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Feather River salmon fishing slows — Gridley boat ramp closed for renovation

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jul 25, 2012

GRIDLEY — Salmon fishing slowed on the Feather River after the opener, but a few were still being caught below the Thermalito Afterbay, according to Ray Bradbury of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle.  Look for the On-the-Spot by this staffer in this issue.

Unfortunately, anglers have to find alternative launch sites to fish around Gridley for the next month or so. The powers that be picked a particularly inopportune time — the beginning of salmon season — to close the ramp for renovation. “I think that’s crazy,” Bradbury said. He hoped all those, both guides and individuals who paid for access, would be able to get their money back.  

Anglers wishing to fish that stretch of river can launch just above the Afterbay or as an alternative, at what is known as the Camp, a private ramp  on Campbell Road off Vance, turn left when you reach the levee. The launch fee is $10.  Bradbury thought it would be about a month before the Gridley ramp re-opens, although some reports have it reopening in November.  

Bradbury said that David and Morgan Patrick of Fish Ripper Guide Service got into a mix of fish below the Outlet on Sunday, including steelhead to 5 pounds, stripers and a salmon.  

SALMAN'S SALMON — The second day of the river salmon season, Sal Alaimo and friends found a better grade of fresh kings below the Thermolito Outflow on the Feather River. Sal caught this one throwing a Blue Fox spinner.

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