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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Klamath and Trinity rivers full of salmon and steelhead

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 06, 2011

WILLOW CREEK — It sounds like a broken record, but fishing on lower Klamath River continued to be exceptionally good once again last week. And, it wasn’t so bad on the mid-Klamath and Trinity, either.


“We made 4 drifts in Brooks recently, landing and releasing 10 adult salmon” Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service said. “We had a quad on (4 fish) all going everywhere. John and Kenny landed and released their 2 nice fish, 12 and 15 lbs. The next drift, Cindy and Kevin hooked, landed and released 21 and 25 pounds salmon. I used 2 nets to get the fish….What a rush!  We landed over 40 fish in two days, a  mix of jack, adults and 5 Coho.” Although no adults can be kept now, downstream of the Weitchpec Bridge, anglers can take home three jacks under 22 inches. The mid-Klamath is seeing lots of fresh salmon plus steelhead, according to Ed Duggan of “D” Guide Service. 


And, big numbers of salmon are now arriving in the upper Klamath below Iron Gate Dam, according to Phil Desautels of Smiling Salmon Guide Service. 


“Fishing In Hornbrook is pretty awesome and seems to be getting better every day,” he said. “We are seeing more and more fish rolling throughout the drift. Most all the boats are catching between 10 and 20 fish a trip. The fish are ranging 4 to 20 pounds with an occasional giant in the high 20-pound class. Today, Sunday, I had Brian and Gene Thomas from Livermore and they hooked 22 and landed 17, releasing every fish.  Yesterday, Mark and Gina Leto from Petaluma hooked 17 and landed 12, We are catching them backbouncing eggs with a variety of Fish Pill colors.”


Over on the Trinity, fishing has also been good, although some stretches of the river are better than others. 


“The storm slowed the bite some but as it started to rain the bite picked up,” he said.  “Upriver has been seeing some more fresh fish but it is a mix of fresh and older fish. Junction City is starting to pick up as more fish head up river, and Del Loma has been doing very well.” Duggan fished above Del Loma on Saturday, and his clients from the Bay Area hooked  two adult steelhead and two smaller ones. 

Fishing the lower end of the Trinity was up and down, because of the weather, but when the wind settled down on Sunday, action picked up with a mix of half-pounders and adult steelhead. 


Both fly fishers and spin fishermen were doing well. It was more a matter of preference.


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