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Fishing Report

Salmon River Area Fishing Report 12/29/2021

New Regulations for the Salmon Region that has been implemented starting Jan1,2022

  • Lemhi and Pahsimeroi rivers
    The 14-inch minimum length limit on trout was removed, but maintains no harvest of cutthroat trout
  • SIDE NOTE: December 1st through Friday before Memorial Day weekend –  Trout limit is 0 , catch and release only
  • Stanley Lake
    The lake trout daily bag limit was reduced. Of the 6-trout bag limit, only 2 may be lake trout.

STEELHEAD – Because of low steelhead returns in 2021, the spring 2022 season has a reduced daily limit in the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers of two fish per day, and one fish per day in the Clearwater

Ice Fishing Jimmy Smith Lake has been fishing well so far this year. Use Meal Worms or Wax Worms for best results. Nightcrawlers will work also, but not as good. I did hear today that there was water on top of ice right now.

Mackay Reservoir – The ice on the reservoir is about one foot thick. Fishing for Rainbow Trout has been great with fish up to 17″ being caught, Kokanee fishing has been slow with only a few being caught so far. Try fishing closer to the dam where you be able to fish the deeper water. Pink, black and various other colored skirts tipped with Wax Worms or mealworms are working for trout.  Fireball or pink skirts tipped with wax worms or spikes will work best if you are targeting Kokanee.

Mosquito Flats Reservoir – No Information


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