Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Great Trout Fishing at Klamath River

Catfish Bite at New Melones Reservoir

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jun 27, 2012

Great trout fishing, no pressure at upper end of Klamath River

WON Staff Writer

IRON GATE DAM  — Trout fishing has been quite good in the upper reaches of the Klamath River below Iron Gate Dam, according to Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service.

He said his clients have been getting 15 to 20 rainbows on trips from the hatchery to the Klamath Bridge. While most are between 10 and 15 inches, some go to 20 inches, and Caldwell marvels at how fat they are. He said a 17 incher might weigh 3 pounds. Water conditions are very good, and fishing pressure has been very light.  

While the salmon fly hatch is still underway, and some trout are being caught on big dry flies like stimulators, he said that backtrolling crawdad plugs has been particularly effective. He said that the salmon fly hatch should continue for another couple of weeks, but, because of cool weather, trout fishing should continue to be good much longer.

Great kokanee, trout and catfish bite going on at New Melones Reservoir

WON Staff Writer

ANGELS CAMP — Kokanee, trout and catfish are on a good bite at New Melones Reservoir. The kokanee are biting good during the day and there is a good night bite for trout and catfish.

Most anglers are getting easy limits of fat 13- and 14-inch kokanee trolling 40 to 80 feet deep in the spillway/dam area or near the 49 Bridge. Pink is always a good color on this lake, but the fish are moving into deeper, darker waters, and pink/purple, watermelon, and blue will be more visible to these deeper fish. Be sure to add scent to your baits like garlic, carp spit, kokanee special and anise are all good.

Trout are being caught trolling spoons and spinners. “Tie on a Needlefish, or a Rocky Mountain Serpent Spoon trolled behind flashers, or a Mack's Wedding Ring tipped with a ’crawler,” said Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports.

Night fishing under submersible lights has been very good. Drop Power Bait, Gulp Minnows, or live minnows under a submersible light near the spillway/dam, or under the Highway 49 Stevenot Bridge. Lewis recommends that you be patient, as it takes some time for the trout to start biting once you drop your line in the water.

The catfish bite is wide open with frozen shad, mackerel, chicken liver, live minnows, ’crawlers or anchovies.

There is still a good bass bite with poppers, spooks, and buzzbaits in the mornings, then  anglers switch to soft plastics as the sun comes up. There is good drop-shot bite on submerged island tops and main lake points in water 25 to 45 feet deep.

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