January 18, 2022

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!



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Fall Chinook, Steelhead fishing report

GREAT NEWS FOR OUR FALL & WINTER FISHERIES

Columbia River Fall Chinook –
At the time of this writing, Bonneville Dam fall Chinook counts are 13,405 fish over the 10-year average. With these excellent counts we expect our Hanford Reach fishery to produce some great fishing. Currently set at a 2 adult fish limit.

Clearwater River Steelhead –
For the first time in many years we have good news in regards to our very popular Clearwater River Steelhead run. Based on Bonneville PIT tags, IDFG has forecasted the Clearwater return to be somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 hatchery origin fish. We have not seen these numbers since 2016. We are very excited to finally have good news to share about this great river. If forecasted numbers hold true, we will see no restrictions put into place this season.

Clearwater River catch & keep opens October 15th.

Snake River Steelhead –
Along with the good news for the Clearwater, we also have some good news for the Snake River fishery. Both IDFG and WDFW have set the Snake River steelhead limits at 2 fish, any size. Another positive is that the fish destined for the Snake Basin (Snake, Salmon, Grande Ronde, Imnaha) have primarily been larger 2-ocean fish (normally we see 80% 1-ocean and 20% 2-ocean fish, however this year we are seeing 80% 2-ocean and 20% 1-ocean fish). This means the fish you will catch should be much larger on average.

Snake River Steelhead is currently open for harvest and will pick up significantly by Oct 1. 

Grande Ronde River Steelhead –
Following the same basics as the Snake return, the Ronde will be open with a 2 fish limit. We will begin offering our remote lower river trip around Oct 20th. This is a very limited trip, but also one of our most rugged and scenic trips we offer. During waterfowl season we offer cast and blast trips.

WE ANTICIPATE THIS BEING A GREAT FALL AND WINTER FISHING SEASON AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO FISHING WITH YOU.