Salmon fishing season opens today in the Salmon Idaho area. The river is much lower that average for this time of year, but the Salmon River is carrying a fair amount of sediment, apparently from the East Fork of the Salmon. The number of salmon projected by the Fish and Game department is good, and combined with lower flows, should produce a good fishery as soon as the river clears. I’m told the number of jack salmon in the return is low, which is discouraging for a salmon season next year. This seems to be THE year to fish for salmon in the Salmon area.
Apparently salmon are already jumping Dagger Falls on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River–though of course there is no salmon fishing season on the Middle Fork. We will be there later this week to start a whitewater rafting trip on the Middle Fork, and will go to Dagger Falls to watch salmon. Dry fly trout fishing on the Middle Fork should be good now with river levels low for this time of year.