The 30th Annual Women With Bait Steelhead tournament has kicked off! We are super excited, hope you are too! It’s been a little unseasonably warm around here with a bit of rain lately as well which resulted in the river coming up and ice coming out. So, let’s get right into the fishing!

Women With Bait 2024

First Day Friday! 2-2

We had the Garringer 3 boat group out today at Spring Bar, with a couple of them catching steelhead. Kate Walton landed a wild fish with Rob & James.Terra Estrada caught herself a hatchery steelhead with Sam & Willie, and it was a 24.5″ hatchery. All the boats caught a few trash fish too!

Katie’s catch!

Terra with her bait boy and her steelhead!

Terra with a fish kiss!

Upriver on Rich & Paul’s boat we had Diane Hardin’s crew wild, wild fish that is! Angie Hemenway landed 2 wild steelhead and so did Heather Varriale. Adele Martin & Melissa Jacob’s reeled in 1 wild steelhead each.

Saturday 2-3

Another 4 boats out today. 2 at Vinegar and 2 at Spring Bar.

Eleanor Starr part of Dixie Milliken’s crew reeled in a big wild fish with Rob & James.

Eleanor’s wild one!

Valerie Simmon’s team ;”Double Treble” found some wild ones too. Valerie herself reeled in a wild steelhead. Sydney Odham, Dona Jenkin Vicki Laursen and Deana Smith all also landed 1 Wild steelhead each. Jordan Trevino caught 2 wild steelhead. They also had some trash fish too!

Team Double Treble!

Colt photobomb!

Sunday 2-4

Just 3 boats out today, but they managed to find a few more hatchery fish today!

Kendall Ridgley’s boat fish with Rich and Pauly and landed 4 steelhead total. Jen Thornfeldt with a wild one. Megan Christiansen with a 25″ hatchery. Gina Gonzales reeled in a wild one and a 22.5″ hatchery! This puts her in our 1st Place Most Fish! 

Kathi Bruderer’s boat reeled in 2 hatchery with Brian and Dylan at Spring Bar. Shannon Bruderer a 24.25 inch keeper and Jen Chitwood with a 23.25″ keeper,

Monday 2-5

The river took a turn on us overnight and got a little muddy. We have had quite a bit of rain and warmer temperatures, so this resulted in not so great fishing 🙁

Suzan Ramsey with Diana Schlegel’s boat was lucky and managed to land a 22.5″ hatchery with Sam and James out of Vinegar though.

Suzan’s fish!

Kylie Gonzales’ group didn’t land any steelhead but did catch couple trash fish….and a BIG stick…and a good time 😉

Dawn with her trashy bull trout

Shots for good luck!

What a stick Erin caught!

Group picture!


Don’t forget we are doing the FOOD DRIVE again this year! Items to be dropped of at River Adventures! You could win a 2 night stay at Little Salmon River House.

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Click here for 30th Annual WWB Prize Packages

Fish Dance is March 16th at 7ish! Live Music to follow awards from Cliff Miller Band!



Biggest Fish:

1st Place: Megan Christiansen – 25″ Hatchery Steelhead

2nd Place: Terra Estrada – 24.5″ Hatchery Steelhead

3rd Place: Shannon Bruderer – 24.25″ Hatchery Steelhead

4th Place: Jen Chitwood – 23.25″ Hatchery Steelhead

Most Fish:

1st Place: Gina Gonzales ~ 2 Fish – 22.5 Hatchery Inches

2nd,3rd & 4th Place: TIE : Angie Hemenway & Heather Varriale & Jordan Trevino ~ 2 Fish – 0 Hatchery Inches

Note: Idaho Fish and Game will not permit Wild Fish to be measured.  For this reason, only Hatchery fish will be included in determining total inches.