To officially end Summer we took a weekend trip up to Riggins, ID to visit Dustin’s family. There is always something fun and exciting to do in that town. Whether it’s whitewater rafting, picnics on top of a mountain, or just hanging out with family and friends around the fire pit with some drinks at night. This time we woke up early and headed for the Snake River. We had a cooler full of food and beverages, and were ready to spend he entire day catching some fish! It was my first time fishing and Acacia’s first time on a boat, so I was really looking forward to this new experience.
Dustin’s stepdad used to own a jet-boat company called River Adventures in Riggins. They offer guided river tours and fishing trips along the Salmon River and Hells Canyon. He has lived and worked on these waters his whole life, which means he’s definitely the man to go with. The drive there took about two hours. We followed a narrow dirt road up and over a mountain, then down into a valley which eventually led to a parking lot and boat launch site. The drive was stunning and I would expect nothing less from the Idaho wilds. There were others fishing, people on guided riverboat tours, kayaking, and swimming in the river. We loaded everything on the boat and jumped in.
I took a moment to take in the scenery. I was surrounded by rugged beauty – one side of the river was guarded by monstrous, rocky cliffs and the water was rushing past us in hues of blue and green. They gave me a fishing pole and took some time to teach me how to cast. I was a little shaky at first but I caught on pretty quickly and was catching bass alongside everyone else in no time! But what we were really there for weren’t a few little fish, no, we were there to catch a 6+ ft long Sturgeon! Every time we would move to a new spot, Dustin’s stepdad and his grandson would set up these giant fishing poles with chunks of fish as bait and then cast them into the middle of the river while we passed the time catching fish and swimming.
We had been there for most of the day when all of the sudden something started tugging at the line. The guys ran over and grabbed the pole. They each took a turn reeling in the sturgeon, then they handed me the line and talked me through everything. It was so exhilarating! I reeled that bad boy in most of the way, but let me tell you he put up a good fight! My arms felt like they were going to break off so I handed the pole to Dustin, who took all the glory by bringing in that 7 foot giant. I was in awe of this enormous creature that swims at the bottom of many rivers and lakes around the world. Their evolution dates back over 200 million years ago, so in a way we were kinda touching a dinosaur. RAD.
After taking some photos, we set the big guy free then made our way back down river to the boat launch. It was the perfect way to end the summer! I highly recommend taking a guided sturgeon fishing trip if you’re ever in Idaho.