Klamath River Fish Report for 11-12-2006

by Scott Caldwell

I have been fishing clients on the Klamath River for the past three days and found the Trout fishing to be excellent. Adult Steelhead on the other hand were very hard to come by. I was part of a four boat group that fished the River from Thursaday to Saturday. My boat alone caught and released close to 150 Trout, in the 6 to 16-inch range. The numbers were similar in the other three boats. As for adult Steelhead, that was another story. Our group averaged about one adult Steelhead per boat a day. The biggest Steelhead caught was in the 4 to 5 pound range. We tried just about everything in the tackle box (bait, flies, plugs, spinners) to get the bigger fish but they just were not co-operating. We drifted from the hatchery to klamathon bridge each day. The weather is very cold and wet right now which may have had a hand in the slow Steelhead fishing. We are seeing freezing temperatures throughout the nights and early mornings and snow in the higher elevations. Steelhead fishing will get better as the weather stabilizes and the more fish move up river to spawn. Although the weather was on the cold side we did have sun in the afternoon and hardly anyone is out fishing.