Fish Passage Center
Idaho Steelhead Fishing Report
Updated February 27th, 2014
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(Orofino Stream Flows)
Anglers fishing on the lower Clearwater have been catching a few fish but it's still been slow for the most part. The flows have been coming up so once the water clears up the fishing should improve, especially upstream into the North and South Fork. Most fishermen are drifting roe or shrimp either on a hook or with a small jig on light line, but some are tossing spinners. Boat anglers are mostly backtrolling metallic colored plugs or using divers trailed with bait shrimp to catch fish
Little Salmon River (Riggins Stream Flow)
. Anglers are also starting to pick up fish in the Little Salmon. Most are fishing roe or try tuna balls.
Lower Salmon River ( Whitebird Stream Flow)
Steelhead fishing above and below Riggins has been better than anywhere else, with some anglers limiting out early in the day. But the weather can change all that in a day, even by the hour. Some anglers have been limiting out before noon while others aren't catching many fish. It seems when the fishing gets tough the boat anglers are having the best luck. Anglers were mostly catching their fish drifting bait, but a few others are pulling plugs.
Upper Salmon River (Salmon Stream Flow)
Anglers fishing around the town of Salmon have been finding a few pockets to fish but nothing worth driving all that way for, and its still icy towards Challis and Stanley.
Hells Canyon on the Snake River (Lewiston to Hells Canyon Stream Flows)
Steelhead anglers fishing below Hells Canyon are still catching fair numbers of trout and some small bass, but are also picking up a few steelhead, unfortunately not many hatchery fish. Some anglers are drifting with small jigs, or tossing spinners and even pulling plugs.
Steelhead and Salmon dam counts