Klamath and Trinity River quotas and regulations – Fall 2018

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In 2018, 3,490-adult fall Chinook are available for sport harvest in the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. The daily bag limit is Two (2) Chinook salmon, of which no more than one (1) may be more than 22 inches in length. The possession limit is six (6) Chinook salmon, of which no more than three (3) may be more than 22 inches in length.

Klamath River:

Fall regulations will begin on Aug. 15 and run through Dec. 31.

  • 1,745 adults will be allowed for sport harvest from the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec to the river mouth.
  • 593 adults will be allowed for sport harvest above the 96 bridge at Weitchpec to 3,500 feet downstream of the Iron Gate Dam.
  • 523 adults can be harvested below the 101 bridge. The Spit Area (within 100 yards of the channel through the sand spit formed at the Klamath River mouth) will close when 15 percent (523) of the total Klamath River Basin quota is taken downstream of the Highway 101 bridge. Only the spit area will close to fishing once this quota is met, fishing will remain open upriver of the spit.
    • All legally caught adult salmon must be retained.
    • Anglers must leave the spit area once their adult daily bag is met
    • Anglers can fish other areas of the Klamath to fill their jack component of their daily bag.

Spring-run Chinook salmon fishing regulations began on Jan. 1 and will run through Aug. 14, with a daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon. The take of salmon is prohibited on the Klamath River from Iron Gate Dam downstream to Weitchpec from Jan. 1 through Aug. 14.

Trinity River:

Fall regulations will begin on Sept. 1 and run through Dec. 31, with a quota of 1,152 adults

  • 576 adults for the main stem Trinity downstream of the Old Lewiston Bridge to the Highway 299 West bridge at Cedar Flat
  • 576 adults for the main stem Trinity downstream of the Denny Road bridge at Hawkins Bar to the confluence with the Klamath
  • The main stem downstream of the Highway 299 Bridge at Cedar Flat to the Denny Road Bridge in Hawkins Bar is closed to all fishing September 1 through December 31.
  • The take of salmon is prohibited from the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River downstream to the confluence of the Klamath River from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31.

The Trinity is open to spring-run Chinook salmon fishing from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31. The daily bag and possession limit is two Chinook salmon.

Once these quotas have been met, no Chinook salmon greater than 22 inches in length may be retained (anglers may still retain a limit of Chinook salmon under 22 inches in length).

Klamath -Trinity River hotline is 800-564-6479. All anglers on the Trinity and Klamath rivers must have Salmon Harvest Cards in their possession when fishing for salmon.

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