Mouth of Klamath Stuffed with Large Adults & Many Jacks
By Frank Galusha, EasyWriter
Northern California Fishing Report
Northern California Fishing Report
Biggest Salmon Run in 28 Years Expected
Kamp Klamath Makes Major Improvements
Opens New Boat Ramp, Shuttle Service & Restaurant
Features World Class Salmon & Surf Fishing
Yuroks Impose Stricter Fishing Rules on Tribe
Fish Counting Begins with Bright Note
Arcata -- Sara Borok, DFG marine biologist out of Arcata who handles creel counts at the Klamath says “The fish are in.” Several MyOutdoorBuddy sources confirmed this and provided a lot of very positive news including a jack count that makes next year look more promising. Sara wrote:
...Just got a call from the river crew...lots of fish are in!!!
We are starting to pick up more salmon this week. There are still lots of jacks or Chinook under 22 inches being caught. That's real good news for next year. The quota is up to a whole 113! [Meaning a lot more salmon can still be caught before the quota is filled.] There have been 439 jacks harvested. There haven't been a whole lot of steelhead harvested, but anglers released 1,063 half pounders so far this season.
With all the state budget stuff going on we are short handed, so if anyone wants to come help out on the river...we'd love to have you!”
If you want to help, call Sarah. She’s an Associate Fisheries Biologist with the Klamath River Project. Her number is (707) 822-0330
Chinook RV Resort Reports Excellent Fishing
Klamath -- Steve Peach, co-owner of the Chinook RV Park at the mouth of
“…I am a fisherman and we have been out the last two mornings. We landed none but lost one and the other three broke our 20 lb test line. Three of the four fish we actually saw we’re in the 25 to 30 lb class. The fourth fish spooled my partner’s reel of all line. We observed four fishermen actually land their five fish and they ranged from 20 to 28 pounds. Yesterday numerous fish were breaking the surface in the river for all to see. The Fall run has indeed started in the last few days and is only just beginning.
“When California Fish and Game said the fish are going to be big this year, they were not exaggerating. Approximately 157,000 four year old Chinook Salmon are expected according to Cal Fish & Game in the coming months and they are running a little late as are other species. This is why the
Biggest Salmon Quota in 28 Years on the Klamath River
Kamp Klamath – Aaron Funk, owner of this RV park and campground on the south side of the Klamath River nearest the mouth also sent in a report. Funk is a longtime, dedicated supporter of the Klamath community and the River. He has done all he can to help organize the community’s resources so this isolated area prospers during good and bad times.
New Boat Ramp
A recent improvement at Kamp Klamath is a good example. Funk installed a temporary boat ramp at his RV Park this year with room to park 50-plus trucks and trailers. “With the township ramp still out of service, we need this ramp to augment the Roy Rook ramp’s limited parking.” Funk noted. Improvements are underway weekly.
New Shuttle Service to Mouth
Funk has also initiated a shuttle service that ferries fisherman from the various camps along the river to Klamath Beach at the mouth of the river where most of the salmon are caught.
“We have a tri-hull walk-through jet boat operated by a licensed, river-savvy captain. The boat is based at Kamp Klamath but we’re shuttling people from all the riverside campgrounds to the mouth.”
See Whales Watching People
“Before this shuttle was available, anglers had to walk for 35 minutes each way in soft sand shore fish the river’s mouth. A lot of folks just don’t want to – or just can’t - make that trek, especially with 30 to 50 pounds of fish in tow. This opens up a great fishing opportunity to a whole new group of anglers. It also enables family members to enjoy this incredible place where the mighty Klamath reaches the mighty Pacific.
“There is no greater drama unfolding along the Redwood Coast than what is happening along Klamath Beach. You can watch thousands of salmon racing upstream through a gauntlet of sea lions, fish hooks and Yurok nets. You can witness an Osprey crash-diving into the waves, struggling back into the air with a small fish or lamprey eel in its talons. You can walk along the beach and watch giant grey whales follow you and glide onto and over incoming waves. You can experience the spectacle of whales watching people watching whales!
“A $20 bill and a simple phone call to 707-482-0227 make it all happen.”
Fishing at the mouth has been extremely good, according to Funk and over the Labor Day weekend there will be a huge tidal swing, so he expects things to get very exciting.
“Every fish that comes up this river has to pass through the mouth and if you know what you’re doing you will catch fish, especially during a lowering tide. When the tide comes in, you can step over to the ocean side of the sand bar and catch as many as ten red tail surf perch,” Funk said.
World Class Surf Fishing
Besides salmon, anglers have been using this area for decades to catch record-breaking red tail surf perch, and lots of them.
“We catch world-class perch here at Klamath Beach and the nearby rocks, Funk said. “We set out a few months ago to catch the biggest perch of three species. Now, the largest recorded striped [rainbow] perch and calico perch have been caught here. Three years ago the record-breaking red tail perch was caught on Klamath Beach. Now we’re taking bets that we’ll break that record again by the end of September” Funk said. [Floyd Underwood, the holder of the striped perch record, walked into Funk’s office during this interview.]
Bigfoot Grill & Tavern Now Open
“We’ve also obtained our tavern and restaurant licenses here at Kamp Klamath,” Funk said. “We have a 1200 square foot deck that overlooks our beautiful meadow and tomorrow morning (Saturday, August 30) we start serving an anglers breakfast. Under the name ‘Bigfoot Grill and Tavern,’ the restaurant will offer lunches [eat in and take-out box] and themed dinner specials.” Nightly highlights will feature Italian and Mexican cuisines, “Turf and Surf”, ribs and chicken BBQ, right on down the line. A 42-inch flat screen HDTV and TIVO capture and display adventure videos, sporting events and other special offerings.
Additionally, for the past four years, Kamp Klamath has offered an all-you-can-eat BBQ fresh-caught salmon/chicken dinner on Saturday night with tossed green salad, rice pilaf, and vegetable stir-fry jubilee. There’s also a live band and bon fire on Saturday nights. With the addition of the Bigfoot Grill and Tavern guests now have a place to eat out seven days a week and enjoy entertainment on Saturday night.
Yurok Tribe Sets New Rules for Tribal Fishing
Funk had high praise for recent decisions made by the Yurok Tribe. “The Yuroks have decided to close tribal fishing on Wednesdays and Thursdays and between 10 p.m. at 8 a.m. during the remainder of the week. They have also banned drift nets from running down the mouth of the river. It is my understanding that these rules are being successfully self enforced. This is something the Tribes should be proud of and I hope they are getting the praise they deserve,” Funk said.
[MyOutdoorBuddy sends its congratulations to the Yuroks for doing what it can to prevent overfishing at this critical time in the run. This is especially significant in light of the fact that the overall Tribal quota was reduced from 41,000 fish to 27,000 fish this year.
Fishing Reports181 CA dams may need to increase flows
Upper Klamath above I-5 reopens for kings 10/23/14 -- On Friday, Oct. 24, the Klamath River from the Interstate 5 bridge up to Iron Gate Hatchery reopens to the take of Chinook salmon over 22 inches. The Iron Gate Hatchery has met the 8,000 adult fish number needed for... Full Story
Upper Trinity chinook quota met 10/23/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projects that the Upper Trinity River anglers will have met their upper Klamath River catch quota of 681 adult fall-run Chinook salmon above Cedar Flat by sundown...Full Story
Rain forecast may open North Coast rivers
Val Aubrey: Eagle Lake trout not finicky
10/22/14 -- As of Sunday, the fishing has been very good here at Eagle Lake. Trolling 4-6ft deep has done well but we picked a few more up a little deeper at 12 to 15 feet deep as well, mostly over deeper water (35-59)...Full Story
Capitol City Showdown showcases river bass
10/22/14 -- In the weeks prior to the 2014 Coors Light Future Pro Tour's final event of the season – the "Capitol City Showdown," there were “rumblings” from many that it was going to be difficult to catch fish -- let alone bring in a...Full Story
Eagle Lake: As good as it gets!
10/21/14 -- [Updated 10/23 with photo] The last several weeks have seen some outstanding fishing at Eagle Lake. Most mornings have us releasing quite a few fish and keeping the cream of the crop for the limits...Full Story
Swimming in a radioactive sea
10/21/14 -- More than three and a half years have passed since a tsunami severely damaged Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors in March 2011, but some concern and confusion still persist... Full Story
Scoring kings in Oregon's lower tidewaters
10/20/14 -- Warning! The fish mentioned in this article may appear larger than they actually are. Cabezon season — opened or closed? Quota available or attained? Those are the questions that are being asked by the fishing... Full Story
Red hot day on Upper Klamath
10/20/14 -- [Updated 10/23] Team Burkus put on a Salmon show yesterday hooking up so many times we lost count. Rods bent all day -- a double hook up for Margi and Miles and Joe still counting his salmon as the biggest ever... Full Story
Bass go wild at Berryessa
10/20/14 -- Friday, I went out with Bob, and boy what a great time we had! At first we were catching small bass but it was a lot of fun. Almost every cast brought a fish in. We were using P & K lures and they were great...Full Story
Sacramento River still king for kings
10/19/14 -- The Sacramento river continues to be one of Northern California's premiere fishing destinations for king salmon, wild bows and the occasional steelhead. With the river loading up with king salmon for the past 90...Full Story
Lower temps improve trout catch at Collins
10/19/14 -- Our lake has finally hit ideal temperatures for trout catching. Summer didn’t want to end, as last weekend's Fish Sniffer Tournament of Champions entrants would agree, as it was still up in the 90s.! With... Full Story
Pyramid Lake producing large cutthroats
10/19/14 -- Crosby Lodge located in Sutcliffe NV. reports great fishing for large Lahontan Cutts. Since the opener on October 1, 2014, anglers targeting these large cutthroat trout that inhabit Pyramid Lake have had great success...Full Story
Best bets for Southern Oregon fishing
10/16/14 -- After a long, dry summer, drought has taken its toll on Southern Oregon fishing destinations. Popular spots like Hyatt Lake, Howard Prairie and Emigrant are essentially puddles. I exaggerate, of course,...Full Story
Coastal rivers full of late fall kings
Lewiston Lake on fire for trout anglers By Gary Heffley
10/15/14 -- While most North State anglers are enjoying the very good salmon fishing on the Sacramento River, one of Northern California’s gems is getting little attention. Lewiston Lake, which is one of my...Full Story
Climbing Terms for the Fisherman
Atlantic salmon can take the heat
10/12/14 -- As global temperatures continue to rise, and the Pacific Coast endures its third consecutive year of record drought, discussions of how warming temperatures and low water levels will affect fish are... Full Story
River2Sea Open comes to Delta Nov. 1/2
10/09/14 -- The official countdown to one of the most fun events of the season continues as the last wave of anglers looking to qualify for the 2nd annual Coors Light Delta Open Teams Series Championship next spring... Full Story
Crunch time for halibut By Tom Marking, CA Sports Representative to the PFMC
10/03/14 -- Bottom line, California is about to be taken to the woodshed by the PFMC for eating too many halibut cookies, again! From their perspective we have been errant children who need to be disciplined...Full Story
Data-poor model threatens rockfish seasons
09/24/14 -- The Pacific States have over 100+ species of fish, about 50+ of which have Commercial and Recreational interest. These include flatfish, roundfish , bottomfish, pelagics, migratory species and forage fish...Full Story
Aftermath: Eiler Fire
09/23/14 -- It had to happen someday. On my many visits to the Thousand Lakes Wilderness on the Lassen National Forest, I always thought of how much fuel there was should a fire ever start there. The trails were...Full Story
The Salmon Mega-Model
09/22/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Fisheries scientists often get called on to make assessments or predictions about the current or future state of fish populations. But short of a crystal ball, the most powerful tools...Full Story
Drought and salmon-egg injection
09/20/14 -- I was drinking coffee at a local coffee shop in Shingletown. While talking with other patrons about the "goings and comings" in our neighborhood I noticed an article in the Redding Record Searchlight written by Damon Arthur... Full Story
Groundfish make a sustainable rebound
09/15/14 -- Conscientious chefs, shoppers, and restaurant goers in search of sustainable seafood just got a heap of new options to choose from. The Monterey Bay Aquarium's highly regarded Seafood Watch program... Full Story
ODFW seeks funding for unique species 09/15/14 -- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists with the Native Fish Investigations Program (NFIP) are trying something new in Oregon to support lesser known fish. Crowd-sourced funding...Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Creating healthier wetlands, water & fish
08/15/14 -- Last month a post at Maven’s Notebook (mavensnotebook.com) caught my eye. It was about algae in Clear Lake. “A small water agency that pumps water from Clear Lake expects to declare a water shortage emergency...Full Story
Predators on the chew
07/26/14 --Targeting inland lake predators is challenging and sometimes sends you home with a vile, black-and-white kitty rather than a fish. But with arduous challenges come handsome rewards. “Go big or go home” is a...Full Story
The Myths and Realities of El Niño
06/01/14 -- [Posted with permission of the author and Golden Gate Weather Services] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues their El Niño Watch for the possible return of El Niño later this summer or fall...Full Story
Video: Why boaters don’t like ethanol
04/04/14 -- Fishing buddies, take my word for it, don’t burn ethanol-laden fuel in your outboard engines if you don’t want to ruin them or even place yourself in danger if your engine fails to run properly especially...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
03/04/14 -- Reprinted with permission of HASA (Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers) – Light is one of the most important factors to consider when fishing deep water. Over the years while fishing for Pacific halibut, we have always... Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story
Oregon’s Lost Creek Lake is open all winter
01/11/14 – Many outdoor enthusiasts may not be aware that Lost Creek Lake, Marina & Café near Trail, Oregon is open year ‘round. Not only is it the best bet for winter fishing and boating, but it may be the only game in town at times...Full Story
Sturgeon tagging requirements changed
A primer on fishing Lake Shasta By Gary Heffley
01/01/12 -- Shasta Lake draws more visitors to Shasta County than any other single attraction. While it is often a challenge to fish, it is more likely to produce stringers of fat trout or spotted bass. Trout to four and five pounds are caught here routinely...Full Story
Lake Oroville; 'tis the season By Chuck Giles
01/11/12 – Lake Oroville is probably one of the best lakes for sheer numbers of Spotted Bass in Northern California. This is not just on a seasonal basis, but year round. To start, I have a list of baits that produce decent results... Full Story