Heavy slush ice made for difficult fishing conditions on the upper Salmon River this past week. Angler interviews were stopped after Tuesday due to the poor river conditions and low angler effort. On Monday and Tuesday interviewed anglers upstream of the Middle Fork in location code 15 averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught and 31 hours per steelhead kept. Anglers did not report catching any steelhead in location codes 14 or 16.
The Salmon River is currently flowing at 970 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 80% of average for today’s date. Water temperatures were in the lower 30s throughout the week.
This will be the last weekly summary report released for the fall 2015 steelhead season.
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission * Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Region 7