Sponsored content: Scenic tours: It’s time for steelhead fishing

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One of Idaho County’s best-known outdoor activities is steelhead fishing.

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Steelhead are large, oceangoing rainbow trout native to the northwest region. When adult steelhead leave the ocean and swim back to Idaho, they create one of the state’s most amazing fishing opportunities.

According to the Idaho Fish and Game Department, starting in August and for the next nine months, anglers can fish for adult hatchery steelhead in Idaho’s rivers. Fishing is best on the lower sections of the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers in the fall. As steelhead continue to migrate upstream, anglers will find them in the South Fork Clearwater, Little Salmon and upper Salmon rivers.

Each month of the year, and each location, provide a completely different steelhead fishing experience.

January and February on the Clearwater, Little Salmon and Salmon rivers: According to IDFG, cold water reduces fish activity and catch rates decline, but fishing can still be productive when conditions are good.

For March through May, the Salmon River upstream of Salmon, the Little Salmon River, the North Fork Clearwater and the South Fork Clearwater all provide the best fishing. Catch rates can be really good then as the fish are moving into the smaller rivers at the end of their migration.

Ready to travel? Check out The Tire Guy for your vehicle needs, as well as for roadside tire assistance. We’re here to help get you places: 208-816-8040 (ask for Rick) or 208-962-3241 (shop), 502 Main Street in Cottonwood.

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