Alan Liere's Fishing-hunting
by Alan Liere
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Salmon and steelhead
Late February and March is prime time for the "upper" section of the Grande Ronde for steelhead. This time of year, the fish congregate in a 2-mile section of river around the Cottonwood Creek hatchery.
Reel Time Fishing in Clarkston is accepting bookings for guided fishing trips to this area. Call (208) 790-2128. At Boggan’s Oasis, Bill Vail said the Grande Ronde is in excellent shape and steelhead are hitting a variety of lures, flies and bait. Call (509) 256-3372 for current reports and to line up shuttles.
"The (steelhead) fishing is starting to ramp in some of Idaho’s popular terminal waters," said Joe Dupont, Clearwater Region Fisheries Manager. "The South Fork Clearwater River is just starting to turn on, and upstream of the Orofino Bridge on the mainstem Clearwater River is already fishing well. Fish are also moving into the areas near the Dworshak and Hells Canyon hatcheries, as well as the Little Salmon River, and catch rates should be picking up there soon."
Lake Coeur d’Alene’s chinook fishery has been on hold since the onset of the frigid weather, but now that it is warming up a bit guides for Fins and Feathers will venture out again. They expect the fish will be deep -- 80 to 120 feet down.
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