Angler effort over the past week on the upper Salmon River was concentrated near the Pahsimeroi River confluence in location code 17 and upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19. Effort downstream of Salmon, ID in location codes 15 and 16 was low, and no angler interviews were obtained. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 averaged 11 hours per steelhead caught and 21 hours per steelhead kept. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 averaged 48 hours per steelhead caught and 144 hours per steelhead kept. Anglers interviewed upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19 averaged 6 hours per steelhead caught and 18 hours per steelhead kept.
Currently the Salmon River is flowing at 2,270 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 163% of average for today’s date. Upstream, near the Yankee Fork Salmon River confluence, the Salmon River is flowing at 1,100 which is 169% of average for today’s date. Due to rain throughout the drainage, the river’s visibility was cloudy in the areas upstream of Challis over the weekend, ID and muddy in the areas downstream. Additionally, water temperatures were in the low to mid-40s.
As of Friday, April 6th the Pahsimeroi Hatchery had trapped 1,910 adult hatchery steelhead, and as of Thursday, April 5th the Sawtooth Hatchery had trapped 632 adult hatchery steelhead.
(Report by Brett Beller – Idaho Fish and Game)