This winter has been a good one for steelhead anglers in Idaho; especially on the Clearwater River. IDFG has seen catch rates of about five hours per fish.
According to Regional Fish Manager Joe Dupont, as many as 100 steelhead have been moving into the South Fork Clearwater River each day. More anglers are fishing the South Fork, and Dupont expects those numbers to increase as spring approaches.
While catch rates on the Lower Clearwater slowed a bit at the end of January, anglers should not be discouraged. There are plenty of fish still moving through the system, and the best is yet to come.