Based upon California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projections of the recreational fall-run Chinook salmon catch on the Klamath River, anglers will meet the Upper Klamath River adult fall-run Chinook salmon quota below Iron Gate Dam for the 2022 season as of 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
This triggers the closure of the adult 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 was closed on Monday, Sept. 5 and will remain closed to all fishing for the rest of the calendar year. The adult fishery on the lower Klamath was also closed on Sept. 5. All reaches on the main stem Klamath (except the within 100 yards of the mouth) remain open for harvest of jack or 2-year-old Chinook salmon less than or equal to 23 inches. All adult Chinook salmon caught must be immediately released and reported on the angler’s report card.
Anglers may still fish for adult Chinook salmon in the upper and lower portions of the Trinity River. Anglers may monitor the quota status of open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity rivers by calling the information hotline at (800) 564-6479.
For more information regarding Klamath River fishing regulations, please consult the 2022-2023 California Freshwater and Supplemental Sport Fishing Regulations at wildlife.ca.gov/regulations.