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Columbia River Rainbow’s Guide Service

During our off season (September – May) we now live in the Genelle BC,  which is located between Trail and Castlegar on the Canadian portion of the Columbia River.

The Columbia River is famous for its Rainbow Trout and Walleye fishing. What makes the fishing so good are the large numbers of fish.  Reports say there are anywhere from 3500-5000 trout per kilometre.  The largest trout on record being caught on the Canadian portion of the Columbia River is 24 lbs!   Most of the trout are 18-22 inches with 22-28 inch fish being very common.  The river is always open, there is no spring spawning closure.

Our fishing season on the Columbia River starts in March when the weather starts warming up, at this time of year some fish are migrating up from lake Roosevelt reservoir. The area between Genelle and Castlegar is a major spawning area.  The most sensitive area is closed, but it is also a very small area, leaving 30 miles of river open to fishing!  When these rivers were dammed back in the 40’s and 50’s Steelhead were landlocked, so the genetics of these rainbow trout are pretty incredible. Being such a big river, the fish pull very hard, expect to be into your backing numerous times.

2019 Columbia River Rainbow Dates

April 1 – May 4

The boat we use on this system is an 18ft center console sled with a 80 Yamaha jet and a big electric motor.  We have 10’ 5 wt Orvis Clearwater outfits with scientific angler amplitude lines. These are very nice casting outfits.   On any given day all manners of fly fishing works, dry flies, nymphing, swinging flies and two handed rods if guys want to get out of the boat and fish.

Beginner’s and novice’s welcome, all you need for equipment is good outdoor clothing and a fishing license (basic fresh water license, no tags needed for the Columbia River).

Our trips include:

Use of rods, reels and lines if needed, flies, 6-8 hours guiding (depending on time of year) and lunch.

Rate is $650.00 per day plus GST  for up to 2 anglers.

$200 per day deposit is required at time of booking to reserve your dates, with final payment due 30 days prior to the arrival date.

Pick up is at the Genelle boat ramp on the days you are fishing.

Places to stay:


CASTLEGAR  (approx. 15 min from Genelle boat ramp):  

Super 8 Hotel  
Toll Free : 1-888-828-5331
Reservations Toll Free: 1-888-828-5

Sandman Inn 
Email: reservations@sandman.ca
Phone: 250-365-8444



TRAIL  (Approx. 15 min from Genelle boat ramp):

Best Western
Phone: 250-368-3355


ROSSLAND (Approx. 20 min from Genelle boat ramp):

Prestige Inn Rossland
Email: rossland@prestigehotels.ca
Phone: 250-362-7375