2018 Out-migrant Monitoring Trapping Support on the Upper Middle Klamath River

Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)

Monitoring Research
Project IDKARUK-2018-4
Recovery DomainsN CA - S Oregon
Start Date03/01/2019
End Date09/30/2020
Last Edited10/16/2019
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The Karuk Fisheries Program will assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with out-migrant salmonid monitoring efforts ongoing on the mainstem Klamath River. Mainstem Klamath River out migration monitoring has occurred for the past ten years. The project includes out-migrant fish trapping and sampling in the river reaches downstream of Iron Gate Dam to the confluence of the Scott River. This river reach is the primary rearing reach for juvenile chinook and coho salmon spawning below Iron Gate Dam, but also the large population of juvenile fish emigrating from the Shasta River. In recent years, droughts, low flows and fish disease are major limiting factors for juvenile salmonid production. The data collected will assist in the development flow plans and water management important the survival of rearing salmon and reduction of impacts from fish disease.

Project Benefit    

The project will benefit management of salmon populations through better understanding of annual fry and smolt outmigration in the Klamath River. In addition the project monitors fish health of out migrants and assists with the quantification of disease related mortality and understanding of how annual river flows and water quality affect fish disease levels.
• Provide assistance with operations of outmigrant traps on the mainstem Klamath River below Iron Gate Dam; determine annual fish production estimates, evaluate fish health conditions and further development of flow based fish production models. Determine peak migration timing useful for water management and disease control methods.


Metric Completed Originally
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 40.00

Funding Details

Report Total:$14,500

Project Map


Kinsman Creek Trap Site    

  • Worksite Identifier: Kinsman Creek Trap Site
  • Start Date: 03/01/2019
  • End Date: 06/01/2019
Area Description
Klamath River at river mile 130

Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: California
  • Recovery Domain: N CA - S Oregon
  • Latitude: 41.80637109067514
  • Longitude: -123.0169486999483


  • California Coastal Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon ESU




  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding .00
    •      . . E.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
    •      . . E.0.c
      Project identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
    •      . . E.0.d.1 Number of Cooperating Organizations
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored
      •      . . . . E.1.c.2 Salmonid smolt or fry monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.2.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Salmonid smolt or fry
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
      •      . . E.2 ResearchY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . E.2.a Research Funding
        •      . . . . E.2.b.7 Investigating fish health and/or disease/parasitesY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . E.2.b.7.a
            Key issues addressed by fish health and/or disease/parasites research