Steelhead fishing on the upper Salmon River improved over the past week. Angler effort increased below Salmon, with the majority of anglers found in location code 15 downstream of North Fork. Downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14, interviewed anglers averaged 19 hours per steelhead caught and 316 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 15 interviewed anglers averaged 24 hours per steelhead caught and 99 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of North Fork in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 21 hours per steelhead caught and 42 hours per steelhead kept. Angler effort was light upstream of Salmon in location code 17, and no interviewed anglers reported catching a steelhead.
The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,080 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 84% of average for today’s date. Over the weekend the river was clear with water temperatures in the lower 50s.
Report by Brent Beller
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Region 7