The River & Fishing Report 

The River Report

For all of Ada County's bellyaching about the rip-roaring river this spring, the Boise is just about the only thing still running strong at this point in the summer. Here's a look at what's flowing at some of the state's most popular boating sections.

Boise River--Anderson Ranch Dam: 1,700 cubic feet per second; Glenwood Bridge: 1,310 cfs

South Fork Payette--at Lowman: 969 cfs; at Deadwood: 499 cfs

Norh Fork Payette--at McCall: 78 cfs

Main Payette--near Horseshoe Bend: 3,740 cfs

Middle Fork Payette--near Crouch: 198 cfs

Little Salmon--near Riggins: 396 cfs

Lochsa--near Lowell: 979 cfs

Selway--near Lowell: 1,470 cfs

Middle Fork Salmon--at Middle Fork Lodge near Yellowpine: 1,280 cfs

South Fork Salmon--near Krassel: 315 cfs

Main Salmon--Whitebird: 7,990 cfs

For more information on real time flows not listed here, visit our source, the United States Geologic Survey at

The Fishing Report

Only two weeks after the Idaho Department of Fish and Game opened the summer Chinook salmon season, the department was forced to officially close the season effective July 13, and thus end the state's salmon season. Prior to the season's June 29 opening, officials projected the numbers of returning McCall-raised salmon to be much higher than the numbers that actually returned. Lower returns coupled with anglers' average of 50 catches per day accounted for the shortened season. Despite the closed salmon season, anglers can look forward to Steelhead season. The fall catch-and-release season opened on the Clearwater River July 1 and the fall Steelhead seasons begins August 1 from the mouth to Memorial Bridge.

For more info on fishing rules and regulations in Idaho, visit

--Rachael Daigle

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