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Klamath River - July 14th, 2014
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  • Fishing: Excellent
The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) closed to fishing Monday June 16. It will re-open for fishing October 1st, 2014.
 
The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse offers dry fly fishing with small flies. Most fish in this section are small and average 10 inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. Excellent hatches during low water times (early morning and late afternoon) and provides great dry fly opportunities. PMD's are hatching so look to match size and color. Big Caddis Patterns work great during low water (Grey, Tan, Olive). Most attractor dry flies will work well. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse. 
 
Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed sixteen inches. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. Fishing trips should be planned when flows are lower.
 
Check current flow levels. If flows are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or flash back bead head pheasant tails can be good. 
 
Blue winged olive mayflies are hatching around 1 p.m. and can continue to hatch sporadically until dusk. Look for rising trout in the slow backwater areas near tailouts of pools or in back eddies along foam lines.  Most fish are in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum. Currently, operation at the hydro system below the powerhouse has fishable flows in the very early morning till 7-8 am. Flow release estimates are now available by PacifiCorp.

Swinging small streamers and soft hackles can be productive. Fishing a big caddis (size 12,14) and swinging it at the end of a drift is productive, also.

Check water flows before heading out. Fishing should remain good. A heat wave is in the forecast, so remember proper fish handling procedures to minimize stress on fish.
 
Give us a call at 541.884.3825 if you have additional questions, or would like to give us your fishing report. Thanks!

RECOMMENDED:

Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail     
Brown, Olive                   12,14,16

Tunghead Stonefly                                     
Yellow, Black, Brown     6,8

Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph                 
Grey                    10,12,14

T.H. Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa

Indicator Parachute - PMD

Birchell's Hatching Midge


 
 

 
 
Rogue River - Upper - July 14th, 2014
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  • Fishing: Great
Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook
 
Anglers are catching spring Chinook and a few summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.
 
Beginning July 1, anglers will be able to keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.
 
Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.

Spring Chinook fishing is excellent during the cooler parts of the day. A lot of people on the river so remember fishing etiquette and have fun!

Check regulations, river flow and temperature information before heading out.  Have fun this week on the river!
 
The count to the hatchery as of 7/9/14
 
Spring Chinook = 6,624
Summer Steelhead = 321
 
Give us a call at 541.884.3825 if you have additional questions, or would like to give us your fishing report. Thanks!

RECOMMENDED:
Lynch's Double Dot Egg Pink, Red, Chartreus

Tunghead Stonefly         Black, Yellow, Rainb

Premium Alaska Selection

Meg A Egg Sucking Leech

Bead Head Emerging Sparkle Caddis Pupa

Senyo's Gangsta Intruder



 
Real-time water flow data from USGS:
 
Williamson River - July 14th, 2014
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  • Fishing: Excellent
Flows are extremely low and water clarity is very good for this time of year as currently no flow of dark, tannin colored water is coming from the Klamath Marsh.
 
ODFW encourages catch and release in this fishery to promote trophy sized fish as the Williamson River is managed for trophy redband trout. Hexagenia limbata (aka Hex or Big Yellow Mayflies) are hatching on the Williamson River. The hatch typically occurs at dark around 9:15 p.m.; however, during dark, rainy days the hatch can occur during the day. Using flies that mimic the nymph can also work well.
 
Fishing for redband trout is best from the confluence of the Sprague River to slack water above Modoc Point Bridge. Most effective fishing occurs from a drift boat as little public access occurs. Most anglers hire a guide to fish this river due to the challenge of catching fish. Most anglers fly fish this section of river. Numerous insect hatches are occurring including hex's, various mayflies and caddis. Leech and wooly bugger patterns work well in early season before fish get educated.

Hexagenia limbata (aka Hex or Big Yellow Mayflies) are hatching on the Williamson River! Look to match size and color for successful outings. 

Look for more fish to move into the river as the weather warms back up. A heat wave is in the forecast, which could push more fish out of the lake into the river. 

RECOMMENDED:
Brass Cone Head Woolly Bugger             
Yellow, Black, Brown     4,6,8

CDC Mayfly Emerger     
Yellow, Tan, Olive           12, 14,16

Pale Morning Dun Thorax

Rojo Midge       
Red, Black          14, 16, 18

Jan's Trout Crayfish

Shaggy Wire Caddis


Real-time water flow data from USGS:


Give us a call at 541.884.3825 if you have additional questions, or would like to give us your fishing report. Thanks!
 
 
Wood River - July 14th, 2014
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  • Fishing: Good
Wood River is one of the best brown trout fisheries in the state. Fishing remains faire on the Wood River with low flows and good insect hatches. Numerous mayflies, stoneflies and caddis flies are hatching especially on warmer overcast days. Past ODFW studies have shown brown trout consuming large numbers of earthworms during the spring below weed road. Bait is not allowed but imitations of earthworms such as San Juan worm flies should work well. Seal buggers have also been known to work well on this river.

The highest density of brown trout in the river occurs below Weed Road in the early season. Anglers should also have success fishing spoons and plugs in the deep pools for brown trout. If brown trout are not rising to insects they are typically holding in deep water or under cover. Flies and lures should be fished deep when no surface activity is observed. Sculpins are also a favorite food for brown trout. Sculpins live on the bottom of the river which is another reason anglers need to present flies and lures near the bottom. Anglers should concentrate their efforts from Fort Klamath to the mouth.

A boat is recommended to fish the Wood River as little public land occurs on the river. Most anglers use a low profile boat to float under and portage around the many obstacles on the river. A typical drift boat can be used from Weed Road to mouth but can’t be used upstream due to low bridges.

Bank access is limited but public property is available on BLM property at the BLM wetland and the USFS Day use area above Fort Klamath. Small boats can be launched at Kimball State Park (breathtaking headwaters), USFS day use area, Highway 62 bridge crossing and Weed Road.  Weed Road has the only semi-improved boat launch for larger boats such and drift boats.

Give us a call at 541.884.3825 if you have additional questions, or would like to give us your fishing report. Thanks!

RECOMMENDED

Vernille San Juan Worm              Red,

Brown  8,10

Moto's Minnow             

Brown  4,6

Travis Hi-Vis Green Drake Para Emerger             

Olive     12,14

Bead Head Caddis Pupa             

Grey, Olive         12,14

Bead Head Stonefly       

Yellow, Black, Brown     6,8

Shaky Worm     

Red, Brown        8,10


Real-time water flow data from USGS:

 
 
Klamath Lake - July 6th, 2014
  • Recorded:
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  • Fishing: Fair
KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch

Redband trout are still being caught in the main part of the lake but many redband trout have moved into the Williamson River, Pelican Bay and Wood River delta area.

Fishing is generally slow with catch rates averaging 7 hours per redband from boat and 30 hours per redband from the shore. Most angling takes place from a boat this time of year. Currently, fishing is slow. The best bet is to fish near areas of colder water.
Water temperatures remained stable this week around 68 degrees. Water temperatures around 58-60 degrees are ideal for redband trout activity. 

The lake is two feet below full pool. All boat ramps are accessible.
ODFW encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. Redband trout captured should not be removed from the water, resuscitated by cradling and pumping gills by moving fish back and forth through the water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.



 
Four Mile Lake - July 6th, 2014
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  • Fishing: Good
FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout

The road into Fourmile Lake is open. Fourmile Lake was stocked last week with trophies and legal rainbow trout. Fishing should be excellent from the bank and boat for hatchery rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair for brook and lake trout as both species move to colder, deeper water. Brook trout and lake trout are more numerous near the deeper water along the west shoreline and at the north end of the lake. The boat ramp at Fourmile Lake is unimproved and launching boats might be challenging due to low water levels. The boat ramp is accessible. The lake is currently only 13 percent full.

Fourmile Lake is very windy in the afternoon therefore angling is best in early morning and evenings. The wind also blows towards the boat ramp making it difficult to place the boat on a trailer. There is an improved campground and numerous trails nearby that lead to other lakes that are stocked. Lakes within a mile of Fourmile Lake that are stocked by helicopter are Squaw, Woodpecker and Badger. Badger Lake is the most productive. Bring your mosquito repellant.
 



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