June 23, 2021

Clearwater River Salmon Fishing Guides

Reel Time Fishing is Idaho’s premier Salmon fishing outfitter.

Clearwater River Salmon Fishing Guides

The Clearwater River has had a spring Chinook fishery since 1999. We are regulated by a precariously followed quota system that is set each season by the Idaho Department of Fish & Game. This quota is based on dam counts, minus 50% for tribal fisheries and minus the couple thousand fish needed for broodstock in the hatcheries. The Clearwater River averages a couple thousand fish quota, which provides up to two months of fishing. Our Clearwater River Salmon Fishing Guides start fishing around the first of May and can extend into the later parts of June, with prime time around the week of Memorial Day.

Our Clearwater River Fishing Guides will fish a 70 mile section of river from Lewiston, Idaho to Kooskia, Idaho with stops along the way in the communities of Lenore, Peck, and Orofino. Back 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 available for harvest. The weather is nice this time of year which makes for a great family fishing trip!

Reel Time Fishing operates as a licensed Idaho outfitter under four limited entry permits issued by the Idaho Outfitters & Guides Licensing Board. Our Salmon trips operate under two of 10 permits issued for the Lewiston to Orofino section and one of the Orofino to Kooskia sections. 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.

Our Clearwater River Salmon Fishing Guide service is ready to get you on the water. Contact Us today to reserve your fishing adventure.

Clearwater River Information:

The Clearwater River is in the northwestern United States, in north central Idaho. Its length is 74.8 miles, it flows westward from the Bitterroot Mountains along the Idaho-Montana border, and joins the Snake River at Lewiston. In October 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition descended the Clearwater River in dugout canoes, putting in at “Canoe Camp,” five miles (8 km) downstream from Orofino; they reached the Columbia Bar and the Pacific Ocean about six weeks later.

By average discharge, the Clearwater River is the largest tributary of the Snake River. The River got its name for the Niimiipuutímt naming as Koos-Koos-Kai-Kai – “clear water”


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