Klamath River Fishing Report

Klamath River - Upper - OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir

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 low at 646 cfs with water temperatures peaking at 37 degrees. The water is always slightly off color in this reach. Turbidity is stable and is ranging from 11 to 13.5 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 fair until about 3 p.m. daily when flows increase dramatically. 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, February 8th
Sandy River: Steelhead Fishing is Picking up on The Sandy
Henry Hagg Lake: Henry Hagg Lake Fishing Report
Quartzville Creek: Currently the river is at 760 cfs
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 1,400 cfs at the Waterloo gauge
Kilchis River: The Kilchis is a little low, but fishable
Miami River: Steelhead are in the river, but the Miami is still on the low side
Necanicum River: The Necanicum will be a little on the low side this week, but still fishable
Nehalem River: Nehalem River Fishing Report
Nehalem River- North Fork: Fishing on the North Fork Nehalem has remained slow and effort has been light
Nestucca River: The Nestucca River is a little high but still fishable
Three Rivers: Three Rivers has hatchery steelhead coming back
Salmon River: Steelhead are starting to push up and throughout the system
Trask River: The Trask is in good shape right now
Wilson River: Steelhead fishing on the Wilson picked up this weekend
Yaquina River: Fishing has been challenging the past few weeks but it’s starting to pick up
Coos River: The Coos Basin steelhead rivers have been running low and clear
Coquille River: The South Fork Coquille River received just enough rain this past weekend to get some steelhead moving upriver
: Fishing for bottom fish is open to All-depths
Campbell Reservoir: There are likely no fish in the reservoir
Gerber Reservoir: Gerber Reservoir Report
John C Boyle Reservoir: The reservoir has open water
Upper Klamath Lake: Best fishing is near the outlet and around Pelican Bay at Rocky Point