Northern CA Freshwater

Feather striper action solid, shad arrive

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 17, 2017

YUBA CITY — Striper fishing remains solid on the Feather River, where shad have also arrived. Flows were down to 28,000 cfs over the weekend, down from 40,000 cfs a week ago.

LIVE MINNOWS ARE getting stripers on the Feather, and Ryan Tripp of Oroville caught this nice pair of striped bass while fishing with Elite Sportsmen Guide Service. Everyone on board caught limits.

“All throughout the Feather they are doing pretty good,” said Isiah Montes of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City. “There are a lot of shaker stripers.” Some anglers are using swimbaits, but live minnows continue to work best. Cut baits also are tricking stripers.

“It’s mostly minnows and some pile worms,” Montes said. “They are using a lot of minnows.” Bank anglers are concentrating on the Boyd’s Pump and Mosquito Beach areas. Boaters are running until they find a school of fish.

Shad made their first showing of the season last week in the Feather.

“They started to show up at Shanghai Bend,” Montes said. Capt. James Stone of Elite Sportsman Guide Service said the shad are here, but water conditions are still high. “They are showing and the cotton is falling from the trees,” Stone said. “The water needs to clear, but the shad are here.”

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