Klamath River above Interstate 5 reopened to harvest adult Chinook salmon
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that recreational fishing for adult Chinook salmon in the fall on the Klamath River has reopened between Interstate 5 near Hornbrook and 3,500 feet below Iron Gate. Fish Hatchery in Siskiyou County.
The Iron Gate Fish Hatchery received more than 8,000 returning chinook salmon this month, triggering the reopening of recreational fishing for adult chinook salmon in the stretch of river by CDFW. California Supplemental Sport Fishing Regulations 2022-2023 (PDF).
Recreational anglers will be able to harvest two chinook salmon, but no more than one adult over 23 inches per day in this stretch. The possession limit is six Chinook salmon with no more than three adults. The reopening of this stretch of the Klamath River is designed to allow anglers to catch surplus hatchery Chinook salmon now that the number of adults required for spawning has been reached at the hatchery.
The only other area of the Klamath-Trinity rivers that remains open to harvesting adult Chinook salmon is the lower Trinity River from the Denny Road bridge at Hawkins Bar downstream to its confluence with the Klamath River. The taking of Chinook jack salmon less than or equal to 23 inches is permitted in all areas of Klamath Basin except for the mouth of the Klamath River, which is closed for the remainder of the year. The daily bag limit for chinook jack salmon in these areas is two fish per day and no more than six in possession.
Anglers can monitor the quota status of the open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers by calling CDFW’s information hotline at (800) 564-6479.
For more information on Klamath River fishing regulations, please see CDFW’s 2022-2023 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations and Supplemental California 2022-2023 Sport Fishing Regulations available at Wildlife.ca. gov/regulations.
Photo from CDFW file.
Dan Troxel, CDFW Klamath River Project, (707) 822-0330
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 215-3858