Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Steelhead updates

IDFG's Brent Beller had this to say in the November 19th weekly steelhead report: "The steelhead fishing on the upper Salmon River improved again this past weekend. Angler effort remained roughly the same or increased slightly in sections 14 through 17, while the hours per fish caught dropped in every section except section 16, which had the same catch rate as last weekend.  Section 14 was at 8 hours per fish, and section 15 was at 7. Sections 16 and 17 were at 7 and 5 hours per fish, respectively. Overall, this was the best weekend of fishing that has been observed this fall."

Here's what Brent had to say last week (see editor's note below): "This past weekend on the upper Salmon River, angler effort decreased in all river sections. This was not surprising considering that it was easily the coldest weekend we have had so far. The anglers that were out, though, enjoyed some of the best fishing that has been observed this fall. Section 16 had the best catch rate for the weekend at 7 hours per fish caught. Section 15 was the next lowest at 10 hours per fish, and section 14 was at 23 hours per fish. Section 14 was the only section to show an increase in hours per fish caught. Due to limited creel personnel this weekend, section 17 was not creeled and only one interview was obtained, but we have received word of steelhead being caught as far upriver as Watts bridge, downstream of Challis. Typically by this time of year the fishing in section 17 begins to pick up considerably, and there is no reason to expect this year to be any different. The weather forecast for the upcoming week looks favorable and hopefully the good fishing we have been experiencing for the past couple of weeks will continue."

Editor's Note:  We apologize for not getting last week's steelhead report up and running on time.  We were traveling to Arizona and simply weren't on the computer for about a week.  Thanks for your patience.  Now that we are situated down here in Snowbird Country, we will pick up the pace of our articles and reports.)

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