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The Best Whitewater Rivers for Fishing

Enjoy an evening of fishing on these whitewater rafting trips.

Fishing is a fantastic way to unwind during downtime on a whitewater rafting trip, and many of our multi-day whitewater rafting trips just happen to be on rivers that are renowned for their fishing. Bring a rod on your adventure and enjoy fishing from shore for trout, steelhead, salmon, and more. Many of the fishing holes along our rivers are only accessible by raft, giving you the rare opportunity to target fish that don’t see many anglers. You’ll get to experience fish in their natural habitat and, potentially, catch a big one!

The Wild and Scenic Rogue River, Oregon

The renowned Rogue River is Oregon’s third-longest river and one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations in the state with good reason. It offers a variety of Class II and Class III rapids, beautiful sandy beaches, and plentiful fish. The fishing on the Rogue is legendary, with massive chinook salmon, feisty steelhead, and both rainbow and cutthroat trout. 

Tributary offers a four-day, three-night wilderness trip down the Rogue River, starting in Merlin, Oregon. Our 4 Day Wildnerness Raft Trip on the Rogue will take you through the Wild and Scenic section of the river, a mountainous and diverse region with over 3,500 different plant species and bountiful fish. We also offer the option of running or hiking the Rogue River Trail! We’ll carry your gear for your downriver and meet you each night at camp. Rest up with some fishing before heading back on the trail the next day. 

The Deschutes River, Oregon

The Deschutes River is central Oregon’s playground, known for its whitewater rafting, swimming, and kayaking. It’s also one of the premier fly fishing rivers in the Pacific Northwest for native trout and the elusive, anadromous steelhead. The Lower Deschutes River, in particular, is one of Oregon’s most sought-after fishing destinations for blue ribbon trout, with over 3,500 trout per mile! Trout season is year-round on the Lower Deschutes, and steelhead are in the river from late July to early October. 

We run a fantastic, three-day two-night whitewater rafting trip down the Deschutes River. Our 3 Day Wilderness Raft Trip is one of our most beloved wilderness rafting trips. You’ll enjoy incredible scenery, including deep, red canyons, and wildlife like mule deer, black bears, beavers, and bobcats. There will also be plenty of time to break out the fishing rods at the end of each day, and fish from the shore of your very own wilderness camp. 

The Snake River, Idaho

Hell’s Canyon, on the Snake River in Idaho, is North America’s deepest river canyon. It also is an incredible whitewater rafting trip and offers some of the best bass fishing in the country. The fish are plentiful and eager to bite both flys and poppers. The clear waters let you watch the fish come up to hit your lure, and the bass are renowned for their fight. Beyond smallmouth bass, the Snake River also has rainbow trout and sturgeon. 

Tributary runs several multi-day rafting and camping trips on the Snake River, including two that focus on fishing. Join us in the fall for our 4 Day Fishing and Hunting Trip on the Snake River and try your hand at fishing from a drift boat and hunting for chukar, a small game bird, on shore. We also offer a four-day, three-night Flying Fish Company Specialty Trip on the Snake River, where we team up with Flying Fish Company Restaurant and Market for an unforgettable wilderness experience. Owner Lyf Gildersleeve will lead the experience as our chef, fishing guide, and yoga teacher. There will also be live music in the mornings and evenings and, of course, whitewater rafting. 

What Gear Do I Need for Fishing? 

If you plan on fishing on one of our whitewater rafting trips, make sure you purchase a fishing license for the state in which the rafting trip takes place. Make sure you brush up on local regulations as well, as they differ depending on the state, river, and species of fish. Most of the rivers are catch and release. We provide sturgeon rods on our 4 Day Fishing and Hunting Trip on the Snake River, but for all other trips, you’ll have to provide your own fishing gear, including rod, tackle, and net. Our guests have successfully fished the rivers with both spinning and fly rods!