June 23, 2021

Walleye, Sturgeon, Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report

This past month we have been fishing hard for a variety of different species. We have had boats running at Dworshak, on the Snake River in Hells Canyon and at Lyons Ferry, and did a short season on the Columbia for Spring Chinook. Fishing has been good in all locations. We had an epic season at Dworshak, our best yet. Multiple 6+ pound fish were caught along with two 8 pounders. As the time frame to target these fish winds down we anticipate even bigger fish next year as our Kokanee population is larger than average this year.

On the Snake River we have been catching our river monsters (Sturgeon), seems like our average size just keeps getting bigger and bigger every season. 8-9’6″ fish being pulled in on each trip with some smaller fish being thrown into the mix. Smallmouth on the river has been lagging this year. We haven’t had the spring runoff as usual so our water conditions are much different than what we would normally see this time of year. Each trip keeps getting better and we expect a light switch to flip on any day.

Yesterday Toby fished Lyons Ferry for walleye and catfish. Our guests weren’t disappointed. 10 cats and 11 walleye were caught. We are now into the post-spawn of these fish and catching should become a little more consistent.

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Hells Canyon Sturgeon Fishing

Snake River – Sturgeon fishing has been picking up with some dandy’s being pulled in. We have seen fish from 7′ to over 9′ caught on our trips this month. We haven’t seen much run-off yet, but once we do the sturgeon will kick on their spring-time feeding frenzy. This is when we see line-peeling runs, jumps, and back-aching fights! May and June are prime time for catching these MONSTER prehistoric fish. Smallie fishing on the Snake is picking up as well as is Walleye.

Hells Canyon Sturgeon Fishing
Hells Canyon Sturgeon
Snake River Sturgeon Fishing
Snake River Walleye Fishing

Dworshak Reservoir Bass Fishing Report

Dworshak Reservoir – We have been fishing for Smallies on the lake for almost 3 weeks. Prior to this past weekend fishing had been pretty darn tough. A lot of pressure and lower water temps made for tough conditions. A few of our guests were rewarded with some awesome recent catches! Multiple 6 pound fish have been caught, and our company record was broken on Tuesday with a 22″ long fatty weighing in at around 8 pounds! If you want to try for your personal best smallmouth, the next couple weeks will be the time! Seats are extremely limited and time is short so don’t wait.

Dworshak Smallmouth Bass
Dworshak Reservoir Smallmouth
Dworshak Reservoir Bass Fishing

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report

Smallmouth Bass – We offer a few different options when it comes to smallies. First, Dworshak Reservoir is home to some of the largest Smallmouth in the state of Idaho. Fishing this reservoir is difficult to say the least. Our guides have grown up on this reservoir and know when & where to give you the best success at catching the next state record. Timing is key to this fishery – Early spring is generally best before the big boys and girls go to spawn. Our other two fisheries are what we consider “volume” fisheries. The Snake and Grande Ronde provide habitat and feed to sustain a massive population of smallmouth. Once the water temps rise we will begin fishing for these feisty bronze backs. Early spring through mid-summer is generally the best.

Hells Canyon Sturgeon Fishing Report

Snake River Sturgeon – If catching a river monster is on your bucket list, now is the time to get it done. We start fishing for these beasts this month and will continue through the summer. Early and late spring is some of the best catching all year, this is also when we see these fish fight the hardest. It is not uncommon for them to empty 200 yards of line off the spool and make multiple jumps throughout the fight. With the Snake also chocked full of bass, you don’t have to worry about the lack of action between sturgeon bites as our guides always carry a full supply of bass gear to keep you and your guests busy.

Snake River Walleye Fishing Report

Snake River Walleye – Early reports tell us that our Snake & Columbia River walleye fisheries are starting to kick off. We have seen a few pictures coming out of the Snake River of nice 4 to 10 pound fish. As the water continues to warm the catching will continue to increase. We are booking trips now through the summer.

Drano Lake Fishing Report

Spring has arrived in the Lewis-Clark Valley and it has us eager to get after our warm weather species. Dates are starting to fill for Walleye, Sturgeon, Bass and Spring Salmon. Cast away your wintertime blues with a fishing trip this spring.

Drano Lake Spring Chinook – we still have a few dates left for our one and only spring chinook fishery. WDFW has cut this season short as well as shut most other fisheries down so we expect seats to go fast.

Idaho Steelhead Fishing Report

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Clearwater River – The Clearwater fished tough this past month. With cold, low water the fish went into their “winter” mode. When this happens a majority of the fish move into the warmer waters of the North Fork, push back down into the Lower Granite Pool, or hold in the slow deep holes. It becomes very hard to coerce them into biting. Despite the difficult bite we still managed to have a few good trips with nice fish caught. As the temperatures rise this week we expect the bite to turn back on. The “post-cold” bite is always epic and you don’t want to miss it.

Snake River – The Snake fished well up until Idaho Power resumed their water fluctuations at Hells Canyon Dam. When this starts back up each fall/winter it tells the steelhead to start moving. The bite was tough for the first few days after this cycle, but eventually those fish go back on the bite and it also brings new fish into the mix.

Grande Ronde – The couple of Ronde trips we ran were a bust as the river was icy. There are fish to be caught but the conditions were poor. This past week the ice has cleared and water temps have increased which should create a good bite. Our cast & blast trip is still offered until the waterfowl season closes January 26th.

We are looking for 1 to 3 anglers to join a single angler on December 28th for Clearwater River Steelhead. Contact Travis to book 208-790-4113

Here are some pictures from the past week on the Clearwater:

Grande Ronde Steelhead Fishing Report

We have been slammed with full trips in our power boats we haven’t had a chance to sneak away to test the waters of the Grande Ronde yet. Water flows and temps are good all pointing to prime fishing conditions. Fishing reports from the upper river are showing catch rates picking up above Bogans Oasis. We offer waterfowl cast and blast on this trip for $50 extra. Trophy elk, mule deer, and big horn sheep are all common sights on this trip. We will begin running this trip now till March.

Snake River Steelhead Fishing Report

The Snake River has been kicking out some larger than average fish as well. Normally this river produces and average fish that is 6 to 8 pounds, however this season we are seeing an average size of 8 to 10 pounds. Catch rates have picked up on the Snake this past week. Low pressure combined with the bulk of the run showing up has helped this fishery produce 10+ fish a day.