Salmon River Early Spring Steelhead season starts mid February through the end of March!  

Sunshine and warmer temps mean the steelhead come out of their deep dark river holes and are bursting with energy!

When chunks of ice and snow drift about in the river, the steelhead below the surface begin to slip out of their deep pockets.  Just like us humans, steelhead begin to feel frisky and alive as the bright light promotes a vibrant and rejuvenating spirit.   Imagine the exhilarating challenge of a huge steelhead fight!

Camaraderie among you and your friends is just the tip of the iceberg when the poles bow to the call of “FISH ON” and the fight begins to land your trophy Steelhead!


If you’re jonesing for Steelhead Fishing adventures in mid February to end of March, Mackay Bar Outfitters and Guest Ranch is the best getaway location!  We offer group rates and package deals with lots of fringe benefits that you won’t find elsewhere.   Not only will you get in maximum fishing time on the river with our guides, we’ll pick you up in our jet boats at Vinegar Creek (near Riggins, ID) and return you at the close of your fishing adventure.  We offer warm meals, cozy accommodations, friendly guides, all the fishing tackle you need, and breathtaking views while you sit in our cozy lodge in front of a warm fire, after a long successful day of fishing on the Salmon River.


Whether you’ve got a group of friends or planning a corporate outing for performing managers or valued customers of your company, give us a shout to reserve your Main Salmon River backcountry wilderness Steelhead Fishing adventure.   If you are feeling adventurous, you can fly into the ranch and we can fish UNTOUCHED waters right from the ranch before the ice completely melts down below.

Mackay Bar Ranch fishing trips are hosted out of our beautiful Salmon River backcountry Mackay Bar Ranch nestled in the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness.  Any time of the day or night you feel, experience and see the rich beauty and the peaceful vibrance of nature and the sounds of a mighty river flowing by.  Entering the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness area is like entering the enchanted forest.   Multi-day fishing adventures in beautiful wilderness areas make the most treasured memories.

Our fishing trips also offer the perfect opportunity to bring your family too, and experience an action-packed Salmon River vacation!  Dad, brother, son, grandpa, and even the moms, sisters, aunts and grandmothers who love outdoor adventures on the river will experience fishing like never before.

 In fact, the huge Women With Bait tournament out of Riggins Idaho, opened February 1st, and is an annual bookmark for the sport of Salmon River winter steelhead fishing.  Lots of action and lots of tournament attendees get their grips ready to land the “Big One”.  

The Women With Bait tournament is an action packed event and the tournament itself has grown over the years because the February through March steelhead fishing on the Salmon River provides such great fun in the outdoors during the winter season.

Please view our RATES page for our prices

What you should know while at Mackay Bar Ranch:

Because you’re in a backcountry wilderness area, cell phones and internet are unavailable.  Its a great time to put the rest of the world on hold and focus on everything and everyone around you.    Guests tend to connect on a human level over our meal times, in front of a warm fire in the lodge, sitting out on the beach under the stars.   Sharing the days challenges, victories and swapping stories amongst each other are some of the best times had!   (We do have a  satellite phone for emergencies. )

Contact us soon to schedule your steelhead fishing adventure.

We’ve still got a few slots left.

We look forward to helping you to create a magical and fun filled adventure in the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness.


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