Klamath River Fall Kings

The last couple of week’s we’ve been focusing on fall salmon on the Klamath River just below Irongate Dam. It’s only a short 45 minute drive south over the pass, and worth the price of an out of state license. You won’t find the prettiest or biggest salmon ever, however they make up for it in pure numbers. We’ve been averaging about 15 fish to the boat on our trips, but the best guides like Scott Caldwell are finding 20-35 fish each and every day. It’s definitely a unique and fun fishery. Here’s a few pictures from our recent outings…

Typical Klamath River fall salmon
A typical Klamath fall salmon
Double hook up on fall salmon on the Klamath River
Double’s aren’t too uncommon.
Klamath River Fishing
A look at a normal day….smiles all around and a fish on.
Klamath River fall king on a Tuna Ball
Tuna Balls soaked in Pautzke’s Nectar have been our go-to bait.
Another Klamath River fall salmon fell to a tuna ball
Did I mention they love tuna balls soaked in Pautzke’s Nectar?

If you’d like to make a trip yourself you’ll need to hurry. The run is normally over by the end of the month. Also, don’t expect to be alone. You’ll normally be sharing all of the holes with at least 5 other boats. A day license costs right around $20.

Tight Lines….

2 thoughts on “Klamath River Fall Kings

  1. I saw your story on making tune balls using puff balls and pautski nectar for color. one question i have is how long will the tuna balls last in the jar of nectar before they get soft?

    1. Eric – If you store them in the freezer they’ll last a few years. I actually prefer to freeze them beforehand so that they release more oil. You can also throw them straight back into the freezer after a day of fishing.

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