September 24, 2021

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

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 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.