SMALLMOUTH BASS FISHING GUIDES

Snake & Grande Ronde Rivers

There are plenty of Smallmouth Bass to catch in the Snake and Grande Ronde River Canyons.

Smallmouth fishing peaks around June and continues into early September.  It is not uncommon to catch over 100 fish a day.  Most fish average around 8” to 15” in size with the occasional 15” to 24” fish chomping on your lure.  The best thing about bass fishing is the weather.  The weather in the spring and summer can be beautiful with temperatures ranging from 80 to 100 degrees.  Along with bass, you will catch some very nice Rainbow Trout.

We offer two different fishing trips for bass

Depending on water flows and the time of year.  The first is your standard Jet boat trip working the pockets and shoreline of the Snake River.  The second is a drift boat trip down the Grande Ronde. Our Smallmouth Bass Fishing Guides can accommodate whatever trip you desire to take. Both trips offer great chances of catching some really awesome fish!

Dworshak Reservoir

Dworshak Reservoir offers a unique and challenging fishing experience.

This reservoir is very large, extending 60 miles into the Idaho backcountry. It is a very deep reservoir with steep banks which can cause uncertainty in both novices and professionals alike. Knowing what structure to target, and when is the key here.

Huge Bass

If you time it right, you can be hooked into some of the largest Smallmouth Bass in the country. Generally, we see the bigger bass caught in the spring, but fishing well into summer and fall never fails to keep your rod tips dancing. If trying for your personal best smallie is on your bucket list, contact us or visit our Dworshak page for more information.

Our Amazing Fishing Guide Reviews

Based on 93 reviews
Kimberly Kempton
Kimberly Kempton
January 27, 2023
I had the best time steelhead fishing on the Clearwater with Captain Jim from Reel Time Fishing. He put us on the fish and we were able to bring in all that we caught. He was very professional and accommodating in every way. He made us a great hot lunch each day. We back trolled and side drifted and had so much fun bringing in all those beautiful fish. We stayed at the Lenore Lodge which was 3 mins from the launch. The lodge had 10 beds and an awesome game room. It was very clean and comfortable. I do suggest Reel Time Fishing for an epic trip and I will definitely return for more fishing.
J RAND LOTHSPEICH
J RAND LOTHSPEICH
January 27, 2023
Just spent the last two days fishing with Jim our guide- fantastic time!!! I have caught in the neighbourhood of 40 steelhead in my life time and I caught the two biggest on this trip 37” 14lbs- perfect boat great equipment- we also stayed at the lodge in Lenore perfect
Michael Pickren
Michael Pickren
October 18, 2022
I highly recommend Jeff at Real Time Guides who put us on some outstanding fish both days we were here.
Ashleigh Schultz
Ashleigh Schultz
October 10, 2022
Great time with Jim Carter, Again! fantastic day on the river!
Larry Meier
Larry Meier
September 27, 2022
They treat you well and provide alot and share secret spots
Ken Gutowski
Ken Gutowski
September 20, 2022
Great trip,Travis worked super hard to get our salmon!
Jason Person
Jason Person
August 27, 2022
We fished a half day for Sturgeon with Jeff and had a great trip. Caught 3 Sturgeon and one was really nice (7'6"). Boat and equipment were top notch. Definitely would book with Reel Time again. Don't be afraid to book with them, the price is right and the guides know what they are doing. Thanks for the great trip.
Monica Jaeger
Monica Jaeger
July 15, 2022
Had an amazing time with Shane! Very experienced and knew exactly where to go. Well worth the time and money. If we lived closer we would book again!
Colton Malone
Colton Malone
June 16, 2022
Great time with great people! The Clearwater was high and supposedly blown out but our guide, Jeff, still put us on some great fish and we tagged out in 3 hours! Definitely coming back.

Frequently Asked Questions about our fishing trips

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING ON MY TRIP?

The legal max boatload is six anglers, but with six full time guides available we are able to accommodate large groups of more than six people.

IS LUNCH/DRINKS PROVIDED ON MY TRIPS?

We do provide a BBQ lunch and drinks on all Clearwater, Snake, and Dworshak trips. Lunch and drinks ARE NOT provided on any of our Columbia River or Grande Ronde river trips.

HOW MANY HOURS ARE WE ON THE WATER?

Look forward to at least 8 hours of fishing unless you book a half day trip, then look forward to 4 hours of fishing

DO YOU PROVIDE ALL THE GEAR WE NEED TO FISH?

Yes, each guide is fully equipped with top-notch rods, reels and bait to ensure success on your trip.

DO I NEED TO PRE-PAY OR PLACE A DEPOSIT DOWN TO HOLD MY SPOT?

We require a 50% deposit at the time of booking, final payment must be made in full 10 days prior to your trip. We do not offer refunds for cancellations or head-count changes made inside 10 days of your trip.

DO YOU CLEAN AND FILLET OUR CATCH?

Yes, all of our guides will clean and fillet your catch unless otherwise specified.