Spring Steelhead Update 1.4.18
The winter/spring steelhead season officially began January 1, 2018.
Here is the Spring Steelhead report by Greg Schoby with Idaho Fish and Game in the Salmon Region:
The IDFG commission met just prior to Christmas and decided to extend the fall rules through the spring season, which means that the statewide steelhead limit will remain at 2 fish per day, and in the Clearwater River basin and the Snake River downstream of Couse Creek, fish greater than 28 inches cannot be kept.
More info is posted on our webpage here: https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/fg-commission-extends-reduced-steelhead-limits-spring-season.
In the upper Salmon we saw much lower fishing effort this fall than in years past, which was expected given the low run size and the changes in regulations. Catch rate was also below average, particularly early in the season, but catch improved in November with some anglers managing to do pretty well.
Although there isn’t much snow on the ground right now, cold temps are making it feel like winter in the upper Salmon basin, with slush ice flowing in the river and ice jams starting to build.
(Feature photo posted on Idaho Fish & Game site last winter from the Clearwater Region report – via Brett Baowersox of Idaho Fish & Game)