KLAMATH GLEN — “It was a good week for steelhead and jack salmon and a few adult salmon,” were Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service’s first words when contacted Saturday night about fishing on the Klamath River.
He said it was a “very nice week” with especially good fishing early in the morning before other boats got on the water. He said a typical outing provided 4 to 8 chances on steelhead to 8 pounds, and although most salmon were smaller jacks, an 18 pounder was taken on drifted roe.
Rich Mossholder of Rivers West Outfitters said that more adult salmon are starting to show at the mouth, and fishing should only improve over the next few weeks. He expressed concern though, over the possibility of another major fish kill akin to the one that resulted in 30,000 to 70,000 dead salmon in 2002. A release of water from Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River was beginning at the start of the week, intended to raise flows by up to 1,000 cfs. It’s intended to reduce chances for another fish kill.
He said he’s been seeing lots of steelhead, and saw a very large Chinook weighing about 25 pounds caught by guide Mike Coopman below Blue Creek. The steelhead were taking spinners and flies, he said.
On the Trinity, Liam Gogan of Trinity River Outfitters said that it was limits fishing every day. He said the river was starting to come up, but said it would be great for both bringing more fish up the river, as well as improving the bite. He’s been fishing Kwikfish and Brad’s Killer Fish in the morning, and roe later in the day. Although most of the fish have ranged between 8 to 12 pounds, Matt Boon of Redding caught his limit of salmon topped by a 15 pounder.
TRINITY KING — Jim and Melissa Neal of Tehachapi are readers of Western Outdoor News, and made the trip to the Trinity River to fish with guide Steve Huber. They both caught their limits of springers on the Triity floating the Junction City area using Mag Lip plugs, tuna balls and roe.