Klamath River Fishing Report

Report Updated Sept. 9, 2014

Quota met, fishing still hot!

The Lower Klamath adult king salmon quota was met a few days back but that doesn’t mean the fishing has slowed down. In fact, the bite is raging hot for anglers drifting roe in the lower 16 miles of river. You can’t keep an adult but jacks and hatchery steelhead are still legal. With the quota met, the river traffic is down. A good time to go!!


Current River Conditions

DFG Fishing Regulations


Current Weather


Lower Klamath River map


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Lower Klamath River

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!

A quick glimpse at fishing the Lower Klamath
Klamath Steelhead Video

The Middle Klamath

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!

Plug Color Selection for Salmon
How to fillet a sardine for plug wraps

The Upper River

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.

DFG Fishing Regulations

Upper Klamath River map


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Species of the Klamath

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Fall Chinook


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Spring Chinook


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Steelhead


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Resident Rainbow Trout


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American Shad


Photos from the Klamath:

Side drifters working for salmon & steelies at world famous Blake's Riffle

Side drifters working for salmon & steelies at world famous Blake\’s Riffle

Salmon liners at the mouth

Salmon liners at the mouth

The Upper Klamath as it flows under the I-5 bridge.

The Upper Klamath as it flows under the I-5 bridge.

The Trinity/Klamath confluence at Weitchpec

The Trinity/Klamath confluence at Weitchpec

Coon Creek Falls...about 28 miles upstream from the ocean

Coon Creek Falls…about 28 miles upstream from the ocean

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