Brent Beller with Idaho Fish & Game reported the following steelhead fishing report for the Upper Salmon River:
Steelhead angler effort increased considerably over the past week throughout the upper Salmon River. Anglers were observed fishing as far upstream as the Yankee Fork Salmon River, but the majority of angler effort and catch was once again located downstream of North Fork in location code 15. Effort upstream of North Fork in location code 16 increased through Thursday but then declined over the weekend due to poor river conditions caused by runoff from the Lemhi River. Effort in location code 17 between Salmon and Ellis increased as well and was the highest amount observed in that stretch so far this season.
Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 19 hours per steelhead caught and 38 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 7 hours per steelhead caught and 17 hours per steelhead kept. Anglers interviewed upstream of North Fork in location code 16 averaged 29 hours per steelhead caught and 68 hours per steelhead kept. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 averaged 33 hours per steelhead caught and 75 hours per steelhead kept. No anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location codes 18 or 19 reported catching a steelhead.
The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,230 cfs through the town of Salmon which 112% of average for today’s date. River conditions on Sunday varied depending on location. The Salmon River was cloudy downstream of the Lemhi River and clear upstream of it. River temperatures increased throughout the week and by Sunday were in the upper 30s to low 40s.
As of Thursday, March 9th the Pahsimeroi Hatchery had trapped 22 hatchery steelhead. To view the latest steelhead hatchery return numbers, please visit the IDFG website at: https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/steelhead/returns.