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    Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report (3/20/17)

    Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River increased again compared to the previous week, but poor river conditions continued to impact the fishery. High temperatures during the week and then rain over the weekend resulted in increased river flows and poor visibility in all areas downstream of the East Fork. The majority of anglers observed were fishing downstream of North Fork in location code 15 and upstream of the East Fork in location code 19.

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    Upper Salmon River Steelhead Angling Pocket Guide

    The Upper Salmon River Steelhead Angling Pocket Guide pulls together steelhead fishing information for the Upper Salmon River.  You can read it online or ask for a hard copy at the Salmon Region office.

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    Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report (3/14/17)

    Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River increased again over the past week, but poor river conditions continued to impact the fishery. Low level snow melt in the Challis and East Fork areas during the middle of the previous week resulted in muddy river conditions that persisted throughout the weekend. Additionally, the Deadwater ice jam went out on Thursday, March 9th.

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    Wild steelhead begin their spawning season in Idaho streams

    Wild steelhead are an important part of Idaho’s natural history and angling legacy. The Idaho Department of Fish & Game monitors steelhead spawning in selected streams in the Clearwater and Salmon river drainages.

  • Steelhead jumping Big Bear Falls Potlatch River Basin

    F&G biologists are making the Potlatch River a better place for steelhead

    Fish and Game biologists spent 11 years studying the Potlatch’s steelhead population to learn where the fish spawn, rear and what can be done to increase their survival. 

  • Steelhead jumping Big Bear Falls Potlatch River Basin

    F&G biologists are making the Potlatch River a better place for steelhead

    Fish and Game biologists spent 11 years studying the Potlatch’s steelhead population to learn where the fish spawn, rear and what can be done to increase their survival. 

  • Caution - Watch for Falling Elk

    Just when you thought that you'd seen or heard it all - you get a message that makes you shake your head.

    On February 15, I received an e-mail about "the damaged handrail and steps below Hells Canyon Dam" and asking, "who was responsible for repairs?"  For those of you who've fished for salmon or steelhead below the dam - know exactly which stairs the e-mail referenced.  The really interesting part is how the damage occurred. 

  • Capturing steelhead on the Potlatch River

    This week IDFG personnel installed a screwtrap in the Potlatch River. Screwtraps capture juvenile steelhead leaving their natal streams on their journey to the Pacific Ocean.

     

  • Steelhead collected from Spring Valley Creek
  • A limit of Clearwater River Steelhead

    Clearwater River Steelhead Fishing Update

    Steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River has remained good over the past week.  Catch rates from the mouth to Orofino Bridge (Section 3) and in the North Fork Clearwater River (Section 5) have remained below 10 hrs/fish caught.  As we’ve said before, anytime those catch rates are below 10 hrs/fish it’s good steelhead fishing.  Most shoreline anglers are using bobber and jig techniques while boat anglers are using a variety of techniques including side drifting, bobber and jig, and back trolling.

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