This week saw the end of the Fall Chinook season which closed Tuesday everywhere except for below Hells Canyon Dam where only a few Chinook were caught.
Steelhead effort on the Snake remained strong with anglers adding to the number of fish harvested. Heller Bar continues to have the highest concentrations of Steelhead anglers with more heading upriver and fishing the Salmon River. Methods have changed little over the past week with anglers sticking to drifting eggs or pulling plugs with tuna, or herring.
This week on the Clearwater effort has picked up and spreading throughout the system. The North Fork has been seeing success, but the majority of the fish being caught have been larger fish that are over the 28 inch restrictions so many of them are having to be released. Coho has slowed down with this week there were several that were released near Clear Creek but it seems that at least for this week most of the attention was focused upon Steelhead.
Check steelhead Harvest Report for more details. - Ryan Allen, Fisheries Technician 2, Clearwater Regin