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Steel Sunday

TJ Rhoades of Grangeville caught and released this steelhead bright and early last Sunday morning, April 1, along the South Fork Clearwater River.

Photo by Andrew Ottoson
TJ Rhoades of Grangeville caught and released this steelhead bright and early last Sunday morning, April 1, along the South Fork Clearwater River.



Fishermen who have been returning to the same location along the South Fork Clearwater River every spring for a decade or more told the Free Press the steelhead run this year has been the worst they can remember.

IDFG’s Clearwater Region fisheries technician Jaime Robertson reported Monday “the South Fork of the Clearwater continues to attract a large group of anglers on the weekends” and “the Little Salmon had the best catch rates this past week by Riggins.”

The March 26-April 1 steelhead harvest report listed 103 South Fork Clearwater anglers were checked. Together, they had 430 hours fished, three fish kept and 88 fish released, for averages of five hours per fish caught and 143 hours per fish kept.

Last week, IDFG also checked 77 Little Salmon River anglers, who averaged 10 hours per catch and 10 hours per keeper.



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