Who needs Alaska when you have the lower Klamath? Known around the globe for booting out some truly Alaskan-like salmon fishing August through October, the lower river is also a dynamite spot to chase steelhead in that same time frame.
Winter steelhead pass through here as well, though they are guaranteed safe passage by high flows in all but most extended periods of dry weather. Salmon anglers return in May and June to target spring Chinook bound for the Trinity system.
Throw in abundant wildlife and some seriously remote and wild country and you’ve got the makings for an epic destination!
If you’re into great steelhead and salmon fishing, epic scenery and tons of elbow room, the middle section of the Klamath is a great bet. There’s tons of good water from Weitchpec to Seiad Valley and hardly a soul fishing most of the time. The main reason for the lack of traffic in the area is that there’s no quick way to get here. This is the boonies…You don’t get to places like Happy Camp, Fort Goff or Scott Bar by accident. But once you’re there, you’ve got a world class fishery nearly to yourself!
The stretch of river between Iron Gate Dam and I-5 used to be the best kept secret in Northern California. There’s a year-round resident trout fishery, plus seasonal runs of steelhead. In the fall, the upper river gets stacked with “black beauty” kings that are not exactly the best table fare — but still fun to pull on.
You’ll notice, we said “used to” when describing the top secret nature of the fishery. Let’s just say the cat’s outta the bag now and you can expect plenty of company fishing up here. Of course, drop downstream more towards Seiad Valley, however and you’re gonna find plenty of good water and room to fish.