Clearwater River Fishing Guides

CLEARWATER RIVER STEELHEAD FISHING GUIDES

If you’re looking to challenge yourself with a high-stakes steelhead fishing experience, then look no further.

World famous for it’s B-run Steelhead averaging 10 to 12 lbs with several 20 lb plus fish to be taken, the Clearwater River is highly regarded as one of the best Steelhead rivers in the world. The Clearwater is a relatively shallow river with rocky structure and gravel bars making drifting bait the primary method of fishing here.

It is not uncommon for our Clearwater River Steelhead fishing guides to put your group onto 20 or more Steelhead in a day! Our six full time guides will cover a 40 mile section of river beginning in Lewiston, Idaho and extending into the town of Orofino, Idaho.

Reel Time Fishing is one of the few outfitters who’s guides will fish every inch of this 40 miles of river, allowing for us to follow the fish around and have a strategic advantage in the early season when the fish are spread throughout the river system.

The Clearwater River Steelhead season extends out over seven months, opening in July for catch and release and then catch and keep in October, making it our longest and our most popular fishery we offer. These brutes make their way 450 river miles inland, starting their journey up the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon and ending at one of many hatcheries, wild spawning habitat, or on the end of your line.

20 or more Steelhead in a day!

Thanks to the largest Steelhead hatchery in the nation, we are fortunate to be able to harvest these beautiful creatures. Without Dworshak or Clearwater hatcheries, we would not be able to sustain runs large enough to hold a harvest fishery.

Reel Time Fishing operates as a licensed Idaho outfitter under four limited entry permits issued by the Idaho Outfitters & Guides Licensing Board. Our Steelhead trips operate under two of 10 permits issued for the Lewiston to Orofino section. These permits are difficult to obtain which restricts competition and helps keep guide traffic to a minimum. Each guide must work as an employee for the permit holder (outfitter) which means each guide has been hand picked and are the best of the best.

CLEARWATER RIVER SALMON FISHING GUIDES

Spring Salmon are regarded as the best tasting salmon out of the three chinook runs.

The Clearwater also sees a run of spring Chinook Salmon. Our Clearwater River Fishing Guides will fish a 70 mile section of river from Lewiston to Kooskia, with stops along the way in the communities of Lenore, Peck, and Orofino. Trolling herring, eggs, or plugs as well as back-bouncing eggs are the best methods of take in this fishery.

Idaho Clearwater Spring Salmon are regarded as the best tasting salmon out of the three chinook runs that make it into Idaho. The weather is nice this time of year which makes for a great family fishing trip!

Chinook and Coho Salmon fishing at it’s best.

In recent years we have been able to target fall Chinook & Coho that have been making their return to the Clearwater River. Both species begin to pick up towards the end of September and fishing for them is prime early to mid October. Side-drifting our Steelhead gear with cured roe is our primary way to target the fall Chinook, whereas trolling plugs tends to put more Coho in the boat.

We now offer the Clearwater River Trifecta where we can target and harvest Steelhead, Chinook, and Coho all in the same day.

Our Amazing Fishing Guide Reviews

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Based on 116 reviews
Albert J. Farmer
Albert J. Farmer
January 5, 2024
After several trips with reel time fishing, they’re the only charter I use - they are great even on a slow day!!
Fishon
Fishon
January 4, 2024
This guide service is top notch! Gabe our guide on the Clearwater River in Idaho put us on the fish. Thanks!
Blair Hale
Blair Hale
November 6, 2023
Great guides, great fishing.
Paul Curtis
Paul Curtis
November 5, 2023
Thanks for showing us a great time on the river. Travis got all four of us on great steelhead. One was a real hog! Would highly recommend this company.
Grant Torrey
Grant Torrey
October 16, 2023
Great time fishing with knowledgeable guide. Hot lunch was nice but while parked on the beach seen two fish caught. Maybe a sandwich while fishing instead.
Brent Varriale
Brent Varriale
October 15, 2023
Fished 2 days with Captain Pepe and his crew in Cabo. These guys were fantastic. Had us in Fish from the start. 13 Marlin and 5 big Mahi in two days. If you are going to fish in Cabo, do yourself a favor and book with Reel Time.
Chris Jacks
Chris Jacks
October 14, 2023
Our guide Jack worked hard to ensure we had the best opportunities to catch Salmon and Steelhead. His knowledge of all aspects of fishing made this a great opportunity for us and he gave us many opportunities to catch and land fish. We landed 5 steelhead and had several other opportunities, but were unable to connect on all of them. Overall, it was a great trip and a great day to be fishing with an expert in his field.

Frequently Asked Questions about our fishing trips

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING ON MY TRIP?

The legal max boatload is six anglers, but with six full time guides available we are able to accommodate large groups of more than six people.

IS LUNCH/DRINKS PROVIDED ON MY TRIPS?

We do provide a BBQ lunch and drinks on all Clearwater, Snake, and Dworshak trips. Lunch and drinks ARE NOT provided on any of our Columbia River or Grande Ronde river trips.

HOW MANY HOURS ARE WE ON THE WATER?

Look forward to at least 8 hours of fishing unless you book a half day trip, then look forward to 4 hours of fishing

DO YOU PROVIDE ALL THE GEAR WE NEED TO FISH?

Yes, each guide is fully equipped with top-notch rods, reels and bait to ensure success on your trip.

DO I NEED TO PRE-PAY OR PLACE A DEPOSIT DOWN TO HOLD MY SPOT?

We require a 50% deposit at the time of booking, final payment must be made in full 10 days prior to your trip. We do not offer refunds for cancellations or head-count changes made inside 10 days of your trip.

DO YOU CLEAN AND FILLET OUR CATCH?

Yes, all of our guides will clean and fillet your catch unless otherwise specified.