The Clearwater River in Idaho boast some of the absolute best Steelhead and Salmon fishing in the lower 48 states, and is one of the premier destination fisheries for anglers in the Pacific Northwest. Originating high in the Bitterroot and Clearwater Mountains along the Idaho and Montana Border the Clearwater River flows west until it reaches it’s confluence with the Snake River at Lewiston, Idaho.
Idaho’s Clearwater river is home to the famous B-Run Steelhead. These are some of the biggest steelhead in the entire Columbia River basin and average 12-15 pounds with fish topping the 20 pound mark coming to our boats every year. We target steelhead on the Clearwater starting in October and fishing all the way through early March. Some of our best fishing occurs during the winter months of December, January, and February. If you are looking for the opportunity to put a huge steelhead in the boat Idaho’s Clearwater River is the place to make it happen. Our preferred method of fishing the Clearwater is side drifting bait, as this puts rods in the hands of our customers and really lets you be in control of your fishing trip, but with that said we also like to back troll plugs and bait when the conditions favor other methods.
We also target Chinook Salmon on the Clearwater, with most of our effort focused on the Spring Chinook run during the month of May and early June. Spring Chinook or “Springers” as we call them are some of the best table fare that the Columbia River System has to offer and are our most favorite fish to target. These fish average 12 pounds with some very large 20-30 pound fish caught every season.
All our Clearwater River Fishing trips are done as employees of Idaho Outfitter Reel Time Fishing. We encourage anyone interested in a Clearwater trip to contact us for any questions and availability, but final booking will be done through Reel Time Fishing. If you are looking to book a Clearwater Trip just give us a call and we can walk you through the process.
Rates for the Clearwater are $250/person with a 3 person minimum or $600 for a two person private boat.
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Here are a few video’s of Clearwater River Steelhead Fishing trips.