Klamath River Salmon
September 8, 2021 – Based on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projections of recreational catches of fall chinook salmon on the Klamath River, anglers will meet the fall adult chinook quota of the Lower Klamath River under the Highway 96 Bridge near Weitchpec for the 2021 Season starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7.
This triggers the closure of the adult chinook salmon fishery on the main course of the Klamath River from the Highway 96 bridge to the mouth of the Klamath River in the Pacific Ocean. The Klamath Mouth Fishery was closed on Friday August 27 and will remain closed to all fishing for the remainder of the calendar year. The remainder of the main lower reaches of the Klamath River downstream of the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec will remain open to harvesting chinook salmon (two years old) less than or equal to 23 inches in size. All adult chinook salmon caught must be immediately released and reported on the angler’s report.
Anglers can still fish for adult Chinook Salmon in other reaches of the Klamath Basin, including the mainstem of the Klamath River above Weitchpec and all of the Trinity River until these fisheries close.
Anglers can monitor the quota status of the open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity rivers by calling the information hotline at (800) 564-6479.
For more information on Klamath River fishing regulations, please see California Sport Fishing Regulations 2021-2022 at fauna.ca.gov/regulations.