Lonesome Duck Fishing:
The Williamson River has the distinction of being one of the West’s most prolific trophy rainbow trout fisheries. The majority of the fish in the system are migratory and move up into the river to stage for spawning as Klamath Lake warms. The lake itself only averages seven feet deep and is outrageously rich in feed leading to some of the fastest growth rates for trout in the nation. Remarkably, it is not uncommon for a two year old fish from the lake to exceed 20
inches. The majority of the fish in the river are rainbows but there are two distinct strains. The first is a native “redband” which has evolved to withstand warm water temperatures, and the other is a landlocked Klamath River steelhead. Brown trout are also present in small numbers but can reach incredible sizes. Typically, the fish on the Williamson run large with three to six pound fish being caught most days as well as some fish upwards of twelve pounds being landed each season.
On the lower section of the river, most of the fishing is done from boats, while on the upper reach of the river, no fishing from the boat is allowed. The river typically runs cold and neoprene waders are recommended for anglers fishing the upper section. Techniques vary from spring creek style dry fly fishing and nymphing, to swinging small streamers and nymphs on slow sinking and intermediate lines.
Lonesome Duck Accommodation:
Lonesome Duck has three nicely appointed cabins. All have full kitchens with basic utensils, pots, pans, as well as salt, pepper, sugar, coffee maker, and bar b-que. The cabins also have CD-tape players as well as full bath and bed linens. Your group will have two cabins. Please bring your own music.
Lonesome Duck Clothing:
Warm socks, polar fleece pullovers or sweaters, warm hat, warm fishing gloves, sun-gloves, sun hat, waterproof wading jacket, synthetic long underwear and fleece pants, quick dry clothing including shorts. Bring comfortable clothes for around the cabin, rugged shoes for hiking the surrounding area, and sandals for mid summer and boating. Also slippers are recommended for in cabin use.
Lonesome Duck Travel:
Traveling from the south: The turnoff for Lonesome Duck is about a half-mile past the Doorcraft of Oregon factory. Turn right on the unpaved road located between the “divided highway” and “do not pass” sign at the top of the highway overpass. The turnoff is just before you cross the Williamson River. Follow the dirt road through three cattle gates. The third gate is the entrance to Lonesome Duck. Turn left to the caretaker’s house, the first log structure you see on the left to check in. Please bring these directions with you.
Lonesome Duck Climate:
The climate varies widely from day to day, hour to hour and season to season. Come prepared for everything. Mornings are often very cold and mid day can be very hot. Wind can be a factor as well. Inexperienced anglers may benefit from overloading their rods by one line weight in windy conditions. Always bring rain gear regardless of season.
Accommodations, two miles of private bank access, use of boats.
Optional guiding, meals, fishing licenses, gratuities and alcohol.