the bent rod

Fishing Report

Salmon River and Mackay Reservoir Fishing

The Salmon River is in excellent condition from above Challis to Salmon, and fish are being caught throughout. We have had very few reports above Challis, but downstream folks are picking up fish in the Deer Gulch/Ellis area. Copper spoons have been the popular lure, and drifting shrimp or Green Butt Skunk flies are working as well. Last week’s Fish and Game report shows fishing below North Fork was 2 hours per fish, with 18 anglers being checked and 17 fish caught.

Mackay reservoir ice fishing has been very good this winter with limits of good sized kokanee being caught, and some large rainbows as well. Jigging a Swedish Pimple tipped with spikes or a wax worm is the answer for both kokanee and trout, and we picked up kokanee throughout the water column in 35 to 40 feet of water.

This guy was seen fishing the Salmon river above Cottonwood campground.