Alan Liere's Weekly
by Alan Liere
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Salmon and steelhead
Snake River water temperatures have finally dropped to the lower 50s and the fishing is excellent. The Heller Bar area has a lot of steelhead moving through. Side drifting pink yarn balls and pegged pink beads were working this week for guide, Kyle Jones.
The fall steelhead season is in full swing on the Clearwater. Low water is keeping participation low, however, but this also keeps pressure off the fish. Guide Toby Wyatt of Reel Time Charters says his recent average daily catch is close to 10 fish per boat. IDFG expects a decent run to return to the Clearwater which should provide good fishing all the way through March. Info: (208) 790-2128.
On Lake Pateros, steelhead anglers are also side-drifting at around 15 feet with a jig and cured prawn under a float. Fishing has been excellent for steelhead running mostly 3-8 pounds, and the majority of fish have been keepers.
Steelhead fishing near the Pateros on the main stem Columbia and the Methow River is also taking off. Anglers fishing from the docks right in front of Howard's on the River Hotel are catching fish, and downstream from there near the area known as "The Rock" has also been good. The Methow River is low and clear, but full of fish.
Near Bridgeport, steelhead anglers are also catching some big triploid trout, which they are encouraged to keep. Steelhead fishing has been good near the bridge.
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