The Klamath River is the largest of the North Coast rivers of California stretching over 200 miles from its mouth to the Oregon border. Its mouth is located 60 miles north of Eureka and 20 miles south of Crescent City off 101. The fish of the Klamath are King and Silver salmon, Steelhead, and resident trout. The Kings start running in July with the best action near the mouth coming in August and running through September. Summer/Fall steelhead start running from the late summer through October. The winter run starts in November and goes through February.
While the King salmon are average to large in size, the steelhead of the Klamath tend to run smaller than the other rivers(4-10lbs). The number of steelhead make up for this size difference however.
This season has been a tough time for the lower section of the Klamath. The big rains around the first of the year have kept the lower sections of the river unfishable. These rains also cause extensive damage to the communities along the lower section of the river, especially the town of Klamath on 101.
I am working on the information for the Klamath and hope to have this information completed by the end of this month. The Klamath has an excellent "half pounder" run and it is definitely worth a visit, especially for fly fishermen and ultra-light gear enthusiasts.
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