the film

Steelhead Counts Steady
Over Lower Granite Dam

Rich Landers
Spokesman Review, October 6, 2015

Expect Good Fishing

Graphic: Steelhead counts over Lower Granite Dam 2015 compared to ten-year average. FISHING -- The number of steelhead heading up the Snake River toward Idaho waters isn't as large as it's been in the past, but savvy anglers know that doesn't necessarily mean they'll catch fewer fish.

With thousands of fish climbing over Lower Granite Dam, the number of steelhead migrating into Idaho is increasing..

During the four day period ending on Sunday, the average count at Lower Granite was over 2,700 fish per day.

"Although this run won't be as large as most runs we've seen in the last five years, it is important to realize that in these situations fewer people will often fish which reduces competition and keeps catch rates high," said Joe DuPont, fisheries manager based in Lewiston.

"In fact, during the run of 2013, when the run was down in the Clearwater, I had several people commenting how they had some of their best steelhead fishing, as they had the river to themselves and caught a bunch of fish."

Harvest season for steelhead opened Aug. 1 on the Lower Clearwater downstream of the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge and on Sept. 1 and in the Snake and Salmon rivers.

The Clearwater River upstream of the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge, the Middle Fork, North Fork and South Fork Clearwater rivers are catch-and-release only until Oct. 15, when the harvest season in those sections opens.

See more information on steelhead fishing in Idaho.

Rich Landers
Steelhead Counts Steady Over Lower Granite Dam
Spokesman Review, October 6, 2015

See what you can learn

learn more on topics covered in the film
see the video
read the script
learn the songs
discussion forum
salmon animation