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Steelhead, salmon spreading from Columbia up to Salmon River

Amy Sinclair of Riggins holds a chinook salmon she caught while targeting steelhead near the confluence of the Snake and Salmon rivers last week. (Courtesy photo)
Amy Sinclair of Riggins holds a chinook salmon she caught while targeting steelhead near the confluence of the Snake and Salmon rivers last week. (Courtesy photo)

FISHING — Good catches of steelhead and chinook salmon have been reported this week from the Lyons Ferry area of the Snake, the Lewiston area, the Grande Ronde River and all the way up to the Salmon River at Riggins.

Water conditions are getting prime and fish are spreading their wealth to anglers, even though the runs aren't up to average.

Here's the upstream report on the Salmon River from Amy Sinclair of Exodus River Adventures in Riggins:

Salmon River flow this morning is 3640 CFS, water temperature is 57 degrees and the river is crystal clear.

Colder night-time temperatures should be ideal for cooling the water temperature down and getting more steelhead into the area.

The prime steelhead fly fishing is late September to mid October while water temperatures are warm and have the fish aggressive. Standard or typical steelhead fishing with spin or bait rods/reels is best in the fall from mid October until early December. Best spring steelheading is from early February to mid March.




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