Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River increased over the past week. The majority of angler effort was once again located downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15. Effort upstream of North Fork in location codes 16 and 17 increased as well but not to the extent observed downstream. Interviewed anglers downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 35 hours per steelhead caught and 185 hours per steelhead kept. Downstream of North Fork in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 36 hours per steelhead caught and 107 hours per steelhead kept. Downstream of the Lemhi River in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 20 hours per steelhead caught and 71 hours per steelhead kept. Angler effort upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 was low, and no interviewed anglers reported catching a steelhead.
Consistent rain has caused river flows to increase considerably. Currently the Salmon River is flowing at 2,020 cfs through the town of Salmon which is 157% of average for today’s date. On Sunday the river’s visibility was cloudy in all surveyed location codes.
(via Brent Beller – Idaho Fish & Game)