Its salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout have adapted to unusually high water temperatures and acidity levels relative to other rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The numerous fish were a major source of food for Native Americans, who have inhabited the basin for at least 7,000 years.
The Klamath River is a high-desert fishery located in the most northerly portion of CA. We guide on the stretch from Iron Gate Dam down river to the I-5 Bridge. The Klamath is a great place for anyone looking for a first time steelhead experience or just a fun day of fishing. The fall/winter steelhead season runs from October through February. There is also a late spring season for rainbows keying on hatches of Golden Stoneflies and giant Salmon-flies. Winter on the Klamath is when we typically see the larger fish of the year.
The “Winter-run” fish show up after big rains near the New Year and stay around through February. As temperatures drop, drifting nymphs and egg tend to get most fish.
Winter weather will keep most anglers away and you can expect solitude in a heated boat while chasing Steelies in winter on the Klamath. The Klamath River Renewal Corp. plans to begin site work in two years to remove four dams on the Klamath River and deconstructing the dams will begin in 2021, according to the “Definite Plan for the Lower Klamath Project.” Read more