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~ Clearwater River Fishing Report ~

Spring Chinook runs are looking great. We are anticipating a great season. May and early June are the prime months for catch Spring Chinook on the Clearwater and Snake. Our guides will be guiding for salmon, sturgeon and bass for the rest of the summer. Anyone interested in booking a guided trip on the Clearwater River Idaho for steelhead can email us or give us a call at:


5/3/15 Report:

The Spring Chinook season kicked off on April 25th this season. Three weeks before the typical opener of May 15.

Unlike most seasons of recent memory, we have seen a surplus of fish over Lower Granite Dam on/before the opener. Can you believe that we have 24,276 adult salmon already!!!!!

We were slightly concerned that the fish may be early and the run would be over before our clients had a chance to get at them by the middle of May, but it looks like things are just getting started... After ten consecutive days of fishing the Clearwater, and watching the lower river dam counts, we are convinced that we haven't even started to see the peak of Springer run!  The fish counts over Bonneville and Mcnary remain at historic highs. This can only mean the majority of our fish are still coming toward us and we are going to have one of the best season in history.

All signs point to the best inland spring chinook run in the last decade!

Our May dates are going fast! You need to book soon if you'd like to grab a day on the river for the best eating fish that swim the Pacific Northwest!


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     Red Shed in Peck is the place to go for anything related to Spey / Fly fishing.

     Camp-Cabin-Home in Lewiston will fill the needs for any gear fishermen. Camp-Cabin-Home has opened a new store in Orofino!!!!!!!! The new store is located right off Highway 12.  

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A quick note on the harvest report... A lot of this data is interpolated. Only a couple of anglers are actually checked and the rest are just counted from the road. The numbers are also based on previous year counts.  

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    Lodging is available through reputable local area motels. We like and recommend Clearwater Crossing RV Park, Orofino, ID, Lewis-Clark Resort, Kamiah, ID, The Lodge at River's Edge & Helgeson Place Hotel, Orofino, ID and Idaho Sportsman Lodge, Sites, ID.

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RIVER ETIQUETTE:  This is a big SMALL river. When someone does something rude, word travels fast. Some of the stuff that has been going on is just plain common sense. If someone "CORKS" you, take the higher road, say something POLITELY to let them know what they did wasn't cool and continue on with your day. If it is a guide boat, take a picture or write down the boat description, get the outfitter initials off the boat, ask them for their name, and try to get the sticker number. Call the Idaho Outfitters Guides and Licensing Board and report them. If it is a private boat get their boat description and registration number, and spread the word. They will black-list them selves very quickly.

     We are all out here to have fun and catch fish, but not at the expense of other people.

1) Don't Low Hole - If you want to fish a run, either go 150 yards down stream and start or wait for the boat in the run to work their way down.

2) When in Rome do as the Romans - If someone is in a run that you want to fish and they are side-drifting, then side-drift with them - Don't CORK them by starting to back-down plugs. If you want to fish it that bad WAIT for them to move on. 

3) Boat anglers should give Bank anglers (fly fishermen included) their space. But at the same time, Bank anglers don't need to try to lob their gear into a boat to make their point.

4) Do not anchor in the middle of the runs and stay there all day. We all have a right to fish through runs, both guides and private boaters. If you anchor up and are blocking the run, you will only cause tension out on the river. If you want to anchor and eat lunch that is one thing, but staying in the same place all day on anchor while tying up the run is another. A great example of this is at 5-mile, there have been a couple boats that get out there at dark-o-thirty, anchor right in the middle of the run and then wonder why they are catching crap from other boats and not catching many fish. The only exception to this rule is the pipeline outside the hatchery, and if your idea of Steelhead fishing is to sit in town all day at the "pipe" by all means anchor away, you are  missing the big picture of coming to the Clearwater. 

5) Give each other some room. Make an effort to see where bank anglers and boat anglers are fishing and try to avoid running over their water.

Here is a link to Poppy's Etiquette page,

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