Upper Salmon River Weekly Steelhead Summary Report (3-13-2016)
Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River remained high over the past week. Once again anglers were primarily concentrated downstream of North Fork in location code 15, but angler effort upstream of the East Fork in location code 19 increased as well. Interviewed anglers downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 24 hours per steelhead caught and did not report harvesting a steelhead. In location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 8 hours per steelhead caught and 16 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of the North Fork in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 23 hours per steelhead caught or kept. Upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 25 hours per steelhead caught and 35 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 18, upstream of the Pahsimeroi River, interviewed anglers averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught and 176 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 19, interviewed anglers averaged 4 hours per steelhead caught and 10 hours per steelhead kept.
The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,380 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 125 percent of average for today’s date. Water temperatures over the weekend were in the lower 40s, and the river was cloudy or muddy in all areas except location code 19.
Report by Brent Beller * Fisheries Technician II * Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission