Redband trout are scattering throughout Upper Klamath Lake

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


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
10-28-2021
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Open all year. Water quality is improving. Redband trout are scattering throughout Upper Klamath Lake.  Most anglers are fishing with dead minnows from shore in Howard and Shoalwater Bays.

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 open. However, the lake level is low therefore getting a boat out of Hagelstein might be challenging. Please remember that nets or traps of any type cannot be used to catch any species of fish. This includes minnows to use for bait. See page 20 of the Sport Fishing Regulations for legal harvest methods for minnows.

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 4.5 feet below full pool and 34 percent full.

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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