On The Banks of the Upper Columbia River
The Black Bear Lodge is located riverside on a remote stretch of the upper Columbia River near the Canadian border just upstream of the massive Lake Roosevelt. This stretch of river is home to a wild strain of rainbow trout that is believed by many to be a landlocked strain of Columbia River Steelhead. The river is absolutely enormous with normal flows often in excess of 100,000 CFS! The river is incredibly fertile with very good hatches and sometimes great dry fly fishing throughout their season. This is a trip for anglers that are looking for a truly unique, off the beaten path experience for trophy rainbows!
The Black Bear Lodge is a beautiful facility located right on the banks of the Columbia River just on the upstream end of massive Lake Roosevelt. The house has four bedrooms (each with different bed configurations) and a large living room area with a large flat screen television. There is a wrap around deck overlooking the water – a great place to gather in the evenings to share fishing stories from the day. With a maximum capacity of only 8 guests per week, the Black Bear Lodge staff is able to concentrate on the important things – taking great care of each and every guest. Amazing fishing, great accommodations, and home cooked meals!
Food and Beverages
All meals are home cooked, western cuisine, and served family style. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room, and lunch is on the water with your guide.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
There are quite a few things to do in the area for the non-angler. Interpretive scenic river floats, birding tours, day hikes, and winery tours can all be arranged.
Internet / Communications
Wireless internet is available, and there is spotty cell coverage at the lodge. Please check with your service provider about specific coverage in the area.
How To Get There
The Black Bear Lodge is located just outside of the small town of Northport, Washington. Guests should book their flights into Spokane, WA (GEG) and rent a car for the 2 hours drive to the lodge. The Black Bear Lodge will provide round-trip transportation to and from the airport for a group of 4 or more anglers.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Trips can be booked and scheduled any day of the week and anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week. Check-in time is typically 7 PM because there are times when there will not be anyone at the lodge during the day and they need time to clean and prepare the lodge after other departing guests. Please try to wait to check in until at or near this designated check-in time.
A Washington fishing license can be purchased at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/
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The Upper Columbia in northeast Washington is one of the better-kept secrets in the lower 48 states. Over the past 20 years, Jack Mitchell and his crew have literally pioneered guiding on this fishery. The Upper Columbia sports incredible insect hatches seasonally. Water temperatures on the river typically range from 40-65 degrees year-round, providing great habitat throughout the season for insect propagation and make for some hard-charging fish! While the hatches are not guaranteed day in and day out, the trout are at times incredibly tuned-in to the surface.
Tactics vary throughout the season. During the early spring months, most of the fishing is done using single hand and spey swing tactics with wet flies. May through July bring on the hatches and the dry fly fishing! During the summer months, there are often blizzard caddis hatches with good numbers of Green Drakes, Brown Drakes, and Pale Morning Duns. The late summer hatches are typically October caddis and baetis mayflies, with good hopper and terrestrial fishing.
The predominant target fish on the Upper Columbia are rainbow trout averaging between 18 -19 inches long and weighing 2 to 3 pounds. Every summer there are fish landed on dry flies in the 24 – 30-inch range! There is also westslope cutthroat in the system that is often caught and can be well over 20 inches. This truly is a trophy fishery!
The main focus while at Black Bear Lodge is the main Columbia River but there are several smaller tributaries in the area that can be fished. The most notorious of these is the Kettle River.
Boats and Equipment Required
The guides at the Black Bear Lodge use jet boats to access the river and pick up guests at the lodge. The boats are set up for rowing and fishing with a standing brace in the bow. All of your fishing equipment and flies are included in the price of your package.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge.
2020 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
3 nights / 2 days = $1,285.00 per person
4 nights / 3 days = $1,830.00 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $2,375.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $2,920.00 per person
– Guided fishing
– All meals (lunch at the lodge if not starting to fish until the afternoon)
– House beer and wine with dinners
– All flies, tackle, and need equipment provided by the guide
– Transportation to / from the lodge (rent a car)
– Fishing license
– Waders / wading boots
– Alcoholic beverages on guide trips (BYO)
– Gratuities for guides or lodge staff
– Special liquors (BYO)
– Lodging taxes