FEATHER RIVER

Captain Scott Feist (530) 822-6314



 Dave Jacobs 530 646-9110

 

August 08, 2014    Headlines
Feather Salmon Still Spotty With Low Flows

Feather River:
Raith Heryford of RH Guide Service out of Yuba City was at the Outlet Hole on Thursday 8-7 morning for a single big salmon at 24-pounds on a Brad’s Killer Fishing K116 ( green/chrome) on a sardine wrap coated with Pro- Cure’s Sardine Gel. He said, “The Outlet is really devoid of salmon with the fish running up into the cooler water towards the hatchery and not holding at the Outlet.” Heryford added, “There are big stripers in both the Feather and Sacramento River right now.”

Sacramento River/Metropolitan Area:

Uncle Larry Barnes of Sacramento Pro Tackle reported few fish and fewer fishermen are trying for salmon in the area. He said, “The guys that normally would be fishing for salmon are holding off at the present time.” With a big push of huge four year old salmon showing up off the Golden Gate this past week fishing here will improve in about two to three weeks.

Upper Sacramento River:
On
Thursday 7-31 Larry at Phil’s Propellers in Redding reported that the flows on the Sacramento River are normally around 14000 cfs, but they are currently at 9800 at the Bend Bridge, leading the water temperatures to rise to 62 degrees at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. A few boats are picking up chrome fish below the Diversion Dam, but it is definitely ‘hit or miss’ as the fish are moving rapidly through the system. The Barge Hole is loaded with salmon, and many are darkening up with the occasional fresh fish. He said, “The fish aren’t stopping until they get above the Bend Bridge.” As the fall run arrives fishing will pick up later in August.

Feather River:
Jack at Johnson’s Bait in Yuba City reported not much change in the past week with the flows dropping to 2600 cfs at Boyd’s Pump, making for difficult navigation. Boyd’s Pump is the only launch ramp that is viable with the low flows. A few chrome fish are landed near Shanghai Bend or at the Outlet, but the majority of salmon are holdover springers. Striped bass are abundant on the Feather, but 99% are undersized with the occasional bass to 30-inches taken on swimbaits or plastic worms.


Sacramento River/Freeport:
Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle in Freeport reported no salmon were landed on Thursday after a few were taken by anglers jigging near the Freeport Bridge with Slammer Minnows. Striper fishing remained decent with sardines coated with garlic oil. There are a ‘lot of shakers’ but legal fish can be found on blood worms, pile worms, or sardines. Catfish action is good in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel with chicken livers or night crawlers. Smallmouth bass are hitting Speed Traps or crawdad-patterned crankbaits along the rockpiles in the Sacramento River or Steamboat Slough.
Hogan Brown of Hogan Brown Fly Fishing out of Chico reported on Lost Coast Outfitters that ‘Midsummer is striper time on the lower Sacramento from Butte City up through Los Molinas, and so far, fishing has been good with most days and angler will get a shot at a 10 to 20-pound fish with plenty of shakers and keeper size fish in the system.”

Feather River:
Raith Heryford of RH Guide Service reported slower conditions near the Outlet Hole on Thursday 7-17 after Wednesday’s 8 limits of big fish. They landed one in the early morning on the anchor with Brad’s Killer Fish coated with Pro Cure’s Sardine Gel on the sardine-wrap before boondoggling with roe on a 6-ounceweight for 2 more salmon, losing 3 more in the process. He added, “One guy on the bank landed a big salmon using a Blue Fox spinner with a single hook, and there are a few more boats that picked up salmon near the Outlet.” He will be on a reconnaissance mission on Friday with a few other guides, searching up and down the river for salmon on the anchor and by boondoggling roe.
Fil Torres of Bass Tackle Depot in Oroville said, “The Afterbay is starting to release water, and this will change conditions on the Feather with increased flows and the warmer water from the Afterbay.” The water is held in the afterbay to warm up prior to releases intended for the local rice farmers.


Upper Sac Rainbows and Shad
Upper Sac Valley guide Dave Jacobs reports excellent rainbow trout action in the Redding to Anderson section of the river. He is putting his clients into 15 to 25+ fish per day. Most are biting side drifted globugs and doubles are common. Most run around 2 to 3 pounds with the occasional for to 5 pounder pushing 24" in the mix. This is a great catch and release fishery for kids and old timers alike. Pictured above a "double in the net" sent in by Dave Jacobs on Friday 6-20
In late morning and afternoon hours he is switching over to shad side casting small jig-heads with a small curly tail grubs. He reports that the shad are grouped up and when you find a big school it's nonstop action through the afternoon hours.
Dave is also finding some success over on the Trinity where he is seeing 1 to 3 springers per day. He says the fish are now as high as Lewiston with even bigger groups holding in the deeper holes around Gray's Falls. He will be running trips on both the Sc and Trinity this month. We will be updating the Klamath / Trinity page later today.

The Central Valley salmon season beings July 16th.
Fish and Wildlife officials at the Feather hatchery estimate that 5000 springers have made their way into the low flow section below the hatchery. Higher pulse flows expected in late June will only bring more fish in the system. Colder pulses of water will likely bring fish into the upper Sac. The Barge hole is always a popular spot with the cold springs from Battle Creek dropping temps on this section of the river. With ultra low releases off the dams the salmon will be looking to hunker down in the deeper cooler pools. Water temp will play a big role in how guides strategize their salmon plans this year.
Guides Dave Jacobs and Scott Feist with Feisty Fish guide service have space available for the early season dates.
Pictured right: a couple of clients of Scott Feist show off a pair of Sac chromers caught in 2013.


 


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