white sandy beach of the Snake River didn't compare to the dinner yet to come. We hooked into a couple more steelies, but couldn't keep 'em on. As the sun went behind the Oregon Blues the smallmouth started to bite. Harvesting a few for dinner, we made a course for the cabin. Before we could even take one bite of our all Idaho dinnerm which consisted of Chukar Surprise over potatoes and fried bass, the sturgeon rod went nuts. 45 minutes later the 7.5 foot fish finally cooperated for a quick pic and healthy release.
- Eric Hart 'n friends
Who needs a boat. Forgot my big net. Wouldn't you know it I hook into the largest steelhead I've ever hooked. 10 of the longest minutes of my life followed, finally landing this fatty with a severly undersized net.
An even bigger day on the Snake River included a 15 pound hatchery steelhead, catching and releasing a native salmon, shooting a handful of chukars, lunch on the white sandy beach of the Snake River and fishing for smallmouth as the sun went down over the Oregon Blues. Dinner. Pure Idaho. But before we could take a bite out of Chukar Surprise over potatoes and fried bass the sturgeon rod went nuts. 45 minutes later the 7.5 foot fish finally cooperated for a quick pic and healthy release.
- Eric Hart
I love the tug of a steelhead on my fishing line. Setting one on the hook is one thing; being able to bring it in is another.. I love fishing.
- Maureen Stish
Make sure that if you want to keep a fish, hold it over the boat!
- Kelly Colliton
My first time ever fishing for steelies on the Clearwater, Orofino area. Will be headed that way again for our 5th anniversary. What better way to spend it than on the river and catching great fish!
- Judi Anderson