Monday, February 25, 2013

IDFG Weekly Steelhead Report

IDFG's Brent Beller

The IDFG Salmon Region Office released the second steelhead report of the season today.  According to Fisheries Technician Brent Beller, "Angler effort on the upper Salmon River this past weekend was fairly similar to the previous weekend, but the catch rates were much more inconsistent between the river section. Section 16 had the best catch rate of the weekend at 5 hours per steelhead caught, and section 17 had the second best catch rate at 9 hours per steelhead caught. The rest of the river sections (14, 15, 18, and 19) had catch rates equal to, or above, 20 hours per steelhead caught."

Fishing downstream of Deadwater was hindered by poor water visibility which most likely factored into the poor catch rates observed in sections 14 and 15," Beller continued, "Very few anglers were found fishing upstream of Ellis in section 18, and no anglers were found in section 19 during the weekend."

Beller noted that boat ramps between Salmon and Red Rock are now open, but ramps between Red Rock and Deadwater are still ice affected. In section 18, the boat ramps at Watts Bridge and Cottonwood campground are closed because of ice as well.

Beller said as of Sunday (24th), the ice jam was approximately one mile upstream of North Fork, and it is receding.
You can click on the graphic above to see a much more readable version.

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