January 18, 2022

Clearwater River Steelhead Fishing Report

Clearwater River B-Run Steelhead – We have been seeing some great catch rates during our early catch & release Steelhead season on the Clearwater. The catch & keep season opens this Friday, October 15th. Our guides have been averaging around 10 fish to the net in recent trips. Fish are hot and the weather looks nice for the next week or so which makes October one of our most popular fishing months.

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Fish Pics From The Last Few Days:

Clearwater River Chinook / Coho Report

Clearwater River –
2021 will be the third season on the Clearwater where we will be able to harvest fall Chinook. There will be a few changes to the season this year:Limit will be 3 adults (clipped/hatchery or unclipped/wild) up from only being able to harvest 1 unclipped/wildFishing will occur 7 days a week instead of 4 daysWe expect to see a run similar to last year. Prime time will be Sept. 26th to Oct. 14th

Clearwater River Coho –
Last year anglers that fished with us Sept. – Nov. know that the lower Clearwater was chocked full of Coho jacks. We often saw all rods loaded with these jacks on every drift. Based on this huge jack run we expect to see our largest Coho adult return ever. Counts over Bonneville Dam are backing our expectations. IDFG has forecasted the Clearwater River Coho return to be 14,000 fish, nearly double last year’s return of 7,797.
The limit for Coho:2 adults clipped or unclippedUnlimited jacksBoth of these fisheries will provide some great fishing in early October. We are taking bookings now for combo Chinook and Coho trips. Hooking into some HOT steelhead during this trip occurs frequently too!



Here are some pictures from last year:


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Fall Chinook Fishing Opportunities

Columbia River Fall Chinook

Buoy 10 / Astoria – With a shortened season, seats for this fishery won’t last long. We are running on a very limited availability this year so be sure to get your trip booked before it is too late. This is one of the most popular Northwest salmon fisheries, where we intercept chrome-bright Chinook and Coho. We also offer a crabbing add-on to your trip.

Visit our Buoy 10 web-page for more info.

Hanford Reach –We will have boats operating the Columbia River along the famous Hanford Reach beginning Mid-September and will operate through the first week of October. With the lower Columbia operating on a shortened season we expect a better-than-average survival of Up River Brights to make it back to the Reach.

Visit our Hanford Reach web-page for more info.

NEW FALL CHINOOK SEASON ON THE CLEARWATER

For the second year ever, we will be allowed to target fall Chinook in the Clearwater River basin. Last year we had a blast catching these fish. Our guides use light-gear, mostly side drifting bait in the slower, deep pools. It was not uncommon for our boats last year to hook 20+ fish a day, with a good share of the fish weighing in the high-teens and into the 20+ pound range. With a better run expected this year we expect the same, if not better fishing.

Limit is 3 salmon a day, one being adipose “in-tact”, two being adipose “clipped”

Open Thur-Sun. We will begin fishing around Sept. 10th and continue into October.

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.