Klamath River Fishing Report

Klamath River - Upper - OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
11-17-2022
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Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

The river opened on Saturday, Oct. 1. Fishing was very slow just below Keno Dam. A total of 15 anglers were interviewed and only one had caught a fish. Reports from lower in the river showed slightly higher catch rates. Fishing should be better this month.

Forage fish are abundant especially immediately below Keno Dam for the large redband/rainbow to eat. Best methods are mimicking minnows and sculpins with flies and lures.

Flows are optimal at 665 cfs with water temperatures peaking at 40 degrees. The water is always slightly off color in this reach. Turbidity has increased and is ranging from 14-20 FNU.

The redband/rainbow trout population is likely at record low numbers due to drought, very high water temperatures the past three years, and very low flows in their only spawning tributary, Spencer Creek. Catch-and-release is encouraged. 

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 to around 350 cfs at the Powerhouse. Catch rates should be good for this time of year. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. The gate is now closed that accesses the river along the power canal. Access is available by foot traffic only.

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. The area along the power canal is closed.

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. 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 good in early morning before flows drastically increase. 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 all day on the 16th and 18th this week as flows will be around 1,150 cfs all day.

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, November 17th, 2022
: ODFW Recreation Report
Crooked River: Steelhead have begun entering the Crooked River basin
East Lake: Anglers report good fishing
Hosmer Lake: Anglers report that fishing at Hosmer has improved
Lava Lake: Recent reports of good fishing
Paulina Lake: Anglers are reporting good kokanee fishing
Wickiup Reservoir: The reservoir is very low at 18 percent
Breitenbush River: Breitenbush River Report
Quartzville Creek: Flows have dropped considerably and should continue to moderate throughout the week
Santiam River ( North Fork) : This year’s strong coho salmon run is just about done for the year
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: Flows are still in excellent shape
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 1,340 cfs
Walter Wirth Lake: Walter Wirth Lake Report
Alsea River: Fall Chinook fishing picked up last week on the Alsea
Necanicum River: The Necanicum has dropped back to low and clear conditions
Nehalem River: Recent rains have moved the majority of fish up into the rivers
North Fork Nehalem River: The hatchery coho run is definitely winding down on the North fork
Nestucca River: Nestucca River Report
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Salmon River
Trask River: The hatchery coho run is mostly done on the Trask
Wilson River: Wilson River Report
Yaquina River: Fall Chinook fishing continues to be slow on the Yaquina
Agate Lake: Agate remains at 13 percent full
Applegate Reservoir: Applegate Reservoir Report
Chetco River: Low and clear
Coquille River: Coquille River Report
Elk River: Low and clear
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant remains at 3 percent full
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is filling with the input of various springs and is now at 31 percent full
Rogue River - Middle: Current flow is around 1,200cfs
Rogue River- Upper: Reservoir releases have dropped to their typical November levels
Sixes River: Low and clear
Ana Reservoir: Ana Reservoir Report
Chewaucan River: As winter approaches and temperatures drop expect fishing to be slow

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