Upper Klamath Lake Report

Upper Klamath Lake - Klamath Falls, OR (Klamath County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Open all year. The lake is ice-free but turbid. Most anglers fish with dead minnows along Howard and Shoalwater bays.

Boat ramps are open. This includes Rocky Point, Wocus Bay and Eagle Ridge. Lake levels are very low thus boats might be difficult to launch. 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 3.7 feet below full pool and 44 percent full. 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.

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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, January 7th

: ODFW Recreation Report
Ana River: Fly-Fishing Reports Indicate Fishing Has Been Slow
Krumbo Reservoir: Likely Some Surface Ice
Phillips Reservoir: Fishing Well Through The Ice
Pilcher Reservoir: Good Numbers of Trout
Warm Springs Reservoir: Still Some Open Water
Coos River: Coos River Basin Report
Coquille River: Steelhead rivers in the Coquille Basin are currently high and muddy
Fish Lake : Ice is About 6 Inches Thick
Illinois River: The river is expected bump up again after recently cresting
Lost Creek Lake: Lost Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Rogue River - Middle: The periodic bumps in rain should be as good of conditions as the Rogue has seen in January for a few years
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Kilchis River: Should Drop into Prime Condition Late This Week
Necanicum River: Still High and Off Color As of Tuesday
Nehalem River: Should Be Dropping Into Good Condition Late This Week
Nestucca River: Nestucca River Report
Trask River: Should Drop Into Good Conditions By The Weekend
Wilson River: Winter Steelhead Season Got Off to A Decent Start
Clackamas River: Clackamas River Report
McKenzie River: Hendricks Bridge Boat Ramp is Now Open!
Sandy River: Sandy RIver Report
Santiam River North Fork-2: River is Running Aroudn 9,800 CFS
Santiam River (South Fork): River is in Flood Conditions At This Time
Willamette River: Willamette River Report
Hood River: Recent Rains Have Brought Above Average Flows
Grande Ronde River: Fishing will be very weather dependent over the next two months
Imnaha River: Imnaha River Report
Wallowa River: Steelhead season is open and a few anglers have reported catching fish
: ODFW Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Update