July 4, 2022

Trips by Species

Reel Time Fishing is your premier fishing outfitter in the Pacific Northwest. We target six species of fish – Steelhead, Salmon, Sturgeon, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Kokanee. Reel Time Fishing guides cover hundreds of miles of river in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. With over 100 years of combined guiding experience we can put you on the fish you desire – or your fish of a lifetime.

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead are our bread and butter. We guide primarily on the Clearwater River and Snake River in Idaho. Steelhead fishing is by far our most popular fishery, extending out over seven months from September to March. Idaho is home to some of the best Steelhead fishing in the world. Our guides have been hand picked to operate on the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. Come fishing with us and learn why people come back year after year. Check out our Steelhead Page for more information.

Salmon Fishing

Salmon are one of the most prized species of all fish in the Pacific Northwest. Reel Time Fishing operates a very diverse area for both Chinook and Coho Salmon. In the fall you will find our guides at the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. As these fall salmon migrate up the Columbia River we will stop along the way at Drano Lake, the mouth of the Deschutes River and finally make our way to their spawning grounds on the Columbia River on the Hanford Reach as well as the Snake River out of Clarkston, Washington. In the Spring we will be targeting Chinook near Portland, Oregon and Drano Lake on the Columbia River. As the fish make their way upstream we fish the Snake River near Little Goose Dam and Clarkston, Washington. Our Clearwater River fishery takes us from Lewiston, Idaho to Kooskia, Idaho. Visit our Salmon Page to learn more.

Sturgeon Fishing

Sturgeon are the largest freshwater fish in North America. We operate a few different trips for these gentle giants. The first is a catch and release only trip on the Snake River out of Clarkston, Washington. Here we fish Heller Bar at the entrance to Hells Canyon. These fish are what we call “oversized” meaning they are BIG. An average day you will hook into four to six sturgeon that are anywhere from four to 10+ feet long and weighing a few hundred pounds! This trip is on a lot of bucket lists. Another trip we offer is catch and keep fishing on the Columbia River near The Dalles, Oregon. Sturgeon are great table fare and are fun to catch at the same time. Some days we see upwards of 30 fish on at this fishery. Check out our Sturgeon page for more information.

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass fishing is quickly becoming one of our most popular excursions. What people love the most about bass fishing is it is most often consistent and pound for pound these fish fight the hardest. We target three main fisheries: the Snake River, the Grande Ronde River, and Dworshak Reservoir. Each fishery is unique in the technique and style of fishing. Click on the links above to learn more about each of these areas, or visit our Smallmouth Bass page.


Walleye is one of our latest and greatest fisheries. Until about five years ago there wasn’t much for Walleye fishing on the Snake River. We have worked hard and have spent a lot of time exploring and developing the Lyons Ferry area into a premier Walleye fishery. This area tends to put out a lot of trophy sized fish that are over ten pounds. Our largest Walleye caught to date has been 17 pounds. Another great place we guide Walleye is below John Day Dam on the Columbia River. This tends to be a quantity fishery where most of the fish are smaller “eaters” (12″ to 20″). There has been years where our guides have put 70 to 100 fish on the deck in a day. Check out our Walleye page to learn more.


We exclusively fish Dworshak Reservoir for Kokanee. This reservoir, formed by Dworshak Dam on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, provides great catching of fish 10″ to 14″. This fishery picks up in March and continues into July and August. With a generous limit of 25 fish per angler, it is not uncommon to fill the boat with 100 fish. Kokanee are great for canning, smoking, or throwing on the BBQ. We love eating these great fish, and so will you. Visit our Kokanee page to learn more.

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