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Wed., Aug. 22, 2012, 11:13 a.m.

IFG cools its report on Clearwater River water temperature

FISHING UPDATE -- The Clearwater River is NOT the temperature of bathwater, as reported yesterday.

The Idaho Fish and Game Department's steelhead update report posted Tuesday said Clearwater River water temperatures were around 65 degrees. 

That caught MY attention. That's way too warm for normal operating conditions, considering water was still coming out of the bottom of Dworshak Dam to usher young steelhead and salmon downstream and encourage adults to come upstream.

Joe DuPont, IFG regional fisheries manager, checked into the situation this morning and said the temperature report was an error.

"The water temperature is still in the low 50s," he said minutes ago.  Anglers on the water know that, of course, but the rest of us look closely at river reports from various sources.

"The releases from Dworshak are not ending earlier although they did reduce flow recently," DuPont said. However, the cooling flows from Dworshak will be decreased significantly in September, he said.

Meantime, warm water in the Snake continues to stall the steelhead run over Lower Granite.  The cooling trend in weather could jumpstart fish movements any day.

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Rich Landers
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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