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Anglers enjoy strong steelhead return to the Clearwater River

Anglers fishing the Clearwater River are enjoying a healthy increase in the number of steelhead returning. After a lackluster season in 2013-2014, the number of “B-run” steelhead is up in 2015, and anglers are taking advantage.

Creel surveys and angler reports for the week ending on Jan. 25 indicate good success among anglers fishing the Clearwater. 265 anglers reported catching 277 steelhead. Numerous anglers have reported catching their daily limit of three hatchery steelhead this month; in some cases harvesting their limit within a few hours. Overall, anglers averaged one fish every five hours during the seven day period, with much of the action taking place on the weekend.

Fishery managers expect angler success to remain high throughout the Clearwater drainage over the next three months. Anglers are also finding steelhead in the Salmon and Snake Rivers, and catch rates are likely to improve as water temperatures rise during the approach of spring.


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