Klickitat River Salmon and Steelhead Drift

Each year, thousands of salmon and steelhead migrate from the Pacific Ocean into the Klickitat River to spawn. The Klickitat is remote, approximately 70-miles long with only a few roads and limited trails for access. Klickitat River Guides is one of the only outfitters holding a permit with the USFS for the Wild Scenic section of the Klickitat River.


Klickitat River Fishing

Alaska salmon fishing

Tracy Zoller (pictured above), the owner/operator of Klickitat River Guides, has been guiding on the Klickitat since 1977.
Steelhead: When hooked, these Northwest prizefighting fish jump three to five feet out of the water repeatedly, while screaming 40 to 50 yards of line off your reel. Peak steelhead fishing is in October. The best time for fly-fishing is late September through November. Steelhead average eight to 14-pounds and large ones weighing in the low 20s.
King Salmon:  The Klickitat fall run king salmon are fresh from the ocean. These hard fighting fish sometimes take an hour or more to land. The whole month of June is great for the spring chinook run. The peak time for the fall chinook is the last week of August through the end of the first week of October. Kings average 18-20 pounds, with large ones up to 50-pounds.
Silver salmon: There are two silver runs; the first coming in September. The second run in late-October is when the larger silver salmon come in (averaging 6-to 8-pounds, and up to 14-pounds).

Fishing and Turkey Hunting:

Klickitat River

The Fishing Season:   runs June through November.
Drift fish the lower 30-mile section of the Klickitat. You’ll fish eight to ten hour each day, covering 8 to 12 miles of river each day.
Boats:  Vaughn or Fish Right drift boats. Each boat has comfortable padded seating, seat backs, and ample leg room. Trips are customized to the size of your group with boats that carry two or four anglers.
Gear:  Conventional rods, reels, and tackle are provided for your use. Fly fishing gear is not provided.
Fishing licenses: are not included in the package. Spring Turkey Hunts:  From April 15 to May 31. Hunt thousands of acres of turkey habitat using 4WD vehicles or drift boats to travel to many prime locations. If choosing not to stay in their cabins, they would set up a meeting place and time with you. It is very important that you get a good night’s sleep as hunts begin well before daylight. You are allowed two Toms per person. They run two to three hunters per guide, accommodating groups of up to twelve. Special arrangements for larger groups can be made.

Klickitat River Lodging

Klickitat River

Four cabins within a stone's throw of the river, sleep a total of 16 guests. Cabins have free Wi-fi access, single, double, and queen-sized comfortable beds, a living room, full bath with real flush toilets, and hot showers. The roof overhangs the front porch with deck chairs for a nice sitting area, and best of all, they are just a short walk through the vineyard to the river.
The timber-framed outdoor center is an open space covered area with a full bbq kitchen which includes all dishes, pots, pans, silverware, etc. There are ample tables, chairs, and picnic tables to accommodate large groups as well cushy couches and an entertainment center with a large screen tv for videos or movies. Family-style meals, plus seasonal fruit pies or cobbler at dinnertime.

Getting Here:

Klickitat River Guides is located in the state of Washington in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, on the banks of the Klickitat River—a tributary of the Columbia River. The closest major airport is Portland Oregon International (PDX). Rental cars are available at the airport. You'l enjoy the drive through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area via Interstate 84 to reach the Klickitat area.


Steelhead and salmon

Pound for pound, steelhead are the hardest fighting fish in the world. These fish commonly jump three to five feet out of the water over and over again while screaming 40 to 50 yards of line off your reel. Along with the steelhead, you'll catch fat, acrobatic silvers in the fall. The Klickitat fall-run king salmon are fresh from the ocean. These hard fighting fish sometimes take an hour or more to land. Every year they take in a tremendous number of fish weighing over 40-pounds, and you always have that chance for a 60-pounder, if your arms don't wear out first.

2019 Rates:

Does not include 7% sales tax.

2-person minimum occupancy lodging
3-nights and 2-days guided fishing
$1,500.00 per person
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$2,250.00 per person
Non-angler companion:
3-nights and 2-days $750.00
4-nights and 3-days $1,125.00

Packages include:

Lodging, meals, guided fishing, use of conventional fishing gear (rods, reels, and tackle), and shuttle to the launch site.

Packages do not include:

Transportation to Klickitat, fishing licenses, fly fishing equipment, gratuities, liquor, sales tax, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Spring Turkey Hunts:

From April 15 to May 31
Hunt thousands of acres of turkey habitat using 4WD vehicles or drift boats to travel to many prime locations. They run two to three hunters per guide, accommodating groups of up to twelve. Special arrangements for larger groups can be made.
Includes:  Lodging, meals, guided hunting, and shuttle to the hunting grounds. 3-nights and 2-days guided hunting
$1,500.00 per person
4-nights and 3-days guided hunting
$2,250.00 per person

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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Klickitat River photos


Fishing season runs June 1 thru November 30

Klickitat River

Guided Turkey hunts - mid-April thru May

Guided turkey hunting

Klickitat River steelhead

Klickitat River steelhead fishing

Klickitat River steelhead fishing

Klickitat steelheading

Klickitat River steelheading

Klickitat River

Fishing the Klickitat

Klickitat River

Klickitat River king salmon

Klickitat River king salmon fishing

Klickitat River salmon fishing

Klickitat River salmon

Klickitat River bear viewing

Klickitat River bear viewing