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FISHING

TOP POND, LAKE & RIVER FISHING IN SISKIYOU COUNTY

Siskiyou County is a premier destination for conventional and fly fishing. Fishing in Siskiyou County will take you to places you have never been and surely be on you will relish and continue to visit time and time again. The plethora ponds, rivers, smalls streams, reservoirs and alpine lakes draw many for sport and adventure fishing. 

While many come during the spring and summer, Siskiyou County is still bountiful in its fall and winter fishing potential. So, cast your way into Siskiyou County. 

RAINBOW TROUT

BROWN TROUT

LARGEMOUTH BASS

CATFISH

BLUEGILL

JUANITA LAKE

GOOSENEST RANGER DISTRICT

Juanita Lake offers a unique combination of recreation opportunities for camping, boating and fishing. There is a paved boat launch ramp and a dock in the summer. No motors are permitted on the lake. The 55-acre lake is regularly stocked with trout and has a bass and catfish population. There is a 1.5 mile paved, barrier-free trail that circles the lake with 2 fishing jetties for easy access to the lake. A fish cleaning station, with fishing interpretive panels are nearby.

Directions: From I-5 at Weed, CA travel northeast on State Hwy 97 approx 35 miles Ball Mtn Road. Turn west (left) on Ball Mtn Road approx 4 miles to Forest Service Road 46N04. Turn right on 46N04 and continue to Juanita Lake and Campground. From the North, traveling south on Hwy. 97, turn west (right) approximately 3.8 miles south of the town of Macdoel on the Ball Mtn. Road approx 4 miles to Forest Service Road 46N04. Turn right on 46N04 and continue to Juanita Lake and Campground.

Fish Species: Stocked with Rainbow Trout

KELLY LAKE

HAPPY CAMP/OAK KNOLL RANGER DISTRICT

Kelly Lake is a short, easy 1/4 walk from the Kelly Lake Trailhead.

Directions: From Happy Camp go north on Indian Creek Rd/Forest Service Road 48 approx. 13 miles to Forest Road 18N31 on the left. Follow the signs on this gravel road approx 7 miles to the trailhead and parking lot.

Fish Species: Stocked in summer with Rainbow Trout

KANGAROO LAKE

SALMON/SCOTT RIVER RANGER DISTRICT

Kangaroo Lake is a great spot for camping and fishing, and provides accessible facilities, including a 1/4 mile paved trail right down to the lake. The lake itself covers 25 acres, and is 110 feet deep. There is no boat ramp but motorless boats are permitted.

Directions: From Callahan, take the Callahan-Gazelle Rd for approx. 10 miles to the Rail Creek Rd. There is a sign for Kangaroo Lake, and this road will take you the 8 miles to the campground.

Fish Species: Stocked with Rainbow Trout

CASTLE LAKE

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST

Castle Lake offers spectacular scenery and and is very popular. Fishing is fair to good for various sizes of trout, particularly in May and June, but there are also the less desirable Golden Shiners. The lake is mostly on National Forest land... about 3 acres are private. Please respect the private owners rights.

Directions: The lake is located in Section 19 and 24, T39N, R5W. Drive to it, about 11 miles from the town of Mt. Shasta, on the paved Castle Lake Road, usually open on Memorial Day.

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout & Golden Shiners

MEDICINE LAKE

MODOC NATIONAL FOREST

Medicine Lake Recreation Area is nestled along Medicine Lake and mostly sheltered by mature lodgepole pine trees but can be windy at times. The Recreation Area lies adjacent to the Medicine Lake Lava Flow which is accessible by a short hike. The Glass Mtn. and Burnt Lava Flow Geologic Areas are located within a 15-minute drive. Camping and fishing are bountiful here, with access to a boat ramp as well. 

Directions: From McCloud go east on US Hwy 89 south for 16 miles to Forest Service Road 15/Harris Spring Rd. Turn left on Road 15 and go 4.4 miles to Forest Service Road 49/Medicine Lake Road. Follow the signs 27.5 miles to Medicine Lake. From Tulelake take US Hwy 139 south for 21 miles to Forest Service Road 97. Turn right on Road 97 and go 24 miles turning right on Road 49. Drive 2 more miles turning left into the entrance of Medicine Lake Recreation Area. Follow the signs to your final campground destination.

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout

BASS LAKE

MONTAGUE, CA

Bass Lake is a reservoir located just in the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, just 2.4 miles from Montague. The lake is abundant with trout, bass, bluegill and sunfish. A boat ramp is available.

Directions: Just outside off Montague, CA.

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill & Redear Sunfish

TROUT LAKE

MONTAGUE, CA

Trout Lake is a reservoir located in the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, just 3.4 miles from Montague. Fishermen will find the lake abundant with trout, bass, bluegill and catfish. A boat ramp is available.

Directions: Just outside of Montague, CA.

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill & Catfish

MCCLOUD RESERVOIR

MCCLOUD, CA

Trout Lake is a reservoir located in the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, just 3.4 miles from Montague. Fishermen will find the lake abundant with trout, bass, bluegill and catfish. A boat ramp is available.

Directions: Just outside of Montague, CA.

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill & Catfish

ASH CREEK RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

The entrance to Ash Creek River Access is a short dirt road to a small turn around. The ramp to the river is sand and not designed for trailers and RV's. There is limited parking and no facilities.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx 4 miles. Left over the Ash Creek Bridge and right on the Old Stage Road approx. .4 miles to the river access on the right.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

CAYUSE RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Cayuse River Access consists of a large sand and gravel river bar and a gravel walking trail to the river. This area is for day use only, no overnight parking or camping. Rock hounds can explore the tailings, and nature lovers can observe wood ducks, kingfishers and western pond turtles in the nearby pond. In the summer, 20 species of dragon flies can be found at the pond.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx 9 miles to the river access on the left.

Fish Species: Salmon and Trout

SKEAHAN BAR RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Originally named Virginia Bar, this was a mining claim worked by John Skeahan and Joe Davidson in the late 1800s. They were hard rock miners who dug deep tunnels in search of gold. This popular river access features a large wooded area with picnic tables and dispersed campsites. There is a gravel road to the water's edge.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx 10 miles to the river access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

GOTTVILLE RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

The Gottville River Access has a sandy road and a concrete ADA accessible side walk to the water's edge. There is a ADA accessible restroom, parking area and dispersed camping area.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx 13.5 miles to the river access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

BROWN BEAR RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

This popular fishing access has a gravel road to the water's edge. Dispersed camping is allowed and there is some shade. This river access was built with slide materials in cooperation with CalTrans and is a launching spot for kayaks and rafts.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx. 28 miles to the access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

BLUE HERON RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

A graded gravel ramp to the water's edge provides access at this popular fishing spot. Limited shade is available for a few dispersed campers. RV's and trailers are an easy fit. There are no facilities but an information board has current info on campfire permits and fire restrictions for the area.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx. 34 miles to the access on the right.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

ROCKY POINT RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Rocky Point River Access has a gravel ramp to the water's edge but parking here is limited.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx 42 miles to the access on the right.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

SLUICE BOX RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

This is a popular put-in area for the class 3 float to Seattle Creek River Access. In addition, this area of the river is known for great bird watching and the spotting of occasional river otters. There is a river map and an interpretive panel at this access along with an information board providing current info on campfire permits and fire restrictions for the area. The Forest Service maintains a portable toilet during the summer months. The road to the water's edge is graded gravel.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx 47 miles to the access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

PORTUGUESE CREEK RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

The river access here has an information board and a gravel ramp to the water's edge.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx. 50 miles to the access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

SAVAGE RAPIDS RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

The Savage Rapids River Access is unsigned. There is a large turnout area on Hwy 96. The road to the water's edge is unimproved and sandy. This area serves as a long term summer campsite for the New 49er Mining Club.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx. 51 miles to the access on the left.

Fish Species: Salmon and Trout

SEATTLE CREEK RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

A graded gravel ramp to the water's edge is provided at Seattle Creek River Access. There is limited parking at this access.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx. 56 miles to the access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

CHINA POINT RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

The steep one mile access road is partially paved to a large cobble bar. There is ample parking on the bar. This is a popular fishing area.

Directions: From I-5 west on Hwy 96 approx. 59 miles to the access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

GORDONS FERRY RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Gordon's Ferry is a popular fishing access just a few miles east of Happy Camp. The road is mostly paved but has a section of improved gravel. The last half mile or so is steep, narrow and windy.

Directions: From Happy Camp east on Hwy 96 approx 2 miles. Right on Gordon's Ferry Rd approx 2.2 miles to Forest Service Rd 16N09. Right on 16N09 down steep grade .4 mile to the river.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

INDIAN CREEK RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Located in the town of Happy Camp where Indian Creek flows into the Klamath, this is the busiest, most popular launching point for floating the lower Klamath River. There is an information board, a restroom and large parking area. You can drive to the water's edge on gravel road.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 1 mile to the access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

CHAMBERS FLAT RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Chambers Flat offers a graded sandy road to the water's edge. There is an information sign and parking area. This is a popular take-out for fishermen.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 2.5 miles to the access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

WINGATE BAR RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Wingate Bar has a graded gravel road to the water's edge. There is an information sign and parking area. 

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 8.3 miles to the access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

FERRY POINT RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

There is a gravel road to the water's edge, permanent toilets and ample parking at Ferry Point River Access. In the 1850's this area was a thriving little town with a hotel, dance hall, ferry, store and school. Pack trains came through here from the coast on their way to Scott Valley and Happy Camp.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 12 miles to the access on the left. Graded gravel road is approx. 1/2 mile to the water's edge.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

COON CREEK RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Parking for Coon Creek River Access is on Hwy 96. There is a paved access road to the water's edge but no room for turn around or parking.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 18.4 miles to the access on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

ELLIOTT CREEK RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

The road off Hwy 96 to Elliott Creek River Access is an unimproved track from the paved cul de sac which allows some access to the cobble bar. It has sustained flood damage and is restricted to 4 wheel drive only. This is not a signed access on Hwy 96.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 20.3 miles to the unsigned road on the left.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

DILLON CREEK RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Parking for Dillon Creek River Access is on Hwy 96 across the road from the Dillon Creek Campground. Access to the creek is by hiking trail. Access to the river is by hiking down the creek.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 23 miles to the small parking area on the left. Access to the creek is by hiking trail. Access to the river is by hiking down the creek.

Fish Species: Trout

BLUE NOSE RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

This small access to the Klamath river is not signed on Hwy 96. It consists of a rough road to the water's edge and has no room for turn around or parking.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 24 miles to the unsigned access on the left.

Fish Species: Salmon and Trout

PERSIDIO BAR RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Persidio Bar is a high use, popular take-out for river floaters. There is a graded gravel road to the large cobble bar and a flat road to the water's edge.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 25.7 miles to the access on the right.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

TI BAR RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

The road off Hwy 96 down to the cobble bar at Ti Bar will accommodate RV's. There is an information sign, permanent restroom, ample parking and shaded dispersed camping area. Large rigs should check for overhead clearance when parking under trees.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 27 miles to the access on the right.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

ROCK CREEK RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Parking for Rock Creek River Access is only on Hwy 96 and is limited. There is a 1/4 mile steep hiking trail to the river.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 28 miles to the small parking area on the highway. Access to the river is by a steep hiking trail.

Fish Species: Salmon and Trout

STUARTS BAR RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

Downstream from the R. Lyle Davis bridge is a dirt road leading to a steep graded road to the river bar under the bridge. There is parking available. Due to steepness and very sharp switchback, this access is not recommended for vehicles towing jet boat trailers, etc.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 33.7 miles. The river access road is under the bridge.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

GREEN RIFFLE RIVER ACCESS

KLAMATH RIVER

You must exit the Klamath River here. This is the last legal take out before the Ishi Pishi Falls (class 6).  A half mile long graded road leads to the river bar with an unimproved road to the water's edge.

Directions: From Happy Camp west on Hwy 96 approx. 34.7 miles to the access on the right. There is a half mile long graded road to the river bar.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Trout

SALMON/SCOTT RIVER ACCESS

Access to the Salmon/Scott River can be found at the following campsites:

BIG FLAT CAMPGROUND: From I-5, take South Yreka exit. Go south on Hwy 3 for 63 miles to Coffee Creek Guard Station. Turn Right, and continue on Coffee Creek Rd for approx. 18 miles to campground.

 

EAST FORK CAMPGROUND: From Callahan, take the Callahan-Cecilville road heading south for approx. 27 miles to the campground.

HOTELLING CAMPGROUND: From Callahan, take the Callahan-Cecilville road heading south for approx. 43 miles to the campground.

IDLEWILD CAMPGROUND: From Etna, take the Sawyers Bar Rd for approx. 20 miles to the campground.

INDIAN SCOTTY CAMPGROUND: From Ft. Jones, take the Scott River Rd for approx. 14 miles. There will be a sign for the campground and a bridge on your left. 

JONES BEACH: From Fort Jones travel 13 miles northwest on road 7F01/Scott River Road to the picnic site on the right.

MATTHEWS CREEK CAMPGROUND: From Callahan, take the Callahan-Cecilville Rd for approx. 37 miles to the campground.

MULEBRIDGE CAMPGROUND: From Etna, take the Sawyers Bar Rd for approx. 20 miles to the Idlewild campground. Take the dirt road from Idlewild 2 miles upstream to the Mule Bridge campground.

RED BANK CAMPGROUND: From Etna, take the Sawyers Bar Rd for approx. 33 miles to the Red Bank campground.

TRAIL CREEK CAMPGROUND: From Callahan, take the Callahan-Cecilville Rd for approx. 14 miles to the campground.

Fish Species: Trout