July 2, 2022

Dworshak Reservoir Bass Fishing

Dworshak Reservoir Smallmouth Bass – As steelhead season comes to a close, its time to start thinking about our trophy bass fishery that kicks off in April. If you are looking for a wall hanger opportunity, be sure to get in on this trip. The “big fish bite” will start when water temps rise and the larger bass move into the shallows to build nests. Last year was an epic spring with Smallmouth up to 8 pounds were caught on our boats. We expect a similar or even better spring as the reservoir’s kokanee population was larger last year, providing ample amounts of food to increase growth rates in the bass.

This is a time-sensitive fishery. Last year we started to see big fish on the line around the 3rd week of April and continue through the 1st week of May. This 3-4 week window changes year to year, depending on weather and water temps.
Here are some pics from last season:

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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Dworshak Reservoir Bass Fishing Report

Dworshak Reservoir – We have been fishing for Smallies on the lake for almost 3 weeks. Prior to this past weekend fishing had been pretty darn tough. A lot of pressure and lower water temps made for tough conditions. A few of our guests were rewarded with some awesome recent catches! Multiple 6 pound fish have been caught, and our company record was broken on Tuesday with a 22″ long fatty weighing in at around 8 pounds! If you want to try for your personal best smallmouth, the next couple weeks will be the time! Seats are extremely limited and time is short so don’t wait.

Dworshak Smallmouth Bass
Dworshak Reservoir Smallmouth
Dworshak Reservoir Bass Fishing

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.