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Steelhead continue to provide anglers with solid late season action on the Klamath River – and the trout fishing on the upper river should improve with the warming weather.
“Steelhead fishing isn’t red hot in the upper river, but we caught and released some quality adult steelhead in the 2 to 5 pound range over the past couple of days,” reported Scott Caldwell at SC Guide Service. “We landed 3 out of six fish hooked yesterday and caught 4 out of the 8 fish we hooked the day before.”
The two anglers fishing with Caldwell nailed the fish while fishing nightcrawlers and Pro-Cure eggs beneath floats in the section from below the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery to the mouth of the Shasta River. “It has been a 2-1/2 to 1 ratio of wild versus hatchery steelhead,” said Caldwell.
Another good spot to fish now is McCloud Reservoir. “My son and I caught and released over 20 trout while trolling nightcrawlers and flies behind Sep’s Dodgers near the dam,” he disclosed. “The fish were all rainbows in the 12 to 16 inch range with the except of a couple of browns.”
Flows on the Klamath River below Iron Gate Dam are 1130 cfs, while flows in the lower river at Klamath are 19,100 cfs.
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