Klamath River Fishing Report

Klamath River - Upper - OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
6-23-2022
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Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

 

This stretch of the river closed June 16.

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 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. Salmonflies and golden stones are hatching. Using smaller stimulator patterns in this reach due to the small fish size. Small elk hair caddis presented with a twitch can work well. Small black Panther Martins or Rooster Tails work well when cast upstream into the deeper pools. 

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Fishing is excellent in early morning before flows drastically increase. Salmonflies and golden stoneflies are hatching. Match these insects with appropriate flies both dries and nymphs. 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 before 10 a.m. this week with some evenings with suitable flows for fishing.

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 Thursday, June 23rd
: ODFW Recreation Report
Grande Ronde River: Flows on the Grande Ronde River have been dropping
Imnaha River: Trout fishing may be good during periods of moderated flows
Umatilla River: Summer steelhead fishing on the Umatilla River is now closed
Wallowa River: Flows on the Wallowa River probably will be somewhat elevated over the next couple weeks
Lake Billy Chinook: Bass are biting well
Clear Lake: Will be stocked again this week
Coast Fork Willamette River: Was last stocked the week of June 13
McKenzie River: Spring Chinook – This week the fishing conditions look good!
Middle Fork of the Williamette: Middle Fork of The Williamette Report
Nestucca River: Spring Chinook fishing continues to improve on the Nestucca
Trask River: Spring Chinook are in the Trask and spread throughout
Wilson River: Summer steelhead are throughout the fishery
Ben Irving Reservoir: Fishing the area near the dam may be the way to go
Coos River: Anglers are still catching decent numbers of rockfish
Coquille River: River levels are dropping quickly
Diamond Lake: Fishing has been really good
Eel Lake: Trout fishing at Eel Lake has been decent
Emigrant Reservoir: Water clarity is surprisingly good for this time of year
Empire Lake Lower: Bass fishing is good in Upper and Lower Empire Lake
Galesville Reservoir: Anglers are still catching some really nice trout in Galesville
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Anglers are still catching trout up at Howard Prairie
Hyatt Lake: Very low if any fishing pressure
Rogue River- Upper: Trout fishing is now open in the Rogue
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Trout stockings in the upper river started May 18
Blitzen River: Currently very little fishing pressure
Campbell Reservoir: There are likely no fish in the reservoir

Gamefish limits and gear restrictions lifted for Malheur and Warm Springs Reservoirs, including portions of the Malheur River
Malheur Reservoir

6-22-2022
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