Fishing report: Thursday, June 11


All sections of the lower Salmon River downstream of Vinegar Creek will close to all chinook salmon fishing at the end of fishing hours Thursday, June 11. The upper Salmon River opens from the Copper Mine boat ramp approximately 2.5 miles upstream of the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River upstream to the posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley. South Fork of the Salmon River opens June 19.

Getting there: Take U.S. 95 north to Riggins, or to the upper river go to the city of Salmon and head downstream.


Little Salmon remains open for fishing, and about 800 fish remain to be harvested for the sport quota to be met. Fishing was good last week with 1,738 fish landed between June 1 and June 7. Fishing will continue through the weekend, but if catch rates hold steady, it could be the last weekend.

Getting there: Take U.S. 95 between New Meadows and Riggins.


The North Fork Clearwater River is closed to all chinook salmon fishing. The Middle Fork, upper Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater and Lochsa rivers remain open.

Getting there: Take U.S. 95 north to Grangeville and Idaho 13 to the river.


Fishing is good, but no surprise, the trout aren’t pushovers. Look for caddis hatches in the evening; callibaetis, baetis and PMDs are also hatching. If nothing is hatching, don’t hesitate to try hoppers, beetles and other terrestrials.

Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and U.S. 20 to the Creek near Picabo.


Wish I had better news, but it’s been fairly slow since it reopened Memorial Day weekend. The river is flowing about 1,600 cfs, so it’s mostly boat fishing. Stoneflies should start hatching later this month. For now, drifting stonefly nymphs or other nymphs is probably your best option.

Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and U.S. 20 to the Anderson Ranch Dam Road turnoff.


Smallmouth bass fishing with crankbaits is fair to good at Cascade, while perch fishing and trout fishing are improving but still spotty. Horsethief Reservoir continues to provide outstanding fishing for stocked trout, and there are few holdover fish from last year that have grown to decent size. With the Valley heating up, this is a good option.

Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade, and left on Warm Lake Road to Horsethief.


How much heat can you stand to catch lots of smallmouth bass? Fishing is good for smallies in the reservoir, and chances are good you can catch crappie, cats and other fish, too, depending on where you’re at in the reservoir. You might want a spot with electrical hookups at Woodhead Park so you can crank the AC in your RV. The other reservoirs probably have similar fishing, and Oxbow and Hells Canyon are a little easier for small boats to fish.

Getting there: Take U.S. 95 to Cambridge and Idaho 71 to the reservoir.