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Fishing in Ahsahka

Fishermen everywhere! From the banks, in a boat, even on the bridge! Fishing is hot, even when the weather is cold!

Fishermen on the North Fork Bridge in Ahsahka
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Largest Steelhead Run Since 2010

Did you know the Clearwater Tribune posted an article in September predicting around 40,000 hatchery steelhead will be bound for the Clearwater River? Come stay at the High Country Inn to take advantage of this historic run!

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Beautiful steelhead when others said there were none!
— at Ahsahka ID.
Four beautiful Steelhead caught
— at Ahsahka ID.
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Sports Fishing

Fishing is the “Go To” Activity on the Clearwater River as well as on the Dworshak Reservoir!

Whether it’s guided or on your own, fishing is lively in Clearwater Valley! Take your pick; be it rainbow trout, small mouth bass, steelhead trout, or Chinook salmon, these fish can all be found on the Clearwater River.  Then there’s fishing from the road at the bottom of Dworshak Dam, where anglers line up for their spot to fish without a boat   If you have either a trolling or a bigger and faster boat, you’ve got 55 miles of beautiful lake to fish in, launching from any of several areas on the reservoir, from Bruce’s Eddy, Big Eddy, Freeman Creek, or Canyon Creek.

Dworshak Reservoir is gaining the reputation of being the spot to catch the greatest small mouth bass around, and a huge quantity of the prized land-locked salmon, the Kokanee

Guided fishing is readily available to fish both the Clearwater as well as Dworshak Dam, if you don’t have your own boat, so there’s no excuse to miss out on a wonderful adventure!



The High Country Inn is located less than ten minutes from either the river or the reservoir, and offers the most comfortable lodging,  delicious meals,  ample parking space for boats, and most important,  the friendliest hospitality. A home-cooked breakfast is part of the nightly rate, and dinners and packed lunches can also be ordered. A fine selection of beer and wine is available, also.


Despite lockdowns and social distancing, winter fishing on the Clearwater is just as popular as always. Whether it is for a few days or longer, we are taking all the necessary precautions to make sure our guests can still go out and get some fish. Here are just a few of our guests from Seattle, who recently joined us and the fish that they managed to catch and take home with them.



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Dworshak Fishing

A major attraction for avid anglers is the abundance of fishing opportunities on nearby Dworshak Lake, the 55-mile-long reservoir for Dworshak Dam.

Although the lake has for many years had a great reputation for kokanee and rainbow trout fishing, these last few years have seen a steady growth in the numbers of the smallmouth bass population, with record-sized fish being pulled from the lake. Popularity for this sport has grown so that bass tournaments are held each year.

The High Country Inn is less than ten minutes away from Big Eddy Marina, as well as Bruce’s Eddy. areas where boats can launch.  There is also room for a few boats to be parked on the inn property and electrical outlets are available if needed. Sack lunches can also be ordered ahead to take along for the day’s fishing.


Hope to see you out fishing on the lake soon!
– The High Country Inn
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