Upper Klamath River Report

Klamath River - Upper - OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
12-16-2020
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Some backwater bays are freezing including Ball Bay, Howard Bay and Shoalwater Bay. Open all yea.. Most anglers fish with dead minnows along Howard and Shoalwater Bays.

Boat ramps are open. This includes Rocky Point, Henzel Park, Petric Park, Wocus Bay and Eagle Ridge. Lake levels are very low thus boats might be difficult to launch. Also, areas around boat ramps are starting to freeze especially Petric Park and Howard Bay.

The Wood River mouth is impassable to most boats. Please plan accordingly. Hagelstein Park boat ramp, restroom and campground is closed. Please remember that nets of any type cannot be used to catch any species of fish. This includes minnows to use for bait.

Diet studies of redband trout the past two years showed redband trout are focusing on forage fish when returning to the lake in the fall.

ODFW encourages catch-and-release on this fishery due to record low spawning numbers this year and low numbers two years prior. Please fight your fish quickly and then release your fish immediately without removing it from the water.

The lake is 4.3 feet below full pool and 36 percent full. Launching bigger boats will be challenging. The lake is very shallow in many areas. Water temperature is peaking around 33 degrees near the bottom.

Please remember that once you retain your one redband/rainbow trout limit you must stop fishing for redband/rainbow trout. Also, all radio tagged redband trout must be released unharmed. Redband trout will have what looks to be fishing line coming from the abdomen. These fish will be 6-18 inches in length.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Wallowa River: Continues to Be Good For Trout & Whitefish
Fall River: Anglers Should Focus Their Effort During The Warmest Part of The Day
North Twin Lake: Anglers Reporting Fair Fishing
Metolius River: Consistent Fishing Between Allingham Bridge and Bridge 99
South Twin Lake: Anglers Reporting Fair Fishing
Alton Baker Canoe Canal: Stocked Again This Week
Clackamas River: Still Early For The Best of The Steelhead Run
Quartzville Creek: Best Conditions For Fishing Are Below 300 cfs.
Sandy River: Best Fishing Will Be As Water Levels Begin to Drop
Santiam River North Fork-2: River is Currently Running 3,600 CFS
Santiam River North Fork-2: Currently Flows Are at 2,800 CFS
Willamette River: Fish Ladder at Willamette Falls has Re-Opened and Salmon are Migrating up Into The River Above
Alsea River: Steelhead Fishing Starting to Pick Up
Kilchis River: Kilchis River Report
Nehalem River: Hatchery Run is Underway
Nestucca River: The Nestucca is Just Getting Started for Winter Steelhead
Siuslaw River: Whitaker Creek Area is the Best Location to Target The Returning Hatchery Fish
Trask River: Some Steelhead Around As It Starts to Drop
Wilson River: Wilson River Fishing Report
Coos River: The Lower Coos Bay estuary has been a little rough from the recent ocean swell
Emigrant Reservoir: Water Levels Are Starting to Rise
Fish Lake : Lake is Steadily Rising
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Expect Snow this Weekend
Hyatt Lake: Packed Snow and Slick Road Conditions
Illinois River: A Few Early Run Winter Steelhead Shoudl Be Starting to Show Up
Lake Selmac: Trout Should Still Be Available
Rogue River - Middle: Flows at Grants Pass was approximately 1,580 cfs and Dropping
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Smith River: Smith Should Be on The Rise This Week
Tenmile Lakes: Tenmile Lakes Fishing Report
Willow Lake: Lake is Currently at 58%
Campbell Reservoir: Reservoir is Likely Frozen
Fourmile Lake: Inaccessible due to snow unless you have a snowmobile or snow machine
Gerber Reservoir: Likely Frozen but Might Not be Safe for Ice Fishing
John C Boyle Reservoir: Water temperature is approaching freezing and there is likely some ice

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