The Fish Sniffer - Anglers Battle Adult Steelhead And Half Pounders
Anglers Battle Adult Steelhead And Half Pounders

Written By: Dan Bacher, January 20, 2014
Species: Steelhead
Location: Klamath River,

Steelhead fishing has been surprisingly productive on the Klamath River, in spite of low, clear conditions, with a good mixture of adults and half pounders taken by anglers.

Two anglers fishing with Wally Johnson of Seiad Valley Guide Service caught four adult steelhead and 12 half pounders on a recent drift boat trip from Seaiad Valley to Happy Camp. “We hooked the fish while back trolling plugs and fishing roe on light gear, including fly rods,” said Johnson.

A fly fishing trip by Johnson was less successful, but anglers still caught and released some hard fighting half pounders while fishing an array of flies in the same stretch of river.

“Steelhead fishing has been surprisingly good on the Klamath in the Orleans to Big Bar area,” confirmed Edna Watson of Klamath River Outfitters. “Guide Wally Watson and his two clients ended up with two steelies weighing 7 and 8 pounds and a bunch of half pounders yesterday. They reported constant action all day long while using plugs and roe.”

Klamath River flows were 954 cfs below Iron Gate Dam, 1320 cfs near Seiad Valley and 3150 cfs at Klamath at press time.


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