Klamath River - Upper - OR Fish Report for 5-3-2023
Klamath River Fishing Report
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir
Fishing not recommended. Flows are high at 1930 cfs. Fishing is slow but should improve slowly. 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.
Water temperatures peaking at 62 degrees. The water is always slightly off color in this reach. Turbidity is stable and is ranging from 10 to 14 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
Flows are low at 130 cfs at JC Boyle Dam. Fishing should be good in this section. . Open all year. Flows are typically 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 not recommended. Flows remain high at 2,560 cfs. Fishing will be slow. Flows will be high during all daylight hours this week. 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.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, May 3rd
Fourmile Lake: Snow is blocking access into Fourmile Lake
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is 50 percent full.
John C Boyle Reservoir: The reservoir is ice-free
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Tuesday, May 2nd
Alton Baker Canoe Canal: ODFW to host family fishing event in Eugene May 6
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