FEATHER RIVER



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November 03, 2017    Headlines
Salmon Limits

Sacramento River/Metro Area:

J.D. Richey of Richey’s Sport Fishing has been finding good action on the Sacramento River using Brad’s Cut Plugs behind an 11-inch Pro Troll E-Chip dodger, and he put his clients onto 3 limits of salmon on Thursday 1-2 with two over 25 pounds and another 18 pounder. He said, “It has been good, and we will see what this rain does.”

 

Feather River:
Johnson’s Bait in Yuba City reported slower salmon action on Thursday 11-2 on the Feather with most fish taken around Boyd’s Pump or the Live Oak ramp with Kwikfish on the back-troll, spinners, and a few on salmon roe. Steelhead fishing in the low flow section of the river above the Outlet has been good. Sturgeon are starting to move up into the upper Sacramento River.


Feather River:

The mayhem at the Outlet Hole will end this coming weekend on October 15th as the area will close above Live Oak, and the Feather River is dropping quickly to well below it has been. This will make for much tougher conditions for boats to get around with the low water.

Bob Boucke at Johnson’s Bait and Tackle is looking forward to the water dropping in order to make for a smaller channel when the water drops to 2400 cfs. He said, “I think this will improve with the channel allowing boats to anchor in the low water, and I hope that this will improve fishing in our area around Yuba City. There was a Fish and Wildlife meeting in Chico last evening, and it appears that 32% of the salmon have gone into the American River since that is the first cold water they find on their way up. The Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsman’s Association has facilitated the planting of 2 million salmon in the Feather River – that is a success story for us.”

J. D. Richey of Richey’s Sport Fishing posted, “NEWS FLASH! Thanks to the efforts of the Nor-Cal Guides & Sportsmen's Association (ncgasa.org), 2 million additional fall-run chinook salmon will be raised at Feather River Hatchery this season!! We at NCGASA professionally lobbied multiple gov. agencies to get these extra fish raised (and paid for) to help compensate for the loss of fish last season in the whole Oroville Dam situation. This is great news for everybody sport and commercial and fresh and salt who enjoy and/or rely upon these fish. It is also a shining example of what this organization can accomplish. Please show your support by becoming a member!”

Vince Borges went up to the Feather River to observe the insanity at the Outlet Hole earlier this week, and he said, “We limited out in two hours in the morning, and it was the same in the afternoon with limits within 2 hours on the second trip. Everyone is limiting out, and the majority of fish are quality with a few darker ones mixed in.”

 

Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder to Open Oct. 9

The Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder on the American River will open on Monday, Oct. 9 at 10:45 a.m. The ladder is opening unusually early in the season to accommodate the arrival of returning adult fall-run Chinook salmon that hatched in the Coleman National Fish Hatchery (CNFH) in Battle Creek in 2014. Eggs from fall-run Chinook salmon that stray to Nimbus Hatchery will be returned to CNFH to ensure a healthy population of these fish for commercial, recreational and ecological purposes. “These fish were born at the height of the drought in 2014,” said Jay Rowan, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) North Central Region Senior Environmental Scientist. “They were trucked to the Delta as fry and released near Rio Vista and the San Pablo Bay as part of a massive effort to improve their chances for survival in a year of poor river conditions.”
Returning now as adults, many of these salmon will stray into the American River and not return to their home waters to spawn. The lack of returning fish will make it extremely difficult for the CNFH to reach their goal of producing 12 million fall-run Chinook salmon this fall to release in the waters below Lake Shasta.
CDFW is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), with the support of the Bureau of Reclamation, to collect eggs at Nimbus Fish Hatchery to assist CNFH in meeting its production goals and maintaining a stable salmon population on Battle Creek and the upper Sacramento River.
When the salmon reach Nimbus Hatchery, staff will separate out the fish that have had their adipose fin removed, indicating that they carry a tiny coded wire tag that records their hatchery of origin. Fish identified as being of CNFH origin will be spawned with one another, and their fertilized eggs returned to CNFH. Fish that have not had their adipose fin removed will be spawned and their eggs held until it is determined if they will be needed to meet CNFH production goals.  Fish that are not yet ready to spawn will have a colored tag attached to their dorsal fin and will be returned to the American River, where they will be available to anglers until they either spawn naturally or climb the ladder again and are spawned at the hatchery to meet the Nimbus Fish Hatchery egg collection goals. While anglers are able to catch and keep fish marked with these tags, the tags have no monetary value and do not need to be returned to CDFW.
Nimbus Hatchery visitors can observe salmon in the fish ladder and view the spawning process through windows in the Visitor Center. For more information about spawning schedules and educational opportunities at Nimbus Hatchery, please visit the CDFW website at 
www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries/nimbus.


“Millions of Californians on hook for water plan”
Read at our website.

Today, The Associated Press published a story confirming rumors of “expanded funding demands” for the Delta Tunnels proposal. New documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal that dozens of local agencies representing millions of Californians may be required to pay for the tunnels, even though they have not been asked to participate in the project, nor would they receive the “supply reliability” benefits promised to CA WaterFix participants. This follows years of assurances from the Brown Administration that only local water agencies actively participating in the tunnels would be the paying for them.
A telling quote from Santa Clara Valley Water District board director Richard Santos reveals that State Water Project contractors have been pressured into participating in the tunnels project.

Ellen Knickmeyer and Scott Smith write, 
“Asked if California intended to cut off state water deliveries to those districts that refuse to help pay for the tunnels, Lien-Mager said only ‘opting out would not affect their existing contracts, but their actual water supplies from the SWP could become less reliable in the future.’
That message has begun trickling out as water agencies around the state decide whether to raise rates to pay for the tunnels.
‘That’s what we’re being informed — our contract ends if we don’t participate,’ said Richard Santos, a board member of the Santa Clara Valley water district, which supplies water to Silicon Valley.
If it plays out that way, Santos said, he will fight. ‘If they say they’ll cut off our allocations if we don’t participate, then let the courts take it on,’ he said.”
 
To read the entire story, click here.


Big numbers of dime bright salmon are pushing into the Feather river. Guides working the Thermalito Outlet Hole are seeing limits as are many of the bankies. Guide Dave Jacobs says that the action was unreal on Saturday 9-1. Dave was bouncing roe in the Outlet and says it was lights out action. They hooked close to 20 fish landing 8 to the 20 pound class. Dave said the fish are stacked like cordwood in some sections and when you drop a piece of roe down in the right area it will be quickly inhaled. Dave said he was metering 100s if not 1000s of fish holding in a very tight area. Dave said he was fishing next the Raith Herford of RH Guide Service and said Raith was putting on a clinic as well. Dave says with the numbers and quality of the fish on the Feather plus the good water temps of 64 degrees he will be running trips here for the next week. He has room available.
Bankies are finding success both tossing beads (flossing) and spinners. Many are scoring limits of quality fish with the best action coming from the downstream wall or the Island across.


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