Salmon River Fishing Report

Spring 2023 Steelhead Fishing Report 3-25-23

This should be the peak weekend for spring steelhead fishing in the Salmon area, but the ramp parking lots are nearly–or totally–empty. The river is 33 degrees in the afternoon and clear. Air temperature is 33 degrees too, with snow squals. BLM and Fish and Game have opened all the ramps between Salmon and North […]

Kids steelhead fishing

Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Update

Salmon River steelhead fishing has been in a slump the last two or three years. Local fisheries biologists put a lot of blame on changing ocean conditions. Ocean temperature cycles affect steelhead and salmon. We apparently have been in an unfavorable cycle for several years, though I’m told the cycle seems to be in an […]

Ice is flowing down the Salmon River

Ice is flowing down Salmon River in the Salmon area.  First ice of the season  was last Wednesday, much later than usual.  I usually regard ice-free river beyond the 10th of November as bonus time. I have seen ice by the 1st of November on occasion–though the early ice usually doesn’t last long.  There are […]

steelhead fishing improving

Steelhead fishing is improving in the Salmon area

Steelhead fishing is improving in the Salmon area, in spite of the time of year.  In many years slush ice is flowing, at least some days, by this time, but yesterday the river was 42 degrees and clear.  The volume of the Salmon River at Salmon is about 20% greater than average.  Over the years, […]

Catch-and-keep steelhead harvest has been allowed in Salmon River

A catch-and-keep steelhead harvest has been allowed in the Salmon River, beginning on 15 October.   The limit will be two hatchery fish per day, one less than recent limits.  Apparently increasing numbers of steelhead in the system led Idaho Fish and Game Department to modify the earlier catch-and-release-only regulation. River temperature yesterday at mid-day was […]

catch and release fishing for steelhead on Salmon River

Catch and release fishing for steelhead will be the rule on the Salmon River this fall, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  Apparently we are still seeing the effects of the hot spell the end of June of 2015.  River volume was low for that time of year, and temperatures were unseasonably hot. […]

Steelhead fishing good news/bad news near Salmon, Idaho

Steelhead fishing is a good news/bad news story in the Salmon Idaho area. Good news is that the Deadwater ice jam has broken out, apparently yesterday, so the steelhead fishing should resume. BLM and IDFG have just finished knocking ice out of all the ramps upstream and including North Fork, except for Bobcat. (The Forest […]

ice jam in Salmon River beginning to break up

The ice jam in the Salmon River near Salmon is beginning to break up. The last barrier in this section of the Salmon River is the Deadwater ice jam just below North Fork–the first to form in the fall, the last to break out in the spring. Today the upper end of the ice jam […]

Steelhead Fishing Conditions in Salmon

Steelhead fishing conditions in Salmon are still difficult.  The river is still mostly frozen.  In many years the ice is beginning to break up by this time of the winter, but there is little open water in the Salmon area.  The ice has filled all boat ramps, so that when the river does open, the […]

Salmon River Steelhead

Steelhead Fishing Improving in the Salmon Area

Steelhead fishing is improving in the Salmon area.  I expect fish to arrive in the Salmon area between the 15th and 20th of October, but I was losing faith.  Fishing has been slow.  Today, though, on the 20th, I took a fellow for a half-day, and he got two steelhead, with a third lost.  They […]

Fall steelhead fishing

Fall steelhead fishing season is about to begin in the Salmon area.  There have been a few hard-core fishermen on the river, but not many fish stories yet.  Arrival of the fall steelhead migration seems to be a little late, but I never expect many fish before the middle of October.  Usually during the third […]

steelhead fishing conditions

Steelhead fishing conditions in the Salmon River near Salmon are improving, but still variable from day to day.  Today the river was 41 degrees at mid-day, with a little less that two feet of visibility–not crystal clear, but fishable.  Snow is mostly gone off the valley floor, including  the Lemhi nearly to Gilmore Summit. As […]

Spring steelhead fishing in the Salmon area

Spring steelhead fishing in the Salmon area is getting started.  Ice has been pushed from the ramps between North Fork and Salmon.   The Fourth of July site, which is not a developed ramp, is usable, but a length of rope to pull a boat up over an ice slab would be a good idea. […]

winter steelhead fishing

Salmon, Idaho Steelhead Fishing & Shuttle Information

Steelhead fishing  at Salmon will pick up soon.  The head of the ice jam is below North Fork.  Deadwater hasn’t broken out yet, but probably will pretty soon.  Idaho Fish and Game and Bureau of Land Management expect to push ice out of the launch ramps from Tower to North Fork in the next few […]

Winter Steelhead Fishing

Winter steelhead fishing conditions  are in full effect in the Salmon area.  The Deadwater ice jam  backed up to  the Diamond Creek area, though the river has cut down through the jam for several miles, creating an ice canyon.  Launch ramps from Tower Creek down are plugged with ice.  Ramps upstream are usable.  The river […]

Winter Steelhead

Winter Steelhead Fishing Conditions Begin

Winter has arrived according to the calendar, and we have winter steelhead fishing conditions in the Salmon area.  There have been several periods of slush ice flowing, with intervals of clear water.  The ice jam has backed up to between the Tower Creek and Red Bluff boat ramps, then cut back down a ways.  There […]

Ice interrupts steelhead fishing

Temperatures in the single digits have brought ice to the Salmon River in the Salmon area.  Slush ice has been flowing for a couple of days, and  steelhead fishing is suspended for the time being.  With moderating temperatures the ice will ease off, and we will be able to put boats on and fish for […]

Steelhead fishing conditions in Salmon area

Steelhead fishing conditions in the Salmon area continue favorable, in spite of the the time of the year.  It is common for slush ice to begin flowing in the Salmon area by mid-November, but this year the river is still getting into the low 40s.  The river has come up a bit, to a strong […]

Steelhead fishing near Salmon, Idaho

Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River near Salmon, Idaho, continues to have good river conditions, but mixed success.  The river has been unseasonably warm all fall, up in the upper 40s and lower 50s until lately.  Yesterday it was 44-45 degrees at the end of a cloudy day–a very good temperature for steelhead fishing, but […]

Steelhead fishing improving in Salmon area

Steelhead fishing in the Salmon River near Salmon is improving, but is still erratic. There are good days, and some not so good.  It seems as if there are groups of steelhead moving through the area, and if you are on the group, fishing is hot, but if you’re between, not so hot.  Usually fishing […]

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