September 24, 2021

Clearwater River Chinook / Coho Report

Clearwater River –
2021 will be the third season on the Clearwater where we will be able to harvest fall Chinook. There will be a few changes to the season this year:Limit will be 3 adults (clipped/hatchery or unclipped/wild) up from only being able to harvest 1 unclipped/wildFishing will occur 7 days a week instead of 4 daysWe expect to see a run similar to last year. Prime time will be Sept. 26th to Oct. 14th

Clearwater River Coho –
Last year anglers that fished with us Sept. – Nov. know that the lower Clearwater was chocked full of Coho jacks. We often saw all rods loaded with these jacks on every drift. Based on this huge jack run we expect to see our largest Coho adult return ever. Counts over Bonneville Dam are backing our expectations. IDFG has forecasted the Clearwater River Coho return to be 14,000 fish, nearly double last year’s return of 7,797.
The limit for Coho:2 adults clipped or unclippedUnlimited jacksBoth of these fisheries will provide some great fishing in early October. We are taking bookings now for combo Chinook and Coho trips. Hooking into some HOT steelhead during this trip occurs frequently too!



Here are some pictures from last year:


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Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishing Report

Hanford Reach –
This fishery is based out of Tri-Cities, WA on the famous Hanford Reach National Monument section of the Columbia River. Being one of the most popular fall Chinook fisheries, it provides a wide array of techniques that produce great results. The Hanford Reach is one of the last “free-flowing” sections of the Columbia River. The Reach provides a very scenic atmosphere where our guests enjoy to fish.

We still have select dates and seats available. Run counts are looking very good and are right in line with forecast models. Limit will be 2 adults, 3 jacks this year.

Here are some pictures from last season:


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Lower Columbia Chinook Fishing Report

Our Buoy 10 fall chinook season is in full swing and we are having some great days fishing on the big river. The chinook have started pouring into the lower section of the river. With a forecast of over 350,000 Upriver Bright’s we expect all of our fisheries to produce some good results. If you missed out on getting a seat reserved at Buoy 10, we still have some options for you:

John Day Dam / Rufus Area – This fishery takes place near the mouth of the Deschutes River. Here the fish are still in great shape and fishing can be lights out. The Deschutes provides a cooling off area for traveling salmon that allows them to be targeted in concentrated numbers. This fishery will be offered beginning  Sept 1st.

Hanford Reach – Our second most popular fall chinook fishery still has a few openings. We fish the lower end of the reach based out of Ringold Springs. This fishery tends to fill up fast once counts over Bonneville start to climb, so don’t wait too long to reserve your seats. To learn more about the Hanford Reach and what it offers Click Here. We expect to see a 2 fish limit this season.
*Bookings have increased significantly during the COVID pandemic, don’t wait to make last minute bookings as we can no longer guarantee open seats without advanced notice* 

Here are a few pictures from that past couple days at Buoy 10:

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.