Low, Mossy Conditions Make For Tough Salmon Fishing
Fishing for spring Chinook salmon in the lower Klamath River is tough, due to warm mossy conditions, though anglers are hooking some steelhead.
“On my last trip, you couldn’t anchor up for springers without getting a bunch of moss on our lines,” said Wally Johnson of Seiad Valley Guide Service. “The moss has cleared up a little since my last trip, but it’s still a problem. We did catch a few summer steelhead in the 3 to 8 pound range while side drifting with roe near the mouth of Blue Creek.”
Expect the moss (algae) to die and flush out after when the weather and water temperatures cool down.
Rainbow trout are available in the upper river below the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery, but few anglers are trying. Bank anglers and boaters can fool the trout with a mixture of bait, spinners, plugs and flies.
Klamath River flows below Iron Gate Dam are 909 cfs. The flows at Klamath are only 2062 cfs, with a water temperature of 72.32 degrees.Back To Reports