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Fishing Report

Salmon River Fishing Report


Temperatures have been bouncing around the past couple of weeks but we are seeing an uptick in catch rates for Steelhead between Challis and Salmon. Flows are just a little low for this time of year for the river but definitely will pick up with warmer weather and snow melt. There has not been much fishing below the Middle Fork , with the best catch rates in section 16. Try Green Butt Skunks, Freight Trains, General Practioners, Steelhead Muddlers, Intruders or nymph with stonefly nymph patterns like the Hot Butt Stone, Pat’s Rubber Legs and Tung Nemic Stones. If you fish conventional tackle, try gold, copper , blue or green spoons. A few Cutthroat, Rainbows and  Bulltrout are being caught also while steelhead fishing. Water temperatures are still in the low 30’s so don’t worry about getting out to early. Let the sun warm the water some, maybe hitting the water around 10am.