Salmon fishing has continued to improve on the Salmon River around Challis, Idaho. As of 6/27 there were 232 fish in the Pahsimeroi Hatchery and 455 fish at the Sawtooth hatchery. it appears there are a lot more fish heading to the Pahsimeroi than originally expected, which it is a good thing. They expect to meet there broodstock need. With all this information., it looks like we may have a few more fish to catch also. The upper Salmon River continued to fish the best this past week. Anglers harvested an estimated 28 hatchery adult Chinook in location code 17 which produced a harvest rate of 59 hours per Chinook kept. Near Challis, in location code 18, anglers harvested an estimated 71 hatchery adult Chinook and 13 hatchery jacks which produced a harvest rate of 26 hours per Chinook kept. Anglers upstream of the East Fork in location code 19 harvested an estimated 138 hatchery adult Chinook and 56 hatchery jacks which produced a harvest rate of 32 hours per Chinook kept.
This weekend is expected to have some heavy fishing pressure between Challis and Stanley a probably a fair number of fish will be caught. We are hoping to squeeze a week or so after the 4th before the season is shut down. Now is the time and your best chance catch a salmon.
LC 17 – Lemhi River to Pahsimeroi River
LC 18 – Pahsimeroi River to East Fork Salmon River
LC 19 – East Fork Salmon River to Sawtooth Hatchery
Thanks to Greg Schoby our Regional Fisheries Manager for the continuous updates!
The Salmon River has also been fishing well for trout. Try fishing with Stimulators, Stonefly patterns and Caddis. Prince nymphs, Bitch Creek nymph, Copper Johns and Caddis pupa imitations have been working for under the water.
Tight Lines and Big Tugs,