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Mon., Oct. 7, 2013, 5:06 p.m.

Steelhead catches pick up in mid-Snake River

FISHING -- Steelhead fishing success dramatically improved last week and through the weekend in the Snake River near Little Goose and Ice Harbor dams, according to creek reports just posted by the Washington Department of Fish and wildlife.

The hottest fishing was between from Lower Monumental Dam to Little Goose Dam, where anglers averaged 7 hours per fish caught. 

Anglers average 12 hours per fish caught from Ice Harbor Dam to Lower Monumental and 15 hours per fishg from Little Goose to Lower Granite Dam. 

Tucannon River anglers averaged 11 hours per steelhead caught.

Creel numbers for the Snake upstream of Lower Granite in Washington indicate slow fishing for steelhead, but Idaho Fish and Game hasn't posted numbers for the mouth of the Clearwater.  Heller bar fishing was fairly good late last week, said Joe DuPont, IFG regional fisheries manager.

No creel reports are out yet for the Grande Ronde, but I was there personally and steelheading was still very, very slow through Sunday.




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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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