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May 31, 2017    Headlines
Feather Striper Bite Heats Up

Sac and Feather Striper Bite Keeps Going
On Tuesday 5-30 Guide Dave Jacobs reports that the high river flows are still bringing in fresh stripers into both the Sac and Feather rivers. This past week fishing on the Feather Dave is reporting easy limits of stripers of all sizes from 4 to 12 pounds. On the Feather the top areas have been from Boyd's pump to Yuba City.
On the Sac there are fish holding around Colusa and all the way to up to Butte City. Top bets have been large live minnows but cut baits like sardines on the anchor have been very effective as well. Trolling has also been good for those working large broken back minnows like the Yozuri Chrystal minnows or the PLine Predator on the Feather. Dave says it's been easy limit fishing all week and despite several spawns he expects limit action to continue for another week or two as fresh mostly smaller males continue to push upriver. 

Feather River:
J. D. Richey of Richey’s Sport Fishing was on the Feather River for the majority of the week, and he said Thursday 5-25, “There are still plenty of fish on the Feather, but they are either spawning or very close to it so this great action will end soon.” Richey is also running shad trips on the American and Yuba River, and he said, “There are lots of fish in both river, and they are eating the usual stuff – pink or chartreuse flies or minigrubs. Evenings have been the best.”

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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