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August 23, 2012

Clearwater Region fishing report

Catfish

   Fishing for channel catfish in the Snake River along the Lewiston levees has been good, especially in the early morning or at night.  Recent reports indicate that most anglers are catching fish in the 3-5 pound range. 

   A nice thing about catfishing is that the gear and tackle needed is very simple.  A medium to heavy trout rod with spinning reel full of 10-12 pound test is all you need.  A simple tackle set up includes a slip sinker with a short leader and a No. 02 circle hook baited with a nightcrawler, cheese bait, cut-bait, or stink-bait. 

Kokanee

   Reports from Dworshak Reservoir indicate excellent kokanee fishing above Grandad Bridge, about 1 hours from the dam. Boat anglers trolling standard flash gear in front of a corn or maggot baited wedding ring seems to be the ticket.  Most fish caught are running shallow, in the 12 to 20 feet range.

Steelhead

   The season for catch-and-release steelhead opened in the Clearwater River on July 1 and on Aug. 1, the harvest season opened from the mouth to Memorial Bridge in Lewiston.

   Because high water temperatures in the Snake River appear to be delaying their migration, fishing has been fairly slow recently.

   While steelhead will continue to trickle upstream, when water temperatures cool, get ready because the fishing will really pick up and anglers can expect to do very well.

Fly Anglers

   The Lochsa, Selway, North Fork Clearwater, Kelly Creek and their tributaries are the best options for anglers seeking westslope cutthroat in August.  Due to the heat, trout will be looking for cooler water.

   Check the deeper pools and quiet water near riffles and rapids. You can also seek fish in tributary creeks with sufficient flow for fish. These creeks are often cooler than the main river, so trout tend to move into them in late summer.

   Use attractor patterns with yellow, red, or orange bodies, such as size 8-10 Clarks Stoneflies, size 12-14 Humpies, Elk Hair Cadis and Royal Wulffs.  Terrestrials such as hoppers, beetles and ants are usually productive as well. 

   The information in this report is compiled from regional Fish and Game fishery managers, local tackle shops and anglers. For more information, visit the IDFG website at www. fishandgame.idaho. gov/public/fish.