May 20, 2022

Clearwater River Spring Chinook Fishing Report

Clearwater River Spring Chinook – For the first time in 4 or 5 years it is looking like we will be providing trips on the Clearwater River for the prized spring Chinook. The Idaho Fish & Game commission met last week to set the season. Based on forecast numbers and a quota of around 2,500 fish, the commission voted to open the season 7 days a week with a 1 adult 3 jack limit. Fishing generally will pick up mid May depending on run timing and we are hopeful we will be able to fish through the first week of June. This all depends on quota catch and what the run actually comes in as. Since this is the first season in many years we expect to fill boats fairly fast so be sure to get your trip booked early. The calendar will be open from May 15 to June 8 with adjustments made as the run progresses.
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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.