Salmon Fishing Bounces Up And Down
Fishing on the lower Klamath River has ranged from excellent to just fair, depending on the day. One problem is the changing of location of the tail end of the spit at the river mouth with the tides and water conditions.
When fresh fish are able to make it easily into the river mouth, the fishing improves. When fresh salmon aren’t moving into the river, the action slows down.
“I had two very good days of fishing followed by a slower trip,” said Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service. “We ended up on Wednesday, September 11 with 13 fish, including 7 adult kings and the rest jacks and steelhead.”
“We followed that trip with 17 fish, including 3 adult salmon, 11 jacks and 3 steelhead averaging 8 pounds on Thursday, September 12,” said Huber. “Then on Friday we landed three adult Chinooks, including two fish weighing 25 and 15 pounds caught by Andrew Benson of Vacaville.”
Huber has been boondoggling and side drifting salmon roe throughout the lower river below Blue Creek. He noted that coho salmon are beginning to show – and all coho must be released unharmed.
Releases to the Klamath below Iron Gate Dam are 1,000 cfs and flows at Klamath are 2790 cfs with a water temperature of 69.44 degrees.
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