Fishing and Guide Service

Welcome to Idaho`s premier fishing location: thanks for choosing The Riverside Motel Fishing Guide Service!


We strive to create the best fishing experiences: we want you to have the the experience of a lifetime!

From the locations we`ll visit, to the bait we use, we`ve thought of every detail.

We aim to create experiences and memories, not just help you reel in a big one.

Whatever type of fishing you`re looking for, we`re here to help! 

Contact us to customize your trip: summer to winter, we have a package to fit your needs. 

And you`ll enjoy our beautiful Clearwater Valley scenery during your trip!  






 About our Location:

The Clearwater River is a tributary of the Snake River and is located in ClearwaterIdaho (Lewis and Nez Perce Counties), is 107.8 miles in length and flows from an elevation of 1,220 to 725 feet. 


 Need a Place to Stay?

We`re right on the banks of the Clearwater River, just downstream from the Dworshak Reservoir.

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Idaho Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rule Waters
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

Regional bag and possession limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

Clearwater River From the mouth upstream to the Clearwater River Bridge at Orofino

  • Trout limit is 6; only trout with a clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept
  • Fishing between the posted boundaries 100 yards upstream and downstream from the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery Ladder (near Cherry Lane Bridge) and extending into the river channel approximately 50 yards is prohibited
  • Fishing from the shoreline or wading along the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is prohibited

Clearwater River From the Clearwater River Bridge at Orofino upstream to the confluence of the South Fork and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers

  • Trout limit is 6; only trout with a clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept
  • September 1 through April 30 - No motors allowed



Clearwater Region Bag Limits 


Bass (largemouth and smallmouth)

  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined

Brook Trout

  • Brook trout limit is 25

Bull Trout

  • Bull trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • No bull trout harvest is allowed


  • Kokanee limit is 25

Salmon (ocean-going)

  • Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and rules are issued in a separate brochure
  • Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water

Steelhead (ocean-going)

  • Defined as rainbow trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam, and lakes)
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations for details)


  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required (see fishing regulations for details)

Tiger Muskie

  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches

Trout includes cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and trout hybrids (e.g. tiger trout)

  • In rivers and streams, trout limit is 2, all species combined
  • In lakes, reservoirs, ditches and canals, trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately


  • Whitefish limit is 25

Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific lamprey and sand rollers

  • May not be harvested or possessed

All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish

  • No bag, size or possession limit

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Fish cleaning station was a plus, clean rooms, very nice stay.

- Michael B. , ID
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