Steelhead angler effort dropped over the past week on the upper Salmon River. The majority of anglers were observed downstream of North Fork in location code 15. Angler effort upstream of Salmon, ID in location code 17 increased slightly over the previous week, but this was the only area that saw an increase in effort.
Catch rates remained similar to what they were for the previous week. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 52 hours per steelhead caught and 262 hours per steelhead kept. Upstream of the Middle Fork in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 28 hours per steelhead caught and 62 hours per steelhead kept. Anglers interviewed upstream of North Fork in location code 16 averaged 13 hours per steelhead caught and 43 hours per steelhead kept. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 averaged 20 hours per steelhead caught and 59 hours per steelhead kept.
The Salmon River is currently flowing at 1,240 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 96% of average for today’s date. The river’s clarity is excellent, and water temperatures over the weekend were in the mid-30s.
Additionally, the steelhead fishing season in Idaho will be suspended at the end of the day on December 7th, 2018. IDFG plans on reopening the steelhead fishing in late winter or early spring 2019. For more information regarding the suspension of the steelhead fishery, anglers can visit the IDFG website at https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/steelhead or call the Salmon Regional Office at (208) 756-2271.
(via Brent Beller-IDFG)
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