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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of retention season usually leads to a couple weeks of tougher
fishing due to angling pressure. This year has been no
exception. A lot of boats on top of the fish with low flows and
high sun have pushed the fish out of some of the old haunts and
into more subtle water.
better picking pockets with floats or drift gear than pulling
hardware in the obvious places. These fish will get pushed
around but they are always willing to bite if you can find them.
will find more success in these high pressure times by scaling
down the presentation, fishing that presentation softly and have
a willingness to fish pockets not normally looked at.
Probably some fish in it but is got to be trickling.
One good day of rain made for great fishing on the NF last
week. the rain pushed more fish into the north fork, those fish
are still there but persistent high sun and crystal clear flows
have these fish back on edge. If you're thinking about trying it
go to light line and a small presentation.
River: The flows above Orofino have picked up a bit and with it
so has the fishing. There are fish being caught clear to
Kooskia however most are focusing on the first 10 miles above
Orofino. The rain we saw last week has stirred the upriver fish
up and has them biting again. Pick a way to fish and fish it
River: As expected things slowed down to to the influx of
pressure. Steelhead sitting in low, clear water don't tend to
respond well to a barrage of tackle. Fish are still available
for the anglers willing to change up their tactics.
should continue to make their way up the system and start
spreading out a bit. We should see the fishing pick up mid week
as the pressure typically drops off and the fish can start
relaxing again. Getting close to the first water temperature
drop of the year with colder nights heading our way... That
always makes things a bit challenging.
protected fall Chinook are going into spawning mode. Please
avoid any small gravel, shallow water with fish rolling in
it.... These fish lived an extremely tough life and deserve to
finish their days in peace.
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
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Steelhead Regulations ~
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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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