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Upper Salmon River Weekend Summary 3/16/14

March 17, 2014 - 5:35pm -- idfg-vosborn

This past weekend on the upper Salmon was the best steelhead fishing that has been observed so far this spring with the majority of angler effort located downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15. Interviewed anglers in location code 14, downstream of the Middle Fork, averaged 13 hours per steelhead caught and 280 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 15, 149 interviewed anglers caught a total of 98 steelhead which resulted in averages of 8 hours per steelhead caught and 18 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 16, between North Fork and the mouth of the Lemhi, interviewed anglers averaged 9 hours per steelhead caught and 12 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 17, interviewed anglers had a tough time finding fish and averaged 286 hours per steelhead caught or kept. Upstream of the Pahsimeroi River, in location code 18, the fishing was also slow, with anglers averaging 146 per steelhead caught, and no steelhead were reported kept. The fishing improved upstream of the East Fork, in location code 19. Interviewed anglers there averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught and 21 hours per steelhead kept. Click here for more details.

River conditions over the weekend were relatively good, with cloudy water observed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River and clear water observed upstream. River temperatures were in the low 40s and remained fairly stable. Springtime conditions continue to cause rock falls on the Salmon River road downstream of North Fork , and anglers are advised to use caution while driving and deciding where to park.  - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician

Upper Salmon River Weekend Summary 3/09/14

March 11, 2014 - 1:19pm -- idfg-vosborn

With the low level snowmelt that is occurring, water conditions on the upper Salmon River continue to fluctuate daily. The Deadwater ice jam went out on Wednesday, March 5th, and the river visibility downstream began to improve by Saturday. Rain is in the forecast for the next couple of days, but then clear weather is predicted to move in. If that is the case, then river conditions may continue to improve heading into the upcoming weekend. The road downstream of North Fork is passable, with typical spring time conditions causing rocks to fall in some areas. Anglers are advised to use caution when driving and deciding where to park.

This weekend on the upper Salmon River, angler effort increased considerably in a couple of river location codes. In location code 14, angler effort remained similar to the previous weekend and no interviewed anglers reported catching a steelhead. In location code 15, angler effort increased from 39 hours of effort during the previous weekend to 268 hours this weekend. Anglers in location code 15 also averaged the best catch rates of the weekend at 7 hours per steelhead caught and 17 hours per steelhead kept. Location code 16, from the mouth of the North Fork to the mouth of the Lemhi River, did not receive much angler effort with only one steelhead reported caught. This resulted in catch rates of 22 hours per steelhead caught or kept. Location code 17, from the mouth of the Lemhi River to the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River, had a large increase in angler effort, but anglers only reported catching two steelhead. This resulted in catch rates of 208 hours per steelhead caught and 416 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 18, anglers averaged 42 hours per steelhead caught, and none were kept. In location code 19, anglers averaged 131 hours per fish caught, and no steelhead were reported kept.  Click here for more details. - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician

Upper Salmon River Weekend Report 11/19/13

November 21, 2013 - 2:36pm -- idfg-vosborn

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

 

Salmon River - Weekend Steelhead Creel (3/3/13)

March 4, 2013 - 4:27pm -- idfg-vosborn

This weekend on the upper Salmon River, the number of anglers increased, but compared to the week before, the fishing was not as good. The best catch rate was found in section 18 where anglers averaged 11 hours per steelhead. Section 19, with a catch rate of 12 hours per steelhead was the second best, while sections 15 and 16 were at 15 and 16 hours per steelhead caught, respectively. Fishing within sections 14 and 15 was hindered by muddy water conditions due to the Deadwater ice jam breaking apart.

As of yesterday (3rd) the ice jam had receded nearly to Deadwater and most likely it will break up entirely sometime within the next few days. Anglers should use caution when fishing on, or next to, the bank ice left behind by the ice jam. This weekend, an angler fishing off of a large piece of bank ice ended up in the river when the ice collapsed and catapulted him into water 8-10 feet deep. During the next couple of weeks many more of these large blocks of bank ice will collapse into the river as they melt, and anglers should keep that in the back of their minds when choosing a safe spot to fish from.   - Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician, Idaho Fish and Game

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Weekend Summary (10/21/12)

October 24, 2012 - 5:53pm -- idfg-vosborn

Fishing this weekend on the upper Salmon River improved over the previous one. The best hours per fish caught were still found in section 14 and were at 15 hours per fish. Sections 15 and 16 both showed a decrease in the hours per fish caught and angler effort in both sections increased as well. Section 15 was at 22 hours per fish caught for the weekend, while section 16 was at 19 hours per fish. Section 17 again had minimal effort for the weekend, but interviews were obtained. No fish were observed caught in section 17 by creel personnel, but most likely some steelhead harvest has occurred upstream of Salmon. It is also worth noting that the Salmon river was cloudy most of the weekend due to ash runoff from the Halstead fire near Stanley. As of today (22nd), the river is looking much better. Any more rain may push additional ash into the river again, but hopefully it will not have as big of an effect on it as it did this weekend.  - Brent Beller, Salmon Region Fisheries Technician

STEELHEAD CREEL NUMBERS For Weekend of 10/21/2012    
River Location No. Anglers Checked No. of Hours No. of Fish Kept No. of Fish Released Total Fish Hours/Fish Water
caught kept Temp (F) Conditions
14   Salmon R. - South Fork Salmon R. to Middle Fork Salmon R 24 90 0 6 6 15 -- 44 CDY
15   Salmon R. - Middle Fork Salmon R. to North Fork Salmon R 166 475.5 8 14 22 22 59 44 CDY
16   Salmon R. - North Fork Salmon R. to Lemhi R. 76 412.5 14 8 22 19 29 43 CDY
17   Salmon R. - Lemhi R. to Pahsimeroi R. 7 19.5 0 0 0 -- -- 43 CDY

 

Upper Salmon River Steelhead Report 10/07/12

October 9, 2012 - 11:00am -- idfg-vosborn

Hello again, this is the first weekend update for the 2012 upper Salmon River fall steelhead fishery. These updates will be sent out each week from now until December 3rd and they summarize the creel data collected during the previous Saturday and Sunday.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game technicians began creel activities for the upper Salmon River steelhead fishery on October 4th. Since then, we have observed steelhead caught from Salmon downstream to Corn Cr. None of the river sections were very busy this weekend and many holes were left open. The majority of anglers were found in section 15 between the North Fork and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Section 15 also had the best hours per fish caught at 13 hours. Section 16 was a ways behind at 37 hours. With more steelhead moving into the sections every day, though, we expect the catch rates to only improve as we move into mid-October. Along with better catch rates, more anglers are also expected. Section 17 received very limited effort this past weekend and no data was collected. We will begin regular creel activities in section 17 this week, and that data will be included in the weekend report next week.

Two other things that are worth getting the word out on are the river level and the condition of the river corridor downstream of North Fork. First, the water level of the Salmon River is quite low for this time of year. As of today, it is 78% of normal just downstream of Cove Cr. I would suggest using smaller weights than last year because the current in most holes is much weaker than a year ago when it was above average. The second issue I wanted to discuss was the Mustang Fire. While the vast majority of the north side of the river corridor in section 15 did burn this summer, it was primarily an understory burn on the slopes near the river. Very few trees were lost on those slopes and in some places it is already difficult to see where the fire burned through. It is my hope that anglers will not be deterred from fishing in section 15 because, in most places, it is just as scenic as ever. Hope everyone has a great week.  - Brent Beller, Salmon Region Fisheries Technician

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