Monday, March 25, 2013

IDFG Steelhead Report #6

The Salmon River above The Eask Fork continues to be the hotspot for steelhead fishing.  According to Monday's IDFG Steelhead Report #6, 66 anglers were checked above The East Fork but those fisherman caught a total of 43 steelhead, more than the total of all fish caught (38) in Sections 16-17-18 between North Fork and the East Fork confluence.

Brent Beller
According to IDFG Salmon Region Fisheries technician Brent Beller, "This weekend, the fishing on the upper Salmon River improved slightly compared to the previous one. Sections 14 and 15 had catch rates of 19 and 20 hours per steelhead, while section 16 was at 19 hours per steelhead. Sections 17 and 18 were at 25 and 22 hours per steelhead, which was a large improvement over the week before for both sections."

Beller commented, "The best catch rate of the weekend was again found in section 19 where anglers averaged 11 hours per steelhead caught."

IDFG's weekly spreadsheet is below.  You can click on it to see a larger, more readable version.
Another non-IDFG spreadsheet appears below with commentary.

Below is a spreadsheet we put together using data from the first six IDFG weekly reports.  It shows a possible peak in anglers checked and total fish caught in Section 15 for the weekend of March 9-10.  Meanwhile, total fish caught in Section 16 may have peaked so far this season on the weekend of February 23-24 while anglers checked may have peaked on the weekend of March 2-3.

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