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Klamath Basin waterfowlers still scoring on ducks, geese are a no-show

BY PHIL BROWN/WON Field ReporterPublished: Oct 20, 2017

TULELAKE — Waterfowling in the Klamath basin is off to a good start, and this past week there has been steady action on the ducks, even with the mild weather.

Lower Klamath has been the best bet, Unit 6a and 6b1 both have plenty of water and the birds have been coming in to loaf and feed. On the Klamath side, those are the only places to hunt. There is water going in to other areas, but it is very slow and I have not seen any huntable water yet.

THE KLAMATH BASIN is still producing ducks, and Dan "Win duck " Gallegos and Mike Angel of Danville hit the Klamath basin with Wild Times for limit action hunting this past week. With the warm weather it has been a mixed bag of wigeon teal, mallards and sprig.

Unit 3, the closed area along the highway, was drained over the summer, and it will take till mid-November to flood up, so quite a bit of the available water is going there.

On the Tule side, the Lake itself and Sump 1a has been a good bet for those willing to fight the mud. It is not a fast and furious shoot, but if you put in the time the birds are there. Sump 1b has been fair for a mixed bag of ducks if you are able to get drawn.

The goose action has been pretty dead, the numbers have been poor at best so far, but I have seen some snow geese migrating in the last 2 days. It looks like the specks skipped the Klamath Basin this year.

The refuge is supposed to get more water than last year, but it looks like it will be mid-November before there are any new spots to hunt. I am hoping something will change and we will get some more water into huntable units.

Phil Brown is with Wild Times Guide Service out of Tulelake, and can be reached at (530) 925-1415.

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