The Fish Sniffer - Anglers Plug Away At Winter Steelies
Anglers Plug Away At Winter Steelies

Written By: Dan Bacher, December 31, 2013
Species: Steelhead
Location: Klamath River,

Anglers willing to bundle up and fish the cold waters of the upper Klamath River are bagging some hard-fighting steelhead in the 2 to 6 lb. class.

“On my last two days of fishing, we caught a total of 8 adult steelhead ranging from 18 inches to 24 inches,” reported Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service. “We pulled Rebel crawdad lures and drifted nightcrawlers, scented with Pro-Cure shrimp oil.”

While steelhead are showing throughout the river, Caldwell has been concentrating on the shrimp form below the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery to the Klamathon Bridge.

“We have seen serious cold weather here; it’s the coldest winter I’ve seen here in 20 years,” he noted. “Wee went to Southern California for 10 days after Thanksgiving. It was 60 to 70 degrees down there and when we got home is was zero and then went as low as minus 13 degrees. The good news is we have steady flows of around 954 cfs below Iron Gate Dam.”

The river at Klamath is flowing at 3300 cfs with a temperature of 39.38 degrees.


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