Idaho guide Jason Schultz reports dropping river levels and a good early bite on the Clearwater this morning.
“Our guide Jim McCarthy (208-816-0840) took a couple clients this morning and I jumped in to lend a hand on what turned out to be a great morning of fishing. We hooked five springers, landing four, all by 7 am,” reports the owner of Hells Canyon Sport Fishing (208-305-4549) based in Lewiston. “It was hot action and we had a blast! Our first fish was wild and released unharmed. The next three went in the box and I am sure will be on sombody’s BBQ later tonight!”
Schultz reports using a variety of gear.
“Diver and bait, back-trolling Kwikfish, plunking Spin-N-Glow and shrimp all seem to be producing well,” he says.
“Fish are scattered from Lewiston to Kooskia,” adds Schultz.
IDFG reports that a total of 55 adult Chinook and one jack have been kept so far for the season on the Clearwater, mostly down low from Railroad Bridge to Cherry Lane Bridge.
Anglers are averaging 105.5 hours per springer for the season, one per every 99.5 hours from May 9-15.
River flows crested Monday at 16 feet at Orofino and 15 feet at Spalding and have since dropped 3 feet, according to the Northwest River Forecast Center. However, it’s forecast to rise again later this week.