Klamath River Fishing Report

Klamath River - Upper - OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
4-15-2022
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Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

Fishing is very slow. Most redbands are spawning or just completed spawning. Remember bait is not allowed and only one fish over 15 inches can be harvested per day. Also, remember that once you retain your one redband/rainbow trout limit you must stop fishing for redband/rainbow trout.

Flows (1290 cfs) are below average but a little high for successful fishing. Water temperature is ranging from 50-53 degrees but will cool down this week. Large trout in this reach feed on the many fat head minnows and chub coming down from above Keno Dam. Few trout over 18 inches are being caught this fall. Flies and lures that mimic these minnows will be successful. Remember the Klamath River eats your fishing gear. Jig style hooks, heavy line and single barbless hooks can reduce the likelihood of losing a lot of gear.

This section of the river is very challenging fishing with white water and treacherous wading. The river is loaded with boulders and drop offs. ODFW recommends a wading staff, wading belt, excellent wading boots with studs, and maybe even a helmet and shin guards!

Public access is difficult, but you can drive a horrendous road to immediately below Keno Dam. All other sites require a significant hike to the river.

J.C. Boyle Dam to J.C Boyle Powerhouse

Open all year. Flows are low and stable and typically range from 100 cfs at the dam and increase due to to springs around 350 cfs at the Powerhouse. Catch rates should be good for this time of year. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The springs start to discharge into the river approximately one mile below J.C. Boyle Dam. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river except for the area just above the powerhouse.

Use small flies or lures as redband trout are mostly small (8-10 inches) in this section.

There is good access at the powerhouse. Park and walk upstream. This area is fished hard, but you can hike to get away from the pressure. Hiking or wading upstream is difficult. Small nymphs such as pheasant tails and prince nymphs work well in this section. Small black Panther Martins or Rooster Tails work well cast upstream into the deeper pools. 

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Remains the best option for fishing in the Klamath Basin. Roads will be muddy. Make sure you have good tires and 4X4. Best fishing is when flows are less than 900 cfs. You can check flow estimates at PacifiCorp Weekly Flow Estimates. You can also call the flow line at 1-800-547-1501.  Best fishing will be from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week. Fishing can be relatively good for this time of year.

Look for blue winged olive mayflies hatching. They typically hatch from 12-4 p.m. Fishing small pheasant tails size 16-18 can be productive. Switching to dry flies can be productive as well. Look for rising fishing along the back eddy foam lines. Large attractor flies such and wooly buggers, bead head prince, and rubber leg stoneflies under a strike indicator work best this time of year. Olive and black wooly buggers almost always work well. Black spinners and Panther Martins can also work.

Below the JC Boyle Powerhouse the redband/rainbow trout get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed 16 inches. Currently, most redband caught are in the 10- to 14-inch range.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Friday, April 15th
Willamette River: Two rods allowed in upper Willamette starting April 16
: ODFW Recreation Report
Wallowa Lake : Fishing has been good for rainbow trout near the south end of the lake
Wallowa River: Some of the best steelhead fishing on the Wallowa can occur between mid-March and mid-April
Hood River: Spring Chinook retention on the Hood River will open April 15 through June 30
Clackamas River: We are now past our peak for winter steelhead returns
Dexter Reservoir: Was last stocked the week of April 3
Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter Reservoir Report
Henry Hagg Lake: Hagg Lake continues to receive regular stockings
Hills Creek Reservoir: Hills Creek Reservoir was last stocked the week of April 3
McKenzie River: McKenzie River Fishing Report
Sandy River: Though fewer bright steelhead are being caught, fish can still be found throughout the system
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Fishing for hatchery steelhead is open year-round
Santiam River (South Fork): Steelhead fishing is open year-round
Kilchis River: Winter steelhead fishing is winding down on the Alsea
Nehalem River: The Nehalem mainstem is on the rise and may color up again by mid-week
Wilson River: The Wilson is a little low and clear
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving will most likely be murky with recent rains
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Cooper was stocked a few weeks ago
Diamond Lake: Recent snowy weather has returned to Diamond
Galesville Reservoir: ODFW recently stocked the lake with LOTS of trout
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Expect snow for the weekend
Rogue River - Middle: With rain forecast all week, the river is expected to rise quite a bit on Friday
Rogue River- Upper: The Dodge Bridge gauge is 1210 cfs and on a slow rise with 2 small crests expected through the week
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Expect slow fishing and plenty of snow this weekend
Saunders Lake: Saunders Lake was stocked in March with legal-size rainbow trout
Ana Reservoir: This reservoir was stocked on April 8
Duncan Reservoir: This reservoir is dry and will not be stocked in 2022

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