Klamath River

Klamath River Fishing Information


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The Klamath River (Ishkêesh) Karuk language is the second largest river in California after the Sacramento River. It drains an extensive watershed of almost 16,000 square miles that stretches from the arid country of south-central Oregon to the temperate rain-forest of the Pacific coast. Unlike most rivers, the Klamath begins in the plains and flows toward the mountains – carving its way through the rugged Cascade Range and Klamath Mountains before reaching the sea. The watershed is known for this peculiar geography, and the Klamath has been called "a river upside down" by National Geographic magazine. The Klamath River is the most important coastal river system south of the Columbia River for anadromous fish migration. Its salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout have adapted to unusually high water temperatures and acidity levels relative to other rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The numerous fish were a major source of food for Native Americans, who have inhabited the Klamath River basin for at least 7,000 years.
The Klamath River Fishing is as close to the kind of action that lures anglers to Alaska. From September through March, the Klamath River fishing is at its best. The Klamath River fishing season is very popular for customers who want multiple fish days of hard fighting Klamath River salmon and steelhead. Mario Gomez from Ironhead Guide Service will put you front and center on some of the best fishing in the US. For a fun day on the water and anglers looking for lots of action, the Klamath River fishing is where it’s at. It's also one of the best kept secrets in the West, and overlooked, fisheries in California and Oregon. The Klamath River is well off the beaten path and the rugged terrain mixed with the secluded location offers adventures that are as wild in nature.
The Klamath River is located at the very tip of Northern California. The Klamath River has one of the largest king salmon runs in California. The Klamath River is one of the most fertile, productive salmon rivers in the West. Hundreds of thousands of hard-fighting, great-biting Chinook or king salmon enter the river late each summer. No other river in California or Oregon offer fish after fish salmon action like the Klamath River. When the fish arrive in late September and early October, multiple-fish days are common.
One of the best areas to catch them is the stretch of river between Iron Gate Dam and Happy Camp, CA. With the beautiful scenery and the local wildlife, this is a great place for the whole family. Bears, eagles, red tail hawks, elk, otters, and deer are all encountered while fishing on the Klamath River.
In the 60’s and 70’s the Klamath River supported legendary Salmon and Steelhead returns supporting numerous fishing lodges and resorts. Klamath River fishing guides have seen a resurgence and the Klamath now supports a healthy run of Salmon and Steelhead once again due to tighter regulations.


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