Steelhead angler effort increased over the past week on the upper Salmon River. The majority of angler effort was observed between the Middle Fork and North Fork in location code 15. Angler effort upstream of North Fork increased over the previous week but was still low. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14 averaged 26 hours per steelhead caught, and no anglers reported harvesting a steelhead. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Middle Fork in location code 15 averaged 47 hours per steelhead caught, and no anglers reported harvesting a steelhead. No interviewed anglers reported catching a steelhead upstream of North Fork in location code 16.
Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 1,400 cfs which is 110% of average for today’s date. The river had clear visibility throughout the weekend, and water temperatures were in the upper 40s.
by Brent Beller – Idaho Fish and Game