Springer fishing has been red hot on the Clearwater River for the past few weeks. A boat of anglers can catch their limit before noon. It’s been a long time since we had springer fish this good. It’s been at least eight to 10 years. In fact, 2001 was the last time I remember a really killer year like this.

In addition to fishing being better than average this season has been different in other ways, too. This year the water is so low and clear that the fish migrated faster than we’re used to. Normally it takes them 21 days to migrate from Bonneville to the mouth of the Clearwater. This year it only took 14 days. The fact that they moved fast means the fish are in better shape. They aren’t as dark. We’ve seen better quality fish this year.


This is going to be one of the best Memorial Weekends we’ve ever had springer fishing, but I don’t expect it to last much longer than that. I’m hoping that it will last until June 1. After June 1, I will go down on the Salmon River in Idaho and fish there. It should stay open longer. Meanwhile, on the Clearwate