Kalama River Fishing


Over the last couple of years, the Kalama River has really changed, and I can’t say that it has been for the better. What once was one of the better rivers in Washington for Salmon Fishing and Steelhead Fishing, especially Winter Steelhead Fishing, has since changed into one of the “tougher” rivers to fish. Despite the increase in Smolt count from the hatchery and naturally spawning fish, the numbers have dropped dramatically. We offer full day and half day Guided Kalama River Fishing Trips, and although we can’t guarantee fish, we can guarantee that you will be fishing with a Fishing Guide that knows both the river and the fish very well. We’ve been guiding on the river for nearly ten years and know every hole and slot on the river, if there is a fish there, you have a good chance of hooking up with it.

There are two different runs of Chinook Salmon (King) on the Kalama River; the Spring Run and the Fall Run. The Spring run generally starts around the end of April/Beginning of May and lasts a month or two before fading off with the fall run starting sometime in the beginning of September and extending to the beginning/middle of November. The fish count has picked up over the last couple of years, and we believe that it will continue to strengthen.

Around the same time that we start seeing the Fall run of Kings, we start seeing a decent run of Coho Salmon (Silvers) behind them. The Coho Salmon in the Kalama River are a fun fish to target! We usually fish the back eddies and slower pools for them and when the fish are in, they are awesome biters! We also offer late season fly fishing trips for Coho Salmon that are very successful.
From the months of November until about March, the Kalama gets a decent run of Winter Steelhead that are some of the most gorgeous fish you’ll find anywhere. They are clean and they are hard fighters! For the smaller run size, they definitely do love to bite when you can find them! The Kalama runs really cold in the winter and it tends to make the fish a bit more lethargic, but fun nonetheless. Our Kalama River Guided Fishing Trips take place in either our 16 foot drift boat or 15 foot raft, when the water is low and clear in the winter months, the raft really helps!

You can view our Kalama River Fishing Reports HERE.

You can also see the Kalama River Flows HERE. (it is currently inoperable)

If you are interested in booking a Kalama River Guided Fishing Trip, please feel free to check availability and book your fishing trip on our Book Now page.  If you have any questions about a Guided Fishing Trip, please feel free to email us at guidedtrips@clearfinfishing.com.