The upper Salmon River continued to fish well over the past week. Catch rates were at, or under 16 hours per steelhead in all monitored location codes. Angler effort remained high with the majority of anglers found downstream of Salmon, but effort upstream of Salmon increased as well. Interviewed anglers fishing downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 15 hours per steelhead caught and 55 hours per steelhead kept. Downstream of North Fork in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 12 hours per steelhead caught and 16 hours per steelhead kept. Interviewed anglers fishing downstream of the Lemhi River in location code 16 averaged 16 hours per steelhead caught and 31 hours per steelhead kept. Downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 6 hours per steelhead caught and 9 hours per steelhead kept.
The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,290 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 96% of average for today’s date. Over the weekend water temperatures were in the upper 30s to lower 40s with clear visibility.
Report by Brent Beller * Fisheries Technician * Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Region 7
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