Last week, I had an unsuccessful king salmon fishing trip on the Clearwater River, in Idaho, where didn’t even get a bite.
The Captain with an Idaho salmon
I went back and immediately had some success. This trip, I fished with Tom “The Steelhead/Salmon Man” Steinbrenner. “The Salmon Man” spends just about every weekend, from September through June, in Idaho, chasing the elusive sea run fish. Also fishing with the Captain was Gary Thompson, of Lolo, and Bill Scullion, of Lolo. On Sunday night, both Gary and I caught a king salmon. Then on Monday, we ended up with only one wild salmon caught.
Bill Scullion (shown in the picture above), landed a nice king salmon on Tuesday morning at 5:00 a.m. We had hopes for a better day fishing, but didn’t get it. We had the second salmon of the day on, but didn’t get it to the boat!
Gary Thompson, of Missoula, with an Idaho salmon
We fished below Clear Creek on Clearwater River in Idaho. On Monday, the weather was really nice with high temps reaching in the low 80′s. The Clearwater River has cleared up considerably from Sunday. We back drifted eggs and shrimp. “The Salmon Man” also uses shrimp oils and different scents.
Here is the link to the Chinook Salmon Harvest Report from Idaho Department of Fish and Game – http://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov