The Clearwater River in Idaho is one of the top fishing rivers in the lower 48 and lets you battle some of the largest and meanest steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. But catching these elusive sea-going lunkers can be tough—unless you’re fishing with us.

Hi, I’m Captain Bart Jarrett, owner of Northwest Fishing Guide Service. Born and raised in this very part of Idaho, I’ve been fishing the Clearwater and lower Snake Rivers now for over 20 years. As a professional specialty outfitter, I spend every day of the season on these waters. So I know where the fish are and what they’re biting on. My guests have never failed to hook B-run steelhead weighing 10 to 16 pounds, and many over 20 (which translates into 40 or more inches in length.)

Our trips are exciting for the most advanced anglers. But we also love first-timers. Both my dedicated deckhand and I will gladly teach you and ensure that you cast in the best spots for success. Every person gets personal attention to fit his or her skill level (kids included). I want you to land that big one.

Let me customize a river excursion for you, be it a company outing, a family vacation or a trip for fishing buddies. If you’re by yourself, I’ll try to fit you in with a group. Book your space for our steelhead season, or try our fast and furious adventures for spring chinook. I guarantee you the adventure of a lifetime.


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B-Run Steelhead Season

fishing season calendar November – February


B-Run Steelhead Season November – February Idaho’s pristine Clearwater River attracts anglers from around the globe. From its crystal clear headwaters in Montana, the river traces the historic route of early adventurers Lewis & Clark, winding through the pristine canyons and hillsides that were the original home of Idaho’s Nez Perce tribe.

Northwest Fishing has one of few exclusive permits for this 30-mile stretch. We put in our jet boat anywhere downriver from Orofino to the Clearwater’s confluence with the Snake River in Lewiston. We then hit productive holes, riffles and quiet drifts all along the way following the migration of the fish to keep you in the biggest concentration of the run.

The Clearwater offers ten months of trophy fishing each year. Water flow can fluctuate daily due to rain, snow melt and upstream discharges from Dworshack dam, but we hardly ever pull off the river since our boat was built to handle rough waters. A warmer flow from the North Fork also prevents the river main from icing up during the coldest months.

Over the years, I have fine-tuned a technique of side-drifting bait that is a very exciting and effective way to catch huge B-run steelhead. Our fishery for B-run monsters usually nets catches of 5 to 20 fish a day. I guarantee you’ll love every minute of your trip.


Spring Chinook Salmon

fishing season calendar Season  May – June


Idaho’s premier Clearwater River offers some of North America’s best fishing for spring-run Chinook salmon. After spending 4 or 5 years at sea (when they’re called King Salmon), the Springers are big and they have an attitude. On average, the Clearwater’s spring salmon weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. They’ve also been getting larger each year, some weighing up to 40 pounds.

Some stretches of the river have places that are 70 or so feet deep, which make great holding water to hammer large pods of fish. We use a combination of fishing methods including back-bouncing bait and back trolling. It often turns out to be a rock and roll event, sometimes with three fish on at the same time or a 30-pound chrome monster exploding four feet into the air.

Our clients frequently take home their daily limit of 30 pounds of fish. And these Clearwater Chinook are darn awful delicious to eat. You’ll be the king of your barbecue by offering up the King of the Pacific.

Book your trip well in advance, though. The fish are plentiful, but fishing during the spring salmon run is limited. The State of Idaho sets a quota which, once met, closes the season.