Upper Salmon River Chinook Fishery update 7/28 and closure effective 7/31
By angelamontana

Posted: July 31, 2016
Here is last week’s Chinook salmon fishing report for the upper Salmon River in Idaho from Greg Schoby with Idaho Fish & Game:
Below is Brent Bellers harvest report from last week and weekend, and based on the current harvest IDFG estimates that the non-tribal harvest share in Upper Salmon River sport fishery will likely be met by this weekend (July 30-31) and our Director has signed the closure order to the fishery effective the end of fishing on Sunday July 31.  Following that closure the only sport fisheries that will remain open to fishing for sp/su Chinook Salmon are fisheries in some sections of the Clearwater drainage and the fishery in the Boise River.
Thanks everyone for your interest in the upper Salmon River chinook fishery, and as always don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.

Harvest report from Brent Beller from 7/25 –
Chinook fishing remained good over the past week on the upper Salmon River. The majority of Chinook anglers were observed upstream of Stanley, ID in location code 19 or near the Pahsimeroi River confluence in location code 17. Anglers within location code 17 averaged an estimated 18 hours per Chinook caught and 21 hours per hatchery Chinook harvested, which were improvements over the previous week. Upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18, anglers averaged an estimated 37 hours per Chinook caught. Near Stanley in location code 19, anglers averaged an estimated 9 hours per Chinook caught and 17 hours per hatcheryChinook kept which were similar to the previous week. At this point in the season, Chinook anglers on the upper Salmon River have harvested an estimated 159 adult hatchery Chinook downstream of the Pahsimeroi River and 1,077 adult hatchery Chinook upstream of the Pahsimeroi River.

Water conditions remained good throughout the week on the upper Salmon River. Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 932 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 51% of average for today’s date. Upstream near the Yankee Fork, the Salmon River is flowing at 632 cfs which is 69% of average. River temperatures over the weekend ranged from the low 60s near the Pahsimeroi River confluence to the mid-50s near Stanley.

As of Wednesday July 20th, 561 hatchery adult Chinook had returned to the Pahsimeroi Hatchery, and as of Thursday July 21st, 1,109 hatchery adult Chinook had returned to the Sawtooth Hatchery.