Press Release

April 15: Upper Salmon River Steelhead fishing report

Over the week of April 8th, the majority of steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River was located upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19. Angler effort in areas downstream of the East Fork was low.

Anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 averaged 18 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 averaged 20 hours per steelhead caught. Upstream of the East Fork in location code 19, interviewed anglers averaged 4 hours per steelhead caught.

River flows increased early in the week, but began to decline by the weekend as cooler weather moved into the area. Currently, the Salmon River downstream of the Yankee Fork is flowing at 910 cfs, which is near average for this time of year. The river’s visibility also improved over the weekend, and by Sunday, the river was cloudy downstream of the Pahsimeroi River and clear upstream of the Pahsimeroi River.

As of Friday, April 12, the Pahsimeroi Hatchery had trapped 1,768 hatchery steelhead, and as of Thursday, April 11, the Sawtooth Hatchery had trapped 970 hatchery steelhead.