The upper Salmon River fished well this past week even with the colder weather that set in. Anglers were observed in all location codes with the majority found downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15. Interviewed anglers fishing in location code 14, downstream of the Middle Fork, averaged 4 hours per Steelhead caught and 56 hours per Steelhead kept. Upstream in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 6 hours per Steelhead caught and 15 hours per Steelhead kept. Interviewed anglers in location code 16, between the North Fork and Lemhi Rivers, had similar success and averaged 6 hours per Steelhead caught and 13 hours per Steelhead kept. In location code 17, upstream of the Lemhi River, angler effort was lighter and interviewed anglers averaged 12 hours per Steelhead caught and 22 hours per Steelhead kept. Anglers fishing between the Pahsimeroi River and the East Fork in location code 18 did well and averaged 7 hours per Steelhead caught and 13 hours per Steelhead kept. Few angler interviews were obtained upstream of the East Fork, in location code 19, and no interviewed anglers reported catching a Steelhead.
The water conditions on the upper Salmon River continue to improve. Visibility has been good for the past week and the water level has been steadily dropping. The river is currently flowing at 1,170 cfs through the town of Salmon which is approximately 107% of average for this time of year. During the last week the water temperatures have been in the mid to upper 30s but did drop over the past couple of days due to colder overnight lows.
Report by Brent Beller * Fisheries Technician * Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Region 7
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