During the week of April 15th, steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River was mainly observed upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19. Angler effort downstream of the East Fork was low, and few interviews were obtained from location codes 17 and 18.
No anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 reported catching a steelhead. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 averaged 6 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the East Fork in location code 19 averaged 7 hours per steelhead caught.
River flows increased throughout the week, and currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 3,390 cfs which is 174% of average for today’s date. On Sunday, river temperatures remained in the mid to upper 40s, and the river’s visibility was cloudy in all areas except the upper reaches of location code 19 near Stanley.
As of Friday, April 19th the Pahsimeroi Hatchery had trapped 2,066 hatchery steelhead, and as of Thursday, April 18th the Sawtooth Hatchery had trapped 1,348 hatchery steelhead.
(report via Brent Beller- IDFG)