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!
LOCATION: Northport, Washington
SEASON: March – October (closed end of July through end of August)
CAPACITY: 8 angler maximum
TARGET SPECIES: Rainbow and Westslope Cutthroat Trout
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Spokane, WA
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Washington freshwater fishing license with Columbia River Endorsement
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
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 huge 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.
Typical Length of Stay
We recommend a 4 night package. However, trips of any length can be arranged. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details.
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 free of charge, and there is spotty cell coverage at the lodge. Please check with your service provider about specific coverage in the area.
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 are also westslope cutthroat in the system that are 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 jetboats to access the river and pick up guests at the lodge. The boats are setup 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.
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 hour and 20 minute 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 7:00 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/
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or kimberly [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
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 or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details.
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,090.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $1,585.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,180.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,725.00
- All guided fishing as specified in package
- All accommodations while at the Black Bear Lodge
- Breakfast and dinner in the main dining room
- Packed cooler lunch on the water each day
- Beer and dinner wine
- Use of rods, flies, and tackle
What's Not Included
- Transportation to the Northport, Washington
- Washington fishing license
- Waders and rain gear
- Gratuities for lodge staff or fishing guides
- Liquor (BYO)
- Washington sales tax (included on final invoice)
The Black Bear Lodge is owned and operated by Jack Mitchell with The Evening Hatch
“The reputation of The Evening Hatch is based directly on our developed and original programs, quality facilities and our staff that greets you at the Yakima river fly shop, at one of our lodges, or the guide that shows you the best of the fishery. These dedicated professionals are hard working, fleece wearing, sunglass bearing, weather tattered, sun lined, oar pulling, fish netting, fly tying, genuine fly fishing guides, bums, chefs, hosts, and more. At first glance they may appear to be aloof, out there, glaze eyed, robotic and/or just 'guide like.' A closer look reveals a group of people that will do whatever it takes to make your day the best it can be, period! Our programs have always been 'the first' on the east slope of the Cascades. We guarantee our service.”
- Jack Mitchell
"Jack - I just wanted to thank you, Jen, Jeff and Rile for such a great trip. You really have a special fishery up there and it was a blast getting to experience! The home and hospitality were top notch and the food was fantastic, each and every day. We’d love to see any pics that you and Jen shot while we were out and about if you ended up with any good ones. Thanks again, and until next time!"
Brandon - Overland Park, KS
"My brother and I just got back from yet another great fishing trip on the upper Columbia. What a great trip from start to finish! From Jeff's hospitality, amazing cooking, and can do attitude...to CJ's hard work, knowledge, and ability to get us on the big 'bows. Your lodge is a 5-star set up, and I didn't want to leave. When we showed up Jeff hooked me up with the big screen and a tasty sandwich so I could watch my football game. We have been fishing with you for 17 years and the reason we keep coming back multiple times a year is because you deliver a world class trip. The Klickitat Steelhead Ranch trips are non-stop chromers, Black Bear lodge on the Upper Columbia with huge rainbows, quick one day shots on the Yakima, and this spring on the Quinault, for world-class steelhead. We have seen you grow from one boat to the first-class operation you have now. The guides you send us with when you can't make it are always hard working and get us on fish. Thank you Jack, we don't get to fish as much as we would like with running businesses and raising families, so when we do get that chance, you go beyond any of our expectations to make sure we have an adventure each and every time! You should be very proud of your staff and yourself; you all make our time with you so very special."
Dr. Schroeder - Washington, DC