We fish for Smallmouth Bass from the Washington/Oregon border to Heller Bar. Our guides use a drift boat to guide you to the remote hot spots. The Grande Ronde is a very remote limited access river with a class III or IV rapid near the end of the float requiring extreme skills that our Grande Ronde River Fishing Guides have spent years learning and mastering – you won’t find another set of guides who have floated this section more than us. The fishing and scenery are unbelievable. We often see 100 fish days with great action in almost every hole along the way. While most of these fish average 14″ it isn’t uncommon to see fish over 18″ on this float. For some years we have seen fish in the low 20″ range. If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing float with lots of action, this is your trip.


Reel Time fishing offers Steelhead fishing on the Grande Ronde October through March. We begin our trips on the lower 10 – 12 miles of river. On this trip we launch at the bottom of Shumaker Grade and float to the county bridge. This section is our most remote float we offer. It is road less and quite often deserted by other boats. On good run years this section of river can easily produce double digit catch days. This is a fairly easy float where we mix in side drifting beads or yarn as well as bobber dogging or backtrolling plugs. Most of these fish are classified as A-run fish, meaning they are the smaller of the species of Steelhead averaging 6 to 8 pounds. Steelhead are scrappy fighters that like to make reel screaming runs and acrobatic shows during their fight. Our Grande Ronde River Steelhead Fishing Guides know exactly what to use and when to use it.

In December we follow the bulk of the run up to the next section. Here we launch at Bogan’s Oasis and float to Shumaker Grade. This is a shorter float than the lower section, but still nearly as remote with limit access. We fish the same as we do in the lower section and with just as much success. If this section isn’t going off, we move up river. The last section we float is from Cougar Creek to Bogan’s Oasis. This is the shortest section we float, yet can be the most productive with the presence of the Cottonwood Creek hatchery. Since this section is so short we are able to slow down our presentations. There are a few hot spots that provide some excellent fishing. By the time February and March rolls around we will be hitting this section every trip.

When waterfowl is open we do offer cast and blast trips on the lower two sections. The best time is December and January when the birds are flocking to the river during cold weather. Adding this to your trip puts the icing on the cake on an already killer day. There is nothing better than hearing your captain yell “birds! birds! Rods down guns up!”

The Grande Ronde River canyon is spectacular and awe-inspiring from the shear basalt cliffs that tower hundreds of feet above, to the lush meadows that seem to lay around every bend.

If you are ready to experience the Grande Ronde River get in Contact with our Grande Ronde River steelhead fishing guides today.

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