Snake River Fishing Guides

Man Holding Big Sturgeon
heller  bar smallmouth bass

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.

Our Amazing Fishing Guide Reviews

Excellent
Based on 116 reviews
Albert J. Farmer
Albert J. Farmer
January 5, 2024
After several trips with reel time fishing, they’re the only charter I use - they are great even on a slow day!!
Fishon
Fishon
January 4, 2024
This guide service is top notch! Gabe our guide on the Clearwater River in Idaho put us on the fish. Thanks!
Blair Hale
Blair Hale
November 6, 2023
Great guides, great fishing.
Paul Curtis
Paul Curtis
November 5, 2023
Thanks for showing us a great time on the river. Travis got all four of us on great steelhead. One was a real hog! Would highly recommend this company.
Grant Torrey
Grant Torrey
October 16, 2023
Great time fishing with knowledgeable guide. Hot lunch was nice but while parked on the beach seen two fish caught. Maybe a sandwich while fishing instead.
Brent Varriale
Brent Varriale
October 15, 2023
Fished 2 days with Captain Pepe and his crew in Cabo. These guys were fantastic. Had us in Fish from the start. 13 Marlin and 5 big Mahi in two days. If you are going to fish in Cabo, do yourself a favor and book with Reel Time.
Chris Jacks
Chris Jacks
October 14, 2023
Our guide Jack worked hard to ensure we had the best opportunities to catch Salmon and Steelhead. His knowledge of all aspects of fishing made this a great opportunity for us and he gave us many opportunities to catch and land fish. We landed 5 steelhead and had several other opportunities, but were unable to connect on all of them. Overall, it was a great trip and a great day to be fishing with an expert in his field.

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.