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Upper Klamath River yields lots of steel

By Frank Galusha
11/17/15 -- For the last couple weeks fishing for winter steelhead on the Upper Klamath River has been excellent. “Steelhead in the 1/2 to 7-pound class are active and biting on a variety of offerings,” according to Scott Caldwell, of SC Guide Service in Yreka. Caldwell typically fishes the river between Irongate Dam and Highway I-5. Temperatures will range from cool to mild in this region in the days ahead with some rain and cloud cover possible.

 George Lozano holds one of the many nice steelhead he caught while fishing. Photo by Scott Caldwell
What a great way to start a stormy Sunday morning on the Upper Klamath River! Grandpa George Lozano holds one of the many nice steelhead he caught while fishing with guide and photographer, Scott Caldwell.

“On the fly side, fishing multiple patterns under an indicator has been producing the best, but one can also catch these wily fish on the swing,” Caldwell said. “Back-trolling, casting plugs and bait are all producing a lot of action as well.”

Jonathan holds a fish with the lake and mountains in the background, photo by Scott Caldwell
Grandson Jonathon worked hard so as to not be outdone by Grandpa George Lozano. Photo by Scott Caldwell

This past weekend George Lozano and his Grandson Jonathon fished with Caldwell. The pair caught and released 44 fish. It was quite the battle with young Jonathon taking most fish (24 to 20) and Grandpa George winning the big steelhead honors.

Bearded may holding fish while onboard a boat on the Klamath River with hills in the background, photo by Scott Caldwell
Grandpa George took big fish honors with his last fish of the trip. Photo by Scott Caldwell

“Despite the ‘crazy-at-times’ winter weather you will be able to count on the Upper Klamath River for excellent steelhead fishing for the next few months,” Caldwell advised.

If you are interested in fishing the Upper Klamath, checkout Caldwell’s Booking Calendar, see what dates work for you and give Caldwell a call at 530-905 0758. He can also be reached at Scott@Caldwellfishing.com


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