Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the Snake River from Lower Granite Dam in Washington to Hells Canyon in Idaho and Oregon
Smallmouth Bass fishing or combination Bass and Sturgeon fishing trips on the Snake River in Washington and Idaho is something any fishing family would enjoy
For Bass alone the area above as well as below the cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington hold large numbers of fish. These two river areas are quite different and can provide some excellent fishing for those who enjoy Smallmouth Bass. Spring and early summer months are the peak period for the larger fish.
The information provided below describes this exciting fishery and gives a general time frame for fishing the Snake River.
The Snake River offers some of the finest river Smallmouth Bass fishing to be found in the Northwest.
From Lower Granite Dam upstream into Hells Canyon bass fishing is nothing less than fantastic. Whether seeking a trophy bass or simply a day of fun catching fish after fish, this area is unsurpassed for numbers and size of fish available. The best fishing begins in March and April for the trophy sized Smallmouth and continues well into the summer months. Mid summer is a great time for catching lots of fish in the mid size range as well as a chance for some of the larger specimens.
Smallmouth Bass from the Snake River
The early fall period is also a good time to pursue trophy bass as they hit a feeding spree in preparation for winter. The upper section of the Snake River Canyon can't be beat for a day of sight seeing, bass fishing and enjoying the beauty of the canyon.
Trophy Smallmouth Bass: The best time to target a trophy sized Smallmouth is during the pre-spawn period in the spring, beginning as early as March and continuing well into June the big hens are at their heaviest and this is also the most active period of the year for the biggest fish. In the spring of 2003 there were two verified catches from the Snake in excess of seven pounds - and these are far from the largest fish in the system! This is a highly overlooked fishery and is kept quiet by most that are aware of the potential for record sized fish in the Snake. With an ever increasing number of fish in the 5 to 6 pound range and larger it is only a matter of time until the Snake will yield a new record Smallmouth. This fishery is not for everyone, but if you are intent upon landing a big smallie the Snake offers one of the best opportunities in Washington.
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