The Steelhead fishing on the upper Salmon River this past week was slow downstream of the Pahsimeroi River while better catch rates were found upstream. Angler effort between North Fork and Salmon was low all week and no interviewed anglers reported catching a Steelhead out of location code 16. Upstream, in location code 17, angler effort was relatively high and interviewed anglers averaged 50 hours per Steelhead caught and 83 hours per Steelhead kept. Upstream of the Pahsimeroi River, in location code 18, angler effort was low. Interviewed anglers in this location averaged 28 hours per Steelhead caught and 85 hours per Steelhead kept. The majority of anglers were observed upstream of the East Fork, in location code 19. This area also had the best catch rates for the week with interviewed anglers averaging 9 hours per Steelhead caught and 17 hours per Steelhead kept.
The Salmon River through the town of Salmon is currently flowing at 2,060 cfs which is 159% of average for today’s date. Water visibility is good through the majority of location codes 19 and 18 but becomes cloudy downstream of Challis. Water temperatures were recorded in the low to mid 40s throughout the week.
As of Thursday April 2nd, Sawtooth Hatchery had trapped a total of 2,780 adult Steelhead, and as of Friday April 3rd, a total of 3,820 adult Steelhead had been trapped at the Pahsimeroi Hatchery.
Report by: Brent Beller * Fisheries Technician * Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Region 7
(Feature photo via blog.thomasandthomas.com)