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Fishing Report

Salmon River Fishing Report Mar-04-21


The Salmon has opened up in most places around Challis and all of the boat ramps are open down river except Cottonwood. The Challis Bridge ramp you will have to drop your boat down over the ice, but it’s not as bad as last year. There is still a small ice jam at Deadmans Hole. Steelhead are being caught from Challis to below Salmon. Last weeks F&G report shows that above the Middle Fork in section 15 the average was 19 hours per steelhead caught, upstream of North Fork in section 16 the average was 14 hours per steelhead caught, and upstream of the Lemhi River the average was 12 hours per fish caught. We are hoping that Deadwater at North Fork will open up this weekend with the warmer temperatures. Temperatures around Challis are expected to be in the mid 40’s through next week so expect some off color water from melting snow and ice.

By the way, it’s time to clean those fly lines you haven’t used since last fall,(or get a new one) or change your mono line on your reel ( we can do that for you). We have new flies, lures and what ever you need for catching a steelhead so drop by the store before you go out. Greg