Klamath River - Upper - OR Fish Report for 1-24-2024
Removal of JC Boyle Dam has begun
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Keno Dam to J.C Boyle Reservoir (Hwy 66)
Regulations changed Jan. 1, 2024, to a bag limit of one redband-rainbow trout per day in the 12 to 15-inch size class. This regulation is to protect large redband trout spawners, and chinook and steelhead smolts and adults. The river will be closed from June 15 to Oct. 1 from Keno Dam to the Highway 66 Bridge downstream.
Redband-rainbow trout are primarily feeding on minnow and sculpins this time of year. Mimicking minnows with flies and lures will produce the best results. There is also very abundant crayfish, mayflies, caddisflies and leeches. No bait allowed!
Access is very challenging. The road into the dam is very bad. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. There are other points of access that require a long hike to the river.
The river is difficult wading. Anglers who wade should have studded wading boots, wading belt, wading staff, polarized glasses and maybe a helmet and shin guards. The bottom is very slick and bedrock ledges can drop off quickly. Visibility is also poor.
Water temperature has increased to 37 degrees and flows have increased to 1200 cfs. Turbidity has increased to 18 FNU.
Once you retain your limit of redband trout you must stop fishing for redband trout.
J.C. Boyle Dam (Hwy 66) to J.C Boyle Powerhouse
Removal of JC Boyle Dam has begun. Fishing not recommended in this section due to high flows and very turbid conditions. The Powerhouse Road on the west side of the river will be closed all year. Access to the Klamath River will be available from the Topsy Grade Road or traveling through Dorris. The Topsy Grade Road can have large potholes where vehicles can get stuck. This section of the river will require a significant hike to the river on the east side.
Regulations will change Jan. 1, 2024 to a bag limit of one redband rainbow trout per day in the 12- to 15-inch size class. This is to protect large redband trout spawners, chinook and steelhead smolts and adults.
J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to State Line with California
Fishing not recommended in this section due to high flows and very turbid conditions. The Powerhouse Road on the west side of the river will be closed all year. Access to the Klamath River will be available from the Topsy Grade Road or traveling through Dorris. The Topsy Grade Road can have large potholes where vehicles can get stuck.
Regulations changed on Jan. 1, 2024 to a bag limit of one redband-rainbow trout per day in the 12- to 15-inch size class. This regulation is to protect large redband trout spawners, Chinook, and steelhead smolts and adults.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, January 24th
John Day River: Weather and river conditions have run the gamut over the past few weeks
Hood River: Steelhead counts over Bonneville have remained low through the first half of January
Detroit Reservoir: Plenty of rain and snow the last few weeks have brought reservoir levels up enough to allow boats to safely launch from Mongold boat ramp
Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter is about 25 feet above the toe slope of Thistle Creek boat ramp
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Santiam River North Fork Report
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 11,000 cfs at the Waterloo gauge
Kilchis River: The Kilchis is dropping today and should be in good shape in a day or two
Miami River: Seeing a fair number of wild fish showing up
Necanicum River: The Necanicum River has had fair fishing the past week
Nehalem River: The Nehalem is big and brown today and will likely be high and off color for the week
Nehalem River- North Fork: The North Fork Nehalem saw some good steelhead fishing late last week
Nestucca River: Fishing has been slow on the Nestucca
Trask River: The Trask River is big and brown today and looks like it will stay on the high side all week
Wilson River: The Wilson River saw some decent fishing on Saturday last weekend before blowing out again
Applegate River: The release from the dam is 1,500 cfs, and the temperature at release is 43F
Chetco River: Anglers are crossing their fingers as it appears flows in the Chetco may start to drop for an extended amount of time
Coos River: The steelhead rivers in the Coos Basin are either at a fishable level or should be fishable by the weekend
Coquille River: The North Fork Coquille River has been fishable this week
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant is still at 22 percent full and filling very slowly
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is 55 percent full and trout fishing on the ice should continue to be good
Rogue River- Lower: Prior to last weekend's high water, a few winter steelhead had been caught
Rogue River- Upper: Late summer steelhead moving into the hatchery are still available
Ana Reservoir: 6.4 lb. Hybrid at Ana Reservoir
Ana River: Fishing has been slow due to river fluctuations
Beulah Reservoir: Beulah Reservoir is currently 46 percent full
Blitzen River: Flows in the Blitzen have come up substantially in the last week
Burns Pond: The ice on Burns Pond is likely unsafe
Bully Creek Reservoir: Likely be some ice on Bully Creek but it is likely unsafe
Campbell Reservoir: The reservoir is not frozen and is filling fast
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is not frozen
Heart Lake: The lake is iced over, but ice thickness is unknown
Holbrook Reservoir: The lake is iced over, but ice thickness is unknown
John C Boyle Reservoir: The reservoir is now a river
Klamath River - Upper - OR: The lake is 2.7 feet below full pool and 57 percent full
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