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March 13, 2014
Steelhead anglers find success, conditions challenging
Spring is the time when hatchery steelhead concentrate in smaller rivers, making it a great time to fish. This year has been no exception.
Steelhead fishing is unique, considering it is very good anytime catch rates are lower than 20 hours per fish caught.
Recent angler surveys show
catch rates vary significantly, ranging from seven hours per fish on the upper
Salmon River from the Middle Fork Salmon River upstream to North Fork, to well
over 100 hours per fish in other river sections. For the latest steelhead catch
rates by river section, visit the Fish and Game website
With the recent rain, snowmelt and shore ice, fishing conditions along the upper
Anglers between Salmon and
Anglers anxious to access and fish for steelhead in the Upper Salmon River find a way, as reported in a recent video on the Idaho Fish and Games YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/SWeKlfuKVHE.
The spring harvest season
closes March 31 on the
Other open waters include:
Clearwater River Mainstem and Middle Fork from its mouth upstream to Clear Creek.
North Fork Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to Dworshak Dam.
South Fork Clearwater River
from its mouth upstream to the confluence of American and
The steelhead limits for the
spring 2014 season on the Snake,
A valid 2014 fishing license and steelhead permit is required to fish for steelhead. The statewide limit for the spring season is 20. Once the limit is reached, the angler must stop fishing, even catch-and-release.
Anglers are reminded to consult the Fish and Game Website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov, license vendors or regional offices for changes to rules published in the 2013-2015 Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure.