Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River was low during the past week, but anglers that were out continued to catch fish. Similar to last week’s report, angler effort was highest during the afternoons when air temperatures were above freezing, and the majority of anglers were observed fishing between the Middle Fork Salmon River and the Lemhi River in location codes 15 and 16. Angler effort upstream of Salmon, ID in location code 17 increased but remained low compared to other areas. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14 averaged 130 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 15 averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed upstream of North Fork in location code 16 averaged 19 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 averaged 67 hours per steelhead caught.
River conditions were good throughout most of the week, but during the weekend, overnight temperatures became cold enough for the river to start producing frazil ice. On Sunday, the river had clear visibility in all areas, and water temperatures were in the low 30s. Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 1,020 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 81 percent of average for today’s date.
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