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JULY 22, 2010
July 22, 2010
Summer Fishing Update
Fishing is very good for
cutthroat and rainbow trout
on the Lochsa and Selway rivers.
Early morning is recommended. For fly fishing anglers can try attractors like
Royal Wulffs or Stimulator patterns. Also try
Steelhead season is just
around the corner for catch and keep starting Aug. 1 on the
The average steelhead return for the last ten years to Lower Granite Dam has been about 121,000 fish. As of July 14, 64,936 Steelhead have been counted at Lower Granite Dam.
In recent years, federal water
managers have been using cold water released from Dworshak Reservoir in July and
August to generate power and to help young salmon migrate to the ocean. Because
these releases make the
release steelhead fishing opened on the
Harvest season on the Snake
and Salmon Rivers open Sept. 1. The bag limit for both the fall and spring
seasons on the Snake and
Before you go, take a look at the steelhead regulations and especially remember the "Big Three":
· Pinch your barbs down on all hooks you use
· Immediately release any steelhead you catch with an unclipped adipose fin
· Immediately validate your steelhead permit upon retaining a legal steelhead.
Steelhead anglers are also
reminded to know the difference between a salmon and a steelhead. There can be a
lot of fall chinook salmon and some coho salmon in the Snake and lower
Both species of salmon are closed to harvest and must be released immediately. Both coho and chinook salmon have black mouths, while steelhead have white mouths. Coho can be differentiated from chinook by the gumline. Coho have a white gumline, while the chinook's gumline is black. Some of these protected salmon may have a clipped adipose fin so it is critical that anglers be able to identify their catch. Remember, "If the mouth is black, put it back!"
The above information is compiled from regional Fish and Game fishery managers, local tackle shops and anglers and was updated June 19. For more information visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/
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