Steelhead angler effort continued to increase this past week on the upper Salmon River. Bank angler effort was highest downstream of North Fork in location code 15, while the majority of drift boat effort was observed upstream of North Fork in location code 16. Angler effort upstream of Salmon in location code 17 was low, and no interviews were obtained.
Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 did not report keeping a steelhead but averaged 34 hours per steelhead caught. Upstream of the Middle Fork in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 69 hours per steelhead caught and 229 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of North Fork in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 49 hours per steelhead caught and 147 hours per steelhead kept.
The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,390 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 105% of average for today’s date. Warm weather throughout the week kept the river’s temperature in the upper 40s during the weekend, and despite some precipitation in the area, the river’s visibility was clear.
(via Brent Beller/Idaho Fish & Game)