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April 25, 2017    Headlines
Feather Striper Bite Heats Up

Sacramento River/Metropolitan Area;
On Sunday 4-23 Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento reported stripers are running through the river, and bait fishermen are scoring close to the banks with sardines. The only launch ramp in the Sacramento area is at Miller Park, and there is no courtesy dock available.

Feather River:
J.D. Richey of Richey’s Sport Fishing was on the Feather on Saturday 4-22, and he said, “I couldn’t count how many fish we landed, and if you would have said 100, you were in the ball park. The water temperature is 50 degrees, and we were on constantly with spoons. There were a lot of boats on the river, and I heard that it was tough on Sunday. You have to be particularly careful at the boat ramp since the current is ripping, and boats are smashing into each other while in the river at the launch. Kenny Priest of Fishing the North Coast scored one of the largest stripers of the day in the 10-pound range. The Sacramento River has been good up above, but it has risen over the past weekend. Most of the guides came back to the Feather, but they should be heading back up into the Sac within a few days as the water settles down.”

Sacramento River/Metropolitan Area;
J.D. Richey of Richey’s Guide Service launched out of Miller Park on Thursday 4-20 to soak sardines in the Sacramento River. He said, “We found a lot of action on the bait, but the size of the stripers was lacking but the action has been hot when you find them. The water is high, and there is a lot of debris coming from upstream.”
Dave Jacobs has also been reporting some big scores. He says anywhere from Knights Landing to Colusa you will find stripers with most running 3 to 6 pounds with the occasional larger hen in the mix. With the high flows we should see good action for another few weeks.
Dennis Phanner of Sacramento Pro Tackle reported continued slow action on the Sacramento River with the high water. The lack of launch ramps is a challenge, and the Discovery Park launch may not be opened for another month to six weeks. Miller Park is the only local option, and there is no courtesy dock available. He said, “Some fishermen are picking up stripers close to the shoreline with blood worms or sardines, and there are some keepers. The river has come up at least a foot, but it is relatively clear. The shad run should start in another 2 to 3 weeks, but with the high water, they may be hard to find.”

Feather River:
The releases out of Oroville were at 34,750 cfs as of Wednesday morning, but Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait in Yuba City reported landing 5 legal stripers and releasing 8 shakers in 3 hours of soaking minnows on the anchor. He said, “The water looks good but finding 10 feet of water is hard with the river up.”

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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