Creel clerks began interviewing steelhead anglers on the upper Salmon River on Wednesday, September 30th. No interviewed anglers reported harvesting a steelhead during the past week, but interviewed anglers did release three wild steelhead. Angler effort was heaviest downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15, but numerous anglers were interviewed upstream of North Fork in location code 16 as well. No interviewed anglers in location code 14, downstream of the Middle Fork, reported catching a steelhead, while interviewed anglers in location code 15 averaged 46 hours per steelhead caught. In location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 52 hours per steelhead caught. Angler effort upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 was minimal with no catch reported.
The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,140 cfs through the town of Salmon which is 96% of average for today’s date. Over the weekend water temperatures in the upper 50s were recorded and water conditions were clear with slightly cloudy water only observed downstream of the Middle Fork.
Due to the Columbus Day holiday, next week’s report will be sent out on Tuesday, October 13th. Following next week, these reports will be sent out every Monday through November 30th.
Report by Brent Beller
Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Region 7