Clearwater River Fishing Report ~
We are in
the home stretch of the Clearwater Steelhead Season. Don't miss
out, only a few weeks left to get in on a trip. If you can't
make it for steelhead, our guides will be going after salmon,
sturgeon and bass for the rest of the summer.
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
email us or give us a call at:
As we enter into the last few weeks of the season things are
really shaping up. Warmer weather and rain caused some
significant snow-melt earlier this month and the river blew out
for a about a week. The river has been on the drop and is
fishable. The river has been consistently high for the past 6
weeks, but the fishing has continued to be good. Anglers must
focus their efforts on the seams and softer water. All of our
guides have been catching fish on a consistent basis.
river will likely see some great catch rates as the river
continues to drop back into shape. The weather forecast looks
pretty moderate for the next 10 days. Bait usually out
performs during periods of off-color water. Bobber and bait or
back-trolling will be good options. Boats anchored in choice
positions could have great success. With off-color water work
the soft sides of seams.
There are fish throughout the entire system. Fly and gear
anglers are all finding success. Watch the water levels and
weather forecast. Catching is typically best when the flows
first start dropping and clarity is 2-4 feet. Don't trespass and
ask permission before joining a group of anglers in a run.
The North Fork was really putting out fish when the water was
blown out. Anglers fishing the fresh water seams did really
well. There will be a few fishing moving into the North Fork.
The lower river season is about wrapped up.
River: (Above Orofino)
The fish between Kooskia and Orofino have remained more spread
out than in the lower river. Most the fishing pressure has been
between Kooskia and Kamiah. The entire river has had higher than
normal flows. Certain sections do not fish well with high water,
make sure to pick runs that can handle the increased volume of
water. When in Rome do as the Romans! If you go into a run and
someone is already fishing that run, ask to join them and fish a
similar fashion. The best fishing will be on the upper river
over the next few weeks.
River: (Below Orofino)
The trend lately is to fish around Pink House, however there are
plenty of fish lower in the system, if you're willing to ignore
the flows and fish the soft water you can see. As the high water
recedes, the last of the fish will move into the runs next to
the hatchery and upriver.
We still have a few prime dates available. Now is the time to
book your trip for the final few weeks of spring 2015 steelhead
Clearwater River Company Guides
To book a trip
email us or give us a call at:
If you are
interested in other fishing adventures, check out our
West Coast Anglers Website!
for reports for other rivers? Check out
Ensure that all wild fish are released immediately unharmed.
Check out our
handling and processing tips.
~ 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
Pacific Northwest Radar
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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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