Snake River Fishing Guides
Guided Snake River Fishing Trips
Reel Time Fishing voted best fishing guides on the Snake River.
We offer guided fishing trips on the Snake River for all levels of anglers. There are four main areas we fish – Heller Bar, Lyons Ferry, Clarkston, and Little Goose Dam. The Heller Bar area is vastly different from the other three locations in that it is the free-flowing section of the Snake River.
Lyons Ferry and Little Goose Dam are in what is called Lake Herbert, a pool created by one of the four lower Snake River dams. The Clarkston section is behind Lower Granite Dam. Even though these places give you a different feel for what water is capable of doing, they all provide unique fishing experiences with great success.
At Heller Bar, we primarily target Steelhead, Sturgeon, and Smallmouth Bass. With this being the free-flowing section of the river, our guides use side-drifting or back-trolling as the main method of taking for Steelhead, dropping bait in the deep back-eddies for Sturgeon, and flipping crankbaits or soft plastics in the current breaks for big smallmouth bass.
Hells Canyon is nothing short of stunning
Many consider fishing in Hells Canyon their “bucket list” Trip.
This is also the entrance to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. Coupled with sheer rock jetting out of the river, roaming bighorn sheep and mule deer, to awesome fishing, many consider this their “bucket list” trip.
If you’ve got a passion for nature, Hells Canyon is an absolute must-see! Its dramatic canyons and soaring mountains are second to none. There’s really nowhere else quite like it around!
Other popular fishing spots on the Snake River.
Below Little Goose Dam or at Lyons Ferry we target Walleye, Catfish, and Salmon. This is very different than our Heller Bar fishery, which at certain times of the year has very little current.
When we target Walleye, we troll crankbaits or nightcrawler harnesses on the bottom. When we have a good run of Spring Salmon, we anchor our boat up directly below Little Goose Dam and soak plugs or herring near the bottom. Catfish can be caught anytime by targeting mud flats or areas with deep pockets of water.
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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.