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North Fork Clearwater flows ‘normal’

After work that required dramatic fluctuations in the North Fork Clearwater River and the Clearwater downstream from the North Fork, flows are back to normal this week. The Army Corps of Engineers was conducting tests on Dworshak Dam fluctuating releases between 1,600 and 5,500 cfs. This caused water levels in the North Fork Clearwater and main Clearwater rivers to fluctuate up to 1-foot per hour. This week flows are back to approximately 1,600 cfs.

Fishing has remained good to excellent all along the Clearwater regardless of the fluctuations. During the second-to-last weekend of 2014, catch rates were some of the best of the fall season. Anglers on the main river from the mouth to the Orofino Bridge caught one fish every four hours on average. The average on the North Fork Clearwater was eight hours per fish.

Catch rates along the Salmon River downstream from Vinegar Creek were six to eight hours per fish from Dec. 8-14.


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