Steelheaders continue to see superb results amid favorable weather

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game  noted anglers in all local drainages have fared extraordinarily well in their 
pursuit of ever-elusive steelhead during the past week or so.

IDFG reported catch rates of as little as four hours per fish on the upper Salmon River, the Little Salmon River and the South Fork Clearwater River.
Between the bridges at the 
bottoms of the Harpster and Mount Idaho Grades, scores of fishermen were seen putting every available daylight hour to good use on Tuesday, March 10.

Photo by Andrew Ottoson


The Idaho Department of Fish and Game noted anglers in all local drainages have fared extraordinarily well in their pursuit of ever-elusive steelhead during the past week or so. IDFG reported catch rates of as little as four hours per fish on the upper Salmon River, the Little Salmon River and the South Fork Clearwater River. Between the bridges at the bottoms of the Harpster and Mount Idaho Grades, scores of fishermen were seen putting every available daylight hour to good use on Tuesday, March 10.

Idaho anglers are taking advantage of the mild winter to pursue one of the state’s most sought after game fish: steelhead. February of 2015 was the warmest on record in many parts of Idaho, and the mild weather contributed to ideal fishing conditions on the Salmon, Clearwater and Snake Rivers. The upper Salmon River, Little Salmon River and South Fork Clearwater River saw catch rates as low as four hours per fish. Anything less than six hours per fish is considered excellent.

As the water in these rivers continues to warm, steelhead will become even more active. As long as runoff remains steady and the rivers don’t get too high or muddy, anglers’ hopes for this month will be high.

The most recent harvest results are online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=38.

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