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Name: Kyle Jones Date: October 18, 2016 Rating:
 
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We had a great day of Steelhead fishing today in Hells Canyon. We fished out of the Heller Bar area. Today was a mixture of frustration and jubilation as the river went from decently fishable in the morning to pretty much puke brown by lunch, but by 1pm we found a little section of fishable water and that's when things got interesting, before lunch we had only one small Chinook and one wild Steelhead to the boat, but in the two hours between 1 and 3 we hooked a total of 10 steelhead landed 6 and kept 4.

Today was one of those days on the water were determination and perseverance paid off. We notice some very subtle changes in river conditions and took advantage of an opportunity to put fish in the boat.

I think later this week and next week look great for the Snake River in the Heller Bar area as these storms and high water should bring a bunch of fresh fish into the area. We have openings Monday through Friday of next week and Fishing is going to be fantastic! This fishery will continue to be very good all the way through November and December. To book your next trip with us visit the Book online Now button on our homepage or visit the Snake River Steelhead section on our website for more information.





Fishing the Columbia and Snake Rivers for Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon

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Name: Kyle Jones Date: October 15, 2016 Rating:
 
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We had another fantastic day yesterday fishing the Snake River out of Heller Bar for both Fall Chinook Salmon and Steelhead. Between salmon and Steelhead we landed 10 plus adult fish and numerous Chinook jacks, and ended up keeping 4 fish (two Chinook and 2 Steelhead.) All our fish were caught side drifting eggs and yarnies. Our best producing eggs have been Jones Sport Fishing Steelhead Cure in Natural and Orange, and our Salmon Cure in Red.

One thing we have noticed this season is that while the overall steelhead numbers might be down the average size of fish we have been catching this season has been way up. Normally most fish we catch on the Snake River are in the 4-6 pound class, but this year we are seeing lots of fish in the 8-10 pound range.

We have openings over the next few weeks. If you have been thinking about a Snake River Steelhead trip now is the perfect time to get out in the water. Check out the Book Online Now button on our homepage to view available dates and book your trips.





Fishing the Columbia and Snake Rivers for Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon

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Name: Mike Carey Date: October 03, 2016 Rating:
 
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I checked off another adventure to a new fishing location from my bucket list, this time fishing for steelhead on the Snake River with guide Adam Hocking of Steel Dreams Guide Service.

The drive is long, but well worth it. Especially once I reached the Palouse area. Those rolling wheat fields are beautiful.

We met Adam at the Heller Bar launch and were set up for side drifting small egg clusters with a small yarnie, trailing a single bead. The first drift just at Heller bar is prime water and Adam had us work the hole several times. We missed a couple steelhead, and then I hooked into a huge sturgeon that came out of the water. It was “game on” as I fought the fish for about ten minutes, hoping to get another view of him, but it was not to be. I decided battling this fish for an hour would be unfair and counter-productive to our stated target, so I pointed the rod at the fish and bid him “farewell”.

Unencumbered by the huge sturgeon, we went back to work on the steelhead, and also, it turns out, a healthy return of chinook salmon. In the Snake river chinook and steelhead must be clipped to keep, and for Washington anglers we are not allowed to remove unclipped fish from the water. Adam was very careful with the fish we caught all day, making not the greatest photo ops, but healthy fish safely played and returned to the water.

We fished until around 3pm and had pretty steady action, hitting various holes and picking off a fish or two at each stop. We ended up with around a dozen “fish ons” and amazingly, only one keeper steelhead that Aaron hooked.

The lack of fish in the box was unusual. According to Adam the ratio is normally around 50%. No matter to us, the action was good, the scenery amazing, and the guide first rate. If you ever get a chance to visit this river don’t hesitate. It’s like nothing we have over here on the west side of the state, and the steelhead action is really good. They were in good shape for how far they had to come, by the way.

You can contact Adam at Steel Dreams Guide Service at 509-869-9694.

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Name: downriggeral Date: September 25, 2016 Rating:
 
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Friend Scott loves to fish the Snake at Clarkston and invited me to come down for a couple of days. Fished Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th. One of the great things about this fishery is easy launching and no wind to speak of and beautiful sunshine. One of the not so great things is ONLY hatchery clipped fish can be retained including Jacks! The limit is six....really?

Got on the water about 7 on Saturday and trolled Super Baits in both cut plug and original. Threw every known producer and the rest of the tackle box at them for no love; not one take down! A few fish were caught but not many and few if any hatchery fish keepers. Tough day for sure.

Sunday we got on the water around 6:30 and found fewer boats fishing. Saw one boat get a Jack they couldn't keep. Other than that very few fish were hooked and we never saw a fish go in a boat. As for us about 8:30 my rod went off and the fish was well hooked. Made a great run and we got it up to the boat and low and behold it was a hatchery hen! WOW I couldn't believe it. Normally it takes 8 or ten fish to get a keeper. The fish fell for a Super Bait Cut Plug in Seahawk with a very short 2' leader behind a silver flasher. Did I mention garlic? Oh boy enough garlic to be the star attraction at a Greek festival!! And there you have it tow days fishing, one take down and one fish in the boat. Man am I spoiled fishing at The Dalles. The general consensus is the cold 64 degree water has the fish just moving through and not holding.

All in all a great time spent on the water with my friend and what beautiful fall weather.

Tight lines - Alan
"The Experiment Must Continue"

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Name: Steel Dreams GS Date: June 02, 2016 Rating:
 
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Fishing on the Snake has been excellent for Sturgeon and Smallmouth Bass! Fishing fresh dead bait on the bottom on current lines in both deep and shallow waters is producing some really nice Sturgeon! The Smallmouth bass fishing is lights out right now. I've been getting most of my fish on 4" tube jigs in various colors weighted with 1/8 to 1/4 lead heads. Fish the transition water between fast currents on slower water once you find your self a school of smallies the action will be non stop with a fish almost every cast! Hint: if your are get lots of short strike and not hooking up fill the body of your tube jig with crawfish scent, when they bite down on it the jelly will squish out in their mouth and they won't let go!!

Tight Lines, Adam Hocking owner,
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Name: Kyle Jones Date: May 30, 2016 Rating:
 
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We had the great fortune yesterday to spend a wonderful day on the Snake River near Heller Bar chasing oversize catch and release sturgeon and small mouth bass. Both the sturgeon and bass fishing can be fantastic this time of year and spending warm late spring days in the canyon is a real treat. We landed a total of 4 sturgeon with one being a very nice 6 foot fish that gave everyone in the family a chance to try to pull him in. We also put a whacking on the prolific bass in the area. I think our total for the day was close to 50 fish landed. Most of these bass are on the smaller side ranging from 6-12 inches, but the action is non stop.

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Fishing the Columbia and Snake Rivers for Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon

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Name: Kyle Jones Date: March 12, 2016 Rating:
 
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We snuck out yesterday for an early Sturgeon fishing trip on the Snake River out of Heller Bar. With our steelhead season behind us we have been switched over to targeting catch and release sturgeon. The weather was a little unsettled, but the fish were cooperative. We landed a small 3 foot fish and one monster 8 footer.  We also had a few other bites, but considering we only fished for a few hours I think we did fantastic.

Our bait of choice is salmon bellies and scraps from salmon season.  We find this to be the most consistent bait, but we often fish other baits such as squid, roll mop herring, worms, or any fresh cut bait we can get our hands on.

Catch and release sturgeon fishing will be great from now through the end of June.  On our sturgeon trips we average multiple fish landed per day with the fish ranging from 3-11 feet in length.  We also offer sturgeon trips with the possiblity of keepers on the Hanford reach during this same time frame. These trips are a great experience that all should see. The power of these large sturgeon is amazing.

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Name: Kyle Jones Date: February 15, 2016 Rating:
 
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The Snake River out of Heller Bar continues to fish well.  Yesterday we had a great day on the river with only 2 customers going 6-10 on Steelhead and also landing a 3 foot sturgeon on steelhead gear.

We found most of our fish just upstream from Heller Bar as the Grand Ronde is flowing very high and muddy, and has made the Snake River downstream from the Grand Ronde muddy and not fishable.

We had almost all our bites drifting my Jones Sport Fishing shrimp cure in the bright red color in combination with a chartreuse cheater or corkie. 

I am not really sure how much longer we can expect good fishing in this area, but I'm expecting it to fish well through at least this next weekend, we might se good fishing later on, but water conditions will dictate that.  After that we often have great success switching over to catch and release trophy sturgeon fishing.

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Name: kenbarb Date: February 13, 2016 Rating:
 
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The weather report for today looks like it will be great for fishing, some clouds, and not much wind. We set the alarm for 5:00AM, and pull the boat out of the shop at 6:30, it was already getting daylight, should have set the alarm for 4:00AM, the best bite seems to start at daybreak, then slows down around 10:00AM.

We arrive at a gravel launch about 15 minutes from our home; I back the trailer into the water, and Barb powers the boat off the trailer. She then noses it into shore, the boat is still about 7' or 8' from shore, it is pretty shallow here, that's the reason I always have hip boots on in our pictures, most of the places we beach involves wading. Barb has the backdrop closed when I get in the boat through the front window hatch, I set up the propane heater, and she has already turned the boat heater on so it should be a comfortable ride to our fishing location.

We point the boat upriver, go through several rapids, and reach our chosen fishing water about a mile above Buffalo Eddy, and Billy Creek. This is really a good drift; it's below a small rapid on the WA side of the river. The length of the drift is about a quarter mile, ending at another rapid, starts out shallow, then goes to ~8' at the current line, and the bottom is structured with a lot of good holding spots for Steeelhead.

Barb holds the boat stationary with the big engine while I get the Honda started to warm it up, prep the plugs with scent, and bait with marinated shrimp. The water is very clear so we switched from large plugs to small plugs. I engage the TR-1; we let the lines out sixty feet, and start a slow back troll.

The lines had been out no more than three minutes when my rod slams back with a violent strike, it is bent double, and line is stripping out fast as the Steelhead makes a run downriver. I get the rod out of the; line is stripping out, the fish then comes completely out of the water, what a sight. I steer the boat toward the middle of the river to avoid disturbing fish in the drift path. This fish is really putting up a fight; she is quite a ways out, doing a lot of head shaking, and body rolling. I finally get her coming my way, she gets near the boat, makes several short runs, then turns on her side, Barb slides the net under her, I take the lure out of her mouth, we let her rest and recover in the net, then take a picture and release her, beautiful A-Run Steelhead Hen, about seven pounds.

We go back to the start of the drift to try for another one, get everything set up, and start the back troll. The first fish came so quick that we think the next one will too, we are expecting another strike right away, after about twenty minutes we look at each other and laugh about not getting Barb on a fish, time to relax, and have a shot of coffee. About ten minutes pass when I hear a rod rattle in the holder, I look up and see Barb's rod bent back, I jump up and take the rod out of the holder, and hand it to Barb (she fractured her arm about two months ago, and it's hard for her to get the rod out of the holder, she has a brace on the arm and a fresh Steelhead pulls pretty hard). Barb takes the rod while the fish is stripping out line, it makes a long run, and then Barb works it toward the boat. This one didn't break the surface, just stayed near the bottom, she does a good job playing the fish, and after about fifteen minutes I net a beautiful Steelhead Hen, she is a beauty, we let her recover, take a picture, then watch her swim away.

We are near a nice sandbar, looks like a nice place to take a break, so we nose the boat into shore. It is a beautiful day, hardly a breath of wind, the water level is good, and the water clarity is very good, ambient temp. is about 45*, best of all the Steelhead are hitting.

After a forty five minute break we get back to fishing, we have three more takedowns, and land two more Steelhead. It was really a nice morning on the river, the canyon is very beautiful with the fresh grass greening up the canyon walls, makes it easy to spot the Mule Deer, and Mountain Sheep. Wish all of our NWFR fishing friends could be here to enjoy this with us, what a blessing it is.

Ken & Barb

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Name: kenbarb Date: January 30, 2016 Rating:
 
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The daytime temps have been in the 50's all week here in Hell's Canyon, the river flow has been high, and it has risen about two feet, but is still reasonably clear for fishing. Until today the wind has been blowing pretty hard, at least hard enough to keep us off the river, not that it's, it's lack of boat control when trying to troll. The weather report last night was for decreasing wind so we decide to give it a go today.

We manage to pry ourselves out of bed at 5:00am, get bundled up, and pull the boat out of the shop at 7:00am. Since the river is running high we will put in at Couse Creek, and go up the river three miles to a good fishing spot. On the way upriver, some of the familiar sandbars are almost out of sight due to the higher water. When we get to the place we want to fish the water is moving faster than usual, we decide to give it a try.

We go through the usual routine, Barb holds the boat steady with the big engine while I get everything ready to put the lines out. We put three rods out, one on each side, and one center rod, all three lines are let out 60', and then we start a slow back troll.

The current is faster than usual, but I manage to stay on the current seam, we pass through all the holding areas where we usually contact fish, and don't get a bump. At the end of the drift Barb suggest that we try a stretch of water that is usually running too slow for a good back troll when the water is low. We pull the lines in, and head for the new location.

When we arrive at the new location it looks really good, The current looks perfect for a good back troll, this stretch of water has a pretty consistent bottom contour, I will stay in the 6' to 10' range for the entire drift, we are fishing the WA side of the river.

Once again we put the lines out and start a very slow back troll, the little Honda is just off it's lowest idle, all three rods are showing good action. About five minutes pass, we are talking about the outside rod getting the most hits when we are fishing here, then Barb says "fish on my rod", (inside rod), I look at the rod, it is bowed back, and line is peeling off the reel. Barb wants me to play this one, so I jerk the rod out of the holder, then point the boat toward the middle of the river. The fish has stripped out a lot of line, there is no wind, so I shut the trolling motor off, and start working the Steelhead in, it makes several strong runs, and stays deep, when I bring him to the surface he does a couple of head shakes, then turns on his side showing a bright red stripe the length of his body. Barb slides the net under him, we let him rest and recover in the net, then lift him out , take a picture, and release him, beautiful Steelhead Buck.

We had nosed into a sandbar to take the picture, and decided this is a good time to have a cup of coffee, and a snack. The sun has gone behind a cloud, and darkened the canyon a little, but it is very clear for viewing. There are five Bighorn Ewes on the canyon wall, Barb has spotted a Kingfisher, and Blue Heron this morning, two of her favorite birds, she's always happy to see them.

We go back to the top of the drift, and start another back troll. We are in the cabin with the heater on, and the backdrop zipped shut, the water is glassy smooth, the rods are showing perfect action. In about ten minutes I see my rod slam back hard, I yell "fish on", and then get the backdrop unzipped, Barb gets to the rod and wrestles it out of the holder while the fish is stripping line out. The fish then comes out of the water seventy or eighty feet behind the boat, looks like a six or seven pound Hen. I guide the boat away from shore, turn off the trolling motor, and tilt it out of the water, nothing for the line to hang on now. This one is really putting up a fight; Barb works it back toward the boat, it powers downriver again, this is repeated several times before I am finally able to net her. What a beautiful Steelhead this is, we let her fully recover in the net before taking a picture and releasing her.

We then make another drift, have two more Steelhead on, and lose them both, also one hard takedown that didn't stick. We have been out about three hours, and decide to head for the launch a little early. Today is Barb's "hair day", and as all of us with wife's know, that is always first priority. It has been a great morning fishing, started out a bit iffy, but turned out pretty good after we found the fish. It is beautiful in the canyon, sunny, the water is glassy smooth, temp. is about 45*, good day to be on the river.

Ken & Barb

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