This past weekend on the upper Salmon River, the vast majority of anglers were found in location code 19 between the Sawtooth Hatchery and the Yankee Fork. No interviews were obtained downstream of Salmon due to minimal angler pressure. Interviewed anglers in location code 17, between the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi Rivers, had the best average catch rates of the weekend at 17 hours per steelhead caught and 20 hours per steelhead kept. Almost all the angler effort in location code 17 occurred near the Ellis/Deer Gulch stretch. Upstream, in location code 18, angler effort was low, and interviewed anglers did not report catching any steelhead. From the East Fork of the Salmon River to the Sawtooth Hatchery, in location code 19, interviewed anglers averaged 32 hours per steelhead caught and 67 hours per steelhead kept.
River conditions upstream of Basin Cr, in location code 19, were good over the weekend, but due to sediment input from Basin Cr, river conditions downstream were poor. Water temperatures continued to stay in the 40s.
(Report and information via Brent Beller, Idaho Fish & Game-Region 7; Feature photo via madrivermanufacturing.com)