First Snake River Smallies of 2021 – Walters Ferry Early Spring Fluke

Not going to lie– I’ve gone out on the Snake a couple other times on the kayak in 2021 already. But the trips smelled of skunk.

I checked out Celebration park and Swan Falls earlier in the late Winter.

But, I finally got out to the Snake River again this week, it was sunny and the temps ranged from 60-70 degrees, and I found some fish!

Weather has been getting warmer and it’s really starting to feel more like spring around here.

I launched at Walters Ferry. Met up with my pops! The water was super low, probably down about 4-6 feet from typical water height.

You’ll see from my ANGLR trip that our catches were all along the little channel exit just before the two bridges by this ramp. The smallmouth were schooled up along the island side bank in about 4-6 inches of water. The clarity was around 6ft in the area.

I tried a few different lures but what they really wanted were rainbow shad colored Zoom super flukes on a shaky head. They were smashing them! We caught about 10 total fish and had a blast in the nice warm weather. I also caught a few on a lost creek 3 inch ned worm in the morning dawn color and a mepps size 3 spinner in rainbow trout.

We did paddle up river towards big rocky island but didn’t see or catch anything. The current was pretty strong with the low water so we decided to just go back to the channel and catch a few more.

I fished Tuesday from the bank. And you can see the full kayak fishing trip from Thursday on my ANGLR profile here>>