The Salmon River cleared up this past week as flows began to decline, and as result, catch rates improved considerably. Angler effort was very low downstream of Salmon, in location code 16, but the few interviewed anglers that were out averaged 2 hours per Steelhead caught and no Steelhead were kept. Upstream, in location code 17, angler effort was approximately half of what was observed during the previous week, and interviewed anglers averaged 14 hours per Steelhead caught and 20 hours per Steelhead kept. Above the Pahsimeroi, in location code 18, interviewed anglers averaged 8 hours per Steelhead caught and 30 hours per Steelhead kept. Once again, the majority of anglers were observed above the East Fork in location code 19. Anglers in this area continued to do well and averaged 9 hours per Steelhead caught and 30 hours per Steelhead kept.
Currently, the Salmon River through the town of Salmon is flowing at 1,680 cfs which is 114% of average for today’s date. The river is running clear and temperatures in the low to mid 40s were recorded throughout the week.
As of Thursday, April 9th the Pahsimeroi Hatchery had trapped 3,441 Steelhead, while the Sawtooth Hatchery had trapped 3,240 Steelhead. Additionally, Blue Mountain Pond in Challis was stocked with 150 adult Steelhead on Tuesday, April 7th.
Brent Beller * Fisheries Technician * Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Region 7