Riggins, Idaho (PressExposure) March 11, 2008 -- Well this weekend proved to be quite a disappointment for many on the river. It seems the cards were stacked against us the rain we were suppose to have gotten never materialized and the colder temperatures lowered the rivers again. It must have seemed like there were no steelhead in the river for many, as I watch many fisherman this weekend spend hours of casting and drifting without any success.
With the high pressure setting up again and the rivers coming up the steelhead were holding on the bottom and were very inactive I heard a lot of fisherman saying that the fish just had not made it up the river yet. I assure you there are quite a few fish in the river but they are very sensitive to the weather changes even more so during this time of year then any other.
We again are waiting on some storms this week and if we get some rain as expected you will see a sudden increase in the action. The main Salmon River flows drop significantly from Wednesday and the pressure rising the way it was put the steelhead in a holding pattern which many of us have seen before, fishing will pick up and will do so suddenly if we do get some rain to bring the river flows up.
For those of you that were on the river this weekend I'm sure you are a little frustrated with the condition but it is just steelheading and until we have some rain or warmer temps to bring up the river you can anticipate condition to continue to be slow. Until then present your baits slow and in deep holes as these are where the fish are holding now. Or you can wait for the condition to change if you do not enjoy fishing all day for two or three hits.
If conditions change as I am hoping they will this week I will keep you informed I'm waiting to see what happens this week.