May 20, 2022

Lyons Ferry Fishing Report

April Snake River at Lyons Ferry trifecta Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Catfish trips in full swing check out the pictures from yesterday
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Clearwater River Spring Chinook Fishing Report

Clearwater River Spring Chinook – For the first time in 4 or 5 years it is looking like we will be providing trips on the Clearwater River for the prized spring Chinook. The Idaho Fish & Game commission met last week to set the season. Based on forecast numbers and a quota of around 2,500 fish, the commission voted to open the season 7 days a week with a 1 adult 3 jack limit. Fishing generally will pick up mid May depending on run timing and we are hopeful we will be able to fish through the first week of June. This all depends on quota catch and what the run actually comes in as. Since this is the first season in many years we expect to fill boats fairly fast so be sure to get your trip booked early. The calendar will be open from May 15 to June 8 with adjustments made as the run progresses.
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Dworshak Reservoir Bass Fishing

Dworshak Reservoir Smallmouth Bass – As steelhead season comes to a close, its time to start thinking about our trophy bass fishery that kicks off in April. If you are looking for a wall hanger opportunity, be sure to get in on this trip. The “big fish bite” will start when water temps rise and the larger bass move into the shallows to build nests. Last year was an epic spring with Smallmouth up to 8 pounds were caught on our boats. We expect a similar or even better spring as the reservoir’s kokanee population was larger last year, providing ample amounts of food to increase growth rates in the bass.

This is a time-sensitive fishery. Last year we started to see big fish on the line around the 3rd week of April and continue through the 1st week of May. This 3-4 week window changes year to year, depending on weather and water temps.
Here are some pics from last season:

Idaho Steelhead Fishing Report

Steelhead Fishing Update – Our guides continue to find fish scattered throughout the Clearwater River system. We have seen days of 8 fish landed, with a few that wiggle loose, and days that are tougher with a few fish being put into the net. One thing we continue to see is the quality of fish being caught. Big hard fighting fish are the norm this season. We still have a good 6 weeks left in the season, with a possibility of adding a couple more weeks in March.

Snake River – Travis, Shane, and Jeff have all ventured to the Snake River this month and have found success in fishing for Steelhead and Sturgeon. Each day they were the only fishing boat on that section. Steelhead catch rates averaged about 5 fish to the boat. This section can be very hit and miss this time of year as fish come and go, but when its on, its on! During our slower steelhead days we always carry Sturgeon gear to keep things interesting. Shane landed 4 Sturgeon just a few days ago in-between landed 3 Steelhead. Remember, the Snake is a 2 Steelhead limit on IDAHO tags.
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Cabo Mexico Fishing

New for 2022!

Book your next Cabo vacation with us. Reel Time Fishing is now offering 5 and 7 day resort and fishing packages starting at $699 per guest. We have 3 resort options to choose from, including all-inclusive stays and even one with daily golf. Cabo is one of the world’s greatest blue-water fishing destinations and we have partnered to bring you world-class fishing aboard a 36′ luxury charter vessel. Toby will be joining any trips booked in December. This vessel has claimed $700,000 in tournament winnings. Here are the details of what we are offering:

Resort & Accommodation Details

Option #1 ~ $699 Per Person
Resort: Marina Fiesta
Five Nights (based on double occupancy)
Includes: Roundtrip airport transfers, taxes & resort fees
Seven night package available for $959 Per Person

Option #2 ~ $775 Per Person
Resort: Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas (All Inclusive)
Five Nights (based on double occupancy)
Includes: Roundtrip airport transfers, taxes & resort fees,
all meals & beverages including alcohol
Seven night package available for $1,085 Per Person

Option #3 ~ $1,490 Per Person
Resort: Dreams Golf Resort (All Inclusive)
Five Nights (based on double occupancy)
Includes: Roundtrip airport transfers, taxes & resort fees,
all meals & beverages including alcohol, transfer to marina
on fishing days, daily golf
Seven night package available for $2,080 Per Person

Wedding Rates Available

Fishing Charter Details
Fishing day rates are in addition to resort rates above.
You can pick as many fishing days as you would like, subject to availability.
Price is full day rate.

36’ Cabo Luxury Charter Vessel
$350 Per Person Per Day
Max Six Anglers
*This vessel has won $700K in tournament winnings

Charter price includes food, drinks, and fish processing to ship home
Rates may vary for holidays, tournaments, and special events
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Keeper Sturgeon Fishing Report

Our keeper sturgeon season opened January 1st and so far fishing & catching has been good. The day of the opener captain Jack boated 3 keepers, 5 oversized, and a handful of shakers. This is a fairly short season, if taking home some great eating fish interests you don’t wait to book. This fishery takes place on the Columbia River near Rufus, OR.

We are looking for 1 to 3 anglers to join a single angler on January 17th 2022.

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Clearwater River Fishing Report

Steelhead – We still have a couple months left for Clearwater, Snake, and Grande Ronde steelhead. We are currently taking a short break as air temps are forecasted to reach single digits. Once we warm back up we will be back at it. We have been finding fish scattered throughout the Clearwater River system and continue to catch nice big fish. As a reminder the Clearwater limit will stay at 1 fish after Jan 1, the Snake will bump up to 2 fish on Idaho tags, and the Grande Ronde will remain at 1 fish. January has been some of our best catching the past few seasons.
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Encouraging News for the Upcoming Seasons – Every year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analyzes various ocean conditions to develop “stoplight” tables that can be used to forecast adult salmon returns. They compare all the years of sampling data to arrive at rank scores for each ocean ecosystem indicator. Then they color-code each indicator based on its score to reflect ocean conditions for salmon growth and survival (green = good; yellow = fair; red = poor). The past 7 years (2014-2020) have been some of the worst ranking ocean conditions we have seen, however 2021 has ranked as one of the best years since 1998. As a matter of fact 2021 is the 2nd best ranking in 23 years. (On the attached chart, the lower the ranking the better the conditions. Ranking of 0 would be a perfect ocean)

Here are some facts from prior years:1999 ranked a 7.0 – in 2001 the Snake River basin returned its largest Spring Chinook run ever recorded.2008 ranked a 3.2 (the best ever in 23 years) – in 2009 we saw one of the largest A-run steelhead returns over Lower Granite Dam (over 300,000 fish). To put this in perspective total Steelhead return in 2021 for both A & B runs was only 44,000 fish.2011, 2012, 2013 we saw rankings of 8.1, 6.6, 9.3 respectively and from 2013 – 2015 we saw record returns of fall Chinook. (Close to 1 million each season over Bonneville Dam)We hope that this will be a trend that will continue into the future and we can begin to look forward to stronger returns of Salmon & Steelhead.

Some Clearwater pictures from the past couple of weeks:

Columbia River Catch & Keep Sturgeon, Winter Walleye

Columbia River Catch & Keep Sturgeon, Winter Walleye – Our Columbia River keeper sturgeon fishery opens January 1st and we expect it to run for about 6 weeks. This is a very popular fishery so don’t wait too long to book. Catch rates are usually very high with a lot of great action. We also are booking winter walleye starting now and running into the spring. Both of these fisheries take place below John Day Dam near the town of Rufus, OR.
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Clearwater, Snake, Grande Ronde Steelhead Update

Clearwater, Snake, Grande Ronde Steelhead Update – After a few weeks of below par catching on the Clearwater River, we have seen an uptick of catching this past week. Saturday our Clearwater boat landed 10 big steelhead. Fishing pressure is much lower than in October and November, which will continue to help. Mild wet weather has helped keep the river at a good flow making fishing easier.

The Snake River tends to be hit and miss this time of year as fish continue to push through destined for the Grande Ronde, Salmon, and upper Snake. With very low traffic after November the Snake is always a great option when it comes to picking a river. One bit of good news we can share to you is that the Snake River limit on Idaho tags will increase from 1 steelhead to 2 steelhead starting January 1st.

The Grande Ronde fished well on our last trip out last week, our group of two hooked 8 landed 6 nice fish. They encountered no other anglers on the entire trip and saw herds of Elk and Mule Deer around almost every bend. Don’t forget we also offer a cast & blast option for this trip for $50 extra. There were a decent amount of shooting opportunities on our last trip.
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Steelhead Fishing Report

Clearwater River – The Clearwater River has been tough fishing the past few weeks. We have been idle for the past couple of days as we let the river calm down after a couple of rainy days. Post blow-out can be some of the best fishing of the year. We are looking for 1 to 3 anglers to join a single angler tomorrow November 16th and Sunday November 21st.

We have been seeing some excellent quality fish this season with 3 caught between 40″ and 41″
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Grande Ronde River – It is that time of the year again to start offering floats down the scenic Grande Ronde River. On this trip we often encounter very few fisherman and a lot of wildlife. Our guests have seen herds of trophy Elk, Deer, and Big Horn Sheep. A very relaxing trip in a great atmosphere.

From now until the end of January we are able to offer cast and blast trips for Steelhead and waterfowl. When you book your trip online select that you would like to add this to your trip or let us know when booking over the phone or email. Cost is $50 extra.
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