FEATHER RIVER

Captain Scott Feist (530) 822-6314


Captain Kevin Brock  800 995-5543


 Dave Jacobs 530 646-9110

 

July 19, 2014    Headlines
Feather Shad and Salmon Pushing Up

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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