Steelhead fishing improved this week on the upper Salmon River. Angler effort was mainly concentrated downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15. Interviewed anglers downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 25 hours per steelhead caught and 278 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 31 hours per steelhead caught, and no anglers reported keeping a steelhead. Effort remained low upstream of North Fork in location codes 16 and 17. No anglers reported catching a steelhead in location code 16, and no angler interviews were obtained in location code 17.
Currently the Salmon River is flowing at 1,210 cfs through the town of Salmon which is 97% of average for today’s date. Throughout the weekend, the river’s visibility was clear upstream of the Middle Fork and cloudy downstream. Water temperatures were in the low 50s.
Report by Brent Beller – Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game