Water temperatures are extreme on the water surface but much colder in deeper water

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Water temperatures are extreme on the water surface but much colder in deeper water, especially as you move closer to Harriman Creek. Please release redband trout quickly and do not remove them from the water. Pushing them down to colder water can also help. Fishing in the very early morning and quitting at noon is recommended.

Open all year. The algal bloom is strong. Redband trout have moved into water quality refuge areas. Water levels are low in Pelican Bay. Catch rates for redband trout are low likely due to extreme water temperatures.

Boat ramps are open. This includes Moore Park, Rocky Point, Wocus Bay and Eagle Ridge.  Currently, most boat anglers are fishing near Rocky Point area and Pelican Bay

Hagelstein Park boat ramp, restroom and day use is now open. However, the lake level is low therefore getting a boat out of Hagelstein might be challenging. Please remember that nets of any type cannot be used to catch any species of fish. This includes minnows to use for bait.

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

The lake is 4.1 feet below full pool and 39 percent full. Water temperature is peaking around 80 degrees near the surface.

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 long.

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