This will be the final weekly update for the spring 2016 upper Salmon River steelhead season. Over the past week, high flows and poor water visibility on the upper Salmon River limited steelhead angler effort to the stretch of river upstream of Stanley, ID. No angler interviews were obtained for location codes 15 through 17. Interviewed anglers upstream of the Pahsimeroi in location code 18 did not report catching a steelhead. In location code 19, upstream of the East Fork, interviewed anglers averaged 7 hours per steelhead caught and 21 hours per steelhead kept.
Currently the Salmon River is flowing at 4,760 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 232% of average for today’s date. Water temperatures were in the lower 40s over the weekend.
As of April 18th, 5,064 adipose clipped hatchery steelhead have returned to the Pahsimeroi Hatchery, and as of April 21th, 3,319 adipose clipped hatchery steelhead have returned to the Sawtooth Hatchery.
Brent BellerFisheries Technician II
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Region 7