ON US 101 ACROSS KLAMATH RIVER
The Klamath is one of the most famous rivers in the west for Salmon and
Steelhead fishing. This photo from along side the bridge overlooks the
Waukell Riffle at low tide. This is the first place where fish entering
the river for their spawning migration first begin to encounter the changes
in current as the main river flows into tidewater. They tend to slow down
and congregate in riffles like this, resting before continuing upriver.
The Klamath is just 20miles south of Crescent City and the Battery Point
Beach House on Highway 101. Rivers change yearly and this riffle may not
be accessible for fishing at this time. There are plenty of other fishable
spots in the area. Salmon begin to enter the river in July and are followed
closely by Steelhead, "half-pounders" first, then bigger adults. These
runs last through October and around Thanksgiving, the big winter run
of Steelhead begins. There are jet boat cruses up the river leaving from
the area, which is located by the town of Klamath, and other things to
do besides fish. The "Trees of Mystery"
attraction is nearby and Fern
is about 20 miles south.