Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fall Steelhead Weekly Reports

Below are the first three Fall Steelhead Weekend Summary Reports.  The Reports are dated for the Sunday of the weekend of the Report and issued two days later on Tuesday each week.

The Reports and commentary are compiled and written by: 

Brent Beller.
Fisheries Technician
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Idaho Department of Fish and Game - Region 7
Salmon, ID 83467
(208) 756-2271

IDFG Fall Steelhead Weekend Summary Report #3 - Oct. 20, 2013

This weekend on the upper Salmon River the steelhead fishing improved considerably over the previous one in location codes 14 and 15 but remained slow upstream in location codes 16 and 17. Anglers had the best catch rates downstream of the Middle Fork in location code 14, where they averaged 9 hours per steelhead caught and 47 hours per steelhead kept. In location code 15 anglers averaged 17 hours per steelhead caught and 55 hours per steelhead kept. No kept steelhead were found upstream of North Fork and only one was reported as released, which resulted in a catch rate of 356 hours per steelhead in location code 16. In location code 17, angler effort was low and no steelhead were reported caught.


IDFG Fall Steelhead Weekend Summary Report #2 - Oct. 13, 2013

The steelhead fishing this weekend on the upper Salmon River improved slightly over the previous weekend, when no steelhead were found. Angler effort also increased in every river location code except for in location code 16, where the effort decreased. The only steelhead found this weekend came out of location code 15, where anglers released a total of six fish for a catch rate of 56 hours per steelhead. No steelhead were reported caught out of location codes 14, 16, or 17. Hopefully with more steelhead moving into the area daily, the fishing will continue to improve throughout the upcoming weeks.

Hello, fall is here again, and it’s time for the first weekend update for the 2013 upper Salmon River fall steelhead fishery. These updates will be sent out weekly through the week of December 1st.  The reports will be sent out on Tuesday mornings and will include only the data from the previous Saturday and Sunday. Attached you will find both a Microsoft Word file (.docx) and a .pdf file in case one format works easier for you to display than the other.

IDFG Fall Steelhead Weekend Summary Report #1 - Oct. 6, 2013

Idaho Department of Fish and Game technicians began creel activities on the upper Salmon River steelhead fishery Tuesday, October 1st and as of Monday, the 7th, no interviewed anglers have caught any steelhead. During the weekend, Angler participation in river location codes 14 through 17 was low, but this was not unexpected due to the river conditions that preceded the weekend. The Salmon River rose substantially last week and the water visibility was poor. By the weekend, though, the river conditions had improved enough for the river to be fishable. During the weekend, the majority of anglers were found in river location codes 15 and 16. In 15, 34 anglers were interviewed that fished for 154 hours. In 16, 29 anglers were interviewed that fished for 119 hours. Effort was minimal in location code 14 with only ten anglers interviewed who fished for a total of 17 hours. No anglers were observed fishing upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17. Unfortunately, there is no catch rate data to report (hours per fish) since no steelhead were reported caught.