Steelhead angler effort continued to increase during the past week on the upper Salmon River. The largest increase in effort was observed upstream of North Fork in location code 16. Catch rates also improved with anglers reporting released steelhead in all location codes downstream of the Lemhi River. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14 averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed downstream of North Fork in location code 15 averaged 26 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Lemhi River in location code 16 averaged 36 hours per steelhead caught. Angler effort downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 was low, and no interviews were obtained.
River conditions remained unchanged from the previous week with clear visibility in all areas, and mid-day water temperatures in the mid-50s. Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 963 cfs through the town of Salmon, ID which is 74% of average for today’s date.
We would like to remind anglers that the steelhead bag limits on the Salmon River for the fall 2022 steelhead fishery are 3 steelhead per day and 9 in possession. For additional information anglers can visit the IDFG Steelhead Seasons and Rules webpage.
Brent Beller | Idaho Fish and Game