CLEARWATER RIVER FISHING REPORT

Walley Fishing Adventure

Written by Toby Wyatt

Toby has been a fishing guide for 32 years. Toby grew up chasing big fish on area rivers. Toby was voted one of the top 25 guides on the west coast by Salmon & Steelhead Journal. He has also been featured in numerous magazine articles, radio programs, T.V. fishing shows on the Columbia River to the Clearwater River.

Posted March 20, 2023

Clearwater River Salmon Fishing Report and Current Trends

The Clearwater River is known for its healthy and robust salmon runs, particularly Chinook Salmon and Steelhead. These fish migrate from the Pacific Ocean to spawn in the river’s clear and cool waters near Lewiston Idaho and Orofino. Stay up-to-date with our latest fishing news and trends.

Updated | January 16th, 2024

Location | Clearwater River Near Orifino, ID

Artic Storm to Warming Conditions

Come Join Us for A Fishing Adventure!

Our seasoned captains have braved it all, from exceptional catches to challenging days. They’ve covered extensive stretches of the river, adapting to the ever-changing conditions, and staying one step ahead of the elusive Steelhead. Currently, we’re facing an Arctic storm that has caused a drop in water temperatures and levels, leading to rare instances of freezing. But don’t worry, a positive turn is on the horizon!

The upcoming week’s forecast promises a welcome warming trend, with temperatures rebounding into the 40s by Wednesday. As the ice melts and water temperatures rise, we’re confident that fishing (and catching) will greatly improve post-thaw. Get ready for some of the best experiences of the year! And rest assured, we’ve got your comfort covered. Our heated boats and delicious warm BBQ lunches will make your fishing adventure truly unforgettable.

Experience the best the Clearwater River Steelhead fishing season has to offer with experienced Reel Time Fishing guides.

 

 

Updated | September 27th, 2023

Location | Clearwater River Near Lewiston Idaho

Get Ready for A Massive Steelhead Salmon Run for 2023!

Spots Are Filling Up Fast

Over 5,300 Steelhead from Clearwater River Hatchery have successfully made their way past the Lower Granite Dam, marking the second highest run for this date since 2012.

Take a look at the graph below to see the numbers. Anglers are currently allowed to keep up to 2 hatchery steelhead, but we’re also seeing a few chinook, steelhead, and coho being caught each day.

steelhead chart of fish runs for 2023

The limit is 3 for chinook, 2 for steelhead, and 2 for coho. Keep in mind that the chinook catch may slow down, while the steelhead and coho catches are expected to increase.

 

Updated | September 6th, 2023

Location | Clearwater River Near Lewiston Idaho

Biggest Chinook Run in 10-Years!

We Limit Out 80% of the Time

Get ready for some great fishing near Lewiston, Idaho and the Clearwater River this season! The fall Chinook counts at the Bonneville Dam are above average, which means the fishing will be VERY GOOD.

The fishing season in Idaho started on August 18, 2023 (with the North Fork Clearwater opening on September 1). You can fish in the Snake River, lower Salmon River, and most of the Clearwater basin.

Remember, the daily limit is three adult fish, and you can keep both adipose clipped and unclipped fish. Plus, fishing is allowed seven days a week in all open areas. So grab your gear and get ready for an amazing fishing experience!

We Are Expecting A Large Steelhead Run this Year!

Get ready for an epic Steelhead run in the fall of 2023! The demand is off the charts, so make sure to secure your spot for an unforgettable fishing trip ASAP. Don’t wait too long or you might miss out on the adventure of a lifetime. Book now!

 

 

Spring Chinook Salmon
large chinook salmon caught on the columbia river
Nice Size Steelhead on Clearwater River in Lewiston

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.