September 24, 2021

Snake River Walleye, Kokanee Drop Camp, Fly Fishing School

SNAKE RIVER WALLEYE
Recent trips on the Snake River has produced good numbers of nice eating sized Walleye for our guests. This time of year we see a range of sizes from 12″ up to 30″+ fish. With the water cooler than normal we should see good fishing continue well into the summer.

FLY FISHING SCHOOL
With the Grande Ronde flowing higher and cooler than normal, we are able to provide bass trips later into the summer than we normally do. If you have ever wanted to learn how to fish with a fly rod, now is your chance. We will be offering a package where you will meet our guides the evening prior to your trip, they will teach you the basics of fly fishing, and then the next day you will float the Grande Ronde for bass. This is a great way to start out fly fishing. Dinner and drinks will be provided. Cost is $325 per angler.

DWORSHAK DROP CAMP
Dworshak Reservoir is a great place to camp and enjoy the summer. Kokanee fishing is excellent right now. We are offering a package where we will drop you and your guests off at one of the 80 remote camp sites on the reservoir the night before your trip. Our guides will pick you up in the morning at the camp and fish you all day for your choice of Kokanee, Smallmouth Bass, or a combination of the two. Cost is $250 each angler for fishing + $150 for the drop camp.

Sturgeon & Bass Fishing Report

Snake River sturgeon and bass fishing has been excellent. Many large Sturgeon being caught on our trips with smallies and catfish added in throughout the day. With summer finally arriving this week be sure to get on our schedule to get out and enjoy the open air and water.

Our Grande Ronde floats are in full swing with great success. With a cold and wet spring the river is higher and colder than normal, which will allow us to oerate these trips later into July than usual. Its not uncommon to catch 18-22″ smallmouth bass on this trip! We have very limited seats on this trip so book before we are full.

Snake River Sturgeon Fishing Report

SNAKE RIVER STURGEON FISHING ON FIRE!

Our recent trips have yielded some epic action! One trip we were blessed with 7 great hookups, landing 4 giants including a double with a 9′ and an 8’9″. This double was a thrilling ride as one fish decided to run up river and the other down. Once they decided to cooperate, they ended up wrapping up with each other, but the captain and crew were able to free them. It is not easy getting two large fish to the beach for pictures, but we made it happen and were able to make life-long memories for the Phillips family.

The other trip we had a father/son and they were able to reel in 4 monsters (9’1″ , 9’1″, 7’8″ , 7’6″) and broke one off that Captain Travis says was at least as big as the rest, if not bigger.

In between Sturgeon holes we have been stopping and fishing Smallmouth Bass, which has not disappointed. One trip we pulled 30 fish out of one hole and went home with about 25 nice keeper sized bass that were turned into fish tacos.

Asotin County has reached stage 2 so we are able to run full boats.

Snake River Steelhead – Cast & Blast on the Grande Ronde

Steelhead – Yesterday our Snake River boat hooked 15 steelhead before noon, landing 8. On Saturday our Grande Ronde River boat hooked 12 Steelhead, landing 10. Fishing continues to be very good with favorable weather and river conditions. Fishing should continue to stay excellent for the rest of the month. We are now offering Cast & Blast on our Grande Ronde trips for Geese and Ducks. Limit is 4 Geese and 7 Ducks per hunter.

Turkey / Steelhead Package – Our last turkey hunt was a slam dunk. A limit of 4 birds were shot first thing in the morning of the hunt. This package is combined with one day of steelhead fishing on either the Grande Ronde or Snake River and one day of turkey hunting at our partner lodge in Anatone, WA. Limit is 2 turkey per hunter either sex. Turkey season closes on Dec 31st.

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Snake River Steelhead Derby

Save the date November 30th, Heller Bar’s 1st annual Hells Canyon Steelhead Roundup. The 3 river tango on the Snake, Salmon and Grande Ronde rivers. A catch and release tournament decided by total inches with prizes awarded in these categories: 1st, 2nd, 3rd male 1st, 2nd, 3rd female 1st, 2nd, 3rd kids 14 and under Biggest steelhead and biggest sucker. We have various guided trips all over the PNW, fishing gear, bucket raffles, as well as a shotgun and muzzle-loader. Heller bar is excellent fishing right now! We have guided boats available for this tournament sign up here *free BBQ included* Heller Bar Steelhead Tournament Sign -Up (https://form.jotform.com/93144275491157)

Reel Time Fishing is now offering Steelhead / Turkey combo trips. This is a package including one day of Steelhead fishing and one day of Turkey hunting on private land in Washington, also includes 2 nights of lodging in Anatone, WA. Pricing: Steelhead Fishing Trip: $250 per angler Turkey Hunt: $350 per hunter Lodging: $250 per night Meal-Add on: $35 per person / day.

Snake & Grande Ronde Steelhead Fishing Report

Snake River Fishing Report: The Snake River continues to fish incredibly well. We are averaging 8 to 10 fish a day. Saturday 26 steelhead were landed between 3 boats. The fish we are catching have been larger than average for the Snake. Side drifting has been producing the best. At lunch we have been landing 1 to 2 sturgeon averaging 7′ to 8′ including one day with a 7’2″ and 7’7″ double. There are plenty of fish around to have great successful trips!

Grande Ronde River Fishing Report: The Grande Ronde has been nothing short of epic. In two trips our boat has hooked 38 steelhead! In those two trips we have only encountered 1 other angler. Talk about a secluded fishing experience! Water conditions are absolutely perfect right now. This small river is an absolute blast to float and catch rocket hot steelhead. Not only are we catching great numbers but we are also catching bigger than normal fish for this system. Generally fish on the Ronde average 6 pounds, we are seeing an average of 8 pounders with a nice 12 pound hatchery fish caught Sunday. This is an extremely limited trip, don’t wait to book.

Snake River Steelhead off to a great start

Snake River Steelhead & Sturgeon Our Snake River Steelhead fishing has gotten off to a good start. We have been running trips for the past 3 weeks with great success. We are averaging 8 Steelhead on per day, with an occasional 10+ day. We have been mixing up our trips with catch and release Sturgeon. It has been no problem catching as many sturgeon as our fisherman desire. Despite the lower than average run we have been having awesome days filled with plenty of catching. We have boats available most days.

Snake River Steelhead Fishing is OPEN!!

Clarifications on the 2019 / 2020 Steelhead season:

After many misleading media headlines we are here to clarify what is closed, open, limits, etc. Due to low B-Run counts a difficult decision was made to close the Clearwater basin to all steelhead fishing for the entire season. The Clearwater is currently open for Chinook and Coho retention until Oct. 13th.

The SNAKE RIVER IS OPEN FOR STEELHEAD RETENTION and will be all season. We will be moving all of our trips to the Heller Bar area. Fishing has been good the past week with boat catches ranging anywhere from 8 to 15 steelhead. Salmon retention will also be open until Oct 31st. The Snake River provides for a similar fishing experience. We side drift and backtroll just as we do on the Clearwater. The fish are scrappy and awesome to catch. We are also able to combo with catch and release Sturgeon, or just throw some Sturgeon lines out at lunch. The scenery is ten-fold to the Clearwater, as we fish the entrance to Hells Canyon. Where we fish is road-less surrounded by towering mountains with sheep, elk, and monster mule deer. The atmosphere is what makes this trip. The limit here is one steelhead ANY SIZE and 6 hatchery adult salmon (salmon closes oct 31).

As always our trips come with a hot lunch and all gear provided.