California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officials studying the recreational fall-run Chinook salmon catch on the Klamath River report anglers have met the Upper Klamath River adult fall-run Chinook salmon quota below Iron Gate Dam for the 2021 season.
This triggers the closure of the adult fall-run Chinook salmon fishery on the main stem of the Klamath River from 3,500 feet downstream of the Iron Gate Dam to the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec. The fishery at the mouth of the Klamath River was closed as of Aug. 28 and will remain closed to all fishing for the rest of the calendar year, and the adult fall-run Chinook salmon fishery on the lower Klamath River was closed as of Sept. 8.
All reaches on the main stem of the Klamath River (except within 100 yards of the mouth) remain open for the harvest of jack, two-year-old Chinook salmon less than or equal to 23 inches. All adult Chinook salmon caught must be immediately released and reported on an angler’s report card. The daily bag limit remains two fall-run Chinook salmon less than or equal to 23 inches total length per day.
Anglers may still fish for adult fall-run Chinook salmon in both the upper and lower Trinity River sectors. The daily bag limit on the Trinity River is two fall-run Chinook salmon with no more than one adult greater than 23 inches total length.
Anglers may monitor the quota status of open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity rivers by calling CDFW’s fishing information hotline at (800) 564-6479.
For more information regarding Klamath River fishing regulations, consult the 2021-2022 Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations at wildlife.ca.gov/regulations.