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Tue., Aug. 14, 2012, 4:46 p.m.

Clearwater steelheaders averaging 8 hours a fish

Steelhead counts at Lower Granite Dam through Aug. 11, 2012. (Fish Passage Center)
Steelhead counts at Lower Granite Dam through Aug. 11, 2012. (Fish Passage Center)

FISHING -- Despite the heat wave, anglers checked on the Clearwater River were catching steelhead at reasonably productive rates last weekend. The water temperature was 52 degrees.

Idaho Fish and Game creel checks found the following rates:

  • Mouth to Memorial Bridge -- 13 hours per fish caught
  • Memorial Bridge to Orofino Bridge -- 8 hours per fish caught.

The steelhead run remains stalled in the Columbia, with only about 50 or so a day moving over Lower Granite Dam en route to Idaho waters.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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