Lewiston Fishing Report

Lewiston is steelhead country and you can find those fish on the Clearwater, Snake, Grande Ronde and Salmon rivers beginning as early as July each year. These brutes may range to 20 pounds, with the average fish weighing in at around eight pounds—and that’s a big sea-run rainbow trout! At times, you may also find chinook salmon swimming next to those steelhead and some of these fish top out at more than 20 pounds. There are other options here, too, including the chance to catch state-record-size smallmouth bass on Dworshak Reservoir. Higher up you’ll find native westslope cutthroats on the Lochsa and Selway rivers—these fish eagerly slam dry flies and never disappoint. For variety, Lewiston is tough to beat.
  • Idaho fishing report 12.21.17

    Clearwater River

    The mainstem is high and unfishable. The middle fork has been dropping for some time so you could possibly move a fish up there. Fishing methods range all across the board. Low and slow, would more than likely be the ticket.

    Grande Ronde River (WA)

    I fished the Ronde on 2/20 when the gauge at Troy was around 2,800 cubic feet per second. The river was pulling just a bit too quick. There wasn't any ice coming down the river. Same tactics as the Clearwater.

    Snake River (WA)

    Not a single soul was on the Snake. The river level is fluctuating day to day but hanging near 30,000 cfs. Fish hold in a lot of places on this river. Catching has been very slow around the area. Heading over to the coast might be your best move.

    Read past reports from the Lewiston region here, or click here to view all northwest regional reports.