FEATHER RIVER



 Dave Jacobs 530 646-9110

 

May 12, 2017    Headlines
Feather Striper Bite Heats Up

Sacramento River/Metropolitan Area:
Dennis Phanner of Sacramento Pro Tackle reported Thursday 5-11, “The shad bite is pretty good for small males, but fishermen are limited to a few areas including Miller Park at the end of Broadway and on the west side of the river. The shad are close to the shoreline. Striper fishing is best in the north Delta sloughs of Miner, Steamboat, and the Old Sacramento River while in the Sacramento area, a few fishermen are using pile worms or blood worms off of the banks.” They have a ‘decent’ grade of frozen sardines in the shop from southern California, but the high water has kept the demand for sardines to a minimum.

Feather River:
Mike Searcy at Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City said Wednesday 5-10, “The river will be bumped up to the 25,000 to 30,000 cfs range, and I don’t think it will affect the great striper bite as they should move out into to the middle of the river. Trollers are scoring with plugs, tossing swimbaits, drifting jumbo minnows, or casting pile worms or anchovies from the shoreline. The water releases should cool down the river, and perhaps the stripers will stick around a bit longer as they have been spawning heavily over the past week.” They have sold a load of minnows since this action started several weeks ago.  On the Sacramento River, the Tisdale Launch ramp is expected to be cleared by Friday.


Sacramento River/Metropolitan Area:
Uncle Larry Barnes of Sacramento Pro Tackle reported Thursday 5-4 that shad fishermen are congregating around Miller Park with shad darts behind a 1 to 1.5-ounce egg sinker in order to stay down near the bottom. He said, “They may be also out of Discovery Park, and we are hearing reports out of Knight’s Landing for shad. The water is high, and it is dirtier than normal at this time of year. We will be having a special on frozen sardines this Saturday and Sunday at $1.49/pound, and fishermen can purchase up to 5 pounds apiece. The sardines run 5 or 6 to a pound.”
Still loads of stripers being caught over a wide area with guides seeing 20 to 40 fish. Still lots of small barely legal to shaker males and a few larger hens to 20 pounds being caught every day. There are still more bass moving out of SF bay and with the high flows this bite will continue into possibly June.

Feather River:
J.D. Richey of Richey’s Sport Fishing is on the Feather for stripers, and he said, “We hooked a bunch of fish on Thursday 5-4 on the lower Feather on spoons. Most were either small keepers or shakers, but we did catch and release a female in the high teens. We also lost a massive striper estimated at 35 to 40 pounds when it went into the trees.”
Mike Searcy at Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City reported an amazing striped bass bite on the Feather, stating, “The Feather dropped, and it will drop again to 3 or 4 thousand cfs. The striped bass have moved into the holes in the river, and with the water temperatures warming up, they are starting to spawn. If you want to get in on the hot bite, you have to come now. Drifting minnows, anchoring with anchovies and pile worms, tossing swimbaits, or trolling are all working. All of the launch ramps are open including Star Bend, Boyd’s Pump, Riverfront Marina, and Yuba City. The water on the Sacramento remains a bit high, but the Tisdale launch ramp may be open by next week.”


Feather River Hatchery Closed Until Further Notice

Due to recent flooding from the Feather River, the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville will remain closed to the public until further notice. The hatchery’s infrastructure and public viewing areas were damaged by high flood waters, silt and debris, making it unsafe for the public to be on the grounds or access the river via hatchery property.
"Our staff is focused on keeping the hatchery salmon and steelhead alive, and facility cleanup efforts won’t be completed for some time,” said Anna Kastner, Feather River Hatchery Manager. “We appreciate the public’s patience and support of our efforts to preserve these critical stocks under unusual and challenging circumstances. We’ll be very happy when all operations are back to normal.”
On Feb. 9 and 10, more than 60 people from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and other agencies successfully transferred more than five million Chinook salmon to an annex hatchery nine miles away. Fisheries staff also constructed an emergency filtration system for the remaining salmon and steelhead at the Oroville facility
To date, losses at the hatchery have been minimal.


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