September 24, 2021

Idaho Steelhead Fishing Report

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Steelhead Fishing Report:

Clearwater River – The Clearwater fished tough this past month. With cold, low water the fish went into their “winter” mode. When this happens a majority of the fish move into the warmer waters of the North Fork, push back down into the Lower Granite Pool, or hold in the slow deep holes. It becomes very hard to coerce them into biting. Despite the difficult bite we still managed to have a few good trips with nice fish caught. As the temperatures rise this week we expect the bite to turn back on. The “post-cold” bite is always epic and you don’t want to miss it.

Snake River – The Snake fished well up until Idaho Power resumed their water fluctuations at Hells Canyon Dam. When this starts back up each fall/winter it tells the steelhead to start moving. The bite was tough for the first few days after this cycle, but eventually those fish go back on the bite and it also brings new fish into the mix.

Grande Ronde – The couple of Ronde trips we ran were a bust as the river was icy. There are fish to be caught but the conditions were poor. This past week the ice has cleared and water temps have increased which should create a good bite. Our cast & blast trip is still offered until the waterfowl season closes January 26th.

We are looking for 1 to 3 anglers to join a single angler on December 28th for Clearwater River Steelhead. Contact Travis to book 208-790-4113

Here are some pictures from the past week on the Clearwater:

Snake River Steelhead Fishing Report

The Snake River has been kicking out some larger than average fish as well. Normally this river produces and average fish that is 6 to 8 pounds, however this season we are seeing an average size of 8 to 10 pounds. Catch rates have picked up on the Snake this past week. Low pressure combined with the bulk of the run showing up has helped this fishery produce 10+ fish a day.

Clearwater River Steelhead Fishing Report

We have been running full bore on the Clearwater for over a month now. In October fishing started off hot with an average of 10 fish a day. Since the catch and keep season has opened catch rates have dropped to an average of 6 to 8 fish a day due to high fishing pressure. Mirroring the last two seasons, the fish we are catching have been big fatties with lots of spunk. Our average size has been up a pound or two over what we had been used to seeing in years past. With a healthy forecast of hatchery fish destined for the Clearwater catch rates should increase as more of these fish enter the river. We expect December and January to give us some excellent fishing.

Clearwater River Steelhead

Clearwater River- As expected the Clearwater River has been on fire since the re-open date on January 1st. The Reel Time Fishing team have boated nearly 300 steelhead in the last week and a half. With the fish spread out in the system we should continue to see good fishing for awhile. The fish are in great shape and have been putting up great battles. If you are itching to get out on this great river contact us or click the “book now” button below. We have boats available through mid-March.

Clearwater River Steelhead IS OPEN!

The Idaho Department of Fish & Game commission voted early this morning to re-open the Clearwater River for the spring 2020 steelhead season. We are very happy and excited for this decision! We are now taking bookings for trips starting January 1st.

We would like to thank IDFG, the Nez Perce Tribe, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service for taking a conservative approach this fall. Their efforts to proactively collect broodstock by trapping at various locations have allowed us to have this spring season.

Fishing should be hot as this river has sat untouched for the past 3 months.

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.