Salmon Fishing to Close at Klamath Spit

Press release from the Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Klamath spit

Klamath spit. CDFW photo by Guy Smith.

Anglers have only a few more days to fish for salmon in a popular Humboldt County spot before it closes for the season. Klamath River anglers will have caught their sub-quota of 2,120 adult fall-run Chinook below the Highway 101 bridge by sundown Tuesday, Sept. 15, closing the spit (within 100 yards of the channel through the sand spit formed at the Klamath River mouth) to fishing one hour after dark.

Only the mouth of the river is affected by this closure. Fishing downstream of the Highway 101 Bridge in the estuary will be unaffected until the lower river quota of 7,067 adult fall-run Chinook over 22 inches is met. Once that number is met, anglers will still be able to fish but will have to release any Chinook over 22 inches. The lower Klamath River tally is currently at 2,687 salmon caught.

The Klamath River above the confluence with the Trinity River will remain open until 2,403 adult Chinook are caught.

The quota on the Trinity River is 2,332 adult Chinook from the confluence with the Klamath River up to Cedar Flat, and 2,332 adult Chinook from Cedar Flat up to the Old Lewiston Bridge.

Anglers may keep track of the status of open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity rivers by calling 1 (800) 564-6479.



  • leave it to the surfers

    • You will be part of the food chain if you decide to paddle out. Worth it though.
      “Anglers have only a few more days to fish”. What they do is hardly called fishing. Snagging fish with long leaders should be banned. If you can’t catch a fish with bait or lures, you shouldn’t be allowed to keep them. The natives are the only snaggers allowed. What a shit show and joke the spit fishery is. People proudly post their snagged salmon on instagram and facebook, really?? Just fracking fish. The spit fishery should be closed down.

  • I’m surprised I need to correct CDFW on this one but the Klamath spit is in Del Norte County, not Humboldt County

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