Fish Passage Center
Idaho Steelhead Fishing Report
Updated March 28th, 2013
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(Orofino Stream Flows)
Flows on the Clearwater were dropping earlier in the week but warmer weather should turn things around and drive some fish upstream towards the South Fork. Anglers fishing the South Fork where having fair success on and off, especially when flows were coming up. As of this report the flows were dropping below average, but hopefully increasing temperatures will bring flows up and bring the fish into the river.
Little Salmon River (Riggins Stream Flow)
The Little Salmon's flows are starting to rise and fish have been moving in so the fishing here should improve for sure. Most anglers are bobber fishing jigs to catch fish.
Lower Salmon River ( Whitebird Stream Flow)
Fishing the lower Salmon River below Riggins has been slow with dropping flows but flows will be coming back up so the fish should be moving. Anglers were finding most of their fish upstream from the confluence of the Little Salmon, and rising flows this week should have moved more fish upstream. Most anglers are bobber fishing jigs or drifting corkies and yarn to catch fish. Boat anglers in the main river are also backtrolling plugs.
Upper Salmon River (Salmon Stream Flow)
Steelhead fishing has been slow in the upper Salmon River near Salmon, but is improving further upstream towards Challis. Backtrolling plugs in main deep stretches, bobber and jig and dirfting jigs was catching fish.
Hells Canyon on the Snake River (Lewiston to
Hells Canyon Stream Flows)
Hells Canyon Dam flows have been fairly stable during the day; consequently the fishing has improved, especially on the Oregon side. Try using small jigs, spinners and even plugs.
Steelhead and Salmon dam counts