CLEARWATER RIVER SPRING CHINOOK FISHING REPORT

Sturgeon Fishing

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 May 15, 2024

Clearwater Spring Chinook Salmon Report. Be Sure To Save this Page for Future Updates

Hey, are you planning a salmon fishing trip to the famous Clearwater River in Idaho? Don’t miss out on the action by checking out our Clearwater Salmon Fishing Report. Stay in the loop on the latest spots to reel in a great catch!

We’ve got you covered with up-to-date info on King, Chinook and Coho Salmon hotspots from Oregon, Washington to Idaho. Including the legendary Columbia River and its tributaries, along with the Snake River and Clearwater River.

Updated | May 15th, 2024

Location | Clearwater River, Lewiston

Clearwater River Spring Salmon Higher than Expected Numbers

Clearwater Fishery Open 7-Days A Week!

Exciting news! Idaho Fish and Game expands Clearwater fishing season to 7 days a week due to increased Spring King Salmon numbers. Get ready for a hot weekends of fishing with limits of 1 adult fish and 3 Jack’s per day. Spring Kings are the prized Salmon of the Pacific Northwest – don’t miss out!

2040 spring salmon numbers by idaho fish and game.

Updated | May 19th, 2023

Location | Clearwater River, Lewiston

Clearwater River Spring Chinook Anticipated Numbers

It Should Be A Great Season Again in 2024

Attention all fishing enthusiasts! The stage is set, the quotas are in, and the countdown to an epic angling adventure on the Clearwater River has officially begun. With Idaho Fish & Game setting the season quota at 1,300 Chinook, anticipation is at a fever pitch!

Past seasons have seen this coveted quota vanish in the blink of an eye, and with forecasted water conditions promising prime fishing conditions, this season is poised to be a whirlwind of excitement. But here’s the catch – quite literally – we’re currently granted the opportunity to fish four days a week, from Thursday through Sunday. With such limited time on the water, every moment counts!

Mark your calendars, anglers, because the peak of this spectacular Chinook run is slated from May 20th to the first week of June. But heed this warning: the window of opportunity may be shorter than you think. With the possibility of the season closing after just two weekends during the peak of the run, hesitation is not an option!

Now, here’s the scoop: while the 1,300 fish quota is based on forecasts and subject to change, we’re crossing our fingers for a bountiful run that exceeds expectations. Who knows? If luck is on our side and the river teems with more Chinook than anticipated, we may just get to extend the fishing frenzy a little longer than planned!

So don’t delay, book your spot now, and seize the chance to reel in your trophy catch on the Clearwater River. With adventure beckoning and the promise of angling glory on the horizon, this is one fishing expedition you won’t want to miss!

 

Updated | May 19th, 2023

Location | Clearwater River, Lewiston

The Spring Chinook Have Arrived in Lewiston

Exciting news for fishing enthusiasts: recent counts over Bonneville have brought our once dismal expectations up and we now have solid numbers to go by!

Clearwater Harvest Share at Record High of 3,345 Fish

Great news for fishermen! With the Clearwater harvest share hitting an all-time high, the season is now open 7 days a week for your enjoyment. And this year is proving to be extra special; the latest run we have ever seen means that fishing is expected to continue well into June.

But that’s not all. As water flows out of the Clearwater drainage are expected to drop this week, we anticipate the perfect opportunity for a big catch. Don’t miss out – book your trip today and experience the thrill of reeling in some truly impressive fish!

three fishermen holding spring chinnok salmon on clearwater river

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.