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Fastest steelhead fishing reported upstream in Snake, Salmon

Mike Durning with his 35-inch hatchery steelhead caught Nov. 5, 2011, onl the Salmoln River with drift boat guide Brent Sawyer of Exodus Wilderness Adventures.

 

 (Exodus Wilderness Adventures)
Mike Durning with his 35-inch hatchery steelhead caught Nov. 5, 2011, onl the Salmoln River with drift boat guide Brent Sawyer of Exodus Wilderness Adventures. (Exodus Wilderness Adventures)

STEELHEADING — The latest Idaho steelhead fishing harvest report indicates slower than normal fishing in the lower reaches of the Snake River, but good fishing upstream from the Salmon River.

Great fishing has been reported from the Salmon River area near Riggins.  Read on for details. 

“Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River is incredible right now,” reports Amy Sinclair of Exodus Wilderness Adventures based in Riggins. “The past 2 weeks have offered the best fishing of the season and even with the water temperatures dropping, the fish are still spicy and hitting plugs hard! These fish, once hooked, are flying out of the water and putting up some awesome fights…this is what steelhead fishing is all about!

For the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 6, she reports the 58 people fishing with Exodus hooked into 160 steelhead or 2.8 fish per person and landed 105 or 1.8 fish per person.

The longest keeper steelhead of the week measured 36 inches, she said.

Cooler fall nights and beautiful fall days have the current water level at 4950 cfs and water temperature at 39 degrees. The river is clear.




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