Klickitat River

Salmon and Steelhead Drift - A very remote river,  the Klickitat is approximately 70-miles long with few roads and limited trails for access.


Klickitat River Fishing

Alaska salmon fishing

Klickitat River Guides is a third generation guide service. 2017 will be Tracy Zoller’s 40th year of floating the Klickitat River. A very remote river, the Klickitat is approximately 70-miles long with few roads and limited trails for access. The Zoller’s provide quality drift boat trips on the lower 30-miles of this beautiful river, with the season running June 1st to November 30th each year. Enjoy catching steelhead and salmon on this unspoiled river in Washington State. The tributaries of the Columbia River hold some of the largest runs of salmon and steelhead in the world. Every year, thousands of salmon and steelhead migrate from the Pacific Ocean into the Klickitat River to spawn. Flowing off Mt. Adams and the Cascade Range, this river holds some of the most remote, pure fishing waters in the Lower 48.

Fishing and Turkey Hunting:

Klickitat River

Two to four anglers per drift boat, depending on your party size. Two anglers per custom Vaughn or Fish Rite drift boat, with padded seats, seat backs, and ample leg room. You’ll fish eight to ten hour days each day.
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

Riverside cabins have single, double, and queen comfortable beds, a living room, full bathroom 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. Comfortable cabins are located on the river and offer a relaxing end to your day’s fishing. Ample 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. Enjoy the trip though the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area via Interstate 84 to reach the Klickitat area.


Steelhead and salmon

Pound for pound, the steelhead is the hardest fighting fish in the world. It is common to have these fish jump three to five feet out of the water again and 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.

2017 Rates:

2-person minimum occupancy lodging
2-nights and 2-days guided fishing
$730.00 p.p.
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$1,045.00 p.p.
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing
$1,675.00 p.p
4-person minimum occupancy lodging
2-nights and 2-days guided fishing
$680.00 p.p.
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$970.00 p.p.
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing
$1,550.00 p.p.
Turkey Hunts:
Groups of 2-3 hunters per guide
$225.00 per day
Single hunter per guide
$325.00 per day
Cabins are $125.00 per night
and accommodate 2-to 4-hunters.
Meals are $20.00 per person, per day - includes breakfast and lunch.

Packages include:

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

Packages do not include:

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

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

Request Klickitat River info packet  

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

Klickitat River bear viewing