Best fishing is near the outlet and around Pelican Bay at Rocky Point

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

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Open all year. Best fishing is near the outlet and around Pelican Bay at Rocky Point. The lake is freezing and thawing in some locations. Rain this week will likely thaw sections of the lake. The lake is not safe or good for ice fishing.

Most boat ramps are frozen except Rocky Point. Odessa Creek boat ramp is closed as gate is locked. Day use is allowed.

Hagelstein Park boat ramp, restroom and day use is open. 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 and chubs.

ODFW encourages catch-and-release on this fishery due to record low spawning numbers in 2020 and very low numbers in 2019. 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 3.4 feet below full pool and 48 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 6-20 inches long.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, January 4th

Clackamas River: Angler success is only expected to increase
Eagle Creek: Eagle Creek Fishing Report
Green Peter Reservoir: The water level is currently up about 40 feet
Sandy River: Anglers are catching winter steelhead throughout the system
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Santiam River North Fork Report
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 6,600 cfs at the Waterloo gauge
Walter Wirth Lake: Winter steelhead are throughout the Alsea system
Kilchis River: Steelhead should be in the river, and the Kilchis is in good shape
Miami River: Steelhead should be in the river, and the Miami is in good shape
Necanicum River: The Necanicum is in good shape
Nehalem River: Nehalem River Fishing Report
North Fork Nehalem River: The North Fork Nehalem is in prime condition
Salmon River: Winter steelhead have arrived in the Salmon River
Siuslaw River: Winter steelhead are showing up on the Siuslaw River
Trask River: The forks may fish well this week
Wilson River: The Wilson is in good shape
Applegate Reservoir: The elevation of the reservoir is rising close to the 1,909-foot mark
Chetco River: Bank anglers are picking up a few steelhead in between storms
Elk River: January is a transition month on the river
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant has filled to 11 percent full
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie has started to fill with recent rain and snow and is at 11 percent full
Illinois River: Illinois River Report
Lost Creek Lake: Lost Creek Lake Report
Rogue River- Lower: Bank anglers are picking up a few steelhead in between storms
Sixes River: A few steelhead have been picked up
Beulah Reservoir: No recent report on ice but likely enough to ice fish
Chickahominy Reservoir: Will be restocked again in 2023 if conditions improve
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is frozen and thickness of ice is unknown

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