Klamath River Fish Report for 12-5-2010

Klamath River - Upper - CA - Hornbrook, CA (Siskiyou County)

by Scott Caldwell

The last few trips have been quite the mix of weather; of course it has all been on the cold side. It has definitely been Winter Steelhead on the Klamath River with temperatures ranging from 20 to 40 degrees as well as rain and 3 inches of snow mixed in. Despite the tough weather, my clients and friends and I managed to land some nice Steelhead up to 5 pounds and well over 20 inches. Bait, Flies and Plugs have all produced 1/2 pounders on up to Adult Steelhead, the key now being working fish holding areas very slowly. My buddy Phil and I were out this past Thursday and it snowed the entire 4 hours were we on the river. Mother Nature dropped 2 to 3 inches of snow in the boat making it a winter fishing wonderland. We landed two nice Adults in the 3 pound range and quite a few 1/2 pound plus Steelies. Two days later, my clients Bob and Craig got to fish in cold clear weather but all that snow had melted and dropped the river temperature 3 to 4 degrees. This made for a sluggish bite in the morning but after lunch the bite got better as the daily temperature rose near 40. Bob landed the prize Steelhead of the day while swinging a zonker fly, a fat Hatchery Steelhead in the 5 pound class and well over 20 inches. There is not a lot of traffic out on the Klamath River so if you don’t mind the weather there are some nice fish waiting to be caught.

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