Klamath River Fishing Report

Klamath River - Upper - OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

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.

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 very low at 395 cfs with water temperatures peaking at 34 degrees. The water is always slightly off color in this reach. Turbidity is stable and is ranging from 9.5 to 12 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 half a 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 when cast upstream into the deeper pools. 

J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California

Fishing remains good until about 3 p.m. daily until at least Jan. 7. 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.

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 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
Upper Klamath Lake: Best fishing is near the outlet and around Pelican Bay at Rocky Point

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