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Copco and Irongate Reservoirs

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1312 Fairlane Rd.
Yreka, CA



These reservoirs are large impoundments on the Klamath River near the Oregon/California border, and are operated by Pacific Power Co. Each has several boat ramps and access points that are open to the public.

The perch fishing is improving on Iron Gate; catches of 50-100 a day are not uncommon. Yellow perch actually benefit from fishing pressure. The conservation minded angler who usually practices catch and release of most game fish can relax and enjoy a good meal of yellow perch without a compromise of ethics.

These exotic invaders are not native to the waters of Northern California and have no effective natural predators here to keep the populations in check. If left alone, these school fish over populate and soon crowd the lakes, become stunted in size, and compete with other species of game fish. If they are steadily harvested the individual fish increase in size and vigor. There is no size restriction or bag limits on perch.

An electric fillet knife makes short work of lifting the fillets from even the smallest fish. We recommend rolling the boneless fillets in cracker crumbs and frying them for one of the greatest taste treats in the outdoors.


Black Bass
Yellow Perch


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Boating is a great way to enjoy fishing the reservoirs, and small boat launching access is provided at most lakes. Please note that motors are limited to electric on some of the lakes, so be sure and check the boating limitations for the lake you wish to visit.

A valid California state fishing license is needed to fish within the National Forest. Licenses are sold at sporting good and other retail stores. For information on fishing times & limits a current state fishing regulation guide is generally available free at these same locations. For more information contact California Department of Fish & Game.


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