September 24, 2021

Walleye, Sturgeon, Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report

This past month we have been fishing hard for a variety of different species. We have had boats running at Dworshak, on the Snake River in Hells Canyon and at Lyons Ferry, and did a short season on the Columbia for Spring Chinook. Fishing has been good in all locations. We had an epic season at Dworshak, our best yet. Multiple 6+ pound fish were caught along with two 8 pounders. As the time frame to target these fish winds down we anticipate even bigger fish next year as our Kokanee population is larger than average this year.

On the Snake River we have been catching our river monsters (Sturgeon), seems like our average size just keeps getting bigger and bigger every season. 8-9’6″ fish being pulled in on each trip with some smaller fish being thrown into the mix. Smallmouth on the river has been lagging this year. We haven’t had the spring runoff as usual so our water conditions are much different than what we would normally see this time of year. Each trip keeps getting better and we expect a light switch to flip on any day.

Yesterday Toby fished Lyons Ferry for walleye and catfish. Our guests weren’t disappointed. 10 cats and 11 walleye were caught. We are now into the post-spawn of these fish and catching should become a little more consistent.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report

Smallmouth Bass – We offer a few different options when it comes to smallies. First, Dworshak Reservoir is home to some of the largest Smallmouth in the state of Idaho. Fishing this reservoir is difficult to say the least. Our guides have grown up on this reservoir and know when & where to give you the best success at catching the next state record. Timing is key to this fishery – Early spring is generally best before the big boys and girls go to spawn. Our other two fisheries are what we consider “volume” fisheries. The Snake and Grande Ronde provide habitat and feed to sustain a massive population of smallmouth. Once the water temps rise we will begin fishing for these feisty bronze backs. Early spring through mid-summer is generally the best.

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.