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.
  • Lewiston Fishing Report

    Clearwater River (ID)

    The current flow is 3,260 cfs at Spaulding. Anglers are reporting that the fish they’re catching this year are big. If you have wanted to catch a Big B, this could be your year to have a good chance at doing that. Fish are still being taken on traditional feather and hair wing flies. Intruders on a light sink tip are working well too. The crowds are definitely there, so show up early and stake a claim to your rock.

    Snake River (WA)

    The current flow is 14,600 cfs at Anatone. Fish are milling around in the Snake. They’re making their way up to the higher tributaries. There are good opportunities to be had from the Snake this time of year. With the water staying consistent, the flies of choice vary from all we have reported above. Whichever way you like to fish can produce a fish to hand.

    Grande Ronde River (WA)

    The flow is 719 cfs at Troy, Oregon. Fishing has been treating some anglers good and others not so good. It has definitely been a slower start to the season for folks. But, those who hold steady and are consistent, are catching fish. Nymphing, traditionals, and intruders are all tactics that will work.

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