Category Archives: Salmon Fishing

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Upper Columbia Summer Chinook Report 7/3/17

We had a fantastic evening of fishing out of Beebe Bridge yesterday!  We hooked a total of 10 kings in 4 hours.  That was 10 fish that were actually out of the rod holder hooked up, with 17 takedowns. This fishery is just going to get better! We have openings this upcoming Friday and Saturday as well as throughout the entire month of July. We are running a morning full day trip and an evening half day. Give us a call or text at 208-861-0654 or our office at 208-669-1569 to set up your trip.

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Columbia River Walleye and Clearwater Spring Chinook!

The past few days we have switched back into Walleye mode on the Columbia River and the fishing did not disappoint!  We are still seeing great catches of Walleye and expect the fishing to remain good through the month of June!  We have available dates for Columbia River Walleye Fishing available now so give us a call and let’s get you out catching the best white flesh fish available!




We also have some more great news on the Clearwater Chinook front. June 22nd the Clearwater will reopen to the harvest of adult Chinook ( all Clearwater river dates are done as employees of Reel Time Fishing.). We should see some fantastic fishing for that Thursday- Sunday period, so get with us now to secure your dates!!

Also starting July 1st we will be starting our Upper Columbia Summer Salmon season!  This has turned into one of our favorite times of year. 2 adult limit, warm weather, and the possibility of a great sockeye run make July an exciting month!

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Hot Action at Drano Lake!

IMG_1513We had a fantastic bite this morning at Drano Lake in the Columbia River Gorge. We hooked 10 and landed 6 to fill a three person limit by 7am. Almost all our fish were caught today of Prawn Spinners with brass or Copper #3 Colorado blades. We did manage to hook two fish on a Brad’s cut plug in the 2.5 size.

We have opening in the Columbia Gorge now through next week, with an open boat of up to 4 people for tomorrow Saturday the 27th and 2 seats for Sunday the 28th.  We also have openings starting Thursday June 1st  IMG_1504


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Portland Spring Chinook Report 4/6/17

Fishing is finally starting to pick up down here in the Portland area on both the Columbia River and the Willamette River. Today we had a good morning fishing the Willamette in the Portland area. There seems to be a decent number of fish around and fishing should be good the next few days.

Fishing is also starting to pick up on the Columbia River and we expect the main stem Columbia to fish well in the next few days. The Columbia is scheduled to close the 10th of April, but with low catch rates for the last few weeks we really expect to see the season extended a few more days.

Get in touch with us now if you want to get in on this Portland Spring Chinook Fishing. We have open seats the next few days. We will be fishing both the Columbia and Willamette until the Columbia closes and then will shift our focus to the Willamette until enough fish are moving upstream of Bonneville Dam and we shift our focus to the Columbia River Gorge.

We have plenty of open seats over the next month so get in on our favorite fisheries of the year!  Nothing beats a spring Chinook on the BBQ!  We will be following these fish all the way home to Idaho!

Make sure to click on the Book Online Now button on the website to see a list of available dates and to book your next trip


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Snake River Steelhead

Snake River Steelhead Fishing Report

We had a great day of Steelhead fishing today in Hells Canyon. We fished out of the Heller Bar area. Today was a mixture of frustration and jubilation as the river went from decently fishable in the morning to pretty much puke brown by lunch, but by 1pm we found a little section of fishable water and that’s when things got interesting, before lunch we had only  one small Chinook and one wild Steelhead to the boat, but in the two hours between 1 and 3 we hooked a total of 10 steelhead landed 6 and kept 4.

Today was one of those days on the water were determination and perseverance paid off.  We notice some very subtle changes in river conditions and took advantage of an opportunity to put fish in the boat.

I think later this week and next week look great for the Snake River in the Heller Bar area as these storms and high water should bring a bunch of fresh fish into the area. We have openings Monday through Friday of next week and Fishing is going to be fantastic!  This fishery will continue to be very good all the way through November and December. To book your next trip with us visit the Book online Now button on our homepage or visit the Snake River Steelhead section on our website for more information.

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Snake River Steelhead and Salmon Fishing Report

We had another fantastic day yesterday fishing the Snake River out of Heller Bar for both Fall Chinook Salmon and Steelhead. Between salmon and Steelhead we landed 10 plus adult fish and numerous Chinook jacks, and ended up keeping 4 fish (two Chinook and 2 Steelhead.) All our fish were caught side drifting eggs and yarnies. Our best producing eggs have been Jones Sport Fishing Steelhead Cure in Natural and Orange, and our Salmon Cure in Red.

One thing we have noticed this season is that while the overall steelhead numbers might be down the average size of fish we have been catching this season has been way up. Normally most fish we catch on the Snake River  are in the 4-6 pound class, but this year we are seeing lots of fish in the 8-10 pound range.

We have openings over the next few weeks. If you have been thinking about a Snake River Steelhead trip now is the perfect time to get out in the water. Check out the Book Online Now button on our homepage to view available dates and book your trips.

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Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Fishing Report

We had a great day today chasing salmon and Steelhead in the Heller Bar area of the Snake River. Although we mostly caught Fall Chinook today we did manage to find a few Steelhead. The river is absolutely loaded with fish now and should continue to fish fantastic for the next few weeks for salmon and Steelhead and well into February for Steelhead.  This is a very active fishery where we mostly side drift bait, so you are actually responsible for catching your own fish. We have quite a few openings for this fishery, so get with us now to book your trip. To view our open dates click on the Book online now button. On our home page. We fish most of our fall snake River dates out of Heller Bar.

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Clearwater River Steelhead

Clearwater River, Idaho Steelhead Fishing Report

We had an absolutely fantastic day today fishing Idaho’s Clearwater River. I had two customers join me today on a wonderful October Day. Now though October 15th is the catch and release season on the Clearwater, and it is my absolute favorite time of year to be on the water, and today was a perfect example of that. We landed over 30 Steelhead and Chinook Salmon today side drifting small egg clusters and yarnies. Yes you hard that right over 30 salmon and Steelhead were landed today by two customers! We are forecast to receive a great run of Steelhead this year on the Clearwater, and this area fishes great now – February! For people who like to catch lots of fish and don’t mind watching them swim away the next 10 days are the absolute best fishing of the year, and for people who like to catch and keep fish the Clearwater retention season opens on the 15th of October.

I run all of my Clearwater trips as an employee of Reel Time Fishing. Contact me at 208-861-0654 or email for availability and prices, but all final booking is done through Reel Time Fishing.

Get in touch with us now we have openings for this great fishery!

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Hanford Reach Fall Salmon Fishing Report 2016

We had a better day today on the Hanford Reach fishing for fall Chinook Salmon. Down stream trolling Brad’s Superbaits and pro troll flashers was our go to method. Fishing is really starting to hit it’s stride here and things will be rocking by next week. We have openings on the 3rd and 4th of October in Kyle’s boat. If interested in booking click on the Book Online Now button. On our homepage.  We also still have openings for fishing the Snake River for both Chinook and Steelhead. October and November are great months to put a bunch of fish in the boat.


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Hanford Reach Fall Salmon Fishing Report 2016

Today was a little slower for our boat on the Hanford Reach, but we still managed to have a decent day on great Fall Chinook. For three people we ended our day with 3 Adult Chinook and one Jack kept plus we released a nice hatchery Steelhead.

We are seeing more and more fish in the Hanford Reach daily and this fishery is going to break wide open any day. We still have a few open dates for our season. Kyle’s boat is open on the 3rd and 4th of October, and one of our affiliate guides is open on the 26th of September for up to 6 people.

Give us an email or text to or 208-861-0654 and we can get your dates booked. FB_IMG_1474587562501.jpg