We don't have great information on this, but we do have some idea about how these fish typically move.IDFG has tagged some of the steelhead and salmon that have been released into the Boise River. By keeping track of where tagged fish are released, and where they were caught by anglers, we can get some idea of the movement patterns. Most of the salmon and steelhead released tend to move upstream after a day or two of being stocked, so they tend to spread out if they were caught immediately. Some anglers claim to have found Boise River steelhead in odd places like irrigation return drains that connect to the Boise River,and even as far downstream as Star or Middleton. This suggests there are some steelhead turn around and try to "leave" the river, but most seem to stay and move upstream. In some years, anglers have reported catching steelhead as late as March, showing that some spend the entire winter before being caught. However, this is not typical and most steelhead are caught within a monthof being transferred to the Boise River.
In Idaho we require seperate permits to fish for steelhead and salmon. So, the Steelhead permit is good for fishing in the spring and fall steelhead seasons. You need to record all steelhead caught and kept over 20" in length on your permit.
The Salmon permit is good for fishing in the spring and summer (spring Chinook salmon) and fall (fall Chinook and coho salmon). Salmon over 24" that are kept must be recorded on your permit by removing a date notch and recording the river section where the fish is caught.
In the Salmon River below the Middle Fork, you can only keep trout with a clipped adipose fin. The cutthroat you are catching are wild and will have all their fins. Therefore, it would be illegal to keep wild cutthroat caught in that reach of the Salmon River.
The salmon in Anderson Ranch Reservoir are landlocked fall Chinook that were stocked in the reservoir to help reduce the number of kokanee salmon. In Idaho rules, landlocked salmon are considered in the trout bag limit and all rules for catching trout also apply to fall Chinook in Anderson Ranch.
You can use barbed hooks; 5 hooks per line and keep 6 fall Chinook per day.
Idaho is blessed with many backcountry elk hunting spots and many big game units with few roads or motorized traffic allowed. Wilderness hunts provide hunters the opportunity to get away from road hunters. Archery hunters like to hunt during archery only seasons typically so the largest contiguous wilderness in the lower 48 states would be considered non huntable because the September hunt allows rifles. You didn't mention you wanted to hunt on public land though that is a given for most hunters. If however you want to hunt on private land, many large landowners are very selective about who they allow hunting on their property, thus providing great conditions and low crowding. You might consider ranch lands in the Lemhi, Beaverhead, Salmon, or Pioneer zones that have many elk but lots of private land. That will require some ground work getting permission however. People that want to hunt on public land have to share with other hunters unfortunately. The good thing though is that most hunters don't stray too far from roads even during archery season. If someone wishes to walk and camp away from trailheads, most units provide very low traffic areas.
You didn't mention which elk zone you have been hunting in but I would bet you could find areas with low pressure there too. The problem with archery hunting is everyone bugles and cow calls and it sounds like the woods are full of people, thus detracting from the experience for the solitude seeking hunter. Just look for the holes that nobody wants to go to away from roads and trails, or the hanging basins half way up a mountain if you want to find elk that haven't been pressured. They disappear after getting hunted into these hard to get places as you probably know. If you are willing to work for it, you can find solitude even in heavily hunted zones. You might do some homework on our website looking at hunter success and number of hunters in a zone then call the regional office for better information on the zone or unit you are exploring. Good luck!
There are a number of variables that effect when salmon and steelhead arrive in the Stanley Basin. Flow, temperature and downstream fish passage conditions are the most common environmental conditions that can alter arrival by 2 - 3 weeks.
The Stanley area has both spring and summer run Chinook. They typically don't arrive until mid-July. There are few Stanley Basin steelhead and no fishing open above the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. Most steelhead begin arriving in mid to late October in the Salmon/Challis area and will stage in the main Salmon River over the winter and move into the tributary streams in March and early April to spawn.
It is illegal to fish for salmon and steelhead when the area is not open for those species. That includes catch-and-release fishing.
Chinook salmon and steelhead do not use those upper basin lakes. The only anadromous fish found are sockeye which need the lakes for an important part of their lifecycle. Hopefully, we will have a sockeye fishery in Idaho wtihin the next 10 years on hatchery produced fish.
The Yankee Fork is home to several species of fish, including Chinook Salmon, Steelead, Bull Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Mountain Whitefish. At this time, the populations of salmon and steelhead are very low and no fishing is allowed for those species. Bull Trout and Cutthroat Trout are catch/release only and the season is open all year. Mountain Whitefish are also present, and they can be kept all year at 25/day.
Check out Pages 41-42 in the 2013-2015 Fishing Regulation for more information, which you can download here:
Even though you have a mining claim, a fishing license is still required. All fishing in Idaho requires a fishing license, unless you are fishing a private pond where the owner has a valid private pond permit.
You can buy a license all over the state at many local vendors, or buy it online. Now you can even buy your license using your mobile phone!
The number of tags available listed in the big game rules booklet is the total number of tags available for that zone. The number of tags is distributed between three groups based on historical salesat the time the zone wascapped. The rules for allocating the number of tags available can be found at http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/13/0104.pdf in section 505. For the Salmon B tags, the quota for residents is 1,589 tags,the quota for nonresident is 830 and the quota for outfitters is 88.
While jet boats are allowed on the Salmon River near Salmon, ID,it is not recommended during much of the year.Low water levels and other hazards make some sections very hazardous.
In addition,apermit is required year round for all types of approved watercraft to be on the Wild and Scenic Main Salmon River. The permitted area begins at the Corn Creek Launch Site and ends at Long Tom Bar (about ½ mile above Vinegar Creek boat ramp) for a total of 77.6 miles. Non-commercial powerboats are limited to no more than six (6) boats on the Main Salmon River at one time, with a maximum length of 7 days per boat. Permits are allocated using a reservation system centered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations and payments are accepted beginning the 1st of June through the end of the control season by calling the Salmon River Ranger District, (208) 839-2211.