The Salmon River has dropped at the Clayton gauge from 2000 cfs on the 23rd to 1400 cfs today(28th), the water has cleared and steelhead are being caught. The stars have all aligned and it’s time to go fishin’! Fishing improved throughout the weekend with fish being caught upstream and downstream of Challis. The water has cleared all of the way down to below Salmon so you have a long stretch of river available to fish. Right now, patterns for flies pretty much run the gambit from black and purple and blue to bright egg patterns and everything in between. Skunks, rabbit leeches, stonefly nymphs,and intruder style of flies should work if you can get the fly in front of the fish. Try to keep it slooooow to entice the fish. The water temp is running on the cool cool side around Challis-low 40’s.

Drift and spin fisherman should  try copper, gold, blues and greens for spoons and spinners,roe and shrimp for bait.

Photos are below the Challis Bridge today

Salmon River Fishing Report

The Salmon is still off color with about 16″ of visibility. A few fish are being caught upstream but not many. With the water clearing and dropping the fishing should improve. You can probably expect the river to keep dropping for the next few days with the colder nighttime temperatures.

Salmon River Fishing Report

Below Challis Bridge 3/22 in the morning

The Salmon River’s flows have increased over the past few days contributing  to the low visibility of the river. Yesterday afternoon the river had cleared significantly but the flows increased due to the  temperatures later. Right now the clearest water seems to be in the afternoon and in the morning green. The river peaked early  this morning at a little over 2000 cfs at the Clayton gauge but has dropped to 1970 cfs  and is still dropping. Hoping the cooler weather will slow all of this down. The fish are showing up with the last report at the Pahsimeroi Hatchery showing 788 fish on March 20th.  Fishing has remained slow but hoping it will get better by this weekend.

Salmon River Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing is still slow on the Salmon River but fish are being caught upriver of Challis. Your best bet for now is fishing above the East Fork where the water is clearer. The current flow at the Clayton gauge is 1690 cfs. A few fish have been caught nymphing steelhead stone patterns and bunny bug style of flies. Roe and shrimp are the best bet for the drift fisherman.

Salmon River Fishing Report

The Salmon River is still flowing above average and has very low visibility. Night time temperatures are going to be dropping so we expect to see some clearing of the river in the next few days. Fishing has been slow due water clarity and fish just now moving into the upper system. At last report there were 106 fish at the Pahsimeroi Hatchery.

Salmon River Fishing Report

The Salmon River is a little more off color this morning with about a 1 to 1-1/2ft  visibility.

If you are going to fly fish, big and dark will probably work best. Blacks, purple,blue and green would be my color choices with some copper or gold flash. The same colors on lures and corkies with bait. The temperatures should be below freezing up high about every other day starting tonight then dropping next week consistently after Saturday for a few days. Expect the river to be clearer in the mornings and more off color in the late afternoon, So hit it early!

Salmon River Fishing Report

Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River was slow this weekend due to higher flows and muddy river conditions. As of this morning the river has cleared and dropped significantly with at least 3 ft of visibility. Fishing should pick up as long as the clarity of the river does not change much. The flows at Clayton are 662 cf, and Salmon 1570 cf.  There is still a 6ft to 7Ft ice shelf at Penal Gulch so about the only way to access that part of the river is Challis Hot Springs. The Hot Springs charges $5 a day for use of the ramp and free if you are camping there. The main bridge boat ramp at Challis will not be accessible this spring due to ice jams causing a channel to cut through and down the boat ramp road and over through the parking lot area. Watts still had a little ice and snow but is usable and melting daily. From Watts Bridge down river the ramps are clear. Nymphs and big streamers have been working for flies when the water is clear enough. Otherwise Spoons, roe and shrimp are the most productive for regular fishing. This photo is just above the big bend below the Challis Bridge boat ramp. You can see the bottom this morning.

 

 

 

Salmon River Fishing Report

Let’s start with the good news- Deadwater went out today so we should see more fish around Challis in a week or so. By lunch the river was getting off color and presently it has about 6″ of visibility. Lots of melt coming from the banks and the East Fork, Maulm Gulch , and the Pahsimeroi River are all putting some dirty water into the system. It’s is going to take some freezing temperatures up high to clear things up. This was Deer Gulch today. Snow is melting but it’s pretty muddy right now. I will keep you posted on the river conditions.

Salmon River Fishing Report

Fishing for Steelhead on the Salmon River was fair over the weekend. Water temperatures remained about the same, 36 degrees or so, but the water was mostly clear around Challis, and muddier the further down river you went. On a good note, the ice jam receded downriver and is just above Deadwater itself. Hoping it will be out by the end of the week.Weekly Summary Report (3-05-2017)

Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 528 cfs at Clayton and 1,360 cfs at the town of  Salmon.

Salmon River Fishing Report

The river conditions on the main Salmon River is still good. The water clarity is good at Challis and Salmon, and water levels show a slight increase. Water clarity is cloudy below Deadwater. The river dropped from approximately 567cf down to about 460cf last night but is currently at 489cfs at Clayton and rising with temperatures around 36 degrees. Flows at Salmon are 1360cf and water temperature around 40 degrees.  Deadwater is still frozen, and the ice jam there is up to Bobcat Gulch. Fishing pressure has been light, and Steelhead are being caught.  Intruders , larger streamers and nymphs have been catching fish around both Challis and Salmon. Working spoons and  KastMasters slowly through the deeper holes have proved productive for the spin fisherman.There are not many ramps open presently do to snow so you have to slide your boat in on most. Make sure there are no ice jams in between. For updates when they plan on clearing the ramps try calling the Fish and Game or BLM offices.

The Salmon BLM is 208-756-5400   The Challis BLM is 208-879-6200
The Salmon IDFG is 208-756-2271

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