Steelhead fishing continued to improve over the past week on the upper Salmon River. The majority of anglers fished downstream of Salmon, but angler effort and success also increased upstream. Interviewed anglers downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 17 hours per steelhead caught and 171 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of the Middle Fork in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught and 32 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 16 upstream of North Fork, interviewed anglers averaged 13 hours per steelhead caught and 24 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 6 hours per steelhead caught and 16 hours per steelhead kept.
The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,190 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 91% of average for today’s date. Over the weekend the river was clear with water temperatures in the low 50s near Corn Creek and the upper 40s near Salmon.
Report by Brent Beller * Fisheries Technician * Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission * Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Region 7
(Feature photo via mackaybarranch.com)