River conditions.

Would there be a good place to check to find river conditions on the Salmon River between Challis and Salmon? Trying to find something on line but no recent information.

Answer: 

River conditions are constantly changing, especially this time of year. There are a couple of different ways to get information on current river conditions:
1.) There are numerous stream flow gauges throughout the upper Salmon River basin that are operated by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and reported online (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/current/?type=flow) or try an internet search for "Idaho stream flows". While these gauges will report stream flow and give you a general idea of flow in relation to the long term average (high, low, normal), they do not report conditions such as water clarity, slush ice, etc.
2.) For current fishing conditions, contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office in Salmon (208-756-2271) or try one of the license vendors in the Salmon Region found here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/licenses/lookupVendors.cfm. Many of our license vendors are paassionate anglers as well, and will likely be able to give you up to date reports on current river conditions.

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 9:41 AM MST