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

    Trout Rivers

    The trout rivers have been leveling out at a higher cfs. When this is happening, they tend to clear up at a rapid pace. This means ample opportunity to produce fish. The methods that you'll want to focus on will be; fishing streamers, nymphs, and looking for a hatch. Mayflies can come out on cloudy days as well as nice fair weather days too. Look for heads! Flies to use consist of; woolly buggers, sparkle minnows, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, hares ears, bwos, March browns, and parachute adams, to name a few.

    Lake Fishing

    The lakes are all off colored at the moment. Run off is prevalent, and it takes most lakes a good amount of time to come back from the color. This does not mean that fishing will be poor. Idaho Fish and Game are currently stocking most lakes with trout. They are easy to catch and can be easy to fool. The higher elevation lakes are still reporting ice. You'll want to stay in the lower elevations. The lakes of the Tucannon River are fishing very well right now. For an hour and a half drive, this provides close fishing. Flies to use will be the same as we wrote on the trout section above. Happy fishing folks!

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