The Clearwater River in Idaho lets you battle some of the largest and meanest Steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. But catching these elusive lunkers isn’t easy. Northwest Fishing has made the Clearwater River our mistress for over 20 years, so we know where to find the fish and increase your odds. And our finely tuned drift-bait techniques have never failed to hook B-run Steelhead weighing 10 to 16 pounds, and many over 20.

Let us customize a river trip for your group (first-timers welcome). But hurry, our Steelhead season books up quickly. Or try our fast and furious adventures for spring Chinook.

B-Run Steelhead Season

October – February

Idaho’s pristine Clearwater River flows peacefully through a timbered canyon along the historic route of Lewis & Clark. We put in our jet boats anywhere along a 30-mile section downriver from Orofino to the Clearwater’s confluence with the Snake River at Lewiston.

Over the years, we have finely tuned a technique of side-drifting bait that is very exciting and effective way to catch huge B-run steelhead! Our guides will happily show you the ropes, but don’t expect to be coddled. We respect the fish too much. 

We do guarantee a great time, though.  Our winter fishery for B-run monsters usually nets catches of 5 to 20 fish a day.

Spring Chinook Salmon Season

May – June

In recent years, Idaho’s premier Clearwater River has produced a very successful season for anglers seeking spring run Chinook salmon. We use a combination of fishing methods including back-bouncing bait and back trolling to target spring Chinook. These spring kings are not only a thrill to catch, but darn awful delicious to eat. On average, Clearwater salmon weigh between 10 and 20 pounds, and some have been as large as 40 pounds.

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Our boat is a 24-foot Bloodsworth open sled that comfortably accommodates up to six fishermen. It even has propane heat to warm you up on cold days. We provide high quality tackle, bait and equipment, too, including top-of-the-line rods and reels. And you’ll get plenty of expert fishing advice from your guide, Bart Jarrett, the owner and operator of NFGS (also a licensed Coast Guard captain with First Aid and CPR training). Why, Bart will even clean your catch at the end of the day. Just don’t ask for a dill sauce recipe.



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Catch of the Day

The Clearwater River in north central Idaho is home to the world’s largest steelhead fish hatchery. These fish are larger because they usually spend 2 to 3 years in the ocean before returning inland to the Clearwater River hatcheries and tributaries. To prove we’re not just telling whoppers, check out these photos and videos of just some of the steelhead we’ve landed….

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Let us customize a river trip for your group (first-timers welcome). Hurry, our Steelhead season books up quickly. Or try our fast and furious adventures for spring Chinook.



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My friends and I have fished with Bart Jarrett of Northwest Fishing Guide Service every Steelhead season since 2008. His extensive knowledge of the fishery was obvious shortly into our first trip. Our return visits have proven that his years of direct experience make him a consistent fisherman even during years with exceptionally low runs. Whether with novice or expert clientele, Bart demonstrates professionalism and flexibility, clearly dedicated to ensuring that each of his clients has the best possible experience on the river. For our money, there is simply no need to look elsewhere when planning a river trip to Northern Idaho.
Andrew Vilius