Good news out of Willow Creek
For the Times-Standard
Increased flows from the Trinity River and
Iron Gate have helped the lower Klamath River
temperatures drop 10 degrees and now seem to
have averted another fish kill, as well as
bringing in some fresh run salmon. That is the
word from Willow Creek guide Ed Duggan.
He goes on to say that now that the river
has reached the full flow of 1,650 cubic feet
per second, it has begun to ramp down by 60
cfs every other day, continuing to 1,050 about
September 11, then returning to 450 cfs on
Hot temperatures in the valley haven't
matched the hot fishing on the lower Trinity
and lower Klamath, according to Ed. Lower
Klamath temperatures have dropped and the
salmon and steelhead have begun migrating up
the river. Half pounders and adults are really
hot around Johnson to Weitchpec.
Fly fishermen and hardware anglers are
doing great in the lower Klamath. The
Learnmouth family from Orange County hit the
jackpot last week below Johnson and hooked or
landed 64 steelhead in one day, the largest
adult being 10 pounds. They were fly fishing
and caught and released 20 adults over six
pounds along with several half pounders.
"We are seeing similar results in the
Weitchpec area as well," Ed noted. "From the
mouth of the Trinity up into Hoopa the same
Up into Douglas City to Del Loma, fishing
has improved with the increased flows. "A
whole slug of fish that were trapped in the
Greys and Burnt Ranch Falls area were released
with the higher flows and have made their way
above the Cedar Flat section of the river and
are showing up around Junction City and Del
Loma. It's time for bank anglers to break out
the tuna balls and hit the water. Mornings are
the best bet," Ed added.
Note: the Falls area from the Hawkins Bar
bridge up to Cedar Flat bridge closed to
fishing on Tuesday, August 31.That means no
fishing in the area until November.
Guides John Klar and Tim King report big
fishing days on the Klamath as well. Tim had
three boats on the Klamath on Sunday and all
landed nice adult king salmon.
Meanwhile, sport salmon anglers fishing off
Eureka and Trinidad have been scoring big
time. Gisela Kinder of Johnny's Marina reports
"fishing for salmon off the stacks has really
been good all week."
Rex Crow and Chris Jensen brought in 3512
and 33-pound kings, respectively, while
fishing in the same boat Sunday. Each caught
two kings apiece. Crow caught his largest fish
using a steelhead rod and 20-pound test line.
Jay Harris got a 33-pound salmon.
"We had some good and bad days but always
got fish," said Coral Isle charter boat owner
Larry Williams. A 34-pounder was boated along
with a number of salmon in the 20-pound range.
"We fished off the tip of the jetties today
(Tuesday) in 30 to 60 feet and there were fish
all over. Our biggest was 24 pounds. My advice
is don't stay home."
The charter boat Shellback was idle until
Tuesday when skipper Phil Glenn fished in 60
feet of water north of the stacks. Four
anglers brought in eight salmon, the largest
being 23 pounds. A couple of boats fished for
albacore 40 miles southwest and returned with
over 30 apiece.
"From what I've seen there appears to be
plenty of fish until the end of the season
(Sept. 12)," said Phil.
Salmon fishing has been good in about 120
feet of water north of the Whistler off
Trinidad, reports Ruby Rollins. There has been
a good grade of kings up to 30 pounds.
Jeff Self claimed first place in the Salmon
Derby for August. He brought in a 3412 pound
king. Dan Jenkins won the Lingcod Derby with
Gary Howard leads Salty's Big Fish Wins
Derby with his 33-pound king. The jackpot
stands at $470. Brannan Thoma notes that
fishing "has been great about two miles out
and south of Trinidad. Two 30-pound kings were
An occasional salmon and lots of lingcod.
That's the report from Shelter Cove launch
operator Ken Vallotton.
Charter boats have been bringing in lingcod
from 20 to 35 pounds, but the salmon fishing
has been a little tough, according to Ken. The
charter boat Bite Me brought in 35 albacore
Tuesday and 28 Monday.