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Steelhead counts picking up



The number of steelhead migrating into Idaho is increasing, as counts over Lower Granite Dam have been in the thousands for about three weeks now. During the four day period ending on Sunday, Oct. 4, the average count at Lower Granite was over 2,700 fish per day.

While fish managers expect fewer steelhead to return to Idaho than they originally projected, enough are returning to provide good fishing opportunities for those hard-fighting fish.

“Although this run won’t be as large as most runs we’ve seen in the last five years, it is important to realize that in these situations fewer people will often fish which reduces competition and keeps catch rates high,” said Joe DuPont, fisheries manager based in Lewiston.

Harvest season for steelhead opened Aug. 1 on the Lower Clearwater downstream of the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge and on Sept. 1 and in the Snake and Salmon rivers. The Clearwater River upstream of the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge, the Middle Fork, North Fork and South Fork Clearwater rivers are catch-and-release only until Oct. 15, when the harvest season in those sections opens. See: fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/

fish/?getPage=38.



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