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For the week of September 4 - 10, 2002


Steelhead outlook 
is healthy

Season started Sept. 1 in Idaho

Idaho’s fall steelhead fishing season started Sept. 1 with a run of fish that may be twice as good as average.

Early predictions said about 170,000 steelhead could be on their way to Lower Granite Dam—the last barrier before entering Idaho waters.

If that figure holds up, it will be about twice the 10-year average, subtracting last year’s epic run. About 85,000 steelhead at Lower Granite Dam is the average, and an amazing 260,000 showed up last year.

Last year’s steelhead run overwhelmed Idaho hatcheries and provided some of the best steelheading anglers could remember.

The predicted run this year would be about 66% of last year’s.

More than 400,000 steelhead are predicted to enter the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam this fall.

Normally, steelhead fishing attracts anglers when river water temperatures drop enough to encourage fishable numbers to run actively upstream—about early- to mid-October.



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