I am a newbie to fishing in general and I am wanting to try steelhead fishing with the wife this year. I once tried about 3 years ago with some friends and we got skunked. I am not familiar with the whole salmon river area very well but I know we fished an area called shoup and deadwater.
With the numbers looking really good this fall, when could I expect the run to hit the Middle fork to North Fork area? I noticed you referenced the numbers on the damn but not sure how this relates to time they get to Salmon city.
I am hoping to make it sometime in october on the 1st to the 15th.
I am looking foward to trying again this year and hopfully we can land a big one this time. I live in Blackfoot but since I changed jobs I have not had contact with any steelhead fishermen at work yet. Thanks for any advice or information.
From my experience it seems a good amount of fish get in that riggins to deadwater. But as deadwater freezes up it stops the fishs progress and usualy all winter long is good fishing in the stretch below. Now last year it seemed alot of the fish had made it past deadwater before it froze.
Is it to soon to be very excited.
No! Not in my opinion!
Can you all believe the run this year...it is mind blow! I've been watching the counts since July...but the past month has been unbelievable.
I'll be over on the Clearwater in a couple of weeks for the catch and release season. The Winter run should be epic! I just hope I can get over Lolo Pass when the run starts this Winter! You bait guys need to give me some room.
Nothing like a 40" Metalhead on a 9 wt.....as if I would know!
Here's what I got: since July 1 @ Bonneville (thru 9/7) 509,058 steelhead (this includes clipped and unclipped fish); Sept 4-7 @ Lower Granite 23,848 clipped and unclipped steelhead.
I was also a little confused how you were comparing with other years, but I will say this: 2001 was the largest steelhead return on record for both Bonneville and Lower Granite. It's too early to say what will happen at LG, but we are already a shoe-in for second largest ever @ Bonneville. To date, we are 17,626 steelhead ahead of 2001. September was a big month in 2001, so to secure this year as the largest steelhead return ever recorded we will have to average 3,845 steelhead per day for the rest of this month. It looks like it will happen.
Now lets talk rivers. I use PIT tag data to track this. It looks to me like the fish that are returning to the Salmon River this year are PIT tagged at a much higher rate than the ones that returned last year. For example last year only 126 Salmon River PIT tagged steelhead crossed Bonneville all year long. This year there has already been 1,590! For the Clearwater, last year by this time, there had been 134 PIT tags over Bonneville, this year we have had 133.
So it looks to me like the Salmon River should be gangbusters this year for sure, and it's a little too soon to tell on the Clearwater. The Cw steelies cross Bonne later: sept-mid oct. As a side note, around 25% of all the steelhead crossing Bonne the last week or so have been B-run (by age) or older. This is the highest I have seen so far this year.
Hey "Got Bait" I was hoping you could help me...where is the Ebenezer area of the Snake??
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