River Fishing Report 10/13/2014

Weather reports indicate 100% rain in the forecast this week and should increase river flows that will move some fish upstream. Monitor current and projected flows on our River Flow page.

Roe, Kastmasters, Cleos and spinners (Panther Martins and Blue Fox #5) have been working great for steelhead and salmon.

CDFW reminds anglers that a salmon report card is required when fishing for Chinook salmon in anadromous portions of the Klamath basin. See Regulations page for more.


Smith River

Fish reportedly entered the Smith River during the last rain event but was closed on Oct. 1, 2014 for low flows.

Klamath River (Lower)

Emergency flows were released from Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River starting on Oct. 4 to prevent fish disease and is currently around 63 degrees.

The lower Klamath River is catch and release. Reports have slowed down a little but are still great for fresh adult King salmon. Reports for jacks has slowed down significantly.

Klamath River (Mid)

Emergency flows were released from Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River starting on Oct. 4 to prevent fish disease and is currently around 63 degrees.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projects that Klamath River anglers will have met their upper Klamath River catch quota of 702 adult fall-run Chinook salmon above the Highway 96 bridge by sundown on Friday, Oct. 10.

Starting Saturday, Oct. 11, anglers may still fish but can no longer keep adult Chinook salmon over 22 inches. They may still keep a daily bag of three Chinook salmon under 22 inches in the Klamath River above the Hwy. 96 bridge at Weitchepec.

Trinity River

The fall-run Chinook salmon quotas on the Trinity River are 681 adult Chinook salmon from the confluence with the Klamath River up to Cedar flat and 681 adult Chinook from Cedar Flat up to the Old Lewiston Bridge. These sub-area quotas have not been met yet, and anglers may retain one adult Chinook salmon as part of their three fish daily bag limit.

Fishing reports have slowed down as salmon and steelhead are holding in deeper pools. Salmon reports have been okay but the Steelhead reports have been really slow from Willow Creek to the Junction City area. Most of the salmon are in the mid Trinity River around the Del Loma area.

Recent Trinity River Spawning surveys mapped 351 redds and 466 carcasses from Lewiston Dam to Pigeon Point and from Hawkins Bar to the mouth at Weitchpec this week.

Willow Creek Weir Trapping Summary of total combined Chinook increased from 73 to 278. Total combined Steelhead decreased from 227 to 122.

Trinity River Hatchery Trapping Summary was not reported and the Junction City Weir is closed.

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