Clearwater River Fishing Report ~
great steelhead season is here and underway! We have an awesome team
of professional guides that consistently put clients on the fish.
interested in booking a guided trip on the Clearwater River
Idaho for steelhead can
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some rain and we got it... And then some! The water was welcome
and needed. The river stayed clear and the fishing picked up
considerably. Unfortunately when the Selway blew out on the
Lochsa's heels, it lead to a couple of tougher days on the
water. The Clearwater remained fishable (flow and clarity) but
the fish which had been trapped in low water went in to
jailbreak mode, moving so fast up river that they hardly took
time to stop and grab a bait.
Fork: The river peaked at 275 cfs yesterday (10/24). Expect
a decent number of fish in there after this first high water.
Fork: Plenty of fish holding in the North Fork now. A mix of
Dworshak hatchery fish and up river fish pushed in there by the
rising flow. As always these fish can be fickle biters due to
the fact that they lay in gin clear reservoir water. Get them
early in the morning or late in the evening, they aren't very
bitey mid day.
River: The river above Orofino came up considerably in the
last two days. We peaked around noon on the 25th at 3640
cfs. Although it sounds like a good flow the river was dirty
(around 2' vis). We picked a few fish out of the muck but it
didn't fish great.
River: The lower river peaked around noon on the 25th at
5300 cfs. Helped by the clear water out of the NF, the lower
river held its visibility around 4'. Catch reports were mixed
between poor and fair as the fish were on a mission to move
extended forecast is looking pretty good. We only have rain
called for 2 of the next 7 days. As the river drops back into
the normal fall flows we should find some pretty snappy fish in
the runs from Kooskia to Lewiston. The high water will push fish
in to new runs and motivate them to start biting again.
We are in
the prime time of the season, if you are looking to get out on
the water, now is the time! All methods of fishing will pick up
Tom Bullock & Clearwater River Company Guides
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~ Clearwater River Fishing Links ~
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.
The entire river is barbless hooks only!!!!
Clearwater River Flows
Orofino 10-day Weather Report
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Steelhead Regulations ~
Steelhead Home Page ~
Steelhead Harvest Report ~
Steelhead Dam Count ~
7-day Dam Count ~
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.
Fishing License and Steelhead Tag Online
Idaho Fish and Game
Dworshak Fish Hatchery
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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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
We are all out here to have fun and catch fish, but not at the
expense of other people.
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
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.
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
each other some room. Make an effort to see where bank anglers
and boat anglers are fishing and try to avoid running over their
Here is a
link to Poppy's Etiquette page,
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