Rivers Low Clear and Some Fishing
North Coast rivers are running low and clear BUT the lower main stem
systems are putting out some real quality numbers. On Tuesday 1-13
Tony with Green Water Guide service reported some great action on the main
stem Eel. Fishing from the Forks to Stafford Tony says they have seen 3 fish
days and some 15 fish per day this past week. Today, side-drifting roe they
hooked 14 and released 9 all in the 8 to 15 pound class. Two days ago they
hooked four and released three fish to 14 pounds. On the South Fork Tony
says he has heard of other guides hooking up to 6 with the best action on
plugs but the South fork is low and clear and overall in much need of rain.
Both the Smith and Chetco are low and very clear. The forecast
which was calling for rain this coming weekend now looks to be petering out.
Tony says that if they see some rain the Chetco would be a best bet and the
Smith would need to see at least two inches to color flows and bring it into
Over on the Mad bankies are finding limits and near limits both
bouncing roe and flossing from the hatchery to the 101 bridge.
Tony says that from the second hand reports he is getting the fishing is
solid but not great.
On the Lower Klamath from the Glen to Blue Creek Wally Johnson
reports they are seeing 2 to 5 adults and 5 to 10 half pounders per trip.
The lower river has great color but the action is spotty. Wally says both
roe and plugs are producing but all their action has been on roe this past
Both Tony and Wally have dates open for North Coast steelie trips.
The dry weather pattern of the past ten days continues here on
Thursday 1-8. The Smith is down to nearly 7 feet and in gin clear
and not giving up many fish.
Wally Johnson was on the Chetco on Wednesday 1-7 and
reported one dime bright steelie of 9 pounds caught at the end of the day
and a dark and tired salmon about 15 caught first thing on a plug. ON
Tuesday Wally fished the Smith for one small adult and a couple of half
pounders. All were caught on plugs which he tends to go to when the river is
this low and clear.
Wally says that until the rains return and the rivers rise and color there
will not be much in the way of catching but the fishing should be great.
With the same group on for a second day Wally broke out the jet sled and
headed to the Lower Klamath on Thursday 1-8. On their first
pass and first cast they got a nice adult about 10 pounds (Blakes, Starwein,
the Orchard??? he didn't say) that was released. They hooked a handful of
half pounders though the morning and then ended the day with another adult.
He said there were more fish around than biting with a few bigger fish
rolling here and there but not biting. It sounds like Wally may stick it out
here with all other rivers from the Eel to the Chetco low and clear.
For you fellow bankies the Mad is down to 7 feet and is green and
fishing. There has been a decent biting below the hatchery this past week
and these better water conditions should improve the action for those
bouncing roe or tossing spoons. It's not very often that the Mad is in shape
for "conventional methods" and this is a good time for bait casters to get
out and put on a clinic for the flossers.
The South Fork Eel has dropped out as well. Tony Sepulveda is current
doing seminars at the Sac ISE show but did report on Monday that "there are
decent numbers of fish in the South Fork but rain and color are both
Step Forward For Klamath River Restoration
One of the nationís
biggest dam removal and river restoration efforts got a major boost
on Friday with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announcing that he will
introduce legislation to authorize the Klamath River restoration
Elected officials, Tribal leaders, and farming, ranching, and
conservation representatives gathered Friday to celebrate the
signing of the
Upper Klamath Basin
Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA). The agreement resolves
water rights disputes among the Klamath Tribes and upper basin
irrigators, and permanently increases river flows, protects
riverside lands, and provides $40 million to the Klamath Tribes for
Senator Wyden announced that he will introduce legislation that
authorizes the UKBCA, as well as the two existing Klamath settlement
agreements, the Klamath Hydropower Settlement Agreement and the
Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Together the three agreements
will resolve long-standing water rights disputes, increase water
supply reliability for upper basin agricultural communities, improve
river flows and water quality, restore wetlands, and allow for the
removal of PacifiCorpís lower four Klamath River dams. The
restoration agreements are necessary to restore struggling Klamath
The agreements, the first of which was finalized in 2010, are the
product of years of negotiations among more than 40 stakeholder
groups including American Rivers, with the goal of restoring the
river, reviving ailing salmon and steelhead runs, and revitalizing
fishing, tribal, and farming communities.
Removing the four dams will open access to more than 300 miles of
habitat for salmon and steelhead. When dam removal begins on the
Ėscheduled for 2020 Ė it will be one of the nationís largest
dam removal projects. Before the settlement agreements can be fully
implemented, Congress must pass Senator Wydenís legislation and
appropriate funds, and California must contribute an estimated $80
million to augment the $200 million being collected from PacifiCorp
ratepayers for dam removal and river restoration. No federal funds
will be used for dam removal.
PacifiCorpís four dams, built between 1908 and 1962, cut off
hundreds of miles of once-productive salmon spawning and rearing
habitat in the Upper Klamath, which was once the third most
productive salmon river on the West Coast. The dams also create
toxic conditions in the reservoirs that threaten the health of fish
The dams produce a nominal amount of power, which can be replaced
using renewables and efficiency measures, without contributing to
climate change. A study by the California Energy Commission and the
Department of the Interior found that removing the dams and
replacing their power would save PacifiCorp customers up to $285
million over 30 years.
1,150 dams have been removed
51 dams were removed in 2013.
Our favorite campground
Kamp Klamath "on the
quite side of the river". They offer
discounts for those
anglers looking to park
their RV for a month or
more and enjoy a few
weeks of this incredible
fishery. They have
full hookups and the
entire campground has
Don't miss the Saturday night salmon and chicken B-Q
with live music!
Klamath is a secure,
campground surrounded by
Redwood National Park
and where we have set up
our fish camp for
over 25 years. Great
people and a great place
to stay. 707 482-0227
Motor Home Magazine has a feature
article about Kamp Klamath and FunBus Tours.
Accommodations & Shops:
"Little Ray's Tackle" in
Klamath Glen. For all
your tackle needs stop
by Little Rays. This is
a must stop for anglers
new to the river. The
crew behind the counter
will be more than happy
to answer all your
questions and point you
in the right direction.
Located just past the
Steelhead Lodge. 707
In Seiad Valley sits
River Side Park
a quiet little RV park
right on the banks of
the Klamath for anglers
looking for a quieter
stretch of the river
away from the crowds.
For river status (low flow
closure) updates from Fish
and Game please call
+1.707.442.4502 for the
North coast and
+1.707.944.5533 for Central
coast streams. Be sure to
check out the
California Fish and Game
before you go. Regulations
vary on every river and you
need to pay attention to
bait and hook restrictions.
Due to winter closures on
HWYs 5, 101 & 299 we
recommend you check
Caltrans road conditions
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