Steelhead fishing pressure picked up last week. IDFG conducted creel checks on 273 anglers. As usual for this time of year, sixty percent of the fishermen were located between the Middle Fork confluence and North Fork. A total of 50 of the elusive steelhead were caught but only 22 kept. Fishermen surveyed logged 997.5 hours fishing. Of that total, the bulk of time (888 hours) was spent between the Middle Fork and downtown Salmon, Idaho.
Here is what IDFG Fisheries Technician Brent Beller had to say in his weekly report released Monday:
"Fishing this weekend on the upper Salmon River improved over the previous one. The best hours per fish caught were still found in section 14 and were at 15 hours per fish. Sections 15 and 16 both showed a decrease in the hours per fish caught and angler effort in both sections increased as well. Section 15 was at 22 hours per fish caught for the weekend, while section 16 was at 19 hours per fish. Section 17 again had minimal effort for the weekend, but interviews were obtained. No fish were observed caught in section 17 by creel personnel, but most likely some steelhead harvest has occurred upstream of Salmon. It is also worth noting that the Salmon river was cloudy most of the weekend due to ash runoff from the Halstead fire near Stanley. As of today (22nd), the river is looking much better. Any more rain may push additional ash into the river again, but hopefully it will not have as big of an effect on it as it did this weekend."
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